The Deputy President of Britain’s new Supreme Court, Lady Hale (who calls herself “Miss Diversity”) was one of five judges who dismissed the appeal of Christian guesthouse owners previously found to be in breach of equality law for turning away a homosexual couple from their own bed and breakfast.
The victims of Britain’s legal system, for they are undoubtedly victims, Mr and Mrs Bull, refused to allow two homosexual men to share a room. They were of course running the guesthouse according to their own principles. The homosexual couple were under no obligation to stay at the bed and breakfast at all. They instead chose to victimise a Christian couple, using British Law as the means by which they bullied and persecuted them.
The couple have now had to close their guesthouse, following the controversy, which led to them being victims of vandalism and having their website hacked. Whether one shares the views of this couple or not, anyone who has an ounce of decency or any inkling of justice and fairness must be outraged by the decision of our nation’s most senior judges.
There are of course different interpretations of the Bible’s teaching on homosexuality. For example, some believe Saint Paul’s unequivocal condemnation is actually an attack on forms of pagan licentiousness, rather than condemning two people of the same-sex being in a long-term relationship. To read Scripture as condemning all forms of homosexuality is not however to adopt some strange or absurd reading of Scripture – it is a pretty straightforward response to the text.
Since the Glorious Revolution we have nurtured a political settlement that is based on pluralism of denominations and the acceptance that people interpret the Bible differently. This attack by our legal system on people acting in accordance with their beliefs as to what the Bible says is an attack on liberty of conscience and religious pluralism. How can we claim to be a Christian country when this sort of injustice has occurred?
Of course, some will argue that it is all very well holding your own beliefs, but in terms of offering a service to the public, one should not discriminate against members of the public who live their lives contrary to your beliefs.
Well, a guesthouse is surely not quite the same as selling goods in a shop. The guesthouse is in that grey area of being a private home offered up as a public house. Surely there must be sensitivity towards people’s scruples when the house in which one is choosing to stay is their house?
People are not homophobic if they object to same-sex couples sleeping together in their own home! They have every right to bar people from anything in their own homes. The blogger believes that right over your home should also apply to your guesthouse.
Miss Diversity as Lady Hale calls herself, claims that Mr and Mrs Bull’s offering of separate rooms to the visitors in their own guesthouse was “an affront to their dignity as human beings”. Actually the real disrespect was shown by the homosexual couple, when they made demands as to what they should be able to do on someone else’s property. We hear a lot about discrimination and equality legislation nowadays; there is a much older principle our judges should remember and that is: “An Englishman’s home is his castle”!