The ‘society’ that former LibDem leader Tim Farron says is 'intolerant' of his Christianity
is in fact supremely tolerant of it. It supports Tim’s right to be a Christian of
the denomination of his choosing, and to change his religious belief or not have
one at all. It supports his right not to be gay, not to have a same sex marriage,
and not to seek abortion services should such a need in his life ever arise.
It also supports his right to raise his children in his own faith, and to express
that faith in the public sphere, and to observe the Sabbath. It even allows 26 representatives
of Tim's faith to sit in the House of Lords to shape all our lives. It is in fact
a socially liberal society, last point notwithstanding.
What this ‘society’ doesn’t do is mandate that Tim’s views be imposed on everyone
else just because they happen to be views based on his religious belief, or that
those who hold different views shouldn’t express them or challenge Tim's views because
that would be ‘persecuting’ him on the grounds of his faith.
Tim Farron has belatedly made his choice as to his personal identity that trumps
all, and he's made it in a society that ensures he is free to do so. That his views
appear to be at odds with what the Lib Dems or Society stand for, if we are to read
between the lines, is not their fault. That Tim's views may not be popular in Society
doesn't prevent him holding them or living his own life in accordance with them.
Nor apparently does it prevent him remaining as a Lib-Dem MP.