Anglicans Push Back Against LGBT Guidelines

Breitbart | 2/2/2019 | Staff
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Approximately 2,155 clergy and lay members of the Church of England have signed a letter opposing recent guidelines regarding rites sacralizing gender transition in the church.

In December, the church issued a “pastoral guidance,” recommending use of an adapted baptism ritual to mark a person’s gender transition and celebrate his new name and sexual identity.

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The occasion of gender transition should have a distinct “celebratory character,” the guidance states, and suggests presenting gifts, such as a Bible inscribed in the chosen name, or a certificate, as part of the service.

The letter requests that Church of England (C of E) bishops revise, postpone, or withdraw the guidance, stating that “the notion of gender transition is highly contested in wider society.”

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“Gender dysphoria is an emotionally painful experience that requires understanding, support and compassion,” the letter reads, adding:

In recent years controversial new theories about the relationship between biological sex and the social meaning of gender have been linked to gender dysphoria. These ideas continue to be widely contested, with well-intentioned and thoughtful people on all sides of the debate.

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The letter further states that many parents and teachers are concerned about these new theories and do not wish to harm potentially large numbers of children by “imposing untried and untested ideas” on them.

One signer, Edward Dowler, the archdeacon of...
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