NB – This essay does not constitute an endorsement or condemnation by the Libertarian Alliance of any candidate in the present General Election. SIG
If I hadn’t known better I’d imagine that reports of the existence of Tim Farron were ‘fake news’.
He’s finally said that he doesn’t think Gays making love is a ‘Sin’. He still however appears to believe that being Gay is a ‘sexual disorientation’ (sic) caused by some sort of chemical malfunction of the brain.
He says he’s been refusing to answer the ‘Sin’ point because he didn’t want to discuss ‘theology’. But most of us don’t see the question as ‘theological’. We see it as a matter of whether people should be able to live their lives in private without being looked down upon by the likes of Tim Farron judging them as ‘sinners’ according to standards he himself determines, or seen by him as having become ‘disorientated’ owing to brain malfunction.
He is, in any case, lying about ‘theology’. The reason this question came up in the first place is that Tim is known to have all manner of controversial ‘theological’ attitudes, which, now that he is ‘liberal’ leader, he likes to keep secret. If he hadn’t been discussing them, then how would we know about them?
He is, for example, in favour of disestablishing the Church of England. That may, or not, be a good idea, but it’s hardly non-controversial.
This U-Turn on Gays, of course, has nothing to do with the imminent General Election. But if Tim thinks this will be winning him votes, he can forget it. No one is going to be satisfied with this smarmy death bed conversion. And no one who thinks Gay Sex is a sin is going to be impressed that Tim is now attempting to conceal his own attitudes.
There’s nothing evil about thinking Gay Sex is a sin. Just be honest about it, and stop trying to be all things to all men.
Simon Hughes of the Lib Dems fought one of the nastiest, spiteful, homophobic, by election campaigns ever, against Human Rights Campaigner Peter Tatchell in Bermondsey in the 1980s. It later turned our that Simon himself is Gay, and when he got elected there he was denouncing homophobes!!
He lost his seat however in 2015, but is now trying to make a come back.
If anyone is thinking of wasting their time voting Lib Dem, I suggest they consider the Conservatives instead. The Tories legalised Gay Marriage (Tim voted against the final reading of the legislation), and have, for decades, had far more Gay MPs than the Lib Dems.
What Tories don’t tend to do however is parade around, making moral judgements on the private actions (and even privately held opinions), of others. For us, ‘it’s live and let live’. The question only comes up when people stand for public office, and even then only if they are suspected of hypocrisy.
So much for the Lib Dems. ‘Hypocrisy in Action’.