Conflicting Freedoms

I’d forgotten I wrote this.

Liberal Democrats in Northern Ireland

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

Following complaints, the ASA found that the advert did cause serious offence to some readers. The church is now appealing against that ruling.

It is clear that the…

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