Bishop challenges Labour’s ‘secular social engineering’
According to John Smeaton, director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, Fiona McTaggart MP challenged the Roman Catholic Bishop of Lancaster, Patrick O’Donoghue, during a meeting of the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee. The Bishop is the author of a recent book of guidance to Roman Catholic schools called Fit for Mission? – Schools, which unsurprisingly suggests that schools ‘should not support fund-raising appeals with an anti-life ethos’. This naturally offended the pro-abortion, feminist atheist Socialism of Ms McTaggart, who is naturally antithetical to the principles of natural law conservative deism.
It ought not to come as any great surprise that Ms McTaggart opposes the ethos of faith schools (despite having some very successful ones in her constituency), and, like all good Socialists, is intent on imposing a bland, secular, relativist uniformity of perpetual mediocrity upon all (or upon those who cannot afford to escape it).
But the Bishop said that ‘it was not feasible to expect Catholics to support organisations – despite the good work they might do – if their leadership adopted policies contrary to basic Christian principles’. He pointed out that the values upheld by Catholic schools in his diocese ‘were values shared by those of other faiths, such as Moslems’, but even this PC appeal to a minority religion was not going to move Ms McTaggart. Her feminism is unquestionable; her pro-abortion stance is immutable; and her Socialist atheism is at the core of her being. This is the New Labour creed - the new religio-political orthodoxy - against which every dissenting voice is made to sound utterly unreasonable.
Echoing the mission of Prime Minister that Labour suffers all the children to come unto it, Barry Sheerman MP, the Committee Chairman, asked if Church leaders were not worried that church schools ‘had become adept at keeping out poor and needy children’ under the policy of ‘the present occupant of the Vatican’. But the Bishop was having none of this, insisting that Roman Catholic schools within the state comprehensive system should not be selective, and he rejected utterly the proposal that admission quotas for different religious groups should be imposed upon faith schools.
It is evident to all who have eyes and ears that secularism is supplanting Christianity as the faith of the United Kingdom, and the tolerance of the Christian gospel is being replaced by the pathological intolerance of ‘neutral’ liberalism. Rawls may make an appeal to a special domain of the political to accommodate both, but ultimately they are mutually exclusive.
When the Bishop notes that ‘schools and colleges have to cope with increasing government “social engineering” legislation, seeking to impose secular values on our curriculum and ethos…’, he articulates the very intolerance that lies at the heart of the Blair/Brown agenda. Thus he urges that ‘parents, schools and colleges must reject secularized and anti-life sex education, which puts God at the margin of life and regards the birth of a child as a threat’ because this is an imperative if God is to be at the centre of a worshipping school community, and if children are to be inculcated with respect for the sanctity of life.
All the church schools wish to do is to educate children in accordance with their worldview - placing God at the centre of the formative process, teaching morals and spiritual values, with purity outside of marriage (which is male and female) and fidelity within, providing a framework of discipline, imparting respect and tolerance, instilling obedience to Scripture and to Christian orthodoxy.
All of which Barry Sherman dismisses as ‘fundamentalism’.
Well, the same word could be applied to his creed and that of Ms McTaggart.
And again, one notes that it is not the leaders of Muslim, Sikh or Hindu schools who are being very publicly hauled over the coals.
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."