I don't support the smoking ban. Oh sure I like it (not smelling like an ashtray after a night out in a pub being one of the benefits I look forward to) but it goes against my beliefs in peoples right to do what they bloody well want to and in my belief that if someone wants to avoid smokers they should avoid places that aren't non smoking. Let's not get into my belief that people who do smoke around non smokers are ignorant, selfish people.
But anyway... the fight against said ban should be lead not by bloody publicity stunts but by serious political debate. Stand for Parliament. Protest with placards and slogans. But don't try to spin it. Don't try to get arrested just to make a scene. It's very improper, unbecoming and a little childish.
Now we have a Vicar. Someone who we have been told in the past to treat with respect and courtesy. This is supposed to be a man of God, pious and meek. What do we get? We get an arrogant man who thinks that lighting up a pipe in a police station represents proper political discourse and when asked to politely put out the pipe thinks that being impolite and saying no is the correct thing to do.
And then the church says:
"Officially, the church doesn't condone breaking the law."
What about unofficially then??? What ever happened to give unto Caesar...
Sometimes I wonder to myself if church aren't just meeting places for horrible people rather than places of worship and repentance. I've read the Bible and Jesus sure says a lot about not creating a fuss, being pious, honest and civil. He talks of neighbourliness and kindness. When was the last time I saw a Christian who had truly accepted these ideals? I honestly can't remember. Go around the internet and read what Christians write... mostly it's hateful, dishonest and distasteful. Grr...