Dr Evan Harris's hypocritical sleight of tweet
But the interesting thing about Evan Harris's tweet was its second instalment, in which he acknowledges that the Church has as much right as any group to lobby for its preferred policies, but should be granted 'no privileged status or access'. This is an interesting sleight of tweet, for Dr Harris appears to conflate the Church of England with the Church of Rome, which, of course, has neither privileged status nor access in the United Kingdom. Or perhaps it is simply convenient for him to lump them all in together.
That aside, there is a curious hypocrisy here, for why should the Church, which represents many millions, be prohibited 'privileged status or access', while Dr Evan Harris, who represents no-one, be granted precisely that? Why should an ordinary citizen have direct and manifestly privileged access to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister? And by what democratic right is Dr Harris granted privileged status to attend meetings of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party? Why should status and access be denied to Christian leaders who would uphold the orthodox (and majority) view of marriage, but granted to the secularist individual who seeks to usher in an era of pro-death liberalisation?
Dr Harris will not respond to these questions, of course. For His Grace is undoubtedly bigoted, hateful and homophobic; and quite possibly even anti-Semitic merely for having the temerity to draw attention to this liberal hypocrisy.