Monday, July 02, 2007

Bishop belongs in the Bronze Age

The Anglican Bishop of Carlisle was mocked today as a "bronze age primitive" by the UK Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA).

GALHA's comments follow Bishop Graham Dow's pronouncement that the recent floods in Britain are a result of the introduction of pro-gay laws. He said that going against biblical standards had resulted in God's judgment in the form of floods.

GALHA's chairman Jim Herrick said: "The Bishop's comments reveal a primitive, superstitious mind that belongs in the Bronze Age. If he thinks these floods are the result of pro-gay laws rather than global warming, then how come far more catastrophic floods afflict homophobic nations such as Bangladesh? And how come ultra-pious nations such as Pakistan suffer catastrophic earthquakes? And the self-proclaimed religiosity of the United States doesn't protect it from lethal hurricanes either."

Mr Herrick said: "People like Graham Dow bring religion into even more disrepute with such fatuous comments. No wonder people are abandoning the Church of England in such huge numbers when it is led by silly people like him."
Commenting on GALHA's press release, a gay Christian blogger asks a key question: "Why aren't Christians protesting Dow's hateful remarks? Why are the protests against hate, bigotry, and inflammatory rhetoric of the Dows and others pretty much consigned to the secular forces within society?"
Why indeed! Could the answer be that the majority of his co-religionists either silently agree with the Bishop? If that is not the case, the only alternative is that the majority of Christians have so little regard for their LGBT brethren that they don't think it is worth the effort to stand up to their homophobic leaders.


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