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Response to Welby’s comments on violence against gays in Africa

Response to Welby’s comments on violence against gays in Africa

Simon Sarmiento at Thinking Anglicans presents a good roundup of response to Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s comments about who’s responsible for violence against gays in Africa. Andrew Brown at the Guardian contends we cannot “yield to moral blackmail” on the issue:

Archbishops are not supposed to be Peter Singer-style utilitarians. And it seems to me that there are two things wrong with the Welby position from the point of view of Christian ethics. The first is surely that, while we have the right to make our own decisions about whether or not to yield to moral blackmail, we have no right to make them for other adults.

You might object that an archbishop is there to make decisions for other people, so different rules apply. But he is also there to set an example. And this leads to the second Christian objection to this kind of blackmail. Christians are called on to do what is right, and to trust that God will bring good out of it even if evil immediately follows. Failing to do what you believe is right is, in some lights, a kind of blasphemy.

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