RDN due on BBC1’s Sunday Morning Live
I’ve been booked for the BBC TV’s Sunday ethics and religion show, and here are some sketches of what I hope to say…
There are three set piece questions and here they are, more or less:
(1) Should Galliano go to gaol?
RDN says no, of course not. Like Von Trier, he’s a motormouth whose celebration of Hitler has no meaning beyond – maybe – being an attempt to free-fall through the politically-incorrect. Anyone who takes this sort of thing seriously needs to get a life. These intemperate people are twerps, not thugs, and it seems very unlikely that the really vicious amongst us take their cue from such scions of the arts.
(2) Should women cover up?
I would almost prefer to see more burqa and less thong on our high street. And there is something in that poor Toronto policeman’s view that women ought to consider dressing modestly. They have of course a right to dress like sluts, and there’s no evidence that I know of that tarty dressing gets people raped. Still, whether in dress, drink or general deportment, women would be sensible to be, er, sensible.
(3) Should we bin the Human Rights Act because it allows the “wrong” immigrants to live here?
I say no, the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Convention is a pretty good expression of civilised values. Our judges usually interpret it about right, which is hardly surprising since their grandfathers (as it were) more or less framed it.
(4) I was asked whether I’d had a “moral moment” during the week. I offered up six news-orientated thoughts:
Put the lost penguin out if its misery
Rescue the just-discovered Amazonian tribe from its sad dentition and bigotry
Maintain the right of circus animals to enjoy their performance art
Enjoin strict diets on fat diabetics so they don’t need medication
Celebrate the right of schools not to teach the competing mumbo-jumbos of religions
I think the production team picked the circus issue. Below (in case you’re interested) are some leads.
An informed account, surprisingly sympathetic to keeping ciricus animals.
Animals in Circuses and Zoos: Chiron’s World? by Dr Marthe Kiley-Worthington, 1990, OOP
And various useful documents which are much less antogonistic than one might suppose:
The most seriously argued case against circus animals: