Aug 6, 2008

Archbishop Rowan WE Have ZERO Tolerance for Enabling Bigots, Liars and Thieves!

Dear Archbishop Rowan,

You are admired, you are respected and you, like all of us, sometimes need to be reminded about SPIRITUAL and RELIGIOUS priorities and basic, everyday morals. While you were very busy lecturing North Americans, and MOST all of us who live in Western Hemisphere, at The Lambeth Conference, you forgot to mention the SPECIFIC destructive (to The Anglican Communion and others Human Beings) and deadly actions of Global South Bishops who are full-blown/out-of-the-closet BIGOTS! You also failed to mention during your 3rd, and final, Presidential address the CRIMES of HATE that have been instigated/generated against OUR Anglicans/others thoughout the world by religious zealots and common thugs who think they hold the title "beloved" exclusively. Did you have a temporary "lapse" of judgement when discussing crimes against women and other parts of humanity but FAILED to mention the HATE CRIMES instigated against LGBT Anglicans/others at Church? That would of course include the recent murder by beating to death of Michael Causer at Liverpool, England that you ignored (who died on August 4th after a week of great suffering).

IT'S YOUR JOB TO STAND UP TO THE BIGOTS's your job to stand up to the BIGOTS both in the United Kingdom and throughout the Worldwide Anglican Communion/other!

The Evening Standard/London

By Will Self

"Why does Rowan Williams bow down before those belligerent African Anglican bishops and their conservative supporters who view homosexuality as "unnatural" and a "sin"? By doing so he is not only betraying the spiritual welfare of gay Anglican communicants but also undermining any claims his church has to be established.

Dr Williams has ended this decade's Lambeth Conference claiming he is "content" with the way things have gone but this is only papering over a crack that will widen into schism. Two hundred conservative bishops didn't turn up for the conference at all, while the man who personifies the clash of cultures, the Right Rev Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, was refused an invitation on the grounds of his sexuality.

The Archbishop may assert that there is scriptural authority for the denial of equal opportunities to gay Anglicans, yet this is the same Old Testament fundamentalism that leads to denying the discoveries of Galileo or Darwin - not something he subscribes to at all. Besides, his is an explicitly political church - he owes his own appointment to a prime minister - and Britain is a nation where gay rights are enshrined in law, including the right to same-sex union. If Dr Williams wants his church to remain the official state religion in this country, he and his male bishops should get with the programme when it comes to the full recognition of women and homosexuals, instead of insisting that there be a moratorium on any further ordinations of openly gay priests, let alone - gulp! - women bishops.

But, most worryingly, the Archbishop's position gives ammunition to those regimes where institutionalised homophobia and misogyny have truly tragic consequences. Two of the bishops who've been vocal in their lambasting of the liberals hail from Uganda and Nigeria, states where punitive laws against homosexuals are still on the statute book: a man was sentenced to death for being gay by sharia courts in northern Nigeria only last month.

In an interview yesterday, Williams speaks of how the worldwide Anglican communion is important because "there may be a complicated development-issue we can broker". This idea of Anglicans as auxiliary peacekeepers is a nonsense, and for once I agree with those African conservative bishops who accuse Lambeth Palace of neo-colonialism.

The Anglican church, as constituted, is first and foremost the Church of England, and is charged expressly with ministering to the spiritual needs of all of us, regardless of whether we even believe in God. You would think that with his church's attendance still declining, Williams would want to reach out to everyone who genuinely understood the New Testament ethic of tolerance and love - and leave those who still want to be bigots to join other denominations."

Thanks to "Thinking Anglicans" for originally publishing the link to Will Self/the Evening Standard

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