August 03, 2007
We've Still Got Legal Discrimination
We do you know, it's still legal to discriminate against one group in the UK.
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Within the massively limited context of marrying a member of the Royal Family which, let's be honest, is hardly the stuff of day to day life for the working population of this country (or even Canada.)
The 1673 Test Act and the 1661 Corporation Act, which had much wider impact, were repealed (in England in 1828-ish - Scotland later in 1889 and Oxford and Cambridge Universities in 1871). Interestingly, the Oath substituted, requiring you not to damage the CofE (so clearly not taken, or adhered, to by its Bishops), still requires you to be a Christian. I am sure that the 1828 Act has subsequently been amended, but need to do some work :)
Posted by: Surreptitious Evil | Aug 3, 2007 9:38:01 AM
Tim, which one were you thinking of marrying?
I suppose as a right-leaning, white, able-bodied, heterosexual, Catholic male you are pretty much the perfect whipping boy.
Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Aug 3, 2007 1:22:50 PM
Remember, remember the 5th of November , the Thirty Years War in Europe 1618-48 and why Britain's Parliament in 1688 voted to invite William and Mary to take the throne abandoned by James II.
Posted by: Bob B | Aug 3, 2007 2:58:12 PM
During my upbringing in the Catholic church, we were cautioned that mixed marriage was frowned upon, and any resulting offspring must be raised Catholic. Given that the head which wears the crown, also leads the Church of England, I can well understand why no-one could genuinely espouse both at once. Every reigning monarch is responsible for securing the succession to both throne and church.
Posted by: Monty | Aug 3, 2007 4:07:51 PM
It's inexcusable - but then so is a vastly wealthy and significantly powerful hereditary monarchy, the honours system, and the House of Lords.
Unfortunately we seem able to live with inexcusable injustices for a very long time before *eventually* (I hope) fixing them...
Posted by: Bruce G Charlton | Aug 3, 2007 4:40:50 PM