'Sentamu appointment would be a disaster'

Updated 9:28AM, Friday August 31st, 2012 by Simon Cross, Christian.co.uk 6 comments seperator

Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell  has  warned that if John Sentamu were appointed as Archbishop of Canterbury, it would be a ‘disaster’ for the Church.

The veteran campaigner called for the Church to consider the Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Reverend Thabo Makgoba for the top job.

He was speaking after delivering a talk about Gay Marriage at Greenbelt, alongside the Rev Sharon Fergusson, leader of the Lesbian and Gay Christian movement.

Mr Tatchell was making a return visit to the faith based festival despite being a well-known secularist.

He said that he believes in the importance of engaging with Christians, and praised the work that Christians have done in the furtherance of human rights.

He said: “For me as someone who is concerned about Human rights, it’s very important to engage with people of faith.

“There are many people of faith who have done many important, extraordinary things in terms of promoting social justice and human rights, for me it’s important to work with those people in our common cause for a better, fairer society.

“Coming to a festival like Greenbelt is a fantastic antidote to the generally held misperception that Christians are all bigoted and homophobic.

“I’ve always had a very open view of people of faith, there are some who are intolerant and bigoted, there are many who are not, to me the main problem is with the leaders of religious organisations, they are the ones who are pushing for discrimination, most grass roots Christians find discrimination abhorrent.

“They may not personally approve of homosexuality, but nor do they approve of discrimination against gay people.

“Rowan Williams is a huge disappointment, first and foremost a disappointment to himself. His public pronouncements on lesbian and gay human rights today are far removed from his support for equality ten or twenty years ago. 

“He has sold his conscience for the price of high office It has greatly damaged his reputation and credibility.

“I’m really sad and sorry that he’s allowed himself to put the unity of the church before the Christian values of love and compassion.

“If John Sentamu becomes Archbishop of Canterbury it will do huge damage to the image and reputation of the church, he’s on record as opposing Gay equality and supporting homophobic discrimination.

“If he succeeds Rowan Williams it will signal that the Church of England is intolerant and prejudiced, I hope consideration will be given to someone like the Archbishop of Cape Town, an African Anglican leader who has by and large taken a stand for equality for all.”

SIMON CROSS

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Tom. Nabogi
Tom. Nabogi said...
August 31st, 2012 at 12:30PM • Reply

There is no room for compromise....the WORD of GOD is sovereign....minority cannot over-rule majority. We cannot sell our conscience just to plizz and entertain something which is morally wrong...Go on J Setamu...do what you got to do...peace!

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Steve
Steve said...
September 1st, 2012 at 2:21PM • Reply

It's for John Sentamu to decide if he is right to stand for the role of Archbishop of Canterbury. This has nothing to do with gay rights nor is Peter Tatchell in any position to advise him. He makes no claim to be a Christian so far as I know.

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Penny Culliford
Penny Culliford said...
September 4th, 2012 at 1:48PM • Reply

Anyone, Christian or not, can express an opinion on who they would like to be the next Archbishop, because it does impact the country as a whole. Whether you agree with Peter Tatchell or not, I find his willingness to stand up for what he believes and to fight for justice, inspiring.

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KerronCross
KerronCross said...
September 5th, 2012 at 4:45PM • Reply

The Archbishop of York does not and never has supported homophobic discrimination.

The Archbishop has spoken several times about his actual views. Most recently he set out his position on marriage and civil partnership here:

http://www.archbishopofyork.org/articles.php/2481/a-response-on-marriage-and-civil-partnerships

Anyone who has been listening to the Archbishop of York's statements against homophobic bullying over the years will realise that Mr Tatchell is playing to the gallery and in fact very wide of the mark. (c.f. BBC Radio 4 interviews on 19 June 2005 and 24 Dec 2009, for example.)

Indeed Andrew Sullivan's column in the Sunday Times earlier this year suggests that Peter Tatchell himself used to oppose same-sex 'marriage'.

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/newsreview/columnists/article1036819.ece

I wonder if when Peter Tatchell stood up at that public meeting and rejected gay marriage utterly on principle, whether he should also have been labelled as 'opposing gay equality and supporting homophobic discrimination' by his very own logic?

Not to support same-sex 'marriage' is not to be against civil partnerships. The Archbishop of York has spoken positively of his acceptance of civil partnerships but sees no need in the cause of fairness to alter the age-old vocabulary of marriage.

Kerron Cross
Director of Communications for the Archbishop of York.

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KerronCross
KerronCross said...
September 5th, 2012 at 4:55PM • Reply

The Archbishop of York does not and never has supported homophobic discrimination. The Archbishop has spoken several times about his actual views. Most recently he set out his position on marriage and civil partnership here:http://www.archbishopofyork.org/articles.php/2481/a-response-on-marriage-and-civil-partnerships Anyone who has been listening to the Archbishop of York's statements against homophobic bullying over the years will realise that Mr Tatchell is playing to the gallery and in fact very wide of the mark. (c.f. BBC Radio 4 interviews on 19 June 2005 and 24 Dec 2009, for example.) Indeed Andrew Sullivan's column in the Sunday Times earlier this year suggests that Peter Tatchell himself used to oppose same-sex 'marriage'.http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/newsreview/columnists/article1036819.ece I wonder if when Peter Tatchell stood up at that public meeting and rejected gay marriage utterly on principle, whether he should also have been labelled as 'opposing gay equality and supporting homophobic discrimination' by his very own logic? Not to support same-sex 'marriage' is not to be against civil partnerships. The Archbishop of York has spoken positively of his acceptance of civil partnerships but sees no need in the cause of fairness to alter the age-old vocabulary of marriage. Kerron Cross Director of Communications for the Archbishop of York.

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Ruth
Ruth said...
October 12th, 2012 at 2:05PM • Reply

Why give Peter Tatchell a mouthpiece and report his comments without balancing them with opposing opinion? Tatchell was voted secularist of the year 2012http://old.richarddawkins.net/articles/645366-peter-tatchell-named-secularist-of-the-year-2012 and has defended paedophilia in the past. I couldn't care less whether he supports John Sentamu.

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