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CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Gay rights leader Peter Tatchell says Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has the right to oppose homosexuality, but "in a liberal democracy he is not entitled to insist that his religious beliefs are legislated into law."


  1. Southern Baptist

    Who will he meet with next, CHILD MOLESTERS or abortionists (baby killers)??

    You do NOT condone sin! The ONLY thing he can say to these people is what Jesus would say: “go thy way and sin no more!”

    • I hope Welby will understand that he is not Jesus, thus he should not say to a gay man “go thy way and sin no more!” Jesus could have said to LMBT persons it, if he had wanted to say anything like this, but he had not done it, because homosexuality is not a sin.

      • NOT A SIN???? Read Romans 1:26-28!

        That’s the problem with you gay lovers; you IGNORE GOD’S WORD and laws! “Gayness” is as “normal” and god-approved as lust toward children (at least most child molesters crave the correct gender!!)

        Gays are mentally ill and shouldn’t be allowed around children. They are 20 times as likely to be child molesters (48% of kids molested are boys yet only 5% of the population is) and are 50 times as likely to catch AIDS (which is why AIDS is the ONLY disease gay groups worry about).

        • “NOT A SIN????”
          “Read Romans 1:26-28!”
          I did. Please read Dr. Mel White: What the Bible Says—and Doesn’t Say—
          about Homosexuality ( ) pp. 13-14. There is the answer.
          “They are 20 times as likely to be child molesters…” These data are fals. Would you be so kind to indicate the sources of your data?

        • Here are a few things to consider —

          The Bible, as all holy text, has its limitations.

          Paul put it this way —

          “The Kingdom of God is not in “word” (that means scripture verse), but “power” (that means the ever renewing work of the Holy Spirit or Spirit of God)……..….it’s not food and drink but “righteousness” (that means doing good works and deeds) and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”.

          I think that sums it up in a simplified way.

          The “Spirit” and the “Spirit” alone is all that really matters.

          The Bible doesn’t determine what the Holy Spirit does and the Spirit doesn’t consult what is written down as it goes about its work.

          Jesus said, “The Holy Spirit will guide and lead us all into all good and truthful things.”

          That is our authority, being led and moved by the Holy Spirit, to constantly review the things that are revealed and make decisions about their importance and applicability.

          All scripture verses are not equal.

          Some verses are more important than others.

          Few people know much about the scriptures and that doesn’t adversely affect their lives.

          Holy books are good “guides” but make poor “gods”.

          All holy books have their hype, their cobwebs and their pot holes.

          It is written that all scripture is inspired, but that doesn’t mean that all scripture is complete, concise, without issues, applicable to all and with excellent clarity.

          We all must rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit.

          Also —

          These are some of the gold standards of attitudes about how the whole world should think about and treat all gays and lesbians and transgender folks —

          1. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way…….Romans 14:13

          2. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God……Romans 15:7

          3. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love…….Ephesians 4:2

          4. Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble…….1 Peter 3:8

          5. Man’s ways are of the Lord,…………Proverbs 20:24

          6. You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing or how you feel about yourself, so keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something or thinking of themselves in the way they know is best……….Romans 14:22


  2. I love how people, especially in the pro-gay agenda, love to throw a re-interpreting of the Bible in everyone’s face. “You have to take it in the cultural context” is not a valid way of at God’s word. If it was, there would a be a new bible every generation and for every culture.
    If you start off with the premise that God’s word is changable, then God is changable and his word has not power or force.

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