Can MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld co-exist with religion? Not really. Can she co-exist with reason? Not at all.

sophie in t veldThe Chair of the aggressively anti-religious “Platform for Secularism in Politics”, whose aim it is to silence the voice of religious believers in the public sphere, all of a sudden seems to have developed a keen interest in dialogue with “religious leaders”. Not all of them, though, but just a certain kind. Just the other day she participated in an event entitled “Faith and Family Planning” where she met with “Religious leaders in support of family planning and reproductive health services”, and on 1 October she will speak on an event hosted by a group called the “Global Faith and Secular Alliance” (GISA), where she will debate the interesting question Can faith and freedom co-exist?.

The pattern remains always the same: last time it was faith-cum-abortion, now it’s faith-cum-sodomy. The apparent purpose is to show that the immoral behaviours she is promoting are somehow reconcilable with religious faith, and so she plays chummy with some self-identified “religious leaders” such as the notorious Jon O’Brien of “Catholics for Choice” (CFC). Unfortunately CFC represents no one except its estimated membership of less than ten people – but never mind. O’Brien will be grateful for the free meal.

Or maybe is he paying for the meal himself? The only trace that one can find of the “Global Alliance” is in fact on his own website. So apparently GISA is simply a façade set up by CFC, which in its turn is a fake operation run by Planned Parenthood.

The message that the organisers want to go out is predictable: yes, “faith” can co-exist with “freedom” – provided that it accepts its total submission under that particular version of “freedom” which would be better described as a nihilistic and brutal ideology.

But Sophie is missing an important point here. Her bizarre understanding of freedom is itself very similar to a religion, with abortion and sodomy playing the role of sacraments. A woman who has never had an abortion, or a man who has never made the experience of sodomy, have simply missed out on their initiation into “freedom”…

The question is not whether abortion and sodomy are compatible with “faith”, for that clearly depends on the kind of “faith” someone may choose to make up for himself. The real question is whether abortion and sodomy can be reconciled with reason. And the answer is: no, they can’t.

So rather than discussing matter with such marginal figures as Jon O’Brien or Evelyne Paradis of ILGA Europe, Sophie might take a day off to meditate the questions whether the killing of babies constitutes a reasonable use of one’s freedom, or how sexual practices that are by nature sterile and conducive to contagious diseases can be deemed reasonable.

Religion is not needed to understand the truth about abortion and sodomy. Reason suffices.

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