Tuesday, 13 March 2012


Pop star Will Young speaks for his generation in declaring that vicars should be prosecuted for denouncing same-sex marriage.

In his exchange on BBC Question Time with Daily Mail columnist Janice Atkinson, Mr Young, 33, vindicated UKIP's concern that same-sex marriage will lead to religious objectors being prosecuted for hate crime.

Mr Young, who rose to prominence through being a contestant on the Pop Idol TV programme in 2002, is representative in his outlook of those who reached adulthood under New Labour. Freedom of speech is not a cultural value they are particularly bothered about. In fact, they are more bothered that their individual moral choices should be protected from denunciation by the politically correct equivalent of a rigorously enforced blasphemy law.

Christian apologist Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984) predicted the current moral indifference to the preservation of liberty. In his 1976 book How should we then live?, he wrote:
I believe the majority of the silent majority, young and old, will sustain the loss of liberties without raising their voices as long as their own life-styles are not threatened. And since personal peace and affluence are so often the only values that count with the majority, politicians know that to be elected they must promise these things. Politics has largely become not a matter of ideals - increasingly men and women are not stirred by the values of liberty and truth - but of supplying a constituency with a frosting of personal peace and affluence. They know that voices will not be raised as long as people have these things, or at least an illusion of them.

Liberty as Western civilisation has been privileged to receive it is indescribably fragile without a firm societal commitment to the truth as God has revealed it in Jesus Christ.

A version of this has appeared over on Heresy Corner.


  1. Excellent article. Congratulations. But how to alert the sleepy majority to the dangers that their " cocoon" faces, that is the question ?

  2. Who says Will Young speaks for his generation? And how does one pop star's opinion vindicate UKIP scare stories?

    On the contrary, as the article you linked noted, Eric Pickles -- a person who has a little more influence than Will Young over public policy -- disavowed the remarks; and he too spoke in favour of gay marriage.

  3. Precisely - Mr Pickles is an old-fashioned liberal optimist. He is not of the pop idol generation who don't care about hard fought-for British liberties.

    Mr Pickles, a sincere and engaging public servant, believes the politically correct redefinition of marriage marriage can occur without damaging traditional British liberties.

    Mr Young blew a hole through his liberal optimism.

    I hope Mr Pickles does not end his distinguished time in public service a sad man.

  4. Surveys tend to show that support for gay marriage is strongest among younger people, especially under 35. Having said that, most men under 35 do not support gay marriage. Will Young therefore does not even represent them. What he represents is what the popular media want to broadcast to teenage girls who adore him.