Imams, priests, rabbis and other religious figures will have to enrol in a “national register of faith leaders” and be subject to government-specified training and security checks in the Home Office’s latest action on extremism.
What version of what Sky Fairy someone wants to worship or believe in, and who they decide to listen as to the nature of said Sky Fairy, is not something to be listed, registered or administrated by government.
Fuck off mateys.
I’ve long said (I said it at the UKIP candidate selection hustings way back in 2007 for example) that I’m slightly worried about bearded nutters trying to murder us all in our beds. But that’s as nothing to the fear I have of the Home Office and the authorities in general in reaction to said threat. It’s far more likely that we lose our freedoms and liberties (such as worshipping the Sky Fairy of our choice without government selection of who helps us do so) through the reaction than it is we get blown up by the nutters.
Got a cheer and a round of applause (at Ukip recall) for saying so too.
And it really does seem that someone has forgotten their ecclesiastical history as well. The Catholic Church has spent what, a millennium or more shouting that it, the religious authority, will appoint priests and bishops, not the secular authorities?
The Papsits won’t join: but state approval of imams is quite normal in the Arab world. Odd that Britain should be taking rules from that source rather than the other, eh?