A more accurate analogy would be to Japanese knotweed: the campaigns against gay marriage, stem-cell research, end-of-life dignity, abortion, contraception, evolution, are separate shoots of a rhizome that seeks to strangle diversity and personal freedom in the private, as well as the public sphere.
E-mail this to a friend. And in this context, the victimhood narrative is being recoded: far from enshrining segregation, Christians like the mild-mannered frontman and former Archbishop George Carey are portrayed as villified for standing for their traditional beliefs.
A couple in Newcastle on Tyne showed great initiative by launching the C4EM petition for equality, to counter the bigotry.
Scientific studies show that the financial, psychological, and physical well-being of gay people are enhanced by marriage, and that the children of same-sex parents benefit from being raised by married same-sex couples within a marital union that is recognized by law and supported by societal institutions.
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But just who the Coalition are, beyond a list of over core signatories, is not entirely clear, as Guardian columnist and science author Ben Goldacre has discovered. Christ cared about people; He reached out to the type of people that were shunned by religious traditionalists.
And so on, and so on, with dreary consistency. Remember also, not all those who were urged to sign their name on the petition are necessarily 'enemies', or 'deranged loonies'. Full marks for 'creativity' apply especially to the campaign's effort to market bigotry to the British public. The proportion of marriages which are conducted as religious ceremonies has hit a historic low in England and Wales.
Of these, the Coalition's links with the Christian Institute are particularly close.
That the Christian Institute should push blatant untruths despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary is bad enough. Should bullfighting be banned? But we cannot just laugh this off: the voices of this extreme, fringe brand of Christianity are amplified though high-profile media campaigns, political lobbying, finances for lengthy court cases and disciplined, faithful, driven cohorts to do the groundwork of protesting and petitioning.
The danger of dogma infiltrating science and sex and relationships education remains. The CMF website, as well as denying the genetic cause of homosexuality, also features articles pretending evolution didn't happen , a notion even George Carey finds ridiculous.