Bishop compares UK push for marriage equality to Nazism and Communism

Shrewsbury Bishop Mark Davies will say in his Christmas sermon that people who are pushing for marriage rights for same-sex couples think that they are pushing progress – but he says so did the Nazis and the Communists and look what they did

Bishop compares UK push for marriage equality to Nazism and Communism
24 December 2012 Print This Article

The Bishop of Shrewsbury is expected to use his Christmas sermon to attack plans to introduce marriage equality in the UK early next year.

In a text of the speech seen by the Daily Mail newspaper, Bishop Mark Davies compares the push for marriage equality to efforts to undermine religion under Nazism and Communism.

‘Past generations have gathered in this cathedral on Christmas night amid many shadows which seemed to obscure the future for them,’ the speech reads, ‘We think of the ideologies of the past century – Communism and Nazism – which in living memory threatened to shape and distort the whole future of humanity.

‘These inhuman ideologies would each challenge in the name of progress the received Christian understanding of the sanctity of human life and the family.

‘This Christmas we are also conscious of new shadows cast by a Government that was pledged at its election to support the institution of marriage.

‘The Prime Minister has decided without mandate, without any serious consideration, to redefine the identity of marriage itself, the foundation of the family for all generations to come.

‘This is again done in the name of progress. The British people have reason to ask on this night where is such progress leading?’

Ruth Hunt, a spokesperson for LGBT rights group Stonewall, told The Daily Mail that, as a group targeted for persecution by the Nazis, they were well aware of that regime’s atrocities.

‘Bishop Davies’s comments are both deeply offensive to gay people and their families,’ Hunt said.

‘Gay people are all too aware of the horrific results of Nazi ideology due to the countless casualties of the Holocaust.’

HAVE YOUR SAY

OTHER POSTS

No thumbnail available

Laos celebrates first Pride

First LGBT celebration in Laos with help from the US embassy
No thumbnail available

Russia slams false report on vaccine to ‘cure’ being gay

‘We are not Mordor. We are not a place of evil’, a top Russian doctor says about false claims
No thumbnail available

Chinese propaganda campaign accidentally hints at gay prison sex

Officials in the Chinese city of Manzhouli have had to withdraw a propaganda campaign aimed at encouraging people to obey the law after it appeared to suggest going to prison would result in gay sex
No thumbnail available

Art, tapas, beer, beach and nights out in Barcelona

We check out the Picasso Museum, have cocktails and tapas, visit Barcelonetta Beach and breakfast at La Boqueria market on a short break to Barcelona
No thumbnail available

UK Financial Conduct Authority boss: Gay inclusion makes banks more honest for customers

LGBTI business summit in London hears legal and medical professions are struggling with diversity
No thumbnail available

Alleged hate-crime victim charged with making story up

An American woman who claimed men broke into her house and cut gay slurs into her skin before trying to burn the house down has been charged with making a false complaint to police
No thumbnail available

Ricky Martin talks about gay marriage debate

'I wish people understood that love manifests in different ways'
No thumbnail available

Meet the US military's first out trans soldier

Sgt. Shane Ortega said he wants to serve his country while being true to himself
No thumbnail available

London butler battles to have archaic gay sex conviction quashed

Archaic conviction in 1950s has 'plagued' 73-year-old all his life, preventing him from taking up voluntary work
No thumbnail available

Same-sex marriage foe Marco Rubio doesn't believe being gay is a choice

'I believe sexual preference is something that people are born with'