I wrote the other day about how Anglican morality did not extend Christian charity to a man who had sinned.
Now we see Anglican morality trying to throw its weight around in a way that would be absolutely and utterly 100% unconstitutional in Spain. In 1988 I saw Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ in Barcelona. Yes, there were demonstrations. But there were also police outside the cinema ensuring that citizens could exercise their right to see art as the artist envisaged it.
Vicar supports Life of Brian ban
Sue Jones-Davies (centre) with the Monty Python team on the film
A mayor's plan to end her town's ban on the 1979 Monty Python film Life of Brian are being opposed by the local vicar, who says it pokes fun at Jesus.
Sue Jones-Davies, who played Brian's girlfriend in the movie, was amazed when she became mayor of Aberystwyth that it was still barred at the cinema.
But Reverend Canon Stuart Bell said Christians he spoke to in Ceredigion were still against it being shown.
I say Anglican because it is an Anglican priest that has raised the issue. But really we are dealing with Welsh puritanism, which is still a great power in the land. The (Anglican) Church in Wales must be as Low as you can get and still be CoE, but still, it is CoE. There is an awful lot of frightful Chapel mentality remaining in parts of Wales, and it plumbs depths of Lowness (which we now call fundamentalism) that cannot be imagined by pragmatic English Anglicans who go to Evensong because it's what you do socially. Or because it's what you do to get your kids into the right school.
I have a PGCE from the University of Wales in Aberystwyth. For me it is particularly sad that a town that plays such an outstanding part in the nation's intellectual life should also be able to produce such medieval religious fundamentalism.