Orange Lodge supports Catholics:
The trend [of "foes within Christianity and even within the realm of traditional religion . . . beginning to recognize the threat to religious freedom being imposed by the growing intolerance for traditional morality"] could not be more clearly illustrated than with the news this week that the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, traditionally known for its mortal conflict with the Catholic Church, has officially backed Catholic leadership on the question of homosexual adoption.
The UK government has informed the Catholic Church in the UK that it will not receive an exemption from Sexual Orientation Regulations which would force the Catholic Church to permit homosexual adoption. Official Catholic teaching states that homosexual adoption does "violence" to children since they would be placed in an environment that is not conducive to their full human development.
Ian Wilson, the Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, announced publicly this week the Lodge's support in the matter for the head of the Catholic Church of England and Wales, Cormac Cardinal Murphy O'Connor. "There has to be more tolerance of the views of people of faith, and that includes the Cardinal," Wilson told The Scotsman. "Broadly speaking, the Lodge would take an orthodox, traditional Christian view of this - we see the family as a man and a woman."
But wait! That's not all!:
The leaders of the Church of England, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Archbishop of York John Sentamu, supported the Catholic position in a letter to British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Also this week, Britain's Muslim Council the leading UK body representing Islam, issued a statement saying the group "fully supports the principled stand taken by the leaders of the Catholic and Anglican Churches."
The UK's Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, regarded as Judaism's highest authority in the UK, waded into the fray as well. Speaking of the new law he spoke of the need for respect for religion. "Jewish law is unequivocally committed," he said, "to the principle of marriage and the family: the stable association of husband, wife and child. This is at the very core of Jewish spirituality and cannot be compromised."
Well, at the very least, maybe now I should quit teasing my husband (who's half-Scots and 1/8th Ulsterite, with Orangemen in the "closet") for his "Orange" background - even though he was raised in a nice Catholic family and is an exemplary Catholic himself. P. J. O'Rourke said in "Parliament of Whores" that unintended consequences is the one piece of legislation that is always passed - this is definitely a pleasant, and unlooked for, consequence of the Church being backed into a corner by an areligious, or even antireligious, government.