Bishop Michael Curry: love is the way, but only if you agree with him

Bishop Curry (left, Diocese of NY) and Bishop Love (right) speaking in Ireland in 2018. Remember good ol’ Bishop Curry?  He of the royal wedding sermon?  Love will transform the world and all the rest of it?  (See post on 27/11/18). One would be tempted to think, based on his ‘love is all’ sermon last …

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Parliamentary prayers: taking the edge off Mr Blunt’s idea

Since 1558, prayers have been said in both Houses of our Parliament before the start of business each day.  Despite this, MP Crispin Blunt has tabled a motion in Parliament this week ‘inviting MPs to recognise religious worship should no longer play a part in the formal business of the House, and calling on the …

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Conversion therapy, religious belief and the Church – Part 2

So here’s a look at the new Ozanne Foundation (OF) survey. You can see it here: https://ozanne.foundation/faith-sexuality-survey-2018/ How much will it really contribute to an understanding of the ‘the impact of religious belief on people’s understanding and development of their sexual orientation and identity’? I have not approached the OF to ask for permission to …

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Conversion therapy, religious belief and the Church – Part 1

The Ozanne Foundation (‘We Believe In Just Love For All!’) - an LGBT campaigning organization - has launched an online survey about ‘conversion therapy’ and religion/faith/belief.  This is attracting a significant amount of coverage in the media.  It’s also supported by a number of Church leaders. What can possibly go wrong? On the Ozanne Foundation …

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‘Ethnic cleansing’ in the mayor’s office: carry on Cleo

Don’t you just love it when people get a bit of power and think they can rewrite history? Especially when they appear to think that this will also promote their own ideologies. And even better, when they get to boost their own view of the hierarchy of victimhood. With a nice bit of ‘intersectionality’ thrown …

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Sexism in football: a woman’s place….

Yes folks, it is the 21st century, but sometimes you wouldn't know it. The French Ballon d'Or award for the best male and female professional footballers of the year was held last night in Paris.  The best male player award went to Luka Modric, a Croation who plays for Real Madrid.  The best female player award went …

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Welby and his ‘Father’: playing with words – church leaders and other manipulators

  Our Great Leader, the Archbishop of Canterbury (peace be upon him, oh yes) has been speaking again on gender-related issues.  I’m actually waiting to hear him speak on something that is relevant to the struggles of the majority of members of the Church of England, but hey-ho. Apparently he was responding to a question …

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Bishop of Leeds: Brexit and Bull**** from the pulpit

The Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, does not like Brexit.  He really doesn’t like it.  Well, Bishop, that’s fine - we’re all entitled to our personal views. What is not fine, however, is conflating your personal political view with your role and supposed authority as a bishop. Nor is it fine to imply that the …

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