The Brits had us believing they are strongly in support of democratic freedoms – such as freedom of expression – after the recent murders of several members of a satirical magazine’s staff in Paris.
They were banging on about the rights of the magazine’s writers and cartoonists to PUBLICLY mock Muslims and their religion.
But a magistrate in Britain has been disciplined for PRIVATELY expressing his view that children should be raised by a traditional family – one with a mother and mother – rather than by one of these modern arrangements whereby a gay couple can marry and raise kids.
It so happens Alf shares the magistrate’s view on this matter.
He therefore understands why the magistrate was shocked when he learned he had been reported to the judges’ watchdog in the United Kingdom for alleged prejudice and was suspended from sitting on family court cases.
The magistrate now must attend some equality course to have his ideas sorted out.
This is another way of saying his straight thinking has to be bent to align with the demands of political correctness.
Alf is prompted to recall the thought-fixing ways of the Spanish Inquisition, established in 1478 by Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile.
It was intended to maintain Catholic orthodoxy in their kingdoms and to replace the Medieval Inquisition, which was under Papal control. It became the most substantive of the three different manifestations of the wider Christian Inquisition along with the Roman Inquisition and Portuguese Inquisition.
The Inquisition was originally intended in large part to ensure the orthodoxy of those who converted from Judaism and Islam. This regulation of the faith of the newly converted was intensified after the royal decrees issued in 1492 and 1501 ordering Jews and Muslims to convert or leave.
It sounds as if the magistrate in Britain similarly must convert or quit.
The Mail on Sunday tells the story of political correctness gone mad:
A Christian magistrate has been disciplined by a Tory Cabinet Minister for expressing the belief that children should be raised by both a mother and a father.
Richard Page told colleagues behind closed doors during an adoption case that he thought it would be better for a child to be brought up in a traditional family rather than by a gay couple.
He was shocked a week later when he found he had been reported to the judges’ watchdog for alleged prejudice, and was suspended from sitting on family court cases.
He has now been found guilty of serious misconduct by Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling and ordered to go on an equality course before he is allowed back in the courtroom.
The married 68-year-old was told he had broken the oath sworn by all Justices of the Peace (JPs) as well as Labour’s controversial Equality Act, by being guided by his religious views and discriminating against the same-sex adoptive parents.
Critics are saying this is another example of how people who hold traditional Christian views feel they have no freedom of speech and find it difficult to hold public office in modern Britain.
Mr Page told The Mail on Sunday: ‘There is tremendous pressure to keep quiet and go along with what is seen to be politically correct.
‘Everyone else seems to be allowed to stand up for their beliefs except for Christians.’
As a lay judge he is not required to be legally qualified but is meant to ‘bring a broad experience of life to the bench’ in making decisions.
In the case that brought about his undoing, social workers presented a report on an adoption case in the courtroom.
Page then went into a separate meeting room with fellow magistrates to discuss whether or not to approve the placement order with the prospective parents.
It was at that point, behind closed doors, that Mr Page said he raised several questions about whether or not the adoption was appropriate, and also mentioned his view as a Christian that it would be better for the child to be raised by a mother and a father rather than the prospective parents who were two men.
‘I think there is something about a man, a woman and a baby, that it’s natural and therefore the others are not. That is the comment that I made,’ he said.
‘Therefore, since my task as a magistrate is to do the best for the child, my feeling was, quite reasonably, that a man and a woman would be better.’
Page has been a magistrate for 15 years.
The Mail on Sunday says his record has been unblemished and his views as an evangelical Christian have never caused problems before, either on the bench or in his former job as a manager at an NHS mental health trust.
He and his wife, who have three grown-up children, had been foster parents themselves and he hoped this background would prove useful when he became a JP.
Sadly, Page is the latest in a series of Christians who have either been disciplined or forced out of their jobs for expressing their views publicly.
But he is in trouble for expressing his views privately.
The Thought Police are operating in this country, too.
Oh, and let’s not forget that the Brits are busy endorsing the spread of sharia courts to accommodate Muslim demands at the same time as they stifle expressions of Christian faith and doctrine.
The authorities responsible for those decisions should be going to equality courses, too.