Coel Hellier has created a list of what he considers to be Britain’s “10 Worst Violations of Religious Equality.”
(4) Bishops in the Lords: Why are we the only nation other than Iran that has special places in our legislature for religious clerics? The House of Lords is of course a historical hodge-podge that would be hard to defend in any case, but the idea of Church of England bishops having 26 places in the Lords where they can vote on our laws is about 300 years out of date. They use this privilege to oppose moral advances, for example voting against civil partnerships and gay marriage, and then pretending that they didn’t.
They’re still helping to block the legalisation of assisted suicide, against the wishes of 71% of the nation… [Unbelievably], when Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg proposed Lords reform in 2012 he advocated elected members … and the retention of some unelected bishops!
Hmm… They’re giving Republicans a run for their money.
You can all fight over what’s worse: Bishops getting automatic seats in the House of Lords or Americans electing religious wingnuts even when we don’t have to.
Check out the rest of Coel’s list and offer your own additions/changes below!