Wednesday, October 11, 2006

A question of morals

The Church of EnglandThe Church of England has published it's response to the Law Commission's consultation on cohabitation. As one would expect, the Church recommends "that public policy should promote and encourage marriage, as it contributes to the common good" and accordingly it rejects both "the notion of an opt-in to a new legal status for cohabitees on the ground that this runs a serious risk of undermining marriage" and "the proposals for reform based on the length of cohabitation for couples who do not have children on the grounds that this is more likely to give substance to the myth of common-law marriage, rather than dispel it". However, citing "the example and teaching of Jesus, standing alongside those with no voice, especially children", it is "sympathetic to reform that addresses the effect of relationship breakdown on children and those who make sacrifices to care for them".

I'm sure the Law Commission will give considerable weight to the views of the C of E. However, what amuses me about the response is it's reference in paragraph 14 to addressing "situations that fall short of biblical ideals". Exactly what 'biblical ideals' are they referring to? Perhaps the ideal that homosexuality is a sin, or maybe even the ideal that a man should stone his wife to death if he discovers she is not a virgin? Of course, I'm certain that any member of the Church of England will say they do not agree with stoning wives (although no doubt many will still say homosexuality is a sin), but this is because of their own morality, not the teaching of the Bible. Why should the laws of this country be so influenced by the 'moral guidance' of religion?


  1. Reminded of this quote

    I’m reminded of a joke that went around during the Internet bubble:

    1. Give stuff away
    2. ? ? ?
    3. Profit!

    COE’s promotion of “that public policy should promote and encourage marriage, as it contributes to the common good” each other sounds similar:

    Defend marriage
    ? ? ?
    Good influence on society!

    Shamelessly stolen from

  2. If I remenber my RE (religious education) classes, as a child, Christ said "let he who is without sin cast the first stone".
    Point being, as no one is without sin, it is wrong to stone women taken in adultery. So bible does teach stoning is wrong, at least to Christians (assuming CofE is still Christian!)

  3. Well, that depends upon which 'rule' you choose to follow. Anyway, why is no one without sin? What an appalling concept.


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