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When Homophobia Becomes An Offence Under The Clergy Discipline Measure...

Changing the Script calls on Church of England Bishops to enforce new Synod anti-homophobia measure (Media Office, September 9th, 2020)

September 9, 2014

Following the overwhelming vote in July by the General Synod of the Church of England to make homophobia by clergy a disciplinary offence, the Trustees of Changing the Script have written to every Diocesan Bishop calling on them to properly enforce the new measure.

Canon Sir Cardew Cool CBE, director of Changing the Script, said:

"LGBTI laity and partnered clergy are deeply hurt and upset by the homophobic statements that continue to be made publicly in a minority of Anglican churches. Millions of people in our society are appalled that the leaders of the Church of England are tolerating this. We call on Diocesan Bishops to take firm action against clergy who:

  • claim that New Testament passages such as Romans 1 and 1 Corinthians 6 forbid gay sex among Christians
  • refuse to conduct same-sex marriages and blessings
  • claim that LGBTI people can become straight through therapy

To safeguard LGBTI people against further trauma and disruption in their relationships, Changing the Script will be reporting homophobic hate speech incidents in churches to the authorities. It will also be handing over the names of Bishops who have been lax in enforcing anti-homophobia in their dioceses."

News Update: Changing the Script publishes gay-friendly New Testament

Changing the Script has published a gay-friendly edition of the New Testament that celebrates the diversity and equality agenda.

Head of Media, Dame Jezebel Puff OBE, said: 'We believe this edition of the New Testament promoting a positive self-image for LGBTI people will come into widespread use in churches of all denominations across the country. In partnership with government agencies, Changing the Script is sending a free copy to every primary and secondary school. This is a new publication to be enjoyed by people of all faiths and none."


Here for the record is one of the deleted passages:

Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6v9-11 - NIV).

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