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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Wednesday, January 24, 2007
    A tale of Alan and Eve
     
    Here's Alan: Head of The Defence Export Services Organisation, the unit of the UK Ministry of Defence which helps UK companies sell their military equipment and services overseas. Through DESO, the UK taxpayer subsidises the export of arms into areas of conflict and to governments that abuse human rights. The trade in military equipment also damages economic development at each of global, regional and local economic levels. Personally, it makes me ill to think that I have to payroll Alan and the organisation he runs.

    And here's Eve: a little lady bringing light and joy and hope into the world. Her parents are both women and I'm happy to know them. They're in love with Eve and each other and will do their very best for her, which is a lot. Personally, it makes me feel like dancing in the streets to celebrate when I consider all that Eve and her two mums have together.

    "Rights of conscience cannot be made subject to legislation, however well-meaning" say the Archbishops. Seems to me that rights of conscience are made subject to legislation all the time, and today my conscience is troubled (yet again) by the Church's choice of which matters of legislation it wants to get worked up about.