DUP Councillor Thomas Kerrigan is what I would call a dinosaur. I thought they had gone extinct, but looking at the rest of the no voters on equal marriage and by the DUP’s petition of concern, it appears not.
I asked Arlene Foster on Wednesday evening on the Nolan show why the DUP didn’t represent their voters, when 48% of them were in favour of equal marriage. I didn’t get an answer other than “you expect me not to be in politics because of my faith”. My answer is ‘no and yes’; I don’t mind you being of faith, but once you start to use faith to justify discrimination then no, I don’t want you involved in politics.
There are scientists of faith – they don’t go into work, open a bible and look there for answers to the questions of the natural world. The same should be expected of politicians; look at the information available and make a rational, humane decision. If you can’t do that how can I expect you to have any notion about running the country? This is a secular democracy, not a theocracy.
Councillor Kerrigan made the comment that prayer can heal and that his lord was a healer. That’s total poppycock. Mountains of studies and available evidence tell us there has never been a time that prayer has actually healed anyone, beyond as a placebo effect. This notion that his lord is listening and answering prayers can be simply tested – allow a democratic vote on equal marriage rather than vetoing it. If your prayer works and the lord can answer prayers, then you shouldn’t have an issue winning the vote. This is quite apart from his false and harmful contention that homosexuality is an illness.
Equality is a must. If Arlene adheres to scripture as she claims to, perhaps she needs to leave politics and remain silent?
“A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.” (1 Timothy 2:11-14).