A few interesting links…
Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, was interviewed in Saturday’s Telegraph. In part of the interview he discussed his opposition to gay marriage. This is a short extract:
“I don’t think it is the role of the state to define what marriage is. It is set in tradition and history and you can’t just overnight, no matter how powerful you are. We’ve seen dictators do it, by the way, in different contexts and I don’t want to redefine what I call very clear social structures that have been in existence for a long time and then overnight the state believes it could go in a particular way.”
I predict the issue of gay marriage is going to cause a huge storm over the coming months as the government will be launching a consultation on the issue in March. David Cameron is very much in favour, but many of his Conservative MPs along with the majority of church denominations and other faiths are not. Dr Sentamu has pitched his position early on, but already the backlash has begun. This article by Andrew Brown in Monday’s Guardian gives a flavour of his opponents’ arguments.
You can read the full transcript of the Telegraph’s interview with Dr Sentamu, which covers a whole range of subjects here.
As the debate over welfare reform continues to be picked apart, Victoria Coren’s piece in Sunday’s Guardian focuses on what we should actually expect bishops to be doing in the House of Lords. This is very readable and makes some good points.
I’ve recently had the A Grain of Sand blog drawn to my attention. It has some excellent articles including this thought provoking one posted on Monday. Entitled ‘Fairness’, it considers what fairness means to politicians in the light of this year’s round of bonuses at RBS.
Finally, on Monday I received an email from Christian Concern asking for prayer for Lesley Pilkington, a Christian counsellor. Today is the day of her appeal against the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) who are intending to strip her of her accreditation because she attempted to assist a homosexual client in a therapy session. Her client was actually a ‘gay rights activist/journalist’ who deliberately misled her and then reported her to her professional body. on Sunday (29th January) a statement was issued by a whole list of church leaders including George Carey and Michael Nazir-Ali supporting her cause.
If you want to find out more, you should really head over to eChurch Blog where you can find a very helpful summary of the case and find out why it matters.