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What Can Government Tell Religion To Do Or Not Do?

The Archbishop of Canterbury made an effort to bring together competing groups within his own church as he confronted the government on its power to make decisions for religious groups. Rowan Williams appealed to conservatives and liberals within the Anglican Church to show tolerance and respect for one another’s ideas over issues such as gay rights. Even as he spoke, Henry Orombi, Archbishop of Uganda, announced his support for legislation that would deny rights to gays and lesbians. Williams recognizes that the Anglican Church can split apart on the issue of gay rights, but it is clear conservatives will not accept any compromise which allows gays and lesbians to be church officials.

At the same time, Rowan Williams expressed dismay over actions by the British government to ensure equality for gays in the Anglican Church. The Archbishop of Canterbury said he was not challenging the right of government to extend equality to gays and lesbians, but he challenged “whether government had the right to tell religious bodies” who they had to hire for church duties.

Rowan Williams raises legitimate issues as to whether religious groups should be subject to government laws about not discriminating against gays and lesbians in hiring. Fortunately, in England there is no one heading the Anglican Church like Bishop Orombi who recently said: “homosexual practice has no place in God’s design of creation.” I will have to check with God on that one.


Each day we offer a sample of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post; “Mermaid Heads For China”
She will take the route around Africa.

Australia, Brisbane Times: “Woman Takes Child To Jewel Heist”
You can never start to early in life to get a child into an occupation.

South Africa, Argus: “Could President Zuma Smell The Excrement?”
I don’t know, but I am certain President Obama smells it coming out of Congress.

UK, Guardian: “Catholic Church To Receive Anglicans”
Just kiss the papal ring and you’re in.

China, China Daily: “French University Selling Degrees To Chinese”
What will these Chinese think of next about getting into various enterprises?

Saudi Arabia, Saudi Gazette: “Scientists Discover 22 New Planets”
They are headed as far away as they can get from we Earthians!

Kuwait, Kuwait Times: “Want To Get Pregnant-Just Relax”
Let the Viagra do its work.

Israel, Haaretz: “How Can Jews Have Interfaith Dialogue With Anti-Semite Muslims”
In the same manner that Muslims can have interfaith dialogue with anti-Muslim Jews!

Sweden, The Local: “Bicyclist Fined For Seeking Alcohol Test”
We only handle drunk car drivers.