Cathedrals fly the rainbow flag

Aug 25, 2018 by

This year, Ely Cathedral made the headlines:

Ely Cathedral will fly the rainbow flag for the city’s first Pride festival, from Cambridgeshire Live

A selection of responses condemning the move:

From  Lee Gatiss, Church Society: Why is a Church of England cathedral promoting what is described as “primarily a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender celebration”? They are not naive, and know what they are doing. The flag will no doubt be a rainbow, but in reality it is a white flag, signalling their surrender of Christianity in favour of a completely different gospel, which is divisive in the church and endangering to the soul. 

Ely Cathedral and the great apostasy, by Gavin Ashenden

Anglican Unscripted: C of E surrenders! (with Ashenden and Kallsen)

Cathedrals bless Gay Pride proclaiming ‘diversity’ as the new gospel, by Andrew Tettenborn, Rebel Priest blog

Moral decadence, or demoncally-inspired madness? from Voice for Justice.

What signal was given by the Ely Pride flag? By Ian Paul, Psephizo

Ely Cathedral flies UKIP flag to welcome Brexit conference, by Archbishop Cranmer

Dean of Ely reports Daily Mail to IPSO for saying Cathedral flew UKIP flag, by Archbishop Cranmer. [The brilliant spoof’s hilarious consequence.]

On the flying of flags, by Martin Davie, Reflections of an Anglican Theologian


Other relevant recent posts:

Dean defends Cathedral screening films with graphic sex scenes and paganism, from ITV News [Editor’s comment – Derby Cathedral apparently sees its role not as promoting Christianity, but reflecting and celebrating the ‘spirituality’ of the community.]

Pride comes before a fall – Lessons from Perth’s shame, by David Robertson, theweeflea

Southwark Cathedral at Pride 2018, from the Cathedral website

John Wesley’s original chapel hosts service celebrating Gay Pride, from Christian Concern


And more from previous years:

From 2017: Church of England Bishop becomes patron of Pride event, by Nick Duffy, Pink News

From 2016: The Salisbury dean was wrong to bless a gay pride festival, by Julian Mann, The Conservative Woman

From 2015: York Minster teams up with York Pride in historic show of LGBT support – a selection of reports and responses


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