Church of England in Pride flags row as dean condemns ‘homophobic’ criticism

Jun 27, 2022 by

by Gabriella Swerling, Telegraph:

The Church of England has become engulfed in a row over the flying of Pride flags on religious buildings.

A submission to prohibit the flying of the rainbow flags is among those being considered by the General Synod, the Church’s legislative body, at a meeting in York next month.

The proposal, put forward by Sam Margrave, a lay Synod member from Coventry, calls for the House of Bishops to “state that support for Pride (including use of the rainbow flag and participation in Pride events) is incompatible with the Christian faith”.

Mr Margrave claimed Pride’s “agenda” was “contrary to scriptural teaching and doctrine by promoting sexuality and promiscuity, and by the denial of the distinction between male and female”. In a thread on Twitter, he wrote: “Pride is the nation’s next Jimmy Savile.”

Andrew Nunn, the Dean of Southwark, one of the most senior clergy members in the Church, called the proposal “homophobic” at the second national conference of the Movement of Supporting Anglicans for an Inclusive Church.

He said: “For me this gives the game away, that as much as it would like it not to be so, there is a homophobic element within the structures of the Church of England that isn’t interested in moving forwards.”

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