Homophobia accepted in church, Bishop Ingham says

Posted by Kendall Harmon

From the Toronto Globe and Mail:

Canada's only Anglican bishop to authorize the blessing of homosexual unions said yesterday the refusal by his fellow bishops to approve the rite for the national church is the product of institutional inertia rooted in homophobia.

Bishop Michael Ingham of the Vancouver-area diocese of New Westminster said homophobia, hiding behind interpretations of scripture, remains an acceptable prejudice in Canadian Anglicanism.

"There are members of our church who staunchly defend that. In my view, [it] is a total misreading of scripture and a misuse of the Bible to oppress people. But they clearly want to continue to do that."

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Posted June 27, 2007 at 5:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Dave B wrote:

Well of course, use adhominem attacks and villify those who do not share your point of view, because there is no justification in scripture and tradition for the Bishop Ingham’s positon.

June 27, 5:41 am | [comment link]
2. Tom Roberts wrote:

+Ingham is obviously exercised about the ACC’s inclusive stance. :-o

June 27, 6:31 am | [comment link]
3. samh wrote:

Christian slaves in the Sudan are oppressed. Anglican homosexuals in Canada who possess the same right to marry as heterosexuals are not, in fact, oppressed.

June 27, 7:38 am | [comment link]
4. Ross Gill wrote:

For all the listening Anglicans are supposed to have done since Lambeth 1998, this clown still doesn’t get it.  It’s not fear that motivates us.  It’s faithfulness.  Besides when you keep people’s attention focused on secondary matters like motives it means one will less likely be engaged on matters of substance.  C.S. Lewis coined a term for it, Bulverism.

June 27, 10:11 am | [comment link]
5. Pb wrote:

Homophobic is a perjorative term which begs the issue. How about heterophobic and bibliophobic?

June 27, 10:56 am | [comment link]
6. Enda wrote:

Since Bishop Ingham is so sure and brilliant, I want to nominate him to be the Christ and the new author of the new scripture.  I think he’d be just the guy we need to clarify all our miserable errors.  What a shame we didn’t have him in Jesus’ day.  We could have avoided all of this argument and given up following after the Apostles.  I mean, who were they, anyway!

June 27, 10:58 am | [comment link]
7. Cousin Vinnie wrote:

Ingham can only talk this way if he avoids reading and discussing the relevant Bible passages.  It’s not so easy to say, “The Bible doesn’t say that,” when you’ve just read a passage that says exactly what you deny.

June 27, 11:14 am | [comment link]
8. Larry Morse wrote:

I believe I am getting Inghamophobia. Perhaps if I call two or three friends together and we have some bread and a glass of wine, I will get over it. Do youthink so?  LM

June 27, 3:21 pm | [comment link]
9. dwstroudmd+ wrote:

Prophet? Not a prophet?  Certainly not a prophet for democracy and the church government, since they got it wrong in I’s view.  And that is the only view that matters in I’s mind as he makes perfectly clear.  A legend in his own mind.

History?  Doctrine?  Tradition?  Scripture?  None hold a candle to I.  Shame he’s not running for a post equivalent to Pope.  He certainly seems to think he should be one!

June 27, 7:50 pm | [comment link]
10. Harvey wrote:

“..the fiends that lie like truth..” (Shakespeare)

June 27, 8:16 pm | [comment link]
11. robroy wrote:

Homophobia is accepted in church??? Well, I know that heresy and apostasy sure are.

June 27, 9:57 pm | [comment link]
12. midwestnorwegian wrote:

Since personal experiences and “understandings” are the theme of the church today, my personal “understanding” has shown that there is far much more Christophobia in The Episcopal Church and in the ACOC today than anything else.

June 28, 10:48 am | [comment link]
13. Dave B wrote:

I have phobaphobia,apostaphobia, herisaphobia and Epistautocrataphobia!!!

June 28, 1:47 pm | [comment link]
14. Stan W wrote:

Once again our objections are not an unwarranted fear or hysteria. Our case is not based on emotional fear toward homosexuals, but a healthy respect for the clear teaching and mandate of God’s Word. We cannot legitimize that which God has forbidden. Our love for him and those precious souls struggling with homosexuality demands it.

Stan W

June 28, 2:13 pm | [comment link]
15. libraryjim wrote:

homophobia = a made up word/condition designed to silence opposition/shut down debate on the issue of full acceptance/blessiong of the GLBT agenda in society/church.

June 28, 8:32 pm | [comment link]
16. libraryjim wrote:

blessiong = a misspelling of the word “blessing” due to the poster inability to type!

June 28, 8:32 pm | [comment link]
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