Christianity in a time of revolution – Archbishop Justin’s presidential address

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 […]

The c4m petition – how Christian bullying and abuse achieves anti-gay goals

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 totally misrepresent Matthew Parris – who’s being a bully-boy?

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 […]

Kenyan Teen Drama Shuga: Gay rights from the ground up

The cast of Shuga's first series

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, […]

Philippinos react to UN chief’s condemnation of gay ‘bullying’ as grave human rights abuse

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 […]

More teacher training needed to tackle homophobic bullying

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.