I'm about to embark on an interview season and expect that somewhere along the way I will be asked about sex and my views on it. I've been thinking it through to try and come up with a better answer than:
What do you think about homosexuality?
Can we wait until after the interview please I'm not in the mood.
Perhaps I shouldn't go work at any church whose appointment committee failed to laugh at that point. It would be doomed to failure.
Anyway I digress and I must learn to stop doing that during the first paragraph. I read this in The Independent yesterday (nothing to quote from the newspapers for months and then two come along at once):
'Adultery is now a quaintly old-fashioned descriptive term used by church-men and other judgemental moralists. It is not a breach of a moral code, or even a defining constraint within marriage. Spouses who commit adultery are no longer considered to have undertaken an act that is contradictory to the spirit of their publicly celebrated relationship.
'An adulterer is no longer considered to be legally or morally at fault within a marriage.'
(Deborah Orr, The Independent 31/5/06)
This was all written in the fall-out post Deputy Prime-Minister perving his secretary's melons with his cocktail sausage, as the tabloids have helped us to understand.
But I must admit that I felt a moment of sadness at another degrading of marriage.
This blog has a range of readers, church-men, non-judgemental moralists and various points in between. Does this quote make you stop in your tracks? If I were to commit adultery (which I've spent many years trying really hard not to do) I would make my marriage vows into lies. I would be legally at fault (it's grounds for divorce after all), morally at fault and it would be contradictory to the spirit of my publicly celebrated relationship. Wouldn't it?
Views and comments really appreciated.