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Sydney Morning Herald

Here are a few of my letters on the perennial topic of Homosexuality and The Church [sic].

If homosexuality is more dangerous than smoking (''Gay marriage 'worse than smoking' '',, September 6), why is it the religious are always the ones wearing drab plain packaging?

September 7, 2012

Taking Canterbury’s lead, let’s make those folk who believe gay and lesbian love is equal full members of humanity and those who don’t believe so associate members of humanity.

June 30, 2006

Never mind classical English, we homosexuals would be pleased if we could get the Pope and his cardinals to read the Bible, especially those contentious bits about tolerance

September 24, 2005

I don't suppose members of the Anglican Communion would like to apologise to us homosexuals for the years of vilification ("Anglicans demand apology from US", Herald, October 19)?

October 20, 2004

May I ask that anti-gay religious fundamentalists either stop using the title Christian or turn their bibles to the New testament and refresh their memories on what a certain rabbi had to say about hypocrisy, piety, being judgemental, and how we should treat one another.

July 4, 2003

And then Dr Pell remembered the advice of his saviour: beware of unfairly judging others - you may be unfairly judged yourself.

June 1, 2002

The catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, the Most Rev Dr Pell, should be warning his congregation about something truly sinister, something that has been eating at the church like cancer for nearly a thousand years, and something that does more damage to society that his more favoured "evil", homosexuality (Herald, 24 May). I'm speaking of the evil disease characterised by the ugly trinity of intolerance, bigotry, and ignorance.

Sufferers hold the debilitating belief that theirs is the only truth, their morality the only true morality, and their prejudices are not what they are, prejudices. They are quickly spotted by an angry rash of sefl-righteousness and indignation. As the disease progresses, they lose sight in one or both of their eyes.

The cure is simple, albeit painful: allow yourself to acknowledge others may not share your views, then embrace them as your brethren. About 2000 years ago, a very wise man said something along these lines. Dr Pell should read up on him.

May 26, 1999

For years the Anglican Synod has been playing power politics and the numbers game on issues such as the ordination of women and its stance on homosexuality, only to find the congregation has played their own numbers game and democratically left in droves.

Jesus of Nazareth did not start his ministry by ostracising and excluding more than half of humanity. Perhaps the Anglican Church has something to learn from him and his teachings.

February 20, 1998

Isn't in nice to see the Church speaking out about something important for a change, instead of the usual bickering about female priests and homosexuality.

November 22, 1997

I forget what they were on about at the time!

I notice Gordon Moyes turns to popular opinion rather than sound theology to back up his "anti-gay" stance. History shows us that before the 13th century, homosexuality was, at worst a minor misdemeanour equivalent to any non-procreative adulterous act. The moral issues were adultery (condemned by Christ) and the production of illegitimate offspring (a serious social problem), not the homosexual "acts" themselves. There is evidence to suggest that long-term same-gender loving relationships were actually sanctioned by the church at the time.

Unfortunately, few Christians seem able to examine the issue of homosexuality rationally. It is usually equated with rampant promiscuity, not love and commitment between two people; the former is an apt target for moral indignation, the later should be commendable by any standards of decency.

August 18, 1997 

Considering that, according to the gospels, Jesus Christ never spoke about homosexuality, I am continually puzzled as to why so many of his followers do. But then again, Jesus was a man who knew what the real issues were.

July 19, 1997

As a former Anglican, I can assure the Most Reverend Keith Rayner that Christianity is no barrier to a person becoming homosexual, just the practice of it.

February 15, 1997

(See "Anglicans support homosexual priests", Herald, February 10, 1997)

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