Johann Hari vs Ann Widdecombe on the future of Christianity
In the briefest of interludes, Johann Hari says:
1) 'The factual claims Christianity makes have been proven to be false.'
2) 'The nasty dogmas that lead people to discriminate against gay people or treat women badly because God commanded it...will wither.'
To which His Grace responds:
1) If a fact has been proven to be false, it was not a fact in the first place. Which factual claims made by Christianity have been proven to be false?
2) How is it possible to belong to a religion (any religion) without discriminating against those who do not belong? Is that not freedom of association? Are traditional Christian beliefs and the teachings of the Church now to be subject to an illiberal and intolerant creed of equality and rights? The nasty dogmata that lead people to discriminate against Christians are incompatible with liberalism, liberty and tolerance. And where, pray, do the commands of God or the teachings of the Church encourage people to treat women badly? As far as His Grace can see, men are instructed to love their wives as Christ loves the Church (Eph 5:25).
There is so much more His Grace could comment upon, but there is a weary feeling of pearl before swine. It is simply not possible to dialogue with the deaf when they prohibit sign language and then feign blindness to avoid lip-reading.