Wednesday, July 8, 2009
With so much news unfolding in the U.S. (Michael Jackson’s untimely death, Sarah Palin’s resignation, and President Obama’s first trip to Russia) it was easy to miss a troubling development from the Church of England.
The Bishop of Rochester, Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali, called on gays to repent. He went onto say the Church of England must stick to the Biblical teaching that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
According to Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali:
“We want to hold on to the traditional teaching of the Church. We don’t want to be rolled over by culture and trends in the Church.”
So it came as a surprise to learn that Queen Elizabeth II, who is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, sent a letter of support to the heads of the traditionalist group stating she “understood their concerns” about the future of the 80 million-strong global church.
The Queen’s letter has caused outrage. Peter Tatchell, a veteran gay rights activist said:
“Homophobia is a social and moral evil, just like racism. Bigotry, even in the guise of religion, has no place in a compassionate, caring society. I call on the Bishop to repent his homophobia. His prejudice goes against Christ’s gospel of love and compassion.”
Which begs the question? Is the Queen of England homophobic? Her letter appears to suggest tacit support for the viciously antigay views expressed by Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali.