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Bishops denounce Obama blackmail over gay rights: Anglican Ink. April 27, 2013 April 27, 2013

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The Anglican bishops of the West Indies have urged their governments to hold fast and resist pressure from Britain and the United States to legalize gay rights and gay marriage.

In a statement released on 25 April 2013 following the House of Bishops meeting in Barbados, bishops of the Church the Province of the West Indies (CPWI) reiterated their belief in marriage “defined as a faithful, committed, permanent and legally sanctioned relationship between a man and a woman.”

“The idea of such unions being constituted by persons of the same sex is, therefore, totally unacceptable on theological and cultural grounds,” the bishops said. The CPWI consists of eight dioceses: the Diocese of Barbados, the Diocese of Belize, the Diocese of Guyana, the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, the Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Diocese of the North Eastern Caribbean and Aruba, the Diocese of Trinidad and Tobago and the Diocese of the Windward Islands.

Read it all in Anglican Ink.

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2. The Rt Revd Richard Palmer - April 27, 2013

Do these bishops still believe the Earth is flat and witches should be burnt at the stake?

geoconger - April 27, 2013

They believe Scripture to be trustworthy and true and see faithfulness to be more important than expediency

Samuel Sostre - April 28, 2013

To all our Bishops:
After reading the objections of our fellow Bishops from the West Indies to Obama’s propositions I wrote the following to the Bishops of the Anglican Free Communion.

Dear Brothers:
I know that not all will agree with my position but I notice that almost all the Bishops that are protesting Obama’s determinations are black. They support their denial of homosexuals rights on the basis of their interpretation of some biblical verses. They do not take into account that the Bible also says:

“Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clan born in your country, and they will become your property. You can will them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life….””. According to the Bible, these were the words “The Lord said to Moses on Mount Sinai”. (Leviticus 25: 1 and 44-46. The New International Version)).

If we take those words literally, we have to conclude that slavery is also promulgated in the Bible and ascribed to the Lord himself. All these Bishops and myself would, at this time be, slaves if one was to follow the same thought process as the Bishops from these Caribbean Islands. It is absurd that we, that underwent so much agony and fighting to obtain our liberties and rights, would now deny the same rights to other groups. It is appalling to me.

The Most Reverend Dr.++Samuel Sostre
Secretary General of the Anglican Free Communion

The Rt Revd Richard Palmer - April 28, 2013

If taken to extremes, the literal following of scriptural texts would fall short of any civilised society. It is not out of faithfulness, loyalty or anything else for that matter which gives an underserving credibility to the ancient texts, but total ignorant in the way sacred readings should be applied.

Corinne Crammer - May 1, 2013

So you think anyone who divorces commits adultery? And women should remain silent in church — but cover their heads when they speak in church? And we should kill witches? People use Scripture to prooftext what they otherwise believe. The devil can quote Scripture for his own purposes. Very little is said in the Bible about sexuality, but a whole lot about social justice and the way the rich oppress the poor — I only wish the same furor existed over inequality in wealth as it does about who people love.

3. The Most Rev. Dr. ++Samuel Sostre - April 28, 2013

This is a note I wrote to all our Bishops when we heard of your protest against gay rights.

To all our Bishops:

I know that not all will agree with my position but I notice that almost all the Bishops that are protesting Obama’s determinations are black. They support their denial of homosexuals rights on the basis of their interpretation of some biblical verses. They do not take into account that the Bible also says:

“Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clan born in your country, and they will become your property. You can will them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life….””. According to the Bible, these were the words “The Lord said to Moses on Mount Sinai”. (Leviticus 25: 1 and 44-46. The New International Version)).

If we take those words literally, we have to conclude that slavery is also promulgated in the Bible and ascribed to the Lord himself. All these Bishops and myself (also being black) would, at this time, be slaves if one was to follow the same thought process as the Bishops from these Caribbean Islands. It is absurd that we, that underwent so much agony and fighting to obtain our liberties and rights, would now deny the same rights to other groups. It is appalling to me.

Archbishop +Samuel Sostre
Secretary General of the Anglican Free Communion


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