|'Gay cake' Source: Telegraph|
The Telegraph reports that the first woman bishop to sit in the House of Lords, the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek' has said she feels "frustrated" at seeing all-female clergy leading Church of England services. She believes it is undesirable to see women "at the front" of the church with no men beside them - in a suitably inferior position no doubt.
Perhaps she had the likes of the Revd Canon Rosie Harper, Chaplain to the Bishop of Buckingham, in mind. Neither can stand the inconvenient biblical truth that God is male but Harper takes it further.
She claims, "What most women experience is that “toxic masculinity” has invaded our families, our workplaces, our schools, our politics and our churches. Patriarchal ideologies are the norm. The Church has been horribly silent in the face of violence and abuse against women. We don’t talk about it even though in our congregations there will be many, some say 87% of women who have experienced some form of harassment, and one in 6 who have been the victim of rape or attempted rape."
On the contrary, masculinity is under severe threat. Canon Harper even pokes fun at the serious problem of the falling quality and quantity of men’s sperm which, it is claimed, is falling so rapidly that were it to continue the future of the human race would be in doubt. "Too many pies it seems!", illustrates her lack of concern.
But that is today's Anglican Church.
Thank God, then, for the ruling of the Supreme Court that Ashers bakery's refusal to make a cake with a slogan supporting same-sex marriage was not discriminatory.
By their silence it appears that Church of England bishops in general couldn't give a damn about the sanctity of marriage. They have the same mentality as the Equality Commission which squandered £250,000 punishing a Christian family for the faith.
The problem is, they do not know the difference between equality and sameness. No wonder we are in the mess we are in.