British PM reiterates call for same-sex marriage, scolds churches that ‘lock out’ gay members
Catholic World News - July 27, 2012
Addressing a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender reception, Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed his commitment to legalizing same-sex marriage and said that “obviously there’ll be arguments within the churches as well.”
“I run an institution – the Conservative Party – which for many, many years got itself on the wrong side of this argument, it locked people out who were naturally Conservative from supporting it and so I think I can make that point to the church, gently,” he said. “Of course this is very, very complicated and difficult issue for all the different churches, but I passionately believe that all institutions need to wake up to the case for equality, and the Church shouldn’t be locking out people who are gay, or are bisexual or are transgender from being full members of that church, because many people with deeply held Christian views, are also gay. And just as the Conservative Party, as an institution, made a mistake in locking people out so I think the churches can be in danger of doing the same thing.”
“Changing the culture is much more difficult than changing the law, changing culture is much more subtle and difficult,” he continued. “But the promise I can make you is that this coalition government is committed to both changing the law and also working to help change the culture and the Conservative party absolutely backs that. This is something I personally feel very passionately about.”
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Posted by: frjpharrington3912 -
Jul. 27, 2012 9:21 PM ET USA
While the Prime Minister passionately works to change the culture from its Judeo Christian foundation to hedonism he should take pause to consider that he is working to uproot the very source of the principles of that culture, namely the Judeo-Christian God. The worship of God by the community is the cultic expression of the people's attempt to commune with the transcendent Being. It is from association in the cult that human community grows, and is the source of mankinds many cultures.