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Reader’s Comment: The apology has become an instrument of coercion


In response to Kathy Gyngell and Rev Jules Gomes: Wobbly Welby has cornered the market in empty apologies, Don Benson wrote:

These public ‘apologies’ are beyond ridiculous; they are deceitful.

In Justin Welby’s case, the ‘apology’ for the way we in the Church of England have treated gay people is based on nothing at all save to force the liberal agenda of gay blessings (doubtless followed by gay ‘marriage’) onto his church.

It’s a simple psychological trick to make people feel guilty for something they haven’t done and thus undermine their confidence in what they believe.

So, too, with this Reformation stunt. He wants to make those of us who rejoice in our historical unshackling from a corrupted church feel guilty that it was accompanied by the usual violence of the time – as if we are all too stupid to have realised this. Again it’s a psychological trick to make us believe that a touchy-feely unity with those with whom we disagree is more important than truth and the God-given right to hold on to that truth.

What’s the point of all this nonsense? I believe it amounts to a subtle use of power (soft power) to change the way people think; and of course the new way of thinking puts wishy-washy emotion ahead of objective truth. And once people do that they are putty in your hands. It’s so much easier than studying your Bible or conducting a serious rational debate.

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