TYRANNY OF THE DIVERSITY POLICE; Fire Fighters Sensitive to the Needs of Gays. Transsexuals Welcomed to the Police Force. Civil Servants Quizzed about Their Sex Lives. Compliance with Labour's Antifamily Agenda Is Creeping into Every Area of Public Life
Byline: JONATHAN BROCKLEBANK
THE scene is a burning office block. Flames lick around the windows and thick, black smoke billows through the corridors, engulfing staff searching frantically for a way out. Thank heaven the burly firefighter wearing breathing apparatus arrives when he does.
'Now,' says the firefighter to the pitiful forms he can barely see through the blackness. 'Can I perhaps establish from the outset if any among you have lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender requirements which I should take into account during the course of saving your lives?
'You will appreciate that time is rather of the essence in a rescue operation so I can't promise to accommodate every single request, but I will certainly do my best. Rest assured, every reasonable effort will be taken to preserve the dignity of your sexual orientation.' It is possibly the most absurd assurance a firefighter could dream of giving in an emergency situation. But, thanks to Scotland's ever-inventive diversity lobby, it already has a firm footing in reality.
Firefighters really are being asked to take account of diversity issues as they go about the business of pulling people from burning buildings - just as, over at the hospital where our survivors are liable to end up, doctors and nurses are also being drilled on the diktats of diversity.
That means avoiding potentially pejorative terms such as 'husband' and 'wife' or 'mother' and 'father'.
They should be replaced with ' inclusive' expressions which carry no risk of offending the gay and lesbian community. 'Partner' is a favourite, because it is not gender-specific. And 'carer' or 'guardian' allows for the possibility that the child may have two parents of the same sex.
If it sounds as if common sense has been trampled underfoot in the march of the politically correct crusade, it is worth bearing in mind that 'common sense' itself is an endangered expression. Court judges in England and Wales have been told to stop using it, because it takes too little account of cultural differences and different world views.
Welcome to the increasingly sinister New Labour-sponsored world of the diversity police - enforcing compliance with their antifamily agenda in every area of public life. It is what the Catholic Church now describes as 'the tyranny of tolerance'. And now, as the tyranny gathers pace, the beliefs of Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups - and millions of ordinary British families - are being overruled for the supposed 'greater good' of the gay lobby.
Under the Government's new Sexual Orientation Regulations, all adoption agencies will be banned from discriminating against gay couples who want to be considered as prospective parents. That includes Roman Catholic agencies which believe heterosexual couples - not homosexual ones - offer the best environment for raising children.
So strong is the Catholics' belief that they would rather shut down their adoption agencies than allow children to be handed over to gay couples.
Nevertheless, religious conviction will lose out to gay rights when the rules become law in April. Peter Kearney, spokesman for the Church in Scotland, said: 'This is an example of the Catholic Church's wishes being crushed by the gay lobby. We see the rights of one group, in this instance based on sexual orientation, are advanced by crushing or removing the rights of another group - Christians who deem the behaviour of the first group to be immoral.
'We now live in a post-Christian society, a secular society, and any society needs boundaries, rules and regulations. Christianity used to provide that framework. But, in a largely atheist, secular society, you don't have those references and you have to come up with new ones.' HE added: 'The lawmakers, from the European Union down, are spending a lot of time doing this, and these laws tend to be utilitarian and humanist in style. …