Thursday, 19 May 2011

Rape

So Ken Clarke's got himself in a bit of bother.

However, what I find extraordinary is the fact that no one is pointing out that he's right.

Before I am roundly castigated, allow me to explain the logic of the situation.

Of course rape is always serious - that is not in doubt. But a 16-year-old having consensual sex with a 15-year-old is classed as statutory rape in this country. That is a world away from violent, forced intercourse, or even drugging a woman before having intercourse with her while she is unconscious.

Simply saying 'rape is rape' may well reflect the highly emotionally charged issue, but it takes no account of the circumstances of different cases.

If we were to apply that logic to all crimes, e.g. 'murder is murder', then everyone who killed anyone would receive a life sentence. But what if you killed someone who was trying to abduct your child? Does that merit a life sentence?

If we applied that logic to theft, then everyone who stole anything would receive the same sentence. Are we to cut off the hands of people who steal loaves of bread to feed their starving children?

All rape is serious, but it would be absolutely ridiculous to ignore the fact that there are degrees of seriousness, and the sentencing structure the courts use should reflect that.

There can be no justice so long as laws are absolute.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Atheism, or Christianophobia?

I have noted an article in the Daily Telegraph over the weekend, which reports that the eminent atheist Professor Richard Dawkins has been accused of cowardice over his refusal to debate the existence of God.

It should be noted that Archbishop Cranmer has also blogged about this article, and his treatment is probably better than mine is going to be.

My interaction was primarily commenting on it, and I have to say, I was astonished and appalled.

I consider myself a Christian - I don't go to Church every Sunday, I don't read the Bible every day. I'm not an expert on scripture or exegesis, but I still consider myself Christian. I try to live my life according to the principles set down by that religion.

I do not often broadcast this, not because I consider it embarrassing, but because I consider it private. I choose to live my life by a set of principles which I adhere to as best I can, but it is an intensely personal choice, and I do not think less of anyone else if they do not do the same.

In other words, I do not force my religion down the throats of others.

I commented on this article in the Telegraph, pointing out that Dawkins is largely detestable, not for his atheist beliefs, to which he is perfectly entitled, but the fact that he seems to take a perverse pleasure in deliberately attacking the beliefs of Christians, holding that his atheist views are somehow more legitimate than Christianity.

What followed was a series (here and here - some of the other more aggressive ones have since been deleted) of personal attacks on me for pointing this out, by a tribe of militant atheists immediately denouncing my religion, and even in some cases, attempting to compare the bringing up of children in the Christian faith to child abuse.

None of your kind here.

I have no problem with people being atheist. What I have a problem with is atheists, or indeed anyone, telling me what I should or should not believe, how I should live my life, and how I should raise my children. My religion, my faith, my principles, my life and my children are my own business, and absolutely nothing to do with anyone else.

The sickening rise of prejudice against Christians needs to be noted and stopped, for it is taking root, and is becoming socially acceptable in some circles. I could not help wondering if the Christianophobic fanatics that chose to insult me rather than confront the argument that I, like Dawkins, am entitled to my own beliefs, would be so quick to speak out against Muslims.

Or Jews.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Europe Day

Today is Europe Day.

The reason that it is Europe Day, I am reliably informed, is because it is the anniversary of the declaration by Robert Schuman, one of the founding fathers of the European Union, creating the Council of Europe, which has evolved into the European Union.

Interestingly, one of the Declaration's key points was the gradual evolution of the Council of Europe into a politically united Europe. In other words, a European State.

This has been the EU's intention since its very inception - the destruction of national sovereignty across the entire continent, to be replaced with political hegemony.

 Piss off, you bastards.


The EU intrudes into every aspect of our lives. Our Parliament is subservient to it. Our Government levies taxes directed by it. We are forced to bail out countries using its currency. It adopts the trappings of statehood - it has a flag, a national anthem, a currency, a President, a Foreign Minister, a Parliament, a judiciary, a military, and a seat at the United Nations.

So, I will not be celebrating Europe Day. I would not expect the French to celebrate their defeat at Agincourt, or the Japanese to cheer the marking of VJ Day. Europe Day is the celebration of the conquest of our nation, not by force, but by politics, and I despise it utterly.