The head of the Evil Empire* plans to invade the UK to complain about violations of “natural law”, the BBC reports today.
His problem is with legislation designed to promote equality in the UK. As well as equal rights for Catholics, that also includes equal rights for gay people, including gay people in the Catholic church. Heaven forfend…
“Your country is well-known for its firm commitment to equality of opportunity for all members of society,” he said.
“Yet, as you have rightly pointed out, the effect of some of the legislation designed to achieve this goal has been to impose unjust limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs.
“In some respects it actually violates the natural law upon which the equality of all human beings is grounded and by which it is guaranteed.”
The Catholic church currently bans gay people from senior positions. Yeh right. Just like you can’t get a senior finance job if you’re a bit crooked, or work with choirboys if you’re a bit of a kiddie fiddler.
What makes this particularly great is the response from Terry Sanderson, the President of the National Secular Society. Partly because of his no-nonsense attack:
“The taxpayer in this country is going to be faced with a bill of some £20m for the visit of the Pope – a visit in which he has already indicated he will attack equal rights and promote discrimination.”
But mostly because he does look a little bit like Qui-Gon crossed with Obi-Wan:
*one of them, anyway