Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Love and Marriage

'Child,' said the Director, 'it is not a question of how you or I look on marriage but how my Masters look on it.'

'Someone said they were very old-fashioned. But –'

'That was a joke. They are not old-fashioned; but they are very, very old.'

'They would never think of finding out first whether Mark and I believed in the ideas of marriage?'

'Well – no,' said the Director with a curious smile. 'No. Quite definitely they wouldn't think of doing that.'

'And it would make no difference to them what a marriage was actually like – whether it was a success? Whether the woman loved her husband?'

Jane had not exactly intended to say this: much less to say it in the cheaply pathetic tone which, it now seemed to her, she had used. Hating herself, and fearing the Director's silence, she added, 'But I suppose you will say I oughtn't to have told you that.'

'My dear child,' said the Directory, 'you have been telling me that ever since your husband was mentioned.'

'Does it make no difference?'

'I suppose,' said the Director, 'it would depend on how he lost your love.'

Jane was silent. Though she could not tell the Director the truth, and indeed did not know it herself, yet when she tried to explore her inarticulate grievance against Mark, a novel sense of her own injustice, and even of pity for her husband, arose in her mind. And her heart sank, for now it seemed to her that this conversation, to which she had vaguely looked for some sort of deliverance from all problems, was in fact involving her in new ones.

'It was not his fault,' she said at last. 'I suppose our marriage was just a mistake.'

The Director said nothing.

'What would you – what would the people you are talking of – say about a case like that?'

'I will tell you if you really want to know,' said the Director.

'Please,' said Jane reluctantly.

'They would say,' he answered, 'that you do not fail in obedience through lack of love, but have lost love because you never attempted obedience.'

from That Hideous Strength, by C. S. Lewis.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

We Need Free Speech

The Christian Institute is alerting people to the fact that the Government is seeking to remove the free speech clause from the homosexual hatred law via the Coroners and Justice Bill that is currently going through Parliament. The protection that this clause gives was included on the instigation of Lord Waddington, and was approved by Parliament only last year.

This law needs free speech protection, just like the law relating to the incitement of religious hatred. I am dismayed by many things that are said against my faith; but I recognise that, in a strong democracy, there should be freedom to say such things. In the same way, homosexual people should recognise that others may not share their opinions and are entitled to discuss and publish differing viewpoints. No group of people should be allowed to silence those who disagree with them.

The historic, orthodox Christian belief is that the practice of homosexuality is sinful. Christians should be allowed to retain the freedom to say what they believe in a democracy.

Here's just one example of the way things are moving. How long before it will be illegal to speak openly at all in the name of Christ?