06 February 2010

secular leadership

"Mr Cameron also called on Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to follow his party's lead and move the Church of England in the direction of gay rights. "I don't want to get into a huge row with the Archbishop here, but the Church has to do some of the things that the Conservative Party has been through. Sorting this issue out and recognising that full equality is a bottom-line, full essential." he said."

That is a quote from a BBC report of Mr. Cameron. It matters for a couple reasons. First for those who do not know, Mr. Cameron is the leader of the conservative> party in England. Second they are about to elect a new government and he is the likely next prime minister. Third he is referring to the amazing spectacle of the Church of England in lock step with the Roman Catholics working to maintain a legal prerogative to discriminate against lesbian and gay persons in matters of non-clerical employment. If we had to doubt after the Jeffery John affair, this is the archbishops displaying a will to toss lesbian and gay people under the bus in a vain pursuit of 'unity."

The conservative leadership of England's polity well in front of the CoE which has tied itself to the reactionary Roman position. What do they gain if they "win?" They will maintain a legal abilty to fire a secretary because she is a lesbian! Well that is surely important! The CoE continues to occupy a less and less effective position in the lives and thoughts of the people. Dr. Williams seems to think toadying to the RC hierarchy will somehow fix this which is simply ridiculous. He is resolutely leading the church on the road to nowhere.

With apologies to Ben Franklyn, "Those who will sacrifice honor and leadership for unity shall have none."


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