Archbishop of Canterbury Meets With School Teacher for Anti-Homophobic Campaign
The truth about homophobia and Christianity (and likely the only fair generalized claim to make about the two) is that they are not mutually inclusive. The fact that many Christians reject homophobia proves the salient point that bigotry is chosen, and not an inherent foundation of faith.
This is true of Islam, of Buddhism, or Christianity, and of faith in general. People are bigots not because they are Christian - they are bigots because they chose to be bigots. Every time another Christian chooses to endorse the self-realization of GLBTI people, he does so by highlighting those who choose to hate, and do so under the auspices of doctrine.
Shaun Dellenty, Alfred Salter Primary School Deputy Head-teacher and founder of the award-winning inclusionforall.co.uk anti-homophobic bullying project will today attend Trinity School in Lewisham to meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury; the most Reverend Justin Welby. Trinity School is a strongly Christian school with an inclusive ethos for students of all faiths, in addition to those who have none. The Archbishop will be accompanied by key personnel from Lambeth Palace, the National Palace and the Diocese and Southwark Diocesan Board of Education.
While Welby is making great moves within his church in attacking homophobia- he still has not endorsed SSM:
I have been saving till last one of his least favourite subjects: homosexuality. He is against gay marriage (though he has already done something wise and invited the gay activist Peter Tatchell over to Lambeth Palace for a chat) and presides over the curious church policy that homosexuals in civil partnership can be bishops but they must be celibate. This strikes me as not only unfair but unclear. What does celibate mean? Is holding hands celibate? Is kissing?
In Canada, The United Church’s Moderator has penned an open letter to the GLBTI community (and i suppose allies at large) :