ToryJesus

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Apologies, this rambles a bit – mainly because I spent most of the time reading stuff going “What?!”

I’ll admit, I occasionally still read Guardian articles despite knowing what they are like. There was no attempt to show balance to the two sides during IndyRef and then the collective hissy fits from their columnists over Corbyn finished off any remaining hope that they support progressive politics.

However today, I succumbed to the clickbait head line  “Theresa May is like Jesus? Let’s examine this …” (archived link here)

The article tries to explain why in a poll 46% of believers think May is the party leader most like Christ. (I started swearing a lot when reading that) Followed by 50 per cent of Christians plan to vote for the Tories. (the swearing got worse)

The Guardian article does state ” If you are on the left, the way her government treats the unemployed, the old, the young, and anyone else without a private income is morally outrageous.” No shit.

I cannot believe anyone could call themselves a Christian and support the devastation the Tories are inflicting on the poor, ill, young or old. At no point do I think this is a party that stands up for the meek.

I’m fighting the urge to fill the rest of the post with #ToryJesus images.

Then he says:

“she is socially liberal enough on issues like gay marriage and abortion to offend strict evangelicals”

I’m sorry, what?

Socially liberal on gay marriage? If you compare her to extremists but that’s not the benchmark I tend to compare to.

Using data on from TheyWorkForYou, her votes can be summarised as 8 votes for, 10 votes against, 9 absences, between 2002–2014. That’s not what I call being pro-gay rights.

She appears to have changed her views sometime after declaring the Tories as the Nasty Party in 2002. It may be a change of heart – I hope it is.However I would suspect it’s more a case of her watching the way the wind blows and wanting to be on the winning side.

  • 22 Jun 1998:Theresa May voted against reducing the age of consent for homosexual acts from eighteen to sixteen bringing equality to the the law affecting heterosexual and homosexual acts.
  • 25 Jan 1999:Theresa May voted against reducing the age of consent for homosexual acts from eighteen to sixteen bringing equality to the the law affecting heterosexual and homosexual acts.
  • 10 Feb 1999:Theresa May voted against reducing the age of consent for homosexual acts from eighteen to sixteen bringing equality to the law affecting heterosexual and homosexual acts.
  • 1 Mar 1999:Theresa May was absent for a vote on Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill — Third Reading
  • 10 Feb 2000:Theresa May was absent for a vote on Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill
  • 5 Jul 2000:Theresa May voted yes on Local Government Bill [Lords] — Prohibition on promotion of homosexuality: bullying
  • 24 Oct 2001:Theresa May was absent for a vote on Relationships (Civil Registration)
  • 29 Oct 2001:Theresa May voted no on Adoption and Children Bill (Programme) — Consideration and Third Reading
  • 16 May 2002:Theresa May voted no on Adoption and Children Bill — [2nd Allotted Day] — Applications for adoption
  • 20 May 2002:Theresa May voted yes on Adoption and Children Bill — [3rd Allotted Day] — Clause 131 — General interpretation, etc.
  • 4 Nov 2002:Theresa May voted no on Adoption and Children Bill — Suitability Of Adopters
  • 10 Mar 2003:Theresa May was absent for a vote on Local Government Bill — New Clause 11 — Repeal of Section 2A of Local Government Act 1986
  • 10 Mar 2003:Theresa May was absent for a vote on Local Government Bill — Maintain Prohibition on Promotion of Homosexuality (Section 28)
  • 25 May 2004:Theresa May was absent for a vote on Gender Recognition Bill — Allow Marriages to Remain Valid If They Become a Same Sex Marriage
  • 12 Oct 2004:Theresa May voted yes on Civil Partnership Bill [Lords]
  • 9 Nov 2004:Theresa May was absent for a vote on Categories of civil partners other than same sex couples
  • 9 Nov 2004:Theresa May was absent for a vote on Civil Partnerships Bill [Lords] — Third Reading
  • 19 Mar 2007:Theresa May was absent for a vote on Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations
  • 20 May 2008:Theresa May voted yes on Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill  Fertility treatment requires father and mother — rejected
  • 20 May 2008:Theresa May voted yes on Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill — Fertility treatment requires male role model — rejected
  • 5 Feb 2013:Theresa May voted in favour of allowing same sex couples to marry.
  • 5 Feb 2013:Theresa May voted in favour of allowing same sex couples to marry.
  • 5 Feb 2013:Theresa May voted in favour of allowing same sex couples to marry.
  • 21 May 2013:Theresa May voted in favour of allowing same sex couples to marry.
  • 5 Mar 2014:Theresa May voted to enable the courts to deal with proceedings for the divorce of, or annulment of the marriage of, a same sex couple.
  • 5 Mar 2014:Theresa May voted in favour of various amendments to acts of Parliament in light of the introduction of same sex marriage.
  • 5 Mar 2014:Theresa May voted to make same sex marriage available to armed forces personnel outside the UK.

As for abortion, the only thing I could find was this Telegraph article (archived link) where she said it was her “personal view” that the legal limit should be cut from 24 to 20 weeks.

He concludes that the reason Christians vote for her is because she fits their self image – he quotes identity profiling of Christians done by Lancaster University sociologist Linda Woodhead (but doesn’t link to it) saying they are:
  • are hostile to immigration,
  • don’t believe welfare recipients are victims of circumstances outside their own control.
  • Anglicans in particular are significantly more likely to support Brexit than non-Anglicans of the same age and class.
  • At the same time they are socially liberal, with no strong hang-ups about sexual behaviour or even abortion.
  • pro straight divorce and gay marriage.

I’m pleased to say the Christians I know don’t fit those first three descriptions. Maybe the Church of England is back to being the Tory Party at prayer.

All  I know is if the Tories get a majority we will all need praying for.

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