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Is this what the future holds for our woke C of E?


IT IS June 2030, just over seven years after the Church of England’s General Synod voted to allow services of blessing for same-sex couples who have had a marriage ceremony elsewhere, leading to the equal-marriage vote in 2028. A fearful mother writes to her vicar:

‘Last Saturday, my seven-year-old child, who currently self-identifies as female, was invited to a “Pride Month Fun Morning” at your church. We are not regular churchgoers, but she went with a school friend who attends your church with her carers.

‘The morning was divided into two parts, a “Climate Confess” time in your parish centre and a “Celebrate Pride” time in your main church building. In the first part, the children were told to draw pictures of their homes under 250 metres of water because of the coming climate disaster. The children were asked to put their hands up if the adults they were living with had gas boilers in their homes. They were then led in a prayer of confession to the “brooding Spirit of Creation” for their own carbon footprint.

‘I think our female-identifying child might have put her hand up. After the government climbed down on its pledge to ban all gas boilers ahead of the General Election, for the time being we have decided to keep the one in our Victorian house for financial reasons. But please be assured that we are trying very hard to reduce our carbon footprint in every other respect and we wouldn’t want it to be thought that we weren’t.

‘When they went over for the Celebrate Pride time in your church, the children were given rainbow flags and led in an LGBT Pride march around the building. There was a rainbow banner on the altar. My daughter knows all about Pride from her primary school but marches in the school were recently banned following a successful campaign by Muslim carers in our area.

‘At the end of the march, a person wearing a clerical collar with their hair dyed in rainbow colours spoke to the children. They described themself as a ‘non-binary ordained person’ and said that if any of the children were experiencing homophobic, biphobic or transphobic hatred at home, especially from any adults they were living with, there was a safeguarding helpline number they could ring to report their abusers. The children were given a card on their way out with the number and the name of the Diocesan LGBTQI++ Equality and Diversity Justice Officer.

‘My partner and I want to assure you that we are not in any way homophobic, biphobic or transphobic, just in case anyone heard our female-identifying child referring to her Mum and Dad at your event. I know many people consider those terms offensive and we are trying to persuade her to refer to us as her gender-unspecified carers.

‘Thank you so much for laying on the Pride Month Fun Morning which our female-identifying child really enjoyed.’

Is this an implausible scenario? In collaborating with LGBT ideology, which is inherently opposed to the traditional family, is not the Church of England on course to become an anti-family institution itself?

When in 2017 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York launched the consultation process on marriage, sexuality and gender that eventually led to the General Synod vote for same-sex blessings this month, they talked of the need for ‘a radical new Christian inclusion in the Church’. They claimed that this quest would be ‘founded in scripture, in reason, in tradition, in theology and the Christian faith as the Church of England has received it’. They added their assurance that it would be ‘based on good, healthy, flourishing relationships, and in a proper 21st century understanding of being human and of being sexual’.

Sadly, it was the New Labour-style ‘modernising’ ethos of that last phrase which triumphed in the General Synod six years later.  

The shrine of neo-Marxist identity politics, before whose altar the C of E bishops are prostrating themselves, is tended by a small band of highly influential LGBT activists with powerful political contacts. They do not speak for all homosexual people, many of whom, like the conservative writer Douglas Murray, are not woke and do not want to live in Victimland.

In their lust for modern relevance, the C of E’s bishops are wilfully refusing to speak up for the biblical duty on Christians to lead the way in honouring and nurturing the heterosexually-married family after decades of leftist undermining. Children are suffering from the Western world’s war on the family, as Frank Wright, of this parish, has so eloquently argued. 

So should not parents who care about their children be advised to keep them away from C of E churches bowing down before the Baal of this anti-family ideology?

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Julian Mann
Julian Mann
Julian Mann is a former Church of England vicar, now an evangelical journalist based in Heysham, Lancashire.

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