"Of course this is very, very complicated and difficult issue for all the different Churches, but I passionately believe that all institutions need to wake up to the case for equality, and the Church shouldn’t be locking out people who are gay, or are bisexual or are transgender from being full members of that Church, because many people with deeply held Christian views, are also gay."And just as the Conservative Party, as an institution, made a mistake in locking people out so I think the Churches can be in danger of doing the same thing."British Prime Minister David Cameron speaking at "a reception for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) at Downing Street last night." [Report here]
See here for a strong rebuttal of his remarks, which are described as a 'serious misrepresentation of the teachings of the Church.'
But what should be greatly worrying to Mr Cameron's political colleagues is that if the Conservative Party follows western Anglicanism in committing its future wholeheartedly to support of the (essentially Marxist in philosophical inspiration) equality and diversity agenda, its membership and representation are likely to go into free fall.
Rather like traditional Anglicans, come the next election if they have nowhere to go traditional Conservatives will simply stay at home - in droves.