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Vexen Crabtree 2015


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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Vexen Crabtree 2015

Pride in sexuality, shame on the Church of England

Gay Pride
Brought a tear of happiness to my eye to see the success of this 65,000 people event... it's wonderful and amazing! :-)
I know a lot of people who are going (many go to support gay equality and pride in general, you'd be wrong to assume everyone who goes is gay!), I hope you all have a great time :-) Shame I'm not there!

Church of England
For those who were semi-following the gay bishop issue, the Church of England blocked the promotion of the gay man on grounds of his sexuality. But events like Pride, supported fully by heavy gay police presence, and events populated and openly supported by government and social departments at every level, make me know that the successes of the homophobic evangelical parts of the Church of England is pale and irrelevent, society has well and truly marched well ahead of the times when religions bigotry influences humane tolerance and progress.

"swept aside by Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, when he summoned Canon John and Bishop Harries to Lambeth Palace and demanded the canon's resignation."

Gay marriage
With the same-sex registrar finally being implemented nation-wide (previously it was only available in London) and the expansion of it's affect to include full legal rights as you'd get from marriage, it seems that the UK has finally caught up with moral Europe! I'm proud of us, and Gay Pride, the UK rocks :-) OK we were a cool ten years behind gay rights in countries such as Sweden, Norway, Iceland and the Netherlands... but hey, better late than never!

"Never", however, seems to be the precise stance of the Church of England towards gay toleration and equal rights... it's a sad day when I begin to stop thinking of the C of E as liberal, and start considering it evangelical :-(

But, the future looks good :-)

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There are two alternate groups of gays that both shun the commercialism of the gay pride event, one such group has been campaigning against the commercialisation of gay events in the USA and has come over here for this pride, it even sounds like one of the groups' names (Pirate), though I can't remember exactly which group is which (USA and UK ones) and what they're called!

I don't mind the commercialism, really, it is a huge event and needs funding, but I also think it's good to have smaller free events organized by other people... nothing is better than diversity!

Like you say I can't see any real objection to the Commercial pride. They laid on Soft Cell as a live act after all [:

But I think free fringe events for those that are too skint is a great idea.

Soft Cell were there?????

Argg... I really should pay more attention to these things!!!!! I would have paid (despite not being able to afford it!!) and went to it if I knew Soft Cell were on!


Ah well!

There were actualy several really good acts on but I only found out when sombody handed me a flyer last night. The media only mentioned the crap that is currently tormenting the top 40. Boy George was there too and Dead or Alive.

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