Magazine article The Spectator

Persuasion Not Coercion

Magazine article The Spectator

Persuasion Not Coercion

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Sir: I enjoyed reading James MacMillan's passionate and provocative article (Arts, 2 February). His disquiet seems to be based around two related areas: modern liberalism's 'planned dismantling of the family' and its 'hatred of Christianity'. Although I share his Catholic faith I am unconvinced by his case.

There is nothing stopping James and his family from living a Catholic life in 21st-century Britain, but only 50 years ago I, as a gay man, would have been in prison. I understand his discomfort at the trendy dinner parties where he has had to keep silent about certain issues, but it depends which dinner parties one attends.

For a gay person to face honestly the question 'Do you have a family?' is far more painful around a hostile table than to share one's beliefs about how families should function.

On the second point, it is an unquestionable fact that we are living in post-Christian times. …

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