Andrew Linzey has commented on a significant inaccuracy in this report in a letter to the CEN editor. The text appears here below the fold.
In your news report (“Anglican Liberals attack Windsor”, 30 September) you claim that I ‘compare Anglican attitudes to homosexuals to the policy of the Nazis’. That is not an accurate summary of my Introduction to the book, Gays and the Future of Anglicanism.
Rather, I begin with the Nazi claim that gays are “mistakes of the Creator” and I argue that it is a short step from believing that gays are “mistakes” to actually treating them as such. My point is we (emphasis on the “we”) Christians need to wrestle with the fact that our theology has helped fuel a situation in which there has been (in this century alone) visceral hatred and persecution of gays. All churches, including the Anglican Communion, need to take stock of themselves in this regard, but that is not to say that all Anglican attitudes are Nazi.
I understand that positions are polarised, passions are inflamed, and that it is therefore difficult for any of us to resist the temptation to misdescribe, but insofar as you are able to do so you will provide a valuable service to us all.