The abuse and intimidation of members of the CofE’s General Synod

Jul 12, 2017 by

by Archbishop Cranmer:

There is a Westminster Hall debate in Parliament today led by Simon Hart MP on the abuse and intimidation of candidates and the public in UK elections. A briefing pack has been produced which provides some background to the issues, a selection of media articles and links to parliamentary questions and debates on the subject. It includes a few examples of the sort of abuse received:

[…]  Consider these online social-media comments from liberal/progressive members of the General Synod about their more conservative-minded brothers and sisters in Christ during the recent session in York:

AMW is Andrea Minichiello Williams (CEO of Christian Concern) who was actually speaking in a thoughtful and measured manner. She was ‘tottering’ down the steps because she has a fractured hip. But Canon Rosie Harper appears not to care about that.

Imagine how this Anglican canon and bishop’s chaplain would have tweeted if an evangelical had posted such a sarcastic comment about liberals after Synod had failed to support women bishops.

Of course, the Rev’d Dr Ian Paul, who writes the excellent scholarship-serving-ministry Psephizo blog, could not possibly be speaking intelligently, wisely or discerningly. The Rev’d Andrew Foreshew-Cain disagrees with him, so Dr Paul just has to be an overweening narcissist.

You see the strategy here: bitter and fearful bigots of evil are set against the positive and affirming true disciples of Christ.

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