Mar 30, 2013

CHURCH of ENGLAND HOMOPHOBIA: ¨The word 'homophobic' comes loaded with very negative connotations but it is a word with which the Church will forever be justifiably saddled if it continues to oppose advances like equal marriage...¨



Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
“We have to be very clear about homophobia”, said the freshly enthroned Archbishop of Canterbury to the BBC last week. This quite obviously being the case, the first point on which one ought to be 'clear' is the following: the Church of England is institutionally homophobic.

This kind of statement is controversial only to those wishing to downplay the Church's direct opposition to the rights and the dignity of homosexuals. To the growing numbers of ex-believers and non-believers it is perfectly self-evident; indeed to many believers, who see no conflict between Jesus and marriage equality, it is equally self-evident. But it is not apparently so to the head of the Anglican community. And this, though I commend his eagerness to meet with Peter Tatchell as a genuine advance in this department, is a point on which Justin Welby needs some forthright clarification.
After all, if there is one activity at which the Church of England excels it is euphemism; its spokespersons are known to use language in a frustratingly vague manner, frequently leaving audiences with no clear impression of what they were trying to communicate. The Church has first and foremost a duty to respect the rights of individuals but it is therefore imperative that it respects language and its usage. The word 'homophobic' comes loaded with very negative connotations but it is a word with which the Church will forever be justifiably saddled if it continues to oppose advances like equal marriage, as it so strenuously does either directly or through politicians speaking on its behalf...¨ there is more

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2 comments:

Grandmère Mimi said...

Justin has already said that some of his best friends are gay and their relationships are "stunning", and the offer to meet with Peter Tatchell is a good thing, but it is by his actions and others in leadership in the Church of England that we will know when stops being homophobic.

Leonard Clark said...

Thanks June,

I love LGBT being praised and then being ignored, refused, denied...really, Justin better get a grip on the reality that this isn't some kind of business transaction where he can balance his negotiation(s)...this is CHURCH, and a religion, that must take a inclusive position (especially for the sake of those who have abused others, at church/beyond, for centuries)! The old and self-righteous dance of death needs to be over/wind-down/fade out and the doubletalk and smoozing will kick him/us in the ass...it's his duty, as in first amongst, to clean up the misdeeds of the past (especially after the bullshit artist Rowan Williams clouded every issue he touched in order to prove how smart he was when dealing with lightweights -- what a baffled clown he became and his buddy in shifty know-it-allness became the Pope emeritus too). Nobody ducks this time around...that includes the new ABC and Pope!