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For God's sake, let them wear their crosses
5th September 2012
So was it fun? Was the start, and end, of your holiday fun? Did you like the bit where you had to stuff your handbag into your hand luggage to get past one man, and then take out your laptop, and phone, and iPad, to get past another man, and also your lipstick and mascara and eyeliner, and then take off your belt and your shoes?
Did you think, while you were standing in your third very long queue, that you weren't absolutely sure that a lipstick could bring an aeroplane down, but that actually your nail file or make-up mirror, if you used it in the right way, might? Did you find yourself thinking that the people who started all this, by believing that crashing a plane was a passport to paradise, deserved to spend their lives, if they were still alive, in airport security hell?
Or did you think, as you queued for one thing, and then another thing, and worried about whether your hand luggage was too heavy, and worried that you wouldn't be allowed to eat the sandwich you couldn't quite fit in it, that all of this was fine, but that there was one thing that wouldn't be? And that that thing would be the sight of a check-in clerk wearing a cross?
Christina Patterson | Read this article in full on www.independent.co.uk