Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Breaking the Moratorium

From the reports I'm reading, it seems the Anglican Covenant is on-hold... for now. It's been sent back for further work, as the Communion continues it's Listening Process.

In light of that news, this is a snippet from the Changing Attitudes blog site, the LGBT Anglican group based in England. This is from Rev. Colin Coward, the director of Changing Attitudes:

Last week I had a brief conversation with the Ven Dr Abraham Okorie. I introduced myself as Director of Changing Attitude and said we worked for LGBT Anglicans. Later in the week he contributed to the debate on the Anglican Covenant, referring to The Episcopal Church as satanic because they want to create more problems rather than heal wounds.Satanic was the word he used about lesbian and gay people in his conversation with me. Lesbian and gay people are only welcome to come to church if they repent, he said. Their activities are satanic. For Dr Okorie, and possibly for bishop Nwosu, there is no place for LGBT people in Nigeria. They are a satanic presence. There can be no listening process when church leaders hold this attitude. The support of the Church of Nigeria for further punitive legislation against gay people and gay marriage is perfectly logical in their mindset.

COMMENT: Rev. Coward is absolutely correct, and the situation in Nigeria is scary for LGBT people. The Archbishop of Canterbury has condemned violence against gay people living in Nigeria, but saying, "Bad, bad, bad" is not enough. And it doesn't work if the people saying, "Bad, bad, bad", then call for the Episcopal Church to show "gracious restraint" about embracing LGBT people as full participants in the life and sacraments of the Church. You can't have it both ways.


Anonymous said...

Right on! And what are we to do. I hope the ABC when he arrives here this Summer has done some real soul searching.


SCG said...

I'm hoping that when the ABC arrives in Anaheim, he is relegated to the marketplace. The Episcopal Church should offer that he can talk to some members of the "secular" media, and somebody from the Presiding Bishop's staff ought to stop him at the door of the convention during off-hours and tell him that he's not allowed in because this is a place "of the people".
Sound eerily familiar, eh?