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Friday, October 28, 2011

Somewhere in the Great Beyond, Catherine of Aragon is saying, "NOW you decide this?"
Posted by Jill | 9:30 PM
Having a penis is no longer mandatory to be first in line for the British monarchy:
Centuries of British royal discrimination came to an end Friday after Commonwealth leaders agreed to drop rules that give sons precedence as heir to the throne and bar anyone in line for the crown from marrying a Roman Catholic.

The 16 countries that have Queen Elizabeth as their monarch agreed to the changes put forward by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who had called the rules of succession outdated.

"The idea that a younger son should become monarch instead of an elder daughter simply because he is a man, or that a future monarch can marry someone of any faith except a Catholic, this way of thinking is at odds with the modern countries that we've all become," Cameron told reporters.

The agreement came on the sidelines of a Commonwealth summit presided over by the Queen in the remote west Australian city of Perth.

Current succession rules dating back to 1688 and 1700 were designed to ensure a Protestant monarchy, and bar anyone in line to the throne from marrying a Catholic.

Only a Catholic link is barred. There are no restrictions on marrying members of other religions or atheists.

The rules have their roots in a turbulent period of English history dating back to Henry VIII's break with Rome in the mid- 16th century. The laws were imposed at a time when Catholics were seen as a threat to the state.

Funny...here in the US they only think that way about Muslims.

But seriously....this is being touted as some kind of Giant Way Forward for Great Britain? Have they stopped to think that this whole business of monarchy is itself an anachronism?


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Blogger Oldfool said...
The monarchy is a tradition that continues as much because of money as it does because it is tradition.
The monarchy is self supporting and is more valuable to the country as it is than than if it were abolished.

Anonymous The Wifely Person said...
The part I don't get is why no Prince of Wales every married a nice Jewish girl. There's no prohibition against that, and a Jewish Queen Consort would be a terrific idea. At least any offspring would be schooled in in critical thinking and pilpul. That would certainly be an asset.

I'm just sayin'......