I was interested listening to the radio earlier to hear a Church of England priest complaining politely but lucidly about the absurdity of the 16 year old Lydia Playfoot's assertion that she has the right to wear her purity ring in school.
The priest stated clearly that there is nothing int he bible that says Christians must wear any sort of garment, clothing or apparel to flaunt or promote their Christianity. Indeed, she highlighted that Christianity is a faith that relies on actions more than gestures, citing that even Jesus spoke of having to follow Roman rules but acting in a Christian way. in fact, everything this priest said made Miss Playfoot's actions int he high court seem ludicrous.
Ms Playfoot cited Sikhism and other religions who wear special clothing, whilst ignoring the fact that it is spelt out clearly in their holy books that certain garments should be worn. this is not the case for Christianity. Miss Playfoot rather silly choice quotes from the bible that she uses in the BBC article HERE merely serve to undermine her arguments overall. After all, if we are to do everything mentioned it the Bible why doesn't she wear a tablet of stone with the ten commandments etched in to it or even eat loaves and fishes for tea each evening ?
We all have to accept people's religious faith, especially when it does not affect others. bit we also expect people to respect rules and not use their religion as an excuse to break rules, however minor, and try to use their religion as an excuse, even when that religion itself offers no excuses.
I am delighted that Ms Playfoot wants to advertise that she is going to live a "chaste" life. I have devoted most of my life, in part, to supporting Everton Football Club. Although not a religion, more people attend football matches each week than attend church. Should I have the right to wear Everton apparel all the time ? Should a child in my class have the right to display his or her club colours at all time. Where do we draw the line ?
Speaking to Christians I know today, they thought Ms Playfoot was being silly. Perhaps it shows why people regard some 16 year olds as too young to vote ?