Posted by: njs44 | February 3, 2010

Defender of the faith

I am appalled to learn that religious intolerance is still allowed in this country. If I were to attack the faith of a Muslim or a Jew I would rightly be condemned. But people seem to think it is fine to attack Catholics. Because the Pope is planning to visit this country in the autumn there has been much publicity about him. Because the debate about faith school entrance criteria rumbles on it seems I can never open the newspaper without someone else wading in and telling me that my faith is wrong for this reason or that. I don’t mind people telling me my beliefs are wrong. They are perfectly entitled to their opinion, as I am to my own. But when their hostility goes beyond reasonable levels, it is time to take a stand. Today the editor of the Tablet writes

It was at a party hosted by the Today programme that I realised what hostility to the Catholic church is like. A well-known journalist bore down on me, telling me what an appalling outfit it was – “a pile of bloody rubbish”, and far worse.

You can read the whole article here

As a follow-up to yesterday’s blog, the Papal visit gets more coverage in this article by Simon Jenkins.


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