I usta like Channel 4, growin up as a little shaver. Late night art films, plenty of exotica talent, if ya know what I mean. Queen's speech done by a real queen at Christmas (they had that Quentin Crisp on one time, I fink). Could be relied upon to have a bit of the other on - comedies like Desmond's, No Problem. Loving it.
But here's their latest - some chat abaht whether that new Lib-Dem leader hates gays because he is Christian. Strike a light, I'm not sayin that fundamentalists are ever the sharpest tools in the box - taking anyfin literally's a mug's game.
So, this Tim Farron got the word from the rest of his gang, and suddenly he's getting asked about his religious beliefs. Specifically, as a evangelical Christian, does he think that homosexuals are sinners? Idiot refuses to answer, points to his voting record, Channel 4 News has a special session about it.
They get a secular member of his party and a psychiatrist (whom they make a point of introducin as a former basketball playa (me, neither)). They toss around a few ideas, the main one bein that Tim's voted the right way when it comes to gay marriage, anutha bein his right to have Christian beliefs and be a politician. Someone shouts witch hunt and the segment ends. Roughly that.
Here's the thin. Tim does think that homosexuals are sinners. If he's been readin his Bible, he thinks everyone is a sinner. There's this bit right at the front of the book, says how all humans are condemned to sin because this bloke Adam was naughty. It's the whole point: humans are sinners.
It's a bit pessimistic and all. Luckily, Jesus came along and redeemed everyone. So it worked out in the end.
In short - asking him what he reckons about any group of people bein sinners misses the point. A better question would have been - 'given your religious beliefs, Mr Farron, do you regard people of a hom'sexual persuasion to be inferior to hetties?'
Because the answer to that would be no, I reckon. Yuman Rights are not some special thing that're only available to the sinless; if they were, only Jesus could have them. Even The Pope would have to shut his yap.
Fundamentalist Christianity, which I think is a heresy anyway, has had a bit o' a 'abit of goin all socially conservative. But Farron said he is a Liberal Democrat. A Liberal. See?
It'd great if the news could call the politicians to account on something that mattered now and again, eh?