On “Extremism” and British Values

I have no doubt readers of this site will by now be aware of MP Mark Spencer’s suggestion that recently-introduced anti-terror powers be used against those teaching traditional Christian beliefs regarding gay marriage. Like most traditionalists, orthodox Christians, and proper conservatives in general, I realised quasi-totalitarian legislation designed to combat the meaningless abstraction of “extremism” would inevitably be turned against traditionalists, orthodox Christians, and proper conservatives in general. I did not, however, expect to see the idea floated so soon, and by a “Tory” MP no less.

It is indeed a strange state affairs when an MP whose party leader (and PM) has stated emphatically that Britain is a Christian country can suggest with a straight face that orthodox Christian teaching regarding homosexuality is extremist or somehow a violation of British values. I suppose Mr. Spencer also believes a change to the Union flag is in order, seeing as it depicts three crosses. Perhaps we should also demolish Westminster Abbey while we’re at it, and exhume the corpses of practically every soul on the island, as they were undoubtedly all gay-hating, anti-British Christian bigots. (more…)