Comments: Global Freedom Network

I do find this ironic. Modern day slavery is evil but back 200 years and you can find even the Bishop of London owning a slave plantation and justifying it biblically.

Today anti-gay rhetoric and corresponding inaction on the part of both Archbishop and Pope is justified biblically by some of their followers.

Posted by Concerned Anglican at Friday, 21 March 2014 at 12:12pm GMT

I'm so glad they're doing this. I hope many of us will get involved with this somehow.

Posted by Erika Baker at Friday, 21 March 2014 at 12:25pm GMT

The interesting point will be the one at which a leading anti-slavery charity will refuse to work with them because of the anti-gay stance. It is noteworthy that the British Parliament will shortly pass a Modern Slavery Bill having in the same Parliament enacted Equal Marriage. Erika and CA are both absolutely right, of course.

Posted by Turbulent priest at Friday, 21 March 2014 at 1:24pm GMT

Is nothing worthy of comment unless it is brought up against the plumb line of injustice to homosexuals?

Posted by Rob at Friday, 21 March 2014 at 9:29pm GMT

Did you not read my comment, Rob?

Posted by Erika Baker at Friday, 21 March 2014 at 10:32pm GMT

Good on "Twiggy" Forrest

Posted by John Sandeman at Saturday, 22 March 2014 at 3:27am GMT

Rob---because the acknowledgment of the need for justice on one matter makes even more egregious the deliberate failure on the other. Even a stopped clock is right some of the time.

Posted by Turbulent priest at Saturday, 22 March 2014 at 3:41pm GMT

"Is nothing worthy of comment unless it is brought up against the plumb line of injustice to homosexuals?"

"Rob---because the acknowledgment of the need for justice on one matter makes even more egregious the deliberate failure on the other. Even a stopped clock is right some of the time."

I can't imagine that this issue is controversial, thus not a lot of writing on it.

However, Turbulent Priest has a point. If the church fails miserably on justice for anyone, it blots their credibility on justice for others. The realpolitik part is that if the public perceives that the church is hopelessly homophobic and misogynistic, and can't get justice right at home, and in the face of public opinion, then why listen to them all of a sudden?

MLK supported LGBT persons. He and his family saw that justice is justice, and that no one is truly free while another is oppressed. Same with Desmond Tutu. We admire them for their consistency. That consistency gave them moral street "cred" that CoE leadership lacks.

Posted by Cynthia at Saturday, 22 March 2014 at 9:38pm GMT

@Rob

Injustice to one is injustice against all. You can't fight the injustice of human trafficking, while ignoring the "injustice to homosexuals" (both evils arising from patriarchy and misogyny, I might add).

Yes, there is a plumbline: it's always Jesus's "least of these". Whatever the oppressed group in the world---just add "and gay" to it, and there they are.

Posted by JCF at Sunday, 23 March 2014 at 5:13am GMT
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