Comments: Equality Bill: more articles

I really don't think anything has changed. The intention was always that religious jobs only would be covered, and that is still the case. It just hasn't been formally clarified, and that may be less beneficial to the church than they realise, given that there will be tribunals if they try and apply it any further. And the chances of them winning given that statements made by Government and the European directive are small indeed.

Posted by Merseymike at Friday, 5 February 2010 at 12:47pm GMT

This really needs saying, and needs to be repeated in season and out.

'...the same level of anger and outrage must be directed at those Church of England bishops who fought tooth and nail to keep the status quo, to preserve their right to discriminate against gays and lesbians and to institutionalise and legitimise prejudice against anyone they deemed to be unfit for purpose because of their lifestyle.'

It is vital that we don't capitulate to this innovation the bishops want to thrust on us, contrary to the more liberal practices of the recent past in many dioceses including Southwark, York and Canterbury.

Also as envisage in the document Issues in Human Sexuality; and the unpublished Osborn Report.

But mainly becuase equality for all people, incluidng lesbian,gay, trans, & bi members and ministers is just good sense, good theology and good lovin' ....

Posted by Revd L Roberts at Friday, 5 February 2010 at 2:40pm GMT

Popes, bishops stood loud and strong for God's created-revelation orders in a whole number of important legacy areas: Ptolemaic Cosmology, demon possession instead of infection microorganisms, standing against anatomy studies, males first-males only rules with women relegated to home/hearth only, the heionous sins of usury often linked to anathematizing the dirty Jews who handled money, .... the historical list is long indeed.

So add these latest items from B16 and others, to that same list. As with slavery, we hope for pretty similar results - standing up for mean stuff, unfair stuff, and flat earth stuff does speak loud, clear, to ongoing good change effects.

A phase in the change process, still happening.

Posted by drdanfee at Friday, 5 February 2010 at 8:28pm GMT

'And the end of words is to bring men to the knowledge of things beyond what words can utter. So, learn of the Lord to make a right use of the Scriptures: which is by esteeming them in their right place, and prizing that above them which is above them.'

Isaac Penington: Letters, ed. John Barclay, 1828, pp. 39-40. Letter XVI, undated

Posted by Rev L Roberts at Sunday, 7 February 2010 at 10:16pm GMT
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