Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Canadian National Public Radio
Calls For Government Regulation of Religion

From The Anchoress:

OTTAWA, July 19, 2005 - Just as Senate approaches the final vote on the gay ‘marriage’ bill, C-38, Canada’s national public radio CBC Radio has aired a commentary by a retired professor from the Royal Military College calling for state control over religion, specifically Catholicism.

While parliamentarians dismissed warnings by numerous religious leaders and experts that such laws would lead to religious persecution, former professor Bob Ferguson has called for “legislation to regulate the practice of religion.”

“Given the inertia of the Catholic Church, perhaps we could encourage reform by changing the environment in which all religions operate,” Ferguson began his commentary in measured tones yesterday. “Couldn’t we insist that human rights, employment and consumer legislation apply to them as it does other organizations? Then it would be illegal to require a particular marital status as a condition of employment or to exclude women from the priesthood. ”

Ferguson continued, “Of course the Vatican wouldn’t like the changes, but they would come to accept them in time as a fact of life in Canada. Indeed I suspect many clergy would welcome the external pressure.”

Continuing his comparison Ferguson stated, “I envisage a congress meeting to hammer out a code that would form the basis of legislation to regulate the practice of religion."

It looks like them Canadians are really thinking through the issues of the day.

I've got an idea, let's regulate what comes out of people's mouths when they open them. Oh yeah, and how about if we form a government oversight commitee responsible for regulating the press, and another one in charge of searching and seizing everybodies property, and ...

Yes, yes, I can see it now, if we just make enough laws, we can have a perfect world, where you know, everybody who is tolerant is cool, and everyone else is, you know, in jail.