November 13, 2003

Criminal Biblical Views

Because the police don't have to out on the highways, they can be investigating the real criminals, like the Anglican Bishop of Chester.

The Rt Rev Dr Peter Forster, Lord Bishop of Chester, said the following in the Chester Chronicle, as quoted in the Daily Telegraph:

Some people who are primarily homosexual can reorientate themselves. I would encourage them to consider that as an option, but I would not set myself up as a medical specialist on the subject - that's in the area of psychiatric health.

I would urge you not to say such a thing whilst in the United Kingdom. It may constitute a criminal offence. These comments are being investigated by the Cheshire Police. Apparently in Cheshire there are no murders, robberies, burglaries, rapes, assaults, or anything else requiring police time. And we know they don't have to worry about speeders. It's those evangelical bishops with traditional theology that must be hit and hit hard.

And who is pushing the police? While it claims that it didn't make the complaint on an organisational level at least, the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (which certainly has to top the list of oxymoronic names) welcomed the criminal investigation of the bishop for what it calls "scandalous" views. According to the Telegraph, the spokesperson for the group admitted that it could have been one of their members who filed the criminal complaint.

Let me put this in plain language for you. If you have the cheek, the audacity, to openly hold to the teaching of the Christian Church, unchanged and unbroken for two millenia, and especially if you publically express those views, you may be charged with a crime in this country. This is a country which claims that Christianity is the establish religion and where the Head of State is the Head of the Church.

Posted by david at November 13, 2003 12:53 AM | TrackBack

I was going to ask (rhetorically) if anything could be crazier than the target demographic for speed cameras above. However, reading about the Bishop of Chester, I see it can. Kyrie eleison!

Posted by: Havdala at November 14, 2003 10:06 AM