British Values Oath - Oppressive, Intolerant and Authoritarian
At the end of last year, Dame Louise Casey released her report “The Casey Review: a review into opportunity and integration.” The report highlighted deep segregation within our society and proposed some solutions to this problem, one of which is the swearing of a “British Values” oath for all holders of public office.
Recently, the Dame gave oral evidence on this report in which she said:
“...it is not okay for Catholic schools to be homophobic and anti-gay marriage. That... is not how we bring children up in this country. It is often veiled as religious conservatism, and I have a problem with the expression "religious conservatism", because often it can be anti-equalities. We have got to be careful that people can choose, obviously, to live the lives that they want to live, but that they cannot condemn others for living differently.”
This should strike any fair minded person as alarming - especially given the fact that she is a senior Government advisor - since the passage implies that anyone who holds traditional views about marriage should not be allowed to teach in school and that religious schools cannot teach in accord with their faith.
As the architect of the oath to “British values”, it would appear that, if Dame Casey has her way, all traditional Christians, and indeed anyone else who disagrees with same-sex marriage, will not be permitted to teach in schools or hold public office. This is because they are, or at least Dame Casey believes they are, opposed to the “British value” of “equality”.
While she is keen that people “cannot condemn others for living differently”, she is apparently keen to condemn others for thinking differently.
Her proposal for a "British values" oath and her subsequent clarificatory comments, show a deep intolerance towards those who hold differing views.
Her comments represent a grave threat to freedom for anyone who disagrees with state doctrine regarding marriage and the family.
These proposals form part of what seems to be an ever expanding state into family life and education. Rather than parents being the primary educators of their own children where schools exist to assist parents in this task, the state, under the Dame’s guidance, is attempting to take over the moral indoctrination of our nation’s children.
Finally, the proposals serve to silence and marginalise speech on these kinds of matters. If they are adopted, it reinforces the idea that believing in traditional marriage is wrong and silences those who continue to hold such views.
Dame Louise Casey’s comments, amount to a (poor) case for state enforced doctrine, the violation of which would result in exclusion from public office and education.
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Regarding The Casey Review and Dame Louise Casey's Oral Evidence