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Archbishop of York confronted on-air about homophobia

Archbishop of York confronted on-air about homophobia

In the wake of the tragic shooting in Orlando, the anti-LGBT sentiment of many faith leaders is being called into account.  Piers Morgan confronted the Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend John Sentamu, on the British morning program Good Morning Britain.

Invited on to the show to talk about the upcoming referendum on British withdrawal from the European Union, the Archbishop was put out when Morgan compared homophobia to racism, implying that the Archbishop’s opposition to same-sex marriage was evidence of homophobia

“This is the trouble I have with the people who argue that the question of sexuality is equal in terms of argument to the question of slavery.

“No, some of my relations died on the ships. Slavery was a very wrong thing.”

The Archbishop insisted that his opposition to gay marriage was not homophobic.

“I’ve got a lot of gay friends and they see me as a friend, as someone who wants to support and defend them against homophobia.”


You can watch the interview segment here


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Anne Bay

Oh no he didn’t! But yes he did! He went to the “some of best friends…”. Gee-I thought that one went out about 50 years ago!! All that education Archbishop-and that’s the best you could come up with? As the Premier of Canada said when asked how come there was so much diversity in his cabinet-he said, “it’s 2016.” Seems like even a lot of the C of E clergy are stuck in the ignorance and quagmire of yesteryear! Looks like it will be up to the youth to do away with the igorance and bigotry still alive in the world. Hopefully we will do a better job of protecting the vulnerable than we have.

JC Fisher

“No, some of my relations died on the ships.”

[Excuse my informality, but—]

DUDE, we’re just now talking about how homophobia KILLS! That’s the specific context of our little “Good Morning Britain” chat! [And as horrible as the Orlando Massacre was, don’t you think that 49 LGBT people are murdered, worldwide, maybe every month? week?]

The “very wrong” racist mindset, is what put your African relations to die on those ships, Archbishop. And it is the equally “very wrong” homophobic mindset, which murders LGBT people in a club, in a back-alley…in a family (inc the church).

If you want to stop the violence, the homophobia MUST END. Just don’t slam the church doors in our faces (to marriage, to ordination), and tell us you’re not homophobic.

Fr. Josh Shipman

“No worries! I have gay friends!”

Lynn Hade


Jay Croft

A variation on the old “Some of my best friends are . . .”

Paul Woodrum

Nope. If they really understood how their words and actions marginalize gay people in the West and endanger them in other countries, they wouldn’t be slapping the wrist of the United States Episcopal Church nor holding a ruler over Scotland’s hand.

Rev Dr Ellen M Barrett

The post-Orlando statements by Sentamu and Welby looked nice, but in context of their actions it seems they want to reserve the right to exclude and marginalize LGBTI folks within the C of E while drawing the line at mass murder in public places. Very Christian of them, but is anyone really surprised the interviewer caught the Abp of York wrongfooted?

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