An internal body within the Church of Ireland (CoI) has declared that male and female are not the only two genders.

Jun 1, 2020 by

by Adam Kula, Belfast News Letter:

The revelation is contained in a document sent in response to a consultation about extending the reach of “hate crime” law in Northern Ireland.

The document was sent by the Church and Society Commission, a body set up by the general synod to “develop areas of living today where the mission of the church can be active”.

However, the church’s central communications office has contradicted the commission, saying traditional church doctrine recognising only male and female people remains unchanged.

It is just the latest twist in a developing controversy within Christian culture, which goes far beyond issues like gay marriage to question the very existence of men and women as separate categories.

The consultation asks whether the scope of what constitutes a hate crime should be broadened by adding “gender” and “gender identity” to the list of protected characteristics (alongside things like race and religion).

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Letter to the Editor of the Belfast Newsletter, 3rd June 2020

Dear Sir

Perils of Gender Subversion

The day that the Church of Ireland affirms more than two genders is the day that I shall leave it.  I fear that God will leave it too.  In the very first book of the Bible he told us that he made us ‘male and female’.  Jesus even quoted this verse when debating marriage.

Peter Tatchell describes the 1971 Gay Liberation Front Manifesto as promoting ‘living communally, gender subversive radical drag and non-possessive multi-partner open relationships.’  Naïve church committees don’t realise the consequences of adopting this gender subversion.

Douglas Murray, in his book The Madness of Crowds, gives an anecdote of a woman student at Hillary Clinton’s alma mater, who decided to identify as a ‘masculine of centre gender queer person’, which led to absurd consequences documented by Murray.

Then in 2016 Jamie Shupe persuaded an Oregon judge to declare him America’s first non-binary person – neither male nor female (and conveniently to cancel his debts because he was now a new person.)

And what about fluidity?  In 2017 London Met Police issued two warrant cards to one of its officers.  On some days Callum is a man; on others Abi is a woman.

When will the Church waken from its slumber and realise that the issue of human sexuality is nothing less than a challenge to the Judaeo-Christian worldview on which our western society is built?

Yours faithfully

Dermot O’Callaghan (Member of General Synod, Church of Ireland)



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