JD is right to call out hypocrisy of church

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AD54: Ro­man Em­peror Claudius I died af­ter eat­ing poi­soned mush­rooms as a re­sult of a plot in­spired by his wife, the Em­press Agrip­pina.

1163: The body of the An­glo Saxon King, Ed­ward (the Con­fes­sor), was trans­ferred to a new shrine and Oc­to­ber 13 has been cel­e­brated as his feast day ever since.

1853: Lil­lie Langtry, Bri­tish ac­tress and mis­tress of Ed­ward VII when he was Prince of Wales, was born in Jersey.

1884: Green­wich was adopted as the univer­sal time merid­ian of lon­gi­tude.

1905: Leg­endary English ac­tor Sir Henry Irv­ing died in Brad­ford, dur­ing his farewell tour.

1924: Ram­say Mac­Don­ald made the first elec­tion broad­cast on the BBC on be­half of the Labour Party. 1996: Bri­tish For­mula One driver Da­mon Hill won his only World Cham­pi­onship af­ter win­ning the Ja­panese Grand Prix.

2010: One by one, the 33 min­ers trapped for 69 days in half-miledeep dungeon be­neath the Chilean desert climbed into a res­cue cap­sule and made a smooth as­cent to the sur­face.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A cou­ple was jailed for mak­ing fake hol­i­day sick­ness claims in a land­mark case. RE: John Dalziel and Coven­try Cathe­dral. One day, we’ll look back at the is­sue of re­li­gious or­gan­i­sa­tions block­ing gay mar­riages in the same light as the ban­ning of racial in­ter­mar­riage many decades ago.

If it isn’t for peo­ple like John Dalziel call­ing out hypocrisy of these large or­gan­i­sa­tions that hide be­hind ‘the global church’, then progress doesn’t hap­pen.

Gate­crasher seems all too happy to use this as free pub­lic­ity, and ac­cused John of sup­pos­edly try­ing to ‘ban the event’. But ac­tu­ally his words were of com­par­i­son.

Know­ing that John only wants the best for the city, of course he sup­ports an event like this. We all do. But I stand fully be­hind him that, in the eyes of the church, how can a club night, with al­co­hol and no wor­ship at all, be al­lowed to hold cen­tre stage in one of Coven­try’s most his­tor­i­cal build­ings? Yet two of its cit­i­zens can’t stand side by side and de­clare their love – some­thing their peers can do.

This isn’t about ban­ning a club night. This is about call­ing out a re­li­gious or­gan­i­sa­tion that is out-dated and doesn’t de­serve to be the keeper of this beau­ti­ful Coven­try as­set, when it’s not truly avail­able to ev­ery­one.

I hope John is re­spected for his protes­ta­tion. It ben­e­fits us to keep call­ing out these or­gan­i­sa­tions. You never know when some­one you love will want the same rights as you. Calum Bran­nan

Coven­try-born en­tre­pre­neur Lon­don le­gal to pull over with en­gine run­ning and read any printed ma­te­rial you like in pa­per form, lis­ten to the ra­dio or heaven for­bid, speak to some­one in the car. Hmm. Dave McCon­nell

Shilton I RE­SIDE in a street where it is not al­ways easy to park. We have a lim­ited num­ber of drive­ways, oth­er­wise peo­ple park on the road.

The thing that con­cerns me is that, in­creas­ingly, the ve­hi­cles are not just parked on the road but are tak­ing up most of the pave­ment as well, with the two off­side wheels barely on the road.

Whilst I do not have mo­bil­ity prob­lems my­self and am in­fre­quently re­quired to push a stroller, I do worry how any­one who uses a wheel­chair, elec­tric scooter or has a lit­tle one in a pushchair can get past with­out hav­ing to go onto the road.

As a driver I am fa­mil­iar with the dif­fi­culty in find­ing a park­ing space as in most ar­eas these are at a 02476 500 337 02476 500 515 02476 500 343


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0333 202 8000 pre­mium, but surely a lit­tle more con­sid­er­a­tion could be given to pave­ment users?

Don’t get me started on cy­clists us­ing the pave­ments, rarely giv­ing any no­tice when ap­proach­ing from be­hind and be­liev­ing they have right of way.

A lit­tle more thought on the part of both mo­torists and cy­clists would make Coven­try a safer place, as the sit­u­a­tions I have men­tioned are just ac­ci­dents wait­ing to hap­pen.

Gaile Allen

Bin­ley I NOTE that there is to be a men­tal health pro­gramme for pupils in Coven­try (Oct 4).

I think this is a good thing so that those who need help can re­ceive it at an early stage.

How­ever, could I sug­gest that there are also men­tal health checks for all teach­ers?

Paul Gra­ham

Nuneaton HOW I agree with Pip Pount­ney’s com­ments (Oct 10) on the de­struc­tion of Cannon Park with HMOs. It is a con­stant bat­tle with the coun­cil ev­ery time a plan­ning re­quest is sent in.

With over 40 per cent of hous­ing be­ing rented to stu­dents from War­wick Univer­sity, this means no coun­cil tax is be­ing paid for these prop­er­ties, how­ever the rest of Coven­try have to sub­sidise these.

Even when the coun­cil re­jects plan­ning re­quests, prop­erty de­vel­op­ers (which are never lo­cal) take their ap­peal to Bris­tol which is where they are heard.

Park­ing is also a ma­jor prob­lem in the area as work­ers/stu­dents do not want to pay park­ing fees, there­fore roads around the area are clogged up with cars all day. I have lived in this area for over 32 years and the last 10 years have been a con­stant bat­tle with HMOs, park­ing and traf­fic.

Univer­sity of War­wick and West­wood Busi­ness Park con­tinue to ex­pand with no thought of the road in­fras­truc­ture which can­not cope with the ex­tra traf­fic. You only need to try to drive in this area in the morn­ing and evening to see the prob­lems.

We are now pris­on­ers on our es­tate and wouldn’t ever at­tempt to drive to Cannon Park at these times. Su­san Hoult

Cannon Park In ice tinged wind of win­ter,

In chill sprin­kle of an April shower Or in a sum­mer heat wave, On mar­ket day at the ear­li­est hour I make my way to green­gro­cer’s


Ea­ger to buy but never able To un­der­stand why I crave

A yellow fin­ger

Hang­ing from a yellow hand.

Pat Bid­mead


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