Now that Anglicans, Catholics and Muslims (and others) have joined together to protect the 'conscience' of their respective flocks and their 'freedom' to be..(wait for it)..homophobic....we now know the truth about religion (it is clear for all to see).
There is no point trying to claim it is just hardliners and extremists within religion that are homophobic (as some have), we are talking here about the Archbishop of Canterbury and the full might of the Catholic Church being brought to bear on a PM and Labour leadership renowned for its political cowardice. To their credit for once, this time the government has resisted the PM's demands for political expediency and not caved in.
These religion's argument (if you can call it that) is ridiculous.
Imagine if someone said 'it is my right to discriminate against black people, you can't overide my conscience'. I mean I'm sure this argument was used in the 1950's and 1960's and probably won some support then. Now it would be seen for what it is - a bigoted piece of idiocy. The current argument of the organised religions is the same piece of bigoted idiocy against gay people and it should be exposed as just that.
UPDATE: If rumours are true, Alan Johnson and Peter Hain were considering resigning if Blair hadn't backed down over this. I am going to post my views on the deputy leadership soon. I would like to know where all the candidates stand on this issue.
A mention also for Andrew and Tom who have written fine posts on this.