In a recent comment Steve Oberski said:
Eric, I hope you realize that Windows 8 is a harbinger of the apocalypse.
Well, it has been for me. I have spent the last two days trying to straighten out my computer, and now, in order to save what I had not yet backed up (except as a system recovery archive) on Windows 7, I have to buy a new hard drive, so that I can restore my backed up Windows 7, which got rubbished trying to install Windows 8 as part of a dual boot system. Not only that, but I have found out that Windows 8 is less capable of multi-tasking than Windows 7, which is really a lot better at running two or three programs at the same time. And the new interface is pure hell, and possibly even uglier than hell itself, so I have installed a utility that gives me back the start button, and the familiar Windows interface. I don’t know what got into Microsoft, but the people over in Redmond seem to have taken leave of their senses. There are some things I like about Windows 8, but not enough to make it an attractive alternative to Windows 7. I’d chuck it out, except that there are some things I like, and it makes sense to try to keep up to date.
However, that’s not what I set out to write. As I went through my list of newspapers this morning, trying to keep up with at least some of the news, I noticed that there were a number of articles about gay and lesbian relationships and rights. As usual, the Guardian takes the vanguard, announcing in uncompromising tones that “There is no place for homophobia in the church, anywhere in the world” — a short op-ed (an edited version of a speech delivered in the House of Lords) by Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester (pronounced like the name Lester, incidentally), which shows a picture of Desmond Tutu with the caption:
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who said that persecuting LGBT people was the ultimate blasphemy.
That can be taken as a very forward-looking point of view, or it may be thought of as simply a restatement of the church’s view that homosexuality, though a defect, is not something on account of which people should be persecuted. Even the Roman Catholic Church, given to making pretty definitive pronouncements on moral matters, holds that, while a grave disorder, homosexuals “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2358) Well, that’s that then!