Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Birmingham Guild of Students - Tossers

From the Times (via Harry’s Place)
A UNIVERSITY Christian Union has been suspended and had its bank account frozen after refusing to open its membership to people of all religions.
The Christian Union, an evangelical student organisation, has instructed lawyers and is threatening court proceedings against the Birmingham Guild of Students.
The Birmingham Christian Union has more than 100 members who attend meetings regularly and has been functioning at the university for 76 years.
Members claim the actions have been taken against them after they refused on religious grounds to make “politically correct” changes to their charitable constitution, including explicitly mentioning people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered.
The Christian Union was advised that the use of the words “men” and “women” in the constitution were causing concern because they could be seen as excluding transsexual and transgendered people
DFH exclusive! Here's an extract from the minutes of the Birmingham Guild of Students Extraordinary General Meeting where the matter was discussed:
FRANCIS: Yeah. I think Judith's point of view is very valid, Reg, provided the Guild never forgets that it is the inalienable right of every man--
STAN: Or woman.
FRANCIS: Or woman... to rid himself--
STAN: Or herself.
FRANCIS: Or herself.
REG: Agreed.
FRANCIS: Thank you, brother.
STAN: Or sister.
FRANCIS: Or sister. Where was I?
REG: I think you'd finished.
FRANCIS: Oh. Right.
REG: Furthermore, it is the birthright of every man--
STAN: Or woman.
REG: Why don't you shut up about women, Stan. You're putting us off.
STAN: Women have a perfect right to play a part in the Birmingham Guild of Students, Reg.
FRANCIS: Why are you always on about women, Stan?
STAN: I want to be one.
REG: What?
STAN: I want to be a woman. From now on, I want you all to call me 'Loretta'.
REG: What?!
LORETTA: It's my right as a man.
JUDITH: Well, why do you want to be Loretta, Stan?
LORETTA: I want to have babies.
REG: You want to have babies?!
LORETTA: It's every man's right to have babies if he wants them.
REG: But... you can't have babies.
LORETTA: Don't you oppress me.



Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Very few Students Unions fund the Christian Union (in the same way that they fund Clubs & Societies) for the same reason. Their own equal opps policies preclude them from being able to do so even if they wanted to.

Birmingham is just a bit late on parade.

2:15 pm  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Oh should have said: the "same reason" is that the Christian Union ONLY accepts Christians. The Women's Group for example accepts biological men so long as they "self-define as women". Agreed all very pythonesque.

2:18 pm  
Blogger wonkotsane said...

Help help I'm being repressed!

11:29 pm  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

I'll bloody repress you!

1:05 am  

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