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The ex-missionary position

Home for retired missionaries loses council grant... because it won't ask residents if they are lesbians | Mail Online.

Having lived in former totalitarian states, I know how to handle this kind of thing. My language teacher in Poland was in her 70's but the photo on her ID card showed her at the age of 18. Another colleague was registered at the long-demolished address of his late grandmother. They complied with their oppressors' laws as unhelpfully as possible.

People in Britain are beginning to understand this. Checking in to an NHS hospital a native English colleague was asked to fill in a form stating his ethnic origin. He left it blank, saying he found the question as offensive as it was irrelevant. The commissar nurse told him he would not be admitted unless he completed the form. Grumpily (he wasn't feeling well, oddly) he said she could fill it in herself. "I can't do that," she replied. "What race am I?" he asked.  "Only you can say," she replied. So he wrote "Chinese" and she had to accept it.

Elderly Christians probably feel the need NOT to lie, but they are being old-fashioned. They should see it as a powerful form of passive resistance. Had they each written "sadist" as their sexual orientation, all would be well (and I am sure their God would have smiled). We should be truthful to our Gods, our loved ones and (most importantly) ourselves, but there is no moral obligation to say sooth to those who use force against us. Let us subvert their systems by complying as infrequently and as unhelpfully as we can.

Perhaps charities should realise the price of government handouts subject to political conditions? Many supposedly independent "charities" are now government agencies in disguise, providing clandestine support to its agenda (and sinecure jobs to its toadies). Private schools are in danger of succumbing too. Every year another price is exacted for their charitable status. Parents struggling to pay school fees from income net of taxes from which they have paid for several state educations now have to watch the private facilities they bought being worn out by all and sundry. The point must soon be reached where it would be economically (as it has long been ethically) better to tell the Charity Commissars to go to hell.

I know these are unpalatable views, but once you take the King's shilling, you are a soldier. And this is now an "army" in which no honest man can serve.

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