Just taking a break from the Big Tick for a moment to engage on something else.
This week the news is all about Christian Persecution. It seems that 1700 years after the edict of Milan with which the Emperor Constantine legalised Christianity in 313AD that for the first time Christianity is being actively persecuted in Europe.
Anyway, lets unpack this. This is all to do with the fact that several University Student Unions have apparently 'Banned' their CUs. Another University has banned them from teaching Christianity on the grounds that Christian Morality is Homophobic.
Ok so first things first. Homophobia like any prejudice is a sin. So any society which promotes it is not Christian and deserves to get banned. I am 100% sure that CU agree with me on this one.
Secondly the SU’s (student Unions) in question have not banned the practice of Christianity. They have disaffiliated the CU.
The problem here is that the SU is trying to do something which they are not really set up to do, facilitate the practice of religion. We have moved a long way from the days in which a bunch of students met to have Bible studies in their room. Now we have all sorts of legislation regarding the practice of religion on campus and it is no longer helpful to have this centred on student societies.
As someone from estates pointed out to me recently there are all sorts of Muslims on site who want to practice their faith: students, staff and visiters. It is silly really to have the University deal with the Undergraduate society of the Student's Union to sort this out. There needs to be someone else.
Dito for Christianity. Let me ask you why does the CU need to be affiliate to the SU? Surely the solution to this problem is for CUs over the country to become part of Chaplaincy. After all according to our DVC if chaplaincy needs more sapce for an event then we only have to ask for it. Equally if CU were an official chaplaincy society they would not need to rely upon the Student's Union for space they could through chaplaincy deal with the University directly.
It might be objected that this would give Chaplaincy too much power over CU. Actually it wouldn't give chaplaincy any power over CU. I don't have any power over cath-soc. It would give CU the support of chaplaincy.
People might say that if CU became part of chaplaincy then chaplaincy might disaffiliate them...then where would they be? Except of course SUs are currently doing just that. Now ask yourself who is more likely to disaffiliate a CU, a bunch of left wing secularists or other Christians? Take your time with this one...it is an intelligence test.
This also takes the SU away from religion and back to what they do best. Heavy drinking, extreme ironing and comedy nights.
CUs walked away from SCM in the 1920s and they walked away, for the most part, from Chaplaincy too. Now they find themselves in a far country eating the swine food of SU politics.
It's time for the CU to come home.
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