Preposterously Reverend Lord Professor Bishop Baron Lord Richard Harries, Baron Pentregarth, Gresham Professor of Divinity, Baron, Bishop, Professor, Lord…

Scotland face England tonight. While I’m Welsh and British, I am also, far more importantly, Christian.

You see Christians have a higher loyalty. Our minds are set on higher things. It’s just one of the ways that we’re so much better than everyone else. Naturally, if anyone attacks this wonderful, higher level of elevated thinking, we band together to protect our invisible magic friend club.

There have even been people, whose minds were not sufficiently elevated, who consider the Church responsible for covering up offences against children. You must simply learn to accept our moral superiority and leadership.

3 thoughts on “Preposterously Reverend Lord Professor Bishop Baron Lord Richard Harries, Baron Pentregarth, Gresham Professor of Divinity, Baron, Bishop, Professor, Lord…

  1. Perfectly skewered by Rev Peter.
    It’s all very well feeling that your religion links you to a wider community than mere nationality; and perhaps you really do feel that the religious side of your ‘being’ trumps (perhaps an unfortunate choice of verb, there) all others. Fine. Just don’t expect to exert control and power based on your religious tenets over those not of your religious persuasion.

    The problem is that all too often we DO find this intrusion into our lives – and Harries and his fellow prelates sitting in the Upper House of our ‘democratic’ parliament, a right granted solely by their being props of the Established Church, is but one example. Okay, there’s a difference between religious figures having a say in our legislation and the Islamic theocracies which control other states. But if certain people have their way, instead of seeing the end of the Lords Spiritual we shall instead find representatives of other faiths appointed ‘as of right,’ with uncertain but very likely detrimental consequences.

    There’s effectively a ban on religion in the USA’s educational and legislative institutions – and still Christianity has much of the country in an iron grip. But a completely secular Parliament, and secular education system in this country would be a very good move towards containing unfair and unwanted intrusion of religion into a secular society.


  2. Jerry Coyne has written an interesting little essay on ‘social constructs’ on his site today: He suggests that both nationalities and religions are clear examples of social constructs, in that neither exists independently of human decision making and social agreement. But at least nationalities are based, at least in part, on objective factors such as geography and culture. Religions are ultimately based on ignorance and superstition. I know which I would prefer to owe my loyalty to.


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