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Justin Welby: this latest proclamation from the Church is a blunder that the Archbishop of Canterbury should have avoided.

Apparently the Church of England has issued advice saying that only heterosexual, married couples should have sex.

Firstly, it is hypocritical for a religious organisation to try to tell the rest of us to abstain, considering the number of sex scandals caused by priests – of all denominations.

And secondly, as a friend of mine just pointed out: “How are you going to stop us, Justin?”

I am reminded of Billy Connolly’s reaction to Presbyterianism in Scotland (which I’ll censor slightly for the Vox Political audience): “John Knox, a f*cking weary willy of a man, and a hypocrite too: ‘THOU SHALT NOT! This is a race of people who wear skirts and no knickers! We f*cking SHALL, pal! Done it before and we’ll do it again.”

It’s political, of course – and the Church has said as much; it is supposed to be a reaction to the introduction of mixed-sex civil partnerships.

But I think there’s more to it than that.

Tories across the country have been moaning about the amount of benefits being paid to poor people who have lots of children (many outside the bonds of wedlock).

Back in the day, it used to be enough to tell people that sex outside marriage was sinful and you’d go to Hell (or some similarly horrible place. Finchley, maybe, or Uxbridge).

Perhaps the Tories are hoping to revive those superstitious and fearful times.


There are much more complicated issues here than can be solved with a proclamation from a religious organisation.

All the Church of England has done is make itself look foolish and primitive.

Source: Sex is for married heterosexual couples only, says Church of England | World news | The Guardian

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