But being gay is not a 'belief' is it?
As for the church not trying to take away gay people's rights - luckily they can't but it has not stopped them trying to prevent positive changes being made. Look right now at the CofE's response the the government wanting to allow Gay marriage as opposed to only Civil partnerships - Sentamu was writing in the Guardian the other day about how awful it was.
The question of catholic adoption is a difficult one - if the agencies in question receive no public funding then I guess they are within their rights to only allow catholic adoption? The problem is that you inhenrently believe that being Gay is wrong - which I think is absolutely disgusting because you are discriminating against people based on belief in a book written two thousand years ago.
What I dont understand is why Christianity has an issue with Gay people. The Bible has lots of things that have since been dropped (eating of shellfish, slavery, child marriage to name but a few) so why can you not accept that being gay is perfectly fine?
A number of interesting points, let's ty to go through them for you-
Being gay is not a belief, true, and frankly I neither know, nor care, exactly what sexual orientation people are (okay, I assume married people are hetero, but that aside, it is none of my business), however, there are groups who approach "gay rights" with religious fervour. The marriage in Church thing is a perfect example of this.
Tell me, if the attitude of the mainstream religions (Catholicism, Anglicans, Islam) is so abhorrent to those who are gay, why the hell do they want to get married in our places of worship? The truth is, the average couple, under those circumstances, would not want to be maaried in a group which rejected their lifestyle. And who can blame them? Not me.
Catholic churches will not marry you if neither of you is Catholic, one of you will need to convert to the church first, and one of the tenets of our faith is that homosexuality is not natural.
Of course you are free to reject that opinion, just as we are free to reject yours. And, yes, of course a number of Catholics are homosexual, some are priests. How they deal with this conflict is between them and God (in the case of priests, they are supposed to be celebate so their orientation is irrelevant, again in a perfect world).
Nor will a Catholic priest marry you if you refuse to being up your children as Catholics.
So, should we stop discriminating against non-Catholics too? Or does the state not already provide for those we won't marry?
Marriage in church is not some sort of birthright, it is a religious ceremony, carried out by ministers of your faith, and if you reject the beliefs of the religious body then why would they want to marry you?
Your point about anything we pay for (adoption agencies) being ours to decide- er, no. Not in British law. Anti-discrimination legislation applies across the board.
As for the book "written two thousand years ago", some parts are closer to three and a half thousand years, and that is the point, really. It has withstood the test of time. Many things justified by the Bible, in the past, actually are never justifed in scripture, it has been used to justify them by using certain passages and ignoring others. You are free to reject the life it advocates, we are free to point to the way we see society degenerating nowadays with this "anything goes" attitude and ask, are we really so wrong to hold on to what we think is right.
It is not so much that the Church, nowadays, has much issue with those who are gay, but a small minority of those who are gay seem to want to force their beliefs down the Church's throat in the name of equal rights.
You'll notice, I hope, that I have not described your beliefs in this topic as "disgusting"?
Maybe I have more respect for freedom of speech and belief than you?