Bigot is an ugly word, it should be because is describes an ugly act, and when Nick Clegg’s Office released the text of comments he was going to make that contained the word ‘bigot’ to describe Ministers and other politicians who are trying to derail the Equal Marriage legislation then I thought the spineless wonder had finally got a backbone and decided to stand for something.
Within 90 minutes the spin, excuses, and retractions came flooding out. In my book he should have said nothing and stuck to his guns. I am hoping, though I don’t think Nick is this clever, that he ‘accidentally’ released the text to show his true feelings because a politician could not say such a thing.
Nick is the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam – my home town – and one thing we are good at is saying what we think, calling a spade a spade, the text seems to describe this particular spade fairly well I think.
The text was as follows:
“Continued trouble in the economy gives the bigots a stick to beat us with, as they demand we ‘postpone’ the equalities agenda in order to deal with ‘the things people really care about’.”
The story is that the general gist of what he had to say was that people against Equal Marriage were bigots but it had to be put into ‘political speak’. Already the Lord Carey of the Coalition for Marriage is up in arms calling the words offensive, well Archbishop Carey quite a few of the comments you made about equal marriage were offensive, condescending, and to be honest, bigoted. Pots calling Pans black, no, not really. To deny equal rights in the name of God is worst than bigotry, and ‘if the shoe fits’.
The continual remarks of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Scotland range from bizarre to deeply offensive to people are grieving for the lost partners. The comments have been founded on nothing less than uninformed bigotry, so why not call opposition to Equal Marriage what is – bigotry?
I respect people who feel uncomfortable with equal marriage, but these people will not be having a same-sex wedding, and if they are invited they are totally free not to attend if invited. The Christians, and it is mainly the upper echelons of the clergy, think they have the final say on marriage, again it is the State that validates a marriage, or how could atheists or people of various faith ‘get married’. These misconceptions, that is a ‘Church thing’, are from fairly clever people who are not looking at the facts, but decide on their view of the world.
Not all people who are against equal marriage are bigots, but a lot of them are – including Lord Carey.
If only Nick hadn’t retracted the statement …
PS: Channel 4 News on discussing this item added a little unintentional humours by calling it a ‘cock up’ !