The Roman Catholic church has sent a letter (they’re big on letters, this lot, aren’t they? Maybe they have a batch of Holly Hobbie notelets left over from Christmas) to every state-funded Catholic secondary school in England and Wales asking them to encourage pupils to sign a petition against gay marriage. Now, where do you start with that one?
You could say that the idea of the church trying to influence the way young people think is abhorrent, but then that is their stock in trade. Why do you think they’re so obsessed with children? Not just because they like their peach-fuzz bottoms, but because if you introduced the wonders of Christianity to an adult who had their wits about them, they would quite rightly tell you you were mad and also needed to sort out your teeth and clothes. But if you take a small child you can make him believe in God the same as he believes in Paddington Bear, Father Christmas and the little boy on the Haribo packets.
The fact that these are state-funded schools i.e. schools that we and you and a dog named Boo are paying our taxes to support so that the children of Catholics can get a better education than everyone else, makes that bitter pill even more tricky to get down. And let’s face it, kids, we can get stuff down.
The Catholic Education Service asked schools to draw pupils’ attention to the petition being organised by the Coalition for Marriage, a hair-brained bunch of hard right Christians that is pretending it has almost half a million signatures.
Oh and while we’re on the subject, why are their lampoons of the Some People Are Gay campaign always so lame and badly executed? Shoddy, shoddy, shoddy.
Not content with raping the children of the faithful, the Catholic Church now wants those children to do its dirty work,