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Get rid of church bigots or don't claim to represent the country

I am saddened by the news that the General Synod has failed, by a tiny number, to allow the ordination of women as Bishops.

I am saddened by the news that the General Synod has failed, by a tiny number, to allow the ordination of women as Bishops.

I am not a regular church goer, more of the christening, marriages and burials variety, because I do not believe that I can engage with the church as it currently is and that whatever faith I might have is incompatible with their blatant inequalities.

It is clear from Tuesday's vote that there is a small but very powerful minority of right wing bigots who cannot accept the basic fact that men and women can and should be equal in our society.

I know that inequality is a long way off for a number of groups and we still have a long road to tread before women are truly equal but we must walk along that road and not be deflected from it. To find the gate to one area of equality barred by these Anglo Catholics and right winger evangelists, does stick in the throat.

And for the church there are two stark choices. Either get rid of those who cannot walk the same path - let the Anglo Catholic foot soldiers take a hike and fully embrace the Catholic Church with all its many faults and let the evangelists walk off into the jungle to set up their sects of primitive faith.

The second alternative is to cease to pretend to represent this country. End the direct association between Church and Country. Drop the name 'England' and remove the monarch as titular head.

The church, with its power emasculated by a tiny number, is no longer fit to serve.

By Ashley Tiffen
Published: November 22, 2012

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