Let us re-introduce you to Lillian Ladele.
She may have nice new spectacles and be wearing someone else’s hair but past that glossy exterior lies the same vile homophobe who got the sack from Islington Council because she refused to perform civil partnership ceremonies for the gays. Because she is of Christ. And it’s against God’s holy law (even though – omniscient though He capital ‘h’ may be – it totally slipped his mind to mention in his holy law anything about civil partnerships. Devil!). And she’s a bit of a stickler for God’s holy law.
Oh, except the bit which says you can’t have sex before marriage – because she’s an unmarried mother.
Oh, and the bit that says people of different races can’t marry, because she will marry those.
Oh, and the bit that says that women must be virgins if they are to get married without a honeymoon getting stoned to death.
So, she’s taking Islington back to court, with the help of the nefarious Christian Institute (it’s the ‘no win, no fee’ firm for God-botherers), to quibble about being asked to perform her job, for which she was paid. ‘Cause God says she doesn’t have to and He’s letting her off the shagging without being married thing, ’cause that’s just the kind of guy He is.
And she’s fighting, not just for her own job, but for the rights of Christians everywhere. Because despite being out for every privilege they can get, they are apparently – since time immemorial – a persecuted lot (and you thought that’s what got them off).
Expect to see her charming supporters picketing the Stonewall Awards this Thursday as they did last year. Well, it’s a night out if you haven’t got much on.
One wonders what would happen if Ms. Ladele was caught up in a nasty accident and the only ambulence-men on call refused to attend to her because of their beliefs. To which they are, presumably, equally entitled.