This time last week I think we were walking around Potsdamer Platz, heading for the Television Tower – killing time for the Pride Parade to begin – anyhow we were in Berlin. I blogged a little about the parade, these were my initial thoughts as I rested between Parade and the Night Life (my partner being a topper managed 18 hours non-stop – hardcore or what!).
On reflection the Christopher Street Day Parade worked on so many levels, but things of note (and I have to add that I have not been to a Gay Parade for 13 years) is that all the main political parties in Germany attended the parade, in fact Der Linke – the slightly to the right of Stalin party – was giving out gay pride flags. The thing that shocked me, well not shocked as much as pleasantly surprised, was that the Church had a Float in the Parade.
One of the biggest crimes being committed by the Christian Church is its practice of intolerance, intolerance from an organisation that has in its remit to be tolerant and accepting is as much as an abomination as the Westboro Baptist Church thinks I am.
The case against the Gay Community is flimsy at best, most of the text is taken from the Old Testament – which lends itself to a lot of problems for the Church. The Old Testament authorises selling daughters into slavery, not wearing mixed textiles, and not eating shellfish – so if you are Christian and tuck into a Prawn Cocktail watch out! The Church wants to maintain the authority of the Old Testament but selectively ignore the really ‘difficult sell’ of banning Prawn Cocktails – a tough call really!
The New Testament does make some references to homosexuality, but these are fairly oblique and the Church readily accepts the contradictions for an easy life – women wearing trousers and men wearing Kilts, so we can ignore gender style but can concentrate on references to Temple Prostitutes.
Suprisingly Jesus never mentioned the subject.
The Church of England, whose problems started after the War when it began to believe the Gospel rather than being an instrument of the State, is forever in a spin over gender issues, it believes in equality, but not if you are a woman wanting to be a Bishop, and of course if you are a man wanting to marry a man or a woman wanting to marry a woman. Recently the Church of England threatened to split from the State over the issue of Equal Marriage, and then, in a volte force, decries media attention over the issue of sexuality. Archbishop Williams said in a recent article:
Same with same-sex marriage, where once more we’re used to being alongside people who are gay; many of our friends may be – indeed we may be – wrestling with that issue ourselves, and the Church is scratching its head and trying to work out where it is on all that, and what to think about it.
I must point here that when I speak of the ‘Church of England’ I am referring the ‘management’ not the many Clergy who would be happy to marry a gay couple!
A little known fact that is that Church of England HAS been marrying gay people for years, but they have been marrying people of the opposite sex, forced into a lavender wedding to confirm – which is worse a sham marriage or one based on love and truth?
Whilst I was in Berlin it was reported that a Major in the Salvation Army publicly, very publicly on radio talk show, declared that practising LGBT should be killed, the Salvation Army PR machine quickly went into overdrive, but failed to impress me at all – how can Christians hold such views? The Audio is here
The Church really has to start practising its mandate, to love and not judge those come to its day, and get behind the famous ‘coming out’ speech of the Mayor of Berlin:
Ich bin schwul und das ist auch gut so (I am a homosexual and that is a good thing.)