The faces of cant and hypocrisy, Archbishops of Kenya and Cantebury.
In a decision that should appal all thinking gay folk, well, all thinking folk, the worldwide Anglican church has caved into the rampant homophobia of its African and Asian wings. In a desperate attempt to avoid a schism, the primates from 40 countries decided to bar the US branch of Anglicanism, The Episcopal Church (Tec) - which officially recognises gay marriage – from key bodies for the next three years.
The archbishops and bishops meeting behind closed doors in the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral, went on to vote explicitly to condemn same-sex marriage as a “fundamental departure” from traditional Anglican teaching.
Basking in their victory, conservative primates also warned of further uncertainty ahead saying the deal “must not be seen as an end, but as a beginning”. They also voiced dismay that the Americans had not been urged to express “repentance”. Lustralboy wondered: wasn't forgiveness once a tenet of Christianity?
The Archbishop of Caterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, spiritual leader of the Anglican Church, then attempted to fragrance this wholesale capitulation to the forces of intolerance and repression by apologising to the gay community.
He said: 'For me it's a constant source of deep sadness, the number of people who are persecuted for their sexuality. I don't have the right to speak for everyone. I wanted to take this opportunity...to say how sorry I am for the hurt and pain, in the past and present, the church has caused.' On the subject of the decisions, he added, 'There has been no rancour, absolutely no sense that there are either victors or vanquished.'
Like hell, there hasn't. Try telling that to the protesters in Canterbury.
Protesters against Anglican homophobia.
Or just ask the the chairman of Gafcon, the Archbishop of Kenya, The Most Rev Eliud Wabukala, and the general secretary, Dr Peter Jensen, former Archbishop of Sydney, who welcomed the deal, clinging to the pathetic defense of their actions by claiming that there had been a failure over the last 13 years to “guard biblical truth and restore godly order”.
Lustralboy says: The failure here is the triumph of bigotry over tolerance. And the only 'fundamental departure' we'd like to see is the absolute eradication of all these extreme, ossified religions without whom the world would surely be a much better place. Christianity as the 'place to bask in the love of God?' You've got to be kidding.
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