Tim Farron’s Channel 4 interview: 2 quick thoughts

by Stephen Tall on July 17, 2015

New Lib Dem leader Tim Farron was asked on tonight’s Channel 4 News whether he thought, as a Christian, that homosexuality is a sin.

It’s not the car-crash some of his critics claim — but there’s no denying Tim squirms and ends up looking evasive. 

There are two separate issues here.

1) Does Tim need a sharper response? Yes. “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” may be a good place to start.

2) Does Tim’s actual view matter? No. I guess if pushed I’d say adultery is a sin (not my kinda language, but still). Does that mean I’m going to legislate to make adulterers less equal? Of course not.

Personal views on morality are just that. And as a Lib Dem who believes in the rights of minorities and non-conformity I’ve no problems defending Tim’s right to hold a view I don’t share.

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I too think Tim needs a sharper response on this one. However I would be even more challenging than yourself Stephen – I would make 4 points:

1. How is this view consistent with treating people equally?

2. A leader of a party which stands for diversity and equality must surely lead by example: We mustn’t end up with unintended consequences.

3. Tim’s refusal to answer this question implies (I suspect to the majority of them listening public) that he thinks homosexuality is an illness?

4. I think it puts intolerable pressure on an individual because it’s reinforcing a fear that they might have that they are abnormal in some way …………….Norman Lamb’s words.

I would have voted for Tim (had I joined soon enough). However, he has been exposed ruthlessly by the media in his first 24 hours on both his Faith (Humphry’s) and his views on Homosexuality. Given that these 2 issues are his perceived weaknesses, as a relatively new member, the fact he did not have watertight well thought through answers ready is worrying to say the least.

by Mike S on July 18, 2015 at 1:11 am. Reply #

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