Comments: JCHR report on Equality Bill

Well the legislative beat goes on, apparently.

As a citizen and believer in a western democracy, I generally hope for two outcomes. First I hope that exceptions which permit acts of religious prejudice and discrimination are heavily underlined in law and public policy, so that sufficient publication occurs wherein we are all duly and clearly informed - as in this case: No Queer Folks, Please. The more religious organizations have to duly inform us, all signs in nice big letters shown off in all windows, the better off we shall generally be. Principle one in law and public policy should therefore be, Religions, Warn In Advance.

This goes, too, in my view, for people who might end up needing and/or using the services of such religious organizations. Shelters, meals, health care, assistance of all kinds. Tilted that way, the pinciple becomes: Religions, Identify Your Mean Selves Clearly.

Second outcome dearly desired is that we people in western democracies shall nevertheless have plenty of alternative occasions and instances of law and public policy which do not claim a special ethos which requires prejudice, discrimination, false witness against queer folks who are neighbors, and of course, the very important Earthly Punishment As Sign Of Eternal Punishment.

Both outcomes are transitional. Demonstrations of where we are right now, right in the midst of changing people, changing society, changing family, changing work, changing church. If RW and other leaders use the new covenant to nail all that to the wall forever; the change will not stop, just thinking Anglicans will further dwindle down. Then those changes we Anglicans will not permit God to do in our church lives, God will still probably be able to do in wider western democratic society, law, and public policy.

Posted by drdanfee at Monday, 16 November 2009 at 6:52pm GMT

"Then those changes we Anglicans will not permit God to do in our church lives, God will still probably be able to do in wider western democratic society, law, and public policy."
- drdanfee -

Dr. Dan is surely right about this. If the Church demonstrates its institutional discrimination against women and gays in the ministry and other forms of leadership within its ranks, then this could be the end of Anglicanism as it has always been represented in and to the world. Doubtless, this would not spell the end of traditional Anglican Inclusiveness, especially in those parts of the world, such as the home of TEC and the Anglican Church of Canada, where institutional discrimination has already been put to death.

No doubt, the output of bodies like the Revision Committee of the Church of England, when they put their final propositions before the C. of E. General Synod, will influence whether or not the more eirenic parts of the Communion will sign up to the proposed Anglican Covenant.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Monday, 16 November 2009 at 11:01pm GMT
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