Parliamentary process "scorned in the rush to redefine marriage"
Michael Kirke | 14 Dec 2012
Outrage seems too mild a term to describe the reaction which is evident across Britain in the wake of the government’s decision there to press on with its redefinition of marriage. Yesterday's Daily Telegraph in its editorial comment decried the needles import to Britain of what it called America's "culture wars" on this issue.
British Government plans to introduce gay “marriage” bill next week
Michael Kirke | 12 Dec 2012
The British Government is expected to announce legislation for what it calls 'Equal Civil Marriage' next week. It will also publish results of its recent 'Consultation' on the issue. The formal debate on the Bill will not take place until the New Year.
The looming dictatorship of the "egalitarians"
Michael Kirke | 19 Nov 2012
We’re heading for economic dictatorship according to a writer in today’s Sunday Telegraph (UK). But another story carries a grimmer message – that Britain is already in the grip of a more pervasive and sinister dictatorship. “Primary school teachers 'could face sack' for refusing to promote gay marriage”.
Marriage on the rocks
Michael Kirke | 13 Nov 2012
The likely result of gay and lesbian pressure groups pushing for the redefining of marriage is going to be that the institution will become a meaningless charade and disappear from the face of the earth. This is the ultimate conclusion of William J. Haun, a lawyer in Washington, D.C., writing in the current issue of First Things.
Devaluing the currency
Michael Kirke | 11 Nov 2012
Among the things which were disturbing on the campaign periphery was the vitriolic and abusive language which some commentators in the mainstream media – if the Huffington Post can now be described as such – are prepared to descend to in the debate on this issue.
Approaching the last taboo
Michael Kirke | 9 Oct 2012
Witte is content to let people have sex with however many people they want. But in marriage, he says, the state must insist that it knows best. In a wedded union, three is a crowd. Brake argues for an almost complete disestablishment of marriage. Even same-sex marriage (SSM) advocates are too restrictive for Brake in that they would confer benefits on two people alone; SSM advocates leave out “urban tribes, best friends, quirkyalones, polyamorists” and other diverse groups united by a common bond of caring.
Love, Sex and Marriage in the Tower of Babel
Michael Kirke | 3 Oct 2012
In a lecture on Love, Sex and Marriage in Liberal Societies, delivered to the Iona Institute in Dublin last Friday night, Professor Haldane argued that about the only non-conflicted terms in his title were the two words “and” and “in”. Everything else had more or less gone by the board and utter confusion seemed to reign around them in public and private discourse. The consequences of this were nothing short of disastrous.
All men are equal, but...
Michael Kirke | 24 Sep 2012
Britain’s Coalition For Marriage has sought an expert legal opinion on the perceived threats to freedom of conscience in the destruction of marriage now promised by the British Government. Add to that similar threats in the public policies of the USA, France and Ireland – to name just three. If you take away freedom of conscience you destroy, not only Liberty itself but one of the foundations of Fraternity, respect for the individual conscience of my brother.
Don't say you weren't promised this
Michael Kirke | 23 Sep 2012
Writer-director Nick Cassavetes unveiled his new movie “Yellow” at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month. The main character’s incestuous love affair with her own brother is central to the story and had Cassavetes saying some disturbing things at his Festival press conference.