The President of the British National Secular Society has put out a seasonal message, aimed at helping us to understand one another. It includes this paragraph:
Muslims from Pakistan and India, Catholics from Poland and evangelical Protestants from Africa and the Caribbean are bringing with them unpleasantly conservative religious beliefs that sometimes shock and repel the majority. They often seem primitive, hysterical, fanatical and alien, full of hatred and intolerance and crazy, senseless rules. Honour killings, violent, sometimes fatal, exorcisms, denial of medical treatment to children on the assumption that prayer will be sufficient, the treatment of women as chattels and the spouting of unvarnished hatred of non-believers, gays and Jews from the pulpits of mosques.
It’s the kind of thing one might expect from a far-right political party. I’m speechless.
And the compliments of the season to everyone, including the National Secular Society.