Things are perhaps changing in the UK…however not as you would think. On the one hand the Anglican Church is looking at removing its “No Poofters” rule, while on the other hand people are being arrested in the streets for preaching about sin. But first, in this post we can look at the refreshing change of attitude in theÂ AnglicanÂ Church.
In his most widely anticipated address since taking over the leadership of the Church, the Most Rev Justin Welby insisted that it was now âabsurd and impossibleâ to ignore an âoverwhelmingâ change in social attitudes.
In a deliberate echo of Harold MacMillanâs 1950 speech which attacked apartheid in South Africa, the Archbishop warned church leaders that they needed to reassess their own attitudes to gay people â even if they do not âlike itâ.Â
While insisting he had no immediate plans to change policy on issues such as gay marriage, he announced a major campaign to curb anti-gay bullying in the Church of Englandâs more than 5,000 schools.
He is understood to have approached Stonewall, which led the campaign in favour of gay marriage, to invite it into church schools to teach up to a million children about homosexuality.
âWe may or may not like it but we must accept that there is a revolution in the area of sexuality,â the Archbishop said.
This is good, and reasonable, and about time. However in other news there is an underlying unreasonableness in UK society. See my next post for details on that.