In message <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, girlsown- [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes >1. Any discrimination based on any ground such as sex, race, colour, >ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, >political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, >property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation shall be >prohibited. > >If you really believe, as Buttiglione apparently does, that >homosexuality is a sin and that marriage is an insitution designed for >women to have children with the protection of a man and that all single >mothers are bad mothers then you really shouldn't be representing an >organisation that supports the apparently despised liberal values of >fairness and equality for all. And yes, if that isn't being a bigoted >right-wing fundamentalist, what is ? Though obviously these are not >values everyone would despise.
Fun though this is, I feel certain Helen A will soon tell us to put a sock in it... Nevertheless, and until that sorry day, I think it's perfectly possible to imagine a world-view which regarded some acts as sinful but didn't discriminate structurally against those known to perform them. I might for example regard gluttony as a sin, but I wouldn't for that reason select students for thinness or react adversely to one weighing 300 pounds. Also, on a point of accuracy, he didn't say single mothers were bad mothers. He was using the idea of a single mother and a single father getting married as an analogy for something-or-other. There was an implication that both parents might like getting married, but that was all. I don't think he said he despised liberal values either, which don't have to be the same as enthusiastic agreement with anything people might do. What happened to the ideal of toleration, which is not the same as warm acceptance, but more a kind of organised shrug, a chacun a son gout? I do think the response to this guy has been OTT. -- Diane Purkiss -- ________________________________________ Girlsown mailing list [EMAIL PROTECTED] For self-administration and access to archives see http://home.it.net.au/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/girlsown For FAQs see http://www.club-web.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/girlsown/faq-0.htm