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Welby in Danger of Losing primus inter pares Role over Same-Sex Blessings

CHURCH OF ENGLAND ‘BLESSING’ GAY UNIONS WOULD VIOLATE BIBLICAL TEACHING & JEOPARDISE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY’S CONTINUING ROLE IN THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION  by Paul Eddy The Most Reverend Justin Badi, Primate of South Sudan, and Chairman of the GSFA responded,...

Letter: Bingo’s Ordination?

Letter Bingo’s Ordination? Dear Sir, The Church of England has been ordaining men for centuries, and since the 1990s has had legal authority to ordain women to the priesthood also. According to your recent report, the Revd Bingo Allison declared, "I’m not a man and...

Barnabas Aid Appeal for Democratic Republic of Congo

Barnabas Aid Appeal A bomb explosion ripped through the congregation at a baptismal service last Sunday evening (15 January 2023). Just after the baptisms had been performed, and while a blind pastor was expounding some Bible verses, the improvised explosive device...

Archbishops Differ on Practice if Not on Principle

Archbishops Differ on Practice if not on Principle Archbishop Justin Welby has revealed that he will not bless same-sex relationships, while Archbishop Stephen Cotterell has indicated his intention to do so. Explaining his decision, the Archbishop of Canterbury...

Pilgrim’s Process: Tone, Voice, & Speech

Pilgrim’s Process By the Revd Dr Peter Sanlon Many today are concerned about not just the content of what people say in the public arena, but also the way that whatever is spoken, is said. People can get offended as much by tone or manner, as content. The complex and...

Keene’s Review: Confirm, O Lord by Martin Davie

Defend, O Lord Confirmation according to the Book of Common Prayer Martin Davie Latimer Trust, 2022 (ISBN: 9781906327743, 116pp, £6.50) Confirmation is a vital spiritual coming-of-age rite in churches which practice paedobaptism, giving those for whom promises were...

Orthodox Anglican Provinces Invited to Covenant Members of the Fellowship

Orthodox Anglican Provinces Invited to Covenant Members of the Fellowship Global South May Provide Alternative Episcopal Oversight By Paul Eddy The GSFA has recently invited orthodox provinces across the Communion to formally sign up as full Covenant Members of the...

Diocese of Oxford’s “Bloated Bureaucracy” Under Fire

Diocese of Oxford's "Bloated Bureaucracy" Under Fire by Julian Mann The Diocese of Oxford, one of the best endowed in the Church of England, has come under fire for its alleged ‘bloated bureaucracy’ in a letter from a frontline parish treasurer in London’s Daily...

Gist of Bishops’ Pastoral Letter Regarding Same-Sex Blessings

Gist of Bishops’ Pastoral Letter  New Prayers of Love and Faith We value and want to celebrate faithfulness in relationships. That is why we have drafted and asked the House of Bishops to further refine and commend a new resource to be used in churches, called Prayers...

Letter to the Editor Hate Crime Law

Letter to the Editor

Regarding the new ‘Hate Crime Law’ proposed in Scotland, which is reported to define, “Religious phobias as hate crime”;  I ask, “Is the Westminster Parliament supreme in the United Kingdom?” If the answer is, “Yes it is,” then why is a lesser authority within the United Kingdom, that is the Scottish Parliament, being allowed to overthrow the Westminster Parliament’s explicit 2006 ruling on ‘Freedom of Religious Speech’ in the United Kingdom?

       Having worked as an engineer in a local authority in the United Kingdom for 48 years it was our understanding that the County Council could not pass a local by-law that overthrew the provisions and clauses of a law passed by a higher authority, such as the Westminster Parliament. And for example, when we were under EU law the Westminster Parliament could not overthrow EU laws.

       It was a Scottish man, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, who proposed the ‘Freedom of Speech’ clause in the “Religious Hatred Bill,” that was passed in the Westminster Parliament on 31 January 2006. Scottish M.P.s had a full democratic role in those proceedings in the Westminster Parliament. Therefore why does the devolved Scottish Parliament now think they can overthrow the Westminster Parliament, which upheld ‘Freedom of Religious Speech’ in Britain? Surely, for 15 years up until now, the ‘Freedom of Religious Speech’ clause has applied in Scotland as it has applied in England, Wales and Northern Ireland? Can the Scottish Parliament pass law to cancel law passed by the Westminster Parliament?

       There is nothing more important to any people than their basic human freedoms. When any government makes deliberate moves to remove the ‘Freedom of Speech’ of its subjects, the people who put that government into power should immediately use all democratic means at their disposal to remove that government from power at the earliest opportunity possible. For Christians, our most important freedom is to preach what the Bible says. If Christians do not speak up on this, make no mistake these pressure groups in Scotland ‘hate’ the Bible so much they relish getting Christians criminalised with up to 7 years in jail for expressing their Christian beliefs. 

 

Roland R. Parsons.

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