It has been another one of those days in UK news. The Church of England hates LGBT people. The Pope hates LGBT people (with a “missionary zeal”, no less). Everywhere you look, whether it is here, or in the US, or elsewhere around the world, the thing that defines Christianity is a burning hatred of homosexuals and trans people. What is more, Christians militantly demand the freedom to practice that hatred. (And, to be fair, some other religions seem to be as bad.)
Can you imagine what people would people would say if the Pope or the Archbishop of Canterbury demanded the right to be allowed to hate people because they were disabled, or because they had red hair? Yet somehow the right to hate LGBT people is a part of “natural law”.
Whatever happened to the Gospel of Love?
Oddly enough, it is still out there. There are plenty of Christian groups who are fully supportive of LGBT people. I wrote about one such group a while back. Also I have many friends who are Christians, even some who are members of the clergy. What concerned me (and I very nearly wrote an angry post about this over the weekend) was that those people didn’t seem to speak out. They were happy to sit back and let the bigots and rabble-rousing politicians in their community set the agenda.
If you poke people often enough, however, they will fight back. This morning’s news stories have prompted Paul Cornell (whose wife, let’s not forget, is training to be a vicar) to speak out. You can read his post here.
I’m delighted that Paul has chosen to speak out, but he can’t do this alone. If you are a religious person (of any faith), and you agree with what he says, please support him, either with a comment or by tweeting using the #godlyforequality tag. Pope Ratty is probably beyond hope, but if enough of you speak up then the bishops and cardinals and other religious leaders around the world will have to take notice of you.