Comments: Lord Alli speaks about the marriage bill and the bishops

“They argue religious freedom except where they don’t like it. They don’t want gay marriage – so that means the Quakers can’t have it or the liberal Jews can’t have it. They’re in a pretty hypocritical place.”

Nailed it!

Posted by JCF at Monday, 3 June 2013 at 12:44am BST

God bless Alli.

Truth-speaker

Posted by Laurence at Monday, 3 June 2013 at 2:01am BST

Romans 1:24-27. Either we take the Word of God seriously, or we don't. God regards homosexuality as an abhomination. And if the Bishops don't take the Word seriously, what is the point of them? I would defend to the death the right of my gay friend to enter into a civil partnership if that is what he wants, but why should any church be obliged to marry gay people?

It beats me why anyone who is gay would want to marry in an institution whose holy book says that his relationship is sinful and abhorrent. But then this is an attack on the church. In my C of E church there are two lesbian female ministers whose idea of service is abseiling down the church tower. I love the C of E but can no longer attend services there.

Posted by Ruth Allan at Monday, 3 June 2013 at 9:36am BST

'While they are protected from having to conduct gay marriages they don't want to give other groups the freedom to do so.'

So having obtained a 'quadruple lock' on the government as regards the conducting of gay marriages in the C of E, the bishops (honourable exception: Bishop of Salisbury - and maybe one or two others) now want to impose a half-nelson on any other religious group who might feel differently. Leaving aside that they are NOT speaking for all of the CofE, or even half of it, from where do they derive their authority? Do they not see how ridiculous they look, and what an embarrassment they are to ordinary anglicans?

Posted by Stephen Morgan at Monday, 3 June 2013 at 11:22am BST

And "religious freedom" should also include freedom *from* religion.

Posted by Laurence Cunnington at Monday, 3 June 2013 at 1:17pm BST
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