Comments: ‘Should We Legislate to Permit Assisted Dying?’

The CofE should be very careful of employing a strategy of assuming that everyone agrees with them. Any organisation that tries to claim a moral authority and support it manifestly doesn't have will find itself ignored by politicians, and that steady erosion of credibility will have more wide-ranging effects.

The CofE has been ignored, and some would argue pointedly ignored, over same-sex marriage, which does not enjoy anything like the support amongst the general public that assisted dying does. If a small evangelical hardcore of Anglicans wish to make common cause with a small number of religious Muslims, then it is welcome to, but it would be wise to consider what the landscape will look like after the battle has been lost, because lost it surely will be.

Posted by Interested Observer at Friday, 10 May 2013 at 12:45pm BST

'The CofE has been ignored, and some would argue pointedly ignored, over same-sex marriage'.

I'm no fan of UKIP, but it's success in the recent UK local government elections demonstrates the church's stance on same-sex marriage has only been 'ignored' by a majority of mainstream politicians, but NOT the general voting public who elected them to power.

Of course, even if there's no more room for a dissenting position in the forum of liberal orthodoxy, there's another far more powerful forum of an angry electorate who are tired that their right to decide on these issues is being ignored high-handed, patronising Coalition policy makers.

Posted by David Shepherd at Sunday, 12 May 2013 at 3:35pm BST

But this style of attacking something without any real understanding as we see here is abusive. It is part of a culture within the Church that needs to be rooted out.

The trouble is, someone might actually think this is "robust" in the first case and "practical " or even "funny" in the second.

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Wednesday, 15 May 2013 at 9:10am BST
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