The Archbishop of Canterbury has deemed threats against LGBTQ+ people a “sin” and offered to meet comedian Sandi Toksvig for coffee after she criticized the Anglican church’s stance on same-sex marriage. gender.
ustin Welby responds to TV presenter after she said LGBTQ+ lives were “at stake” following the religious leader’s “terrible mistake” in reaffirming an Anglican statement 1998 rejected same-sex marriage.
The former Great British Bake-Off presenter, who is gay, posted an open letter on Twitter on Wednesday, describing the issue as a “serious issue” and reiterating “several threats credible death threats” she had received over the years from Protestants.
Responding on Thursday with a letter also published on Twitter, Mr Welby thanked Ms Toksvig for her correspondence and said he “would love to sit down for a coffee to talk to you about it”. .
He wrote that the threats she and other LGBTQ+ people “experienced in the name of Jesus Christ are a sin”.
He said the Church of England agrees with that view and it is “strongly opposed to conversion therapy”.
He added: “The Anglican Communion is a complex group of churches. We can talk about this when we meet. There are profound differences in many areas.”
Ms Toksvig said Mr Welby “made a terrible mistake” when he confirmed on Tuesday that the “validity” of Resolution 1.10 from the 1998 Lambeth Conference was “unquestionable”.
The resolution says that marriage is “between a man and a woman”, and that same-sex relationships are “inconsistent with the scriptures”.
“So you and your other religious friends met at the Lambeth Conference and the main takeaway seemed to be that same-sex sex is a sin,” Ms Toksvig wrote. It was a sin in 1998 and you just want to make it clear in 2022 that no one in your sophisticated gang can go on from there.
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“Seriously, given the state the world is in, is that something you want to focus on? Don’t you have other pressing problems like, I don’t know, war or poverty? “
The QI TV presenter, who describes himself as a humanist, added: “This is a serious problem. The lives of LGBTQ+ people are at stake here.
“I have had some reliable death threats over the years, sometimes needing the very kind support of the police hate crime squad.
“Each and every one of those threats comes from an evangelical Christian. Surely they want to kill me in the name of God. “
Ms. Toksvig also questioned the Church of England’s interpretation of Jesus’ views on homosexuality.
She said: “There are seven texts in the Bible that are often pointed to as proof that God hates a homosexual person, but everyone who has studied the matter knows that the ‘proof’ only lies in an extremely confusing explanation. None of that is obvious. “
She adds: “Jesus never mentioned sex. It’s clearly not a big deal for him. “
The Lambeth Conference is a meeting of Anglican bishops convened every 10 years by the Archbishop of Canterbury. It will take place at the University of Kent, Canterbury Cathedral and Lambeth Palace from July 26 to August 8.
Speaking at Tuesday’s conference, the archbishop said he cannot and will not punish churches for conducting same-sex marriage.
“I do not have, nor do I seek, the authority to discipline or exclude an Anglican Communion church,” he said. I will not do that”.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/archbishop-offers-to-meet-sandi-toksvig-after-same-sex-marriage-stance-criticism-41890640.html Archbishop offers to meet Sandi Toksvig after criticism of same-sex marriage stance