At the end of yesterday afternoon’s opening session of General Synod in York the Archbishop of Canterbury delivered his first presidential address. His theme was revolution. He began by thanking all the staff who, he said, “…have been so effective and kind in dealing with the frightening and unsettling impact of a new Archbishop. Taking […]
For some time I’ve been receiving reports from people attending churches where the Coalition for Marriage (c4m) petition has been circulated. They report having to make up excuses to avoid signing, such was the pressure being brought to almost force people to sign. Some escaped after church, others lied and said they signed online. I […]
Anglican Mainstream and Core Issues Trust have issued a press release titled ‘Evangelical groups accuse rebel liberal bishops of bully-boy tactics and neo-paganism’. It quotes from an article in The Times by Matthew Parris in a way that totally misrepresents Matthew’s argument. For this reason, I want to look at what Matthew really said and […]
Over the past few years, the issue of gay rights in Africa has become particularly heated with presidents, preachers and global petitioners all wading in. Kenya has been no exception to this trend. Incidents of sexual abuse and ‘corrective rape’ in Nairobi are on the increase and 2010 saw mass attacks against gay men. Meanwhile, […]
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday stepped into the growing social phenomenon of “homophobic bullying” by denouncing sustained verbal abuse, taunting, and serious physical attacks against children as young as 11 “because of their presumed sexual orientation or gender identity.” “This is a moral outrage, a grave violation of human rights, and a […]
Many gay and lesbian students do not know who to turn to for help when they get bullied at school, reports The Standard. A case in point is Ah Wing, who kept his sexual orientation secret for many years for fear of being bullied by classmates. Eventually, when Ah Wing, 19, broke up with his […]
Responding to questions in the House of Lords yesterday, schools minister Lord Hill of Oareford agreed that teachers should be trained to spot signs of homophobic bullying and that changes to Ofsted’s remit would give the school inspection body more time to look for such issues. He said: “We have updated our advice to schools to make it clear that prejudice-based bullying such as homophobic bullying should not be tolerated.