David Gordon argues there is a secular tide that Tom Elliott isn't recognising in his comments of the Gay Pride parades. However, the picture is more complicated than that.
Besides the dumbing down of politics to symbol issues/tests, there are genuine questions how much the issue is a vote shifter and for how many here? The growth of secularism is not the only social phenomenon going on. While religious belief and church attendance is declining within those who do hold religious beliefs it is the smaller, evangelical and broadly more conservative churches that are growing. Simply if people are going to believe they want something to believe in not the intellectual drift of the mainstream churches to offering very little but somewhere to go on a Sunday. With the additional issue that such people have a good voting record. Decisions are made by those who turn up. Also many have chosen the option of silence on such issues but that shouldn't automatically be interpreted as support.
Beyond this electoral push and pull there is the issue of consequences. This week CSJ produced its Breakthrough Northern Ireland report. It provides an insight into the social costs of the social liberalism of the last 40-50 years (Note this is not how CSJ would present its work). Granted many of these costs were unforeseen and unintended by those who proposed them but they have occurred. So when faced with all this how should someone looking to leading act? Is compliance the only right answer?