I’d forgotten I wrote this.
It is a truism, but in a free society, like the one we aim for, the freedoms of one group of people may sometimes infringe on the freedoms of another group. Balancing these conflicting freedoms is a complex task. For example, I believe the following things.
- People should be allowed to express their religion
- People should be allowed to be open about their sexuality
To me, these freedoms are equal: expressing your love for your god is of the same importance as expressing your love for your partner.
Here in Belfast there is an interesting example of a clash between those two freedoms. In 2008, the Sandown Free Presbyterian Church published an advert with the headline
THE WORD OF GOD AGAINST SODOMY
It is clear that the…
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