A correction to something that wasn’t even the point, and seemingly is still lost judging by further response. The law in the UK is driven by the state legistature, not by religious dogma.
Also the Gay marriage vote very nearly didn’t happen because of the influence of the Church that was against it!
The final vote was 390 for versus 148 against in the house of lords. As stated earlier on the C of E has a mere 26 seats. How exactly does that translate to a near defeat?
Throw stones about what exactly?
- Tithes still exist in certain parishes. Whereby anyone living within the parish is legally required to pay tithes to the CofE regardless of their religious practice.
Have you got some citations for that, because frankly I’m not finding anything that supports that via google.
- You can still be tried in Ecclesiastical Court for blasphemy and disturbing the church, it’s rarely used. Though famously Peter Tatchell the LBGT rights campaigner was fined for staging a peaceful protest in Canterbury Cathedral (1998). It was only £20, yet the fact that Bishops have the legal right to fine anyone like that, or that not paying it or refusing to turn up to a court run by bishops, can find you in contempt of court and with a criminal record. It’s fucking barmy.
No. He was fined in a magistrates court. There was no Ecclesiastical Court involved. Merely a Ecclesiastical act.
And not for Blasphemy:-
Any person who shall be guilty of riotous, violent, or indecent behaviour in England or Ireland in any cathedral church, parish or district church or chapel of the Church of England .
Basically breach of the peace. Which given it was in the midst of an Easter service is understandable.