Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 10 May 2017

David Emmott Campaign for Fair Rants Writing in the Sand
[For details of the Ken Leech Conference see here.]

David Hoyle Address from Bishop Michael [Perham]’s funeral

Kelvin Holdsworth Thurible The Tim Farron Question and the Archbishop of Canterbury

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Reading David Emmott’s article brought to mind some words from Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure:

Why all the souls that were forfeit once
And He that might the vantage best have took
Found out the remedy.

“Where we are vulnerable and fragile, it is He who is wounded and broken.” (Rowan Williams, Knowing and Loving)

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David Emmott’s article is beautiful and thought provoking. I’ve not been one to leave the banner in the Narthex, but these words give me pause about that…

David Hoyle is an awesome preacher.

Flora Alexander
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Flora Alexander

Re Holdsworth on Farron. Correct that it’s more important to keep putting this question to the ABC. But I think it’s sad that it appears Farron didn’t have anybody on his team who could prime him to give an acceptable answer. Such as, gay sex is like heterosexual sex: it’s only sinful if somebody is exploiting the other person.

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Simon Dawson

But Flora, would that not be the sin of hypocrisy, frequently criticized by Jesus himself. A man giving one answer in public, as briefed by his media advisers, which is different to his own beliefs (that sex outside marriage is by definition sinful whether exploitative or not). You said (whether ironically or not) “I think it’s sad that it appears Farron didn’t have anybody on his team who could prime him to give an acceptable answer.” Personally I think it sad that it is considered normal, even desirable, to have such media advisers. Because in such a culture those people… Read more »

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Flora Alexander

Simon, I should unpack this a bit. I’ve been assuming that in his highly-pressured life Farron has not had time to think carefully about the ethics of sexual behaviour. I thought that, just as Nicky Morgan has, apparently, moved on from her earlier position of opposing equal marriage ‘because she is a Christian’, Farron might progress in the same way if he gave himself time to think it through. But perhaps I’m quite wrong about this. I have had little contact with evangelicals since my student days a long time ago. I wasn’t being ironic about Farron’s entourage. The whole… Read more »

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Turbulent priest

Flora–the same is true of most of human interaction. May and (eventually) Farron were right to give a straight answer to a straight question. (pardon the pun).

Janet Fife
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Janet Fife

I read the Farron situation rather differently. As a liberal, he defends the right of people to live and behave as they choose (within legal limits) irrespective of whether he personally approves of what they do. His voting record in Parliament supports that. He has consistently voted for gay and trans freedoms (the only time he appeared to vote against equal marriage was when the legislation included a spousal veto of trans people, and he was about to introduce an amendment removing the spousal veto). As Farron said recently, he doesn’t think politicians’ private beliefs should be a matter of… Read more »

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Laurie Roberts

When Farron became Liberal Democrat leader he continued to wear a Christian symbol in his lapel, thus inviting response, question. As a gay person, I do wish to know, and understand that I have a right (or perhaps , ‘the’ right ?) to know what movtivates politicans’ thought and action(s). This is particularly salient, when I am seeking to gauge, whether they mean to do me and my lgbti communities more harm. Harm legislated against gays by the powerful is particularly frightening and bad for one’s mental and physical health. But many straight people have no idea what kind of… Read more »

Janet Fife
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Janet Fife

‘As a gay person, I do wish to know, and understand that I have a right (or perhaps , ‘the’ right ?) to know what movtivates politicans’ thought and action(s).’ That’s understandable. In Tim Farron’s case, his actions bear out his claim to be a liberal who will defend to the utmost people’s right to make their own choices and live their own lives, whether or not he would make the same choices himself. That’s what true liberalism is. And that’s what motivates Tim and other liberals. I do worry that we’re entering an era where people are not allowed… Read more »