Scotland has been leading the way in the modern persecution of the Church for some time. Now, hot on the heals of the charging of a football who crossed himself in public, nine firemen have been vilified, demoted and will be subjected to anti-Catholic re-education for standing up for their beliefs.
In June, they and their collegues at Strathclyde Fire & Rescue were ordered to attend, in uniform, the “Scotia Pride” homosexual rally and distriute fire safety leaflets. They refused.
Citing the presence of sexual deviants dressed as priests and nuns and vocally mocking the Church, as well as the target of abuse and mockery they would be, they declined to attend.
They have been openly condemned by their employers, and today it has come to light that one of the men was demoted and handed a £5,000 pay cut. All the men are to be given diversity training and a written warning.
HG Mario Conti, Archbishop of Glasgow, defended the firemen;
“There was no question of these officers’ competency or commitment being called into question, nor was there any suggestion that they were refusing to come to the assistance of people in danger.
“They were asked, while in uniform, to hand out leaflets during a demonstration where they had legitimate concerns about being the subject of taunts and jokes, and in which in some cases, their religious sensibilities would have been grossly offended by people dressed as priests and nuns lampooning the Church.”
A fire service spokesman earlier said the firefighters’ refusal was a “fundamental breach of their core responsibilities”.
Given the current climate in which everyone is at pains to stress the place in modern British society for ‘consevative’ Islam, no such room is made for Catholicism. These men are suffering for their beliefs, and while they would bridle at the language, earning a martyr’s crown in the process.