Comments: Equal marriage row at Conservative Party conference

"We've invested a huge amount in this heavyweight event to debate Real Marriage against PE's Gay or 'Equal' Marriage amongst the ordinary conservative public – and at almost the last moment they pull out. It looks as if the Tory hierarchy don't want the grass-roots discussing the issue"

- Chris Sugden -

Except that it wouldn't quite be 'the grass roots' who would be agreeing with Mainstream's point of view.

Despite the pretentious title that 'Mainstream' have arrogated to themselves, they are so obviously not representative of real mainstream Anglicans. 'Mainstream' is a vociferously biassed doctrinal forum of conservative Anglicanism that simply does not represent real mainstream and 'grass-roots' Anglicans.

Certainly they do not represent grass-roots members of the British public, who are much more inclined to allow Gay couples the benefit of legal marriage than any religious group such as 'M.S.'

Mr. Sugden's confrontational harassment of the LGBT community in Britain is probably the best reason for the Conservative party deciding not to engage with the rhetoric that 'Mainstream' espouses - on this or any other issue in civilised society.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Monday, 8 October 2012 at 1:21am BST

Once again, Lord Carey proves how much of an intellectual heavy-weight he isn't.

Posted by Daniel Berry, NYC at Monday, 8 October 2012 at 3:06pm BST

"Lord Carey: Gay marriage could have ‘drastic’ consequences including risk of polygamy."

Carey is a disgrace!

Posted by JCF at Monday, 8 October 2012 at 9:20pm BST

Today's HuffPo article has Lord Carey comparing equal marriage to Naziism.

The man is a disgrace.

Posted by Malcolm French+ at Tuesday, 9 October 2012 at 6:20am BST

I note that Sugden has gone a step beyond putting his usual scare quotes around the word 'marriage' for gay people and has created the new institution of Real Marriage for himself (capital R capital M) to ensure he can remain on an island of purity, unpolluted by people like me.

Posted by Laurence C. at Tuesday, 9 October 2012 at 8:16am BST

Thanks to Malcolm for the link. Absurd and strange what fear (?) can make you say. Afraid of what? I would also say that the comments linking gay marriage to the Third Reich, denigrate the real import of that horrific, and never-to-be-forgotten by our children and grandchildren for evermore please, regime. Get a grip on Lord (?) Carey.

Posted by Sara MacVane at Tuesday, 9 October 2012 at 9:19am BST

From the Huffington Post article, cited by Malcolm French (accessible through his link above) bears further witness to Lord Carey's determination to vilify any attempt to secure the rights of Gay people to commit to monogamous same-sex marriage - in a way that will neither win friends for himself nor for the Church that he claims to represent.

To call the prospect of Gay marriage an opening to the possibility of the imposition of a Nazi regime, is the worst insult to both the Jews and the Homosexuals who were put to death by the Nazis in connection with the holocaust of World War II.

Does Dr. Carey's insensitivity know no bounds? Or is he determined, despite his acceptance of Divorce in the Church, to zero in on homosexuals as the supreme cause of breakdown in the Church and in public order? Shame on him.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 9 October 2012 at 11:14am BST

Here is Lord Carey at it again.

How does one shut this man up? Or on second thoughts let him rant on. He has no credibility and his Nazi scare, like those of others who have used it, should be seen for what it is, the last throw of a bunch of losers.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Tuesday, 9 October 2012 at 2:00pm BST

Lord Carey's remarks have been interpreted rather differently in this comment article in the Telegraph:

I think we shall need to see a complete transcript of his speech if we are to understand it accurately.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Tuesday, 9 October 2012 at 10:21pm BST


Tom Chivers' more balanced response to Lord Carey's remarks is unfortunately belated, given that the cartridges of self-righteous indignation have been spent in anticipatory celebration of a victory for gay marriage advocates!

Whatever we make of his credibility, I wonder whether anyone here cares about what Lord Carey specifically said on this occasion. Does it really matter whether we misrepresent what a sworn enemy of 'the cause' has actually said?

If we want to fast and loose with truth, then let's be thorough. I mean, it was even alleged by several of the Messiah's contemporaries that our He claimed that He would destroy Solomon's temple and re-build it in three days. So, let's believe that too, shall we?!

Posted by David Shepherd at Wednesday, 10 October 2012 at 12:08am BST

As you say: 'I think we shall need to see a complete transcript of his speech if we are to understand it accurately.'

Posted by David Shepherd at Wednesday, 10 October 2012 at 12:12am BST

I'm game to see a transcript. However, given that this absurd and Godwinesque inanity is consistent with past utterances, I'm not inclined to agree with the Telegraph's generous interpretation - an interpretation which is NOT consistent with Carey of Clifton's previous utterances.

Posted by Malcolm French+ at Thursday, 11 October 2012 at 6:11am BST

I would have to agree with Malcolm French - given past utterances and the mood of the meeting this more charitable interpretation seems very unlikely. So much so I think the transcript would have been released by now if this was so.

Still stranger things have happened. But not very often.

Posted by Craig Nelson at Friday, 12 October 2012 at 8:57am BST

Well Craig, here's the transcript...

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Friday, 12 October 2012 at 1:43pm BST

And here is the video recording

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Friday, 12 October 2012 at 2:02pm BST

Strange. I've read it several times and don't see any reference to the 3rd Reich.

Posted by Craig nelson at Friday, 12 October 2012 at 3:38pm BST

His Nazi comments occurred in the unscripted question and answer session which are not included in the video or transcript.

Posted by Iain Baxter at Friday, 12 October 2012 at 6:09pm BST

So, the provided transcript and video recording carry less weight that the 'hear-say' arising from the subsequent Q&A session?

That makes no sense. Time to move on.

Posted by David Shepherd at Saturday, 13 October 2012 at 1:41am BST

Seems we still don't have the transcript of what was said. Nevertheless it was a public meeting attended by the press who duly reported Lord Carey's outrageous but wholly unexceptional (for him) remarks.

The following press reports quote from Carey liberally:

Posted by Craig Nelson at Saturday, 13 October 2012 at 3:53pm BST

I've checked those links, yet none of the writers expressly contradict the Telegraph reporter's considered position that Lord Carey's remarks were an appeal against mischaracterising gay marriage advocates as bigots:

'[Lord Carey] rejected suggestions that the true “bigots” were those who advocated gay marriage and would not listen to legitimate concerns of religious groups who disagreed.'

So, the clearly uncontested context was his opposition, during the Q&A, to the characterisation of gay marriage advocates as bigots. He meant that to begin such demonisation of opponents has, in the past, led to the worst prejudices of European history.

Unless a quote contradicts the Telegraph report, as I said, it's time to move on.

Posted by David Shepherd at Saturday, 13 October 2012 at 10:26pm BST

Well, David, the matter may forever be mired in mystery.

I note that reductio ad Hitlerum lives on elsewhere:

Posted by Craig Nelson at Sunday, 14 October 2012 at 8:02pm BST
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