Friday, 20 November 2015

Bigotry? Yes, but...

I have just heard the most astonishing melt-down from (former) BBC radio presenter Iain Lee.

It involved a minister who was conducting services in a prison and he read from 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. Because this passage condemns homosexual practice (among other things) the minister was apparently forced from his role.

Anyway, Iain Lee had Libby Powell on from Christian Concern to talk about the case and he launched a crazy attack on her, barely giving her time to speak, and accusing her of being a bigot.

Bigot - noun, a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief or opinion.

So, a bigot is a person who does not believe someone shouldn't be allowed to hold their opinion.

There certainly was bigotry on display, but it was not from Libby Powell. It is not bigotry to believe certain behaviour is wrong (after all, Iain Lee said that Libby's views were obnoxious and poisonous!). It is not bigotry to seek to persuade people that their behaviour is wrong. It is not bigotry to engage in debate. Bigotry is the attitude that people should not be allowed their opinion, i.e. the attitude of Iain Lee.