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Time to tell the truth about gay marriage

by Richard on October 3, 2012

Thinking Anglicans: Jeffrey John on same-sex marriage
When I was a teenager, I once plucked up courage to ask a vicar what he thought about the issue of gay relationships. After a long pause and a deep breath, he finally replied: “Well, Jeffrey my boy, I suppose we must try to keep an open mind about [...]


Scouting Ireland on scouting and sexuality

by Richard on July 19, 2012

Scouting Ireland have issued a statement on the BSA’s homosexual ban
Scouting Ireland is Open to youth and Adult members regardless of Race, Creed, Gender, Sexual Orientation or Ability.
This is enshrined in the Constitution of Scouting Ireland. The Section of our Constitution relating to this is quoted below.
Scouting Ireland is a voluntary, uniformed, non?formal educational movement [...]


An abdication of leadership #bsa

by Richard on July 18, 2012

Richard Cohen hits several nails on the head in his analysis of the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to continue its ban on homosexual participation.
The Boy Scouts of America just the other day reaffirmed its policy of banning openly gay boys from being members. The organization also continued its ban on gays or lesbians serving [...]


BSA continues homosexual ban

by Richard on July 17, 2012

I’m very sorry to learn that a commission set up by the Boy Scouts of America has decided to continue the organisation’s ban on homosexuals.
Scouting was founded to be an inclusive movement which would break down barriers of class and race, and it is surely right to extend this to matters of sexuality. In Britain, [...]


Matthew Vines is a young gay man who makes a passionate and well-delivered contribution to the “debate” about gay marriage. He writes
I wanted to let you know about a speech that I gave at a church in Kansas last week about the Bible and homosexuality.

I grew up in a church that holds staunchly to the [...]


Bring back slavery!

by Kim on April 6, 2011

I don’t know why I didn’t think of it years ago. Or rather I do: it’s the zeitgeist, the spirit of the age, the values of secular culture – it’s like the invasion of the body-snatchers, like being taken over by an alien force, and before you know it the church has been colonised [...]


From the BBC
A Christian couple opposed to homosexuality have lost a court battle over their right to become foster carers.
Eunice and Owen Johns, 62 and 65, of Derby, said the city council did not want them to look after children because of their traditional views.
They claim they were “doomed not to be approved” due to [...]


Picking and choosing? (a reblog)

by Richard on August 19, 2010

I’m reblogging this post as part of the conversation that’s going on about how we use the Bible. I’m not able to write anything fresh today, and this still says what I want it to. I’d also point you to Why Bible-believing Methodists Shouldn’t Eat Black Pudding, Bishop Alan: Reading the Bible 101 and Internet [...]


Gays at Wigan Pier

by Kim on October 1, 2009

In The Road to Wigan Pier, George Orwell does two things. First, drawing on his own investigations as a journalist, he describes in painful detail the conditions of the English working class in the mining towns of Lancashire and Yorkshire during the 1930s: the ugliness of the conurbations, the perils of the pits, the [...]


Open door?

by Richard on March 14, 2008

PamBG has some serious issues about the welcome that’s offered by the church
I’m deeply saddened by the knowledge that gay people feel that they have to leave our churches. My understanding was that, as a denomination, we were working toward taking the position that all people were welcome in our church, whatever their views on [...]