As with ethnic diversity, at first we’re told that we must tolerate it, even accept it: which is fair enough. But it’s not all that long before we’re told we have to celebrate it. And it looks like the CoE is finding out that such diversity isn’t the only subject upon which this tendency works:
The Church of England has been criticised for failing to condemn a Christian conference which backed a “cure” for homosexuality.
A member of the Church’s General Synod was one of the principle organisers of the controversial gathering which promoted therapies for “unwanted same-sex attractions”.
Speakers at the one-day conference said that homosexuality was an “assault” on God’s creation.
A series of presentations to a 150-strong audience in central London suggested some gay people who volunteered to undergo specialist therapeutic treatment could become heterosexual.
So let’s just think about that initial claim, shall we? That therapy can change sexual orientation. Unlikely, to be honest. Well, actually, human sexuality is sufficiently complex that we can find examples of absolutely anything in it. So, obviously, yes, there’s some people who before speaking to the trick cyclist who would fancy blokes and afterwards women. But a pityably small portion of the population methinks.
However, religion itself, as well as “therapy” (hey, they’re all tricks about belief after all) can most certainly change sexual expression even if not the underlying desires so much. As, of course, can love itself as has happened a few times when some famously gay character ends up with a bird. So while we’d probably not accept the larger claim as being important, we probably would accept the smaller one as being potentially so. Put the fear of Hellfire into people and they might stop buggering about. Maybe.
he Rev Colin Coward, director of Changing Attitude, a Church of England group which lobbies for greater inclusion of gay people, said he found the conference “deeply worrying”.
“The Church of England has not begun to tackle the issue of these so-called conversion therapies,” said Mr Coward.
“All those in senior positions of the Church of England have been deeply cowardly on this.
“The Church is giving space to individuals and groups that are deeply damaging to the health and wellbeing of Church members.”
The Rev Dr Christina Beardsley, a hospital chaplain and member of Changing Attitude, also expressed concern about the Church’s stance.
“I am disappointed that the Church of England could not be more emphatic in discouraging people from engaging in this sort of therapy,” she said.
“It is really very regrettable that they have not done so.”
Hmm. so that call for tolerance has advanced sufficiently to the point that even discussion of what was, for a couple of thousand years, the Church’s standing attitude towards human sexuality should not be tolerated? My, doesn’t time fly?