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Kent: LGBT campaigners take part in Archbishop of Canterbury enthronement protest

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  1. another pink news non story

    1. True, making a story where non exists to create an ‘agenda’

  2. Such a pity they were not allowed to protest inside the church during the ceremony.

    The church of England is the official state religion, therefore the Canterbury cathredal should be regarded as public space and room made for protesters.

    Until Britain has a separation of church and state then protest against the church is perfectly acceptable.

    It is an utter disgrace that Britain cannot get rid of this poisonous church as the state religion (and kick out those unelected bishops from the House of Lords.)

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 22 Mar 2013, 4:30pm

      In most countries where there is no state religion, it is an offence to disrupt a religious service as much as I would support such demonstrations in places of worship. I believe religious nutter Ian Paisley was arrested and charged for disrupting a catholic mass on the grounds of Canterbury cathedral to commemorate Thomas Becket’s martyrdom many years ago.

      I’m a strong supporter of disestablishment and you can bet opponents would scapegoat gays for bringing it about. Most Tory MPs would be ardently against it and so too would many in the Lords. If equal marriage fails in the upper chamber, it could well foment a swell in support for disestablishment as well as a push to end an unelected chamber.

  3. George Broadhead 22 Mar 2013, 12:34pm

    I trust that Peter Tatchell won’t be converted from his humanistic atheism when he meets Justin Welby whose invitation he has so enthusiastically welcomed.

  4. Note that there was some local homophobia just outside Archbishy’s Gates -not from other protestors but a bystander (Police were alerted and moved them on)
    At least one attendee to the ceremony had a red ribbon and a few passing into it thanked us (lgbt) for being there.
    Most national press ignored the protest (as usual) Those that did said only about 50 people,but that was only the main gate one, there are four entrances.
    Archbishy’s pre ceremony gushing about us cuts no ice unless he changes his double standards stance in full.

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