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Church of England report on sexuality recognises tension on gays in church but urges for understanding

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  1. Well done to the church; you only got there a few decades after the rest of society.

  2. F*** those bigots.

    The Cult of England is a force for great evil.

    why is this vicious cult tje official state cult.

    Separation of church and state now.

  3. Brett Gibson 28 Nov 2013, 1:45pm

    This just shows you how pathetic and pandering modern christians are. Not a couple of months back they were fighting till the last second against equal marriage. A combination of their huge defeat there and the statistics of the 2010 census showing a massive dip in the numbers of “christians”, has now led them to try and desperately appease modern society and stupidly back track on things that were not so long ago completely unacceptable to them.

    I’m glad people are abandoning the church and so they should. These people profess to be all about helping those in need. I ask myself then why are there thousands of homeless people on the street and millions in poverty in Africa, whilst the local vicar in my street lives in a detached house with a brand new 62 reg VW estate car.

    Religion is a corrupt, selfish and abhorrent institution that needs to be dismantled. Throughout history religion has caused nothing but pain and misery to millions.

  4. Mumbo Jumbo 28 Nov 2013, 1:48pm

    Tortured waffle.

  5. These people are almost a total irrelevance – particularly in the UK. Even one of their own has said they’re one generation away from extinction. Why don’t they just go hand-wring themselves out of existence. Why news media continue even to report this minority-interest pastime is beyond me.

  6. UnderAviaduct 28 Nov 2013, 2:00pm

    The church comes across as an army ragged after defeat upon defeat and with its foot soldiers deserting in ever increasing numbers. Now suddenly it wants to make peace with the enemy but seems reluctant to accept the blame for starting the war in the first place.

    I say keep fighting. This bigoted organisation needs to be divorced from the state and must adopt a zero tolerance of homophobia within its ranks.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 28 Nov 2013, 2:38pm

      Your last sentence makes it only that more relevant when a Northern Ireland MP made an intervention in Parliament yesterday and I learned that he was a religious minister, the Rev. William McCrea who of course opposed equal marriage. Clergy should be banned from Parliament entirely.

      1. There are still 40 unelected bishops in the House of Lords. And we have the gall to lecture the rest of the world about the merits of democracy … pah!!

  7. The CofE cult fought tooth and nail to deny us any rights, using every trick and scare story in the book.

    They also tried unsuccessfully to prevent any other churches being able to conduct same sex marriages.

    They brought about a law to prevent the CofE and the Church in Wales conducting same sex marriages.

    Given this level of hatred against us, why would any same sex couple in their right minds ever think of going to these hypocrites for a blessing?

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 28 Nov 2013, 2:49pm

      It really shot itself in the foot. The quadruple lock which it has accepted was a brilliant move by the government that has put it at odds with other denominations who wish to celebrate our marriages. This is nothing more than an act of desperation. The lock in a way has a silver lining by shining a very bright light on the CoE’s hypocrisy and bigotry. It’s only made it that more irrelevant and isolated.

  8. “Blessings” but not marriage – so more second class personage in their eyes

    Combat homophobia – how? Because I’ve seen zero sanction from the church against its bigots

    I never realised Bishops in the Anglican church had to be celibate – after all, the Archbishop of Canterbury is married and has children.

  9. The C of E fails to understand that the reason it believes itself to be at odds with contemporary culture is that it relies on tribal culture from millennia past to form its opinions.

  10. George Broadhead 28 Nov 2013, 5:17pm

    “Later recommendations call on the church to combat all homophobia ‘whenever and wherever it is found’, and ‘to repent of the lack of welcome and acceptance extended to homosexual people in the past’.”

    I assume that this will include the unequivocal condemnation of its branches in Africa, notably in Nigeria and Uganda, which are not only homophobic but support viciously anti-gay legislation.

  11. Frank Boulton 1 Dec 2013, 8:10am

    “Teaching on sexual conduct within the church should not be changed, recommends the report, but the church will offer “appropriate services to mark a faithful same sex relationship.” It goes on to say that no member of the church would be forced to participate in such a blessing.”

    So, nothing’s changed. They’ve huffed and puffed against the bastion of homophobia and now they’re going to huff and puff some more.

    It’s quite a relief to know that we’re still not their equals. It would be a bit of a step down, wouldn’t it?

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