Here’s my letter to the Shropshire Star (in case it doesn’t get featured in the paper).
Dear Sir or Madam,
Trevor Mytton in Shrewsbury does not speak on my behalf as a resident in Shropshire, a Christian in Shropshire or a gay person living in Shropshire. Mr Mytton does not speak for a silent majority, for marginalised Christians or any other group he wishes to invent for himself to hide his views within. Just so he knows the majority of people in the UK approve of gay people, approve of marriage equality and approve of gay couples adopting. I’m proud that the UK is a pluralistic country, that we have freedom of belief, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. Mr Mytton, thankfully, only represents Mr Mytton.
I disagree with Mr Mytton’s reading of scripture, there is much error in his exegesis; and at the risk of duelling Bible verses I recall the Bible attributing these words to Jesus: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”. All religions also have an instruction that says “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself “.
I am concerned for any young LGBT people or young people finding out who they are who may have seen the letter in the pages of the Shropshire Star. Mr Mytton’s letter could only serve to confirm their fears that they’re alone and unwelcome in Shropshire. This is not true, there’s a thriving LGBT community across Shropshire and this provides a vital network and support to people of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs.
(PS: In posting this WordPress suggests the tag: Grandma got run over by a reindeer and I’m left wondering why.)
(pps: When moving to this blog I promised myself I’d never write about politics, faith and sexuality again. I failed.)