Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Yay, I’m fashionable! However, Trevor Philips is a bit of a dick

Trevor Philips is the Chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.  I don’t really know what that is, but according to Wikipedia, pretty much everyone has resigned since he took over.  He seems to have a habit of defending free speech unless anyone says something he doesn’t like, when he tells them they should shut up.  And he feels “under siege” as a faith-head from atheists whose views he feels are (presumably lamentably) ‘fashionable’. I don’t think I’ve ever been fashionable before.

"The thing I've become anxious about in recent times is this – there is certainly a feeling amongst some people of belief that they are under siege, that they are often disadvantaged, that they are looked at and considered in some way different and their faith makes them less worthy of regard," he said.

Well boo fucking hoo.  Belief for no good reason is not worthy of regard. Nobody else with unsupported beliefs gets to claim they’re under siege if people denounce them.  Well they can, but people are likely to suspect they are mentally ill. Someone guffawing “BWA HA HA! FOOLS! THEY SAID I WAS MAD, MAAAAAD, BUT I’LL SHOW THEM! I’LL SHOW THEM ALL!” is usually the first clue that something is not quite right with that individual.  But if you’re religious, not only do you get to behave like this, you’re bound to have swarms of atheists agreeing with you. It is by far the most astonishing phenomenon of our times.

He gets creepier and more mealy-mouthed as he goes on.  Especial kudos due for his saying it’s perfectly fair that women are excluded from being priests in the Catholic church; that the government shouldn’t interfere with church business (presumably including discrimination, the covering up of widespread, institutional child rape and the routine subjugation of half the population); and that ‘old fashioned’ religion (apparently defined as stuff Philips personally doesn’t agree with) is bad, but modern religion (which seems to quite closely match his own views) is awesome.

But this is what grabbed me the most:

"Our business is defending the believer. The law we're here to implement recognises that religious identity is an essential part of this society. It's an essential element of being a fulfilled human being.”

So which is it?  Am I unfulfilled or inhuman?  According to Philips, I can’t be both. 

Does any of this sound like equality to you?  Doesn’t sound that way to me.

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