I hope that everyone enjoyed the irony of a tiny gaggle of angry Christians launching their out-and-proud campaign against the secular assault to whitewash religion, on the same day that Margo MacDonald's End of Life Bill was unceremoniously shot down with no small amount of assistance from... A tiny gaggle of angry Christians.
Unfortunately for Margo, her Bill had no chance of ever passing. Assisted dying is one of the many issues that requires parliamentarians to engage honestly and calmly with the public on an extremely controversial topic. Given a choice between facing a well-orchestrated green ink campaign with the hellfire brigade offering bible lessons at successive constituency surgeries, or simply voting No, few would blame MSPs for taking the easy option.
Had this been an issue that could've been resolved hurling or withholding cash, I imagine that it would've proven less thorny. Instead, we got lengthy orations on public morality; protests by disability groups who seemed oddly convinced that the Bill represented a steep, slippery slope into the eugenic abyss, and a load of dubious rattle about suicide tourism.
Well, I don't think we could've expected any better. I'm no expert on the opinions of the terminally ill, although I will note that MacDonald - who has Parkinson's disease herself - produced opinion polls showing 77% public approval for her Bill. Even if those polls were based on loaded questions, I'm sure it'll cheer dying people up to know that the religious will be there to hold their hands at the end. Assuming the flock aren't too busy at the time working their arses off to deny others the choice of an alternative, of course.
And while I'm on about the Church, it's entertaining to note what their latest pride campaign represents, i.e. yet another ratcheting-up of the Christians' attempt to break into the great game of tiny minority victimhood, in the hope it'll somehow work to their benefit.
It's good for firing up the troops, I suppose, but given that Christianity is an old codger's game in this country, I can't see it having much effect. Their principal foe here isn't organised secularism or aggressive atheists, but the irresistable force that is public indifference.
If Christianity is heading for the dumper in Britain, it's not because it's under attack. If they're being whitewashed, it's because their message doesn't resonate with potential customers. Perhaps, rather than lamenting official bias, they'd be better off concentrating on producing a more appealing product.
It's not often I come up with a constructive suggestion, but I have my moments.