TUC calls for Christian to be sacked from Equality and Human Right Commission
According to the Trades Union Congress, no Christian (apart from he nominal variety) could possibly defend the rights of the oppressed, and they have therefore called for Joel Edwards, director of the Evangelical Alliance, to be removed as an Equality and Human Rights Commissioner.
The motion was moved by one Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah, who was ‘appalled’ by his appointment, and even moreso that he retains the support of the EHRC chairman, Trevor Phillips. She said: ‘Joel Edwards has clearly stated that same sex relationships are morally wrong and sinful. How on earth is he going to look at gay and lesbian issues when he has made a career out of opposing equality for LGBT people?’
She asked how people would respond ‘if he was to say the same thing about disabled people, Muslims, or older people, saying it would not be tolerated’.
And she is firmly of the view that ‘his appointment has distorted the concept of human rights’, and the Conference, which represents 6.5 million members in the UK, agreed to campaign for the immediate removal of Mr Edwards from his position.
The curious dimension of Ms Opoku-Gyimah’s perspective is that she presents Mr Edwards and the EA s being stridently ‘anti-gay’, ‘anti-equality’ and therefore ‘anti-justice’. Certainly, the organisation gave evidence to a House of Commons committee opposing the new crime of ‘incitement to violence on the grounds of sexual orientation’. But this was concerned with issues of religious liberty and freedom of expression. And certainly they also opposed the Sexual Orientation Regulations - which ensure equality of gay, lesbian and bisexual people when accessing goods and services- but, again, on the grounds of religious and civil liberties.
There appears to be an insistence by the TUC that all Equality Commissioners must share the same outlook and the same beliefs. This Marxist strategy is designed eradicate the expression of a range of views and opinions, and to silence debate, especially that which may relate to an expression of Christian orthodoxy.
According to her biography, Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah is proud of being ‘a black woman, a mother, a partner, a daughter, a friend, a sister, a full-time civil servant, a dog owner, an events coordinator / part of an executive committee for a voluntary organisation and not forgetting a Black Member Rep for PCS Proud’.
Apparently, she is a civil servant. One wonders which sorts of civilians she would be incapable of serving. After all, she could not possibly assist or represent the views of heterosexual white males, fathers, married couples, sons, brothers or cat owners.
Cranmer thinks she ought to be sacked from the civil service for failing to uphold its principles of anti-discrimination and tolerance of religious minorities, and for her manifest prejudice towards Mr Edwards for daring to be a Christian.
And, finally, why did she not propose a motion at the 2006 TUC Conference to demand the sacking of Ruth Kelly after Tony Blair appointed her as Equalities Minister? Is it because Mrs Kelly is a woman, a mother, a sister... and Labour?