The British government returns to the nation’s bedrooms.
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Note that there was no evidence, or even suggestion, that the home had actually discriminated against homosexuals, or that there were not homosexuals among those who refused to participate, even allowing for the fact that the elderly residents might well have not been sexually active anyway. The mere fact they — the residents — had not wished to answer the question was apparently construed as evidence of guilt.
The council also claimed that the home had resisted using images of elderly homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people in its leaflets, and, with the greasily-gross Brezhnev-speak increasingly common among British local authorities, stated: “The Government specifically states the home must be open to the gay and lesbian community and that it must demonstrate this to qualify for funding. In the absence of any willingness to do this, funding has been withdrawn.” If other public authorities feel obliged to act in the same way, many residents of old people’s homes may be forced to either disclose details of their sexuality to government snoopers or find themselves on the streets.
Even in the days of the Henry VIII, who first outlawed homosexuality, or of Cromwell and the Puritans, or of the prosecution and jailing of Oscar Wilde, people minding their own business and leading their own lives had not been forced to make such disclosures.
It has also been announced that from now on the Office for National Statistics will routinely ask people about their “sexual identity” in every household survey it conducts. It will be interesting to see if the present Archbishop of Canterbury has anything to say about a sacred realm of privacy into which the law must not intrude, or the preservation of freedom, self-respect and responsibility.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?