Why Christians should be ashamed on World AIDS Day

By Jonathan Bartley
November 30, 2010

It is tragic that a group of Christians, characterised by their obsession with sexuality, are choosing to overwrite World Aids Day with their own ‘day’. Entitled “Not Ashamed Day” it is supposed to be about getting Christians to stand up and declare their faith following a number of cases of alleged ‘persecution’.

Looking at the individual cases however, there is one issue that dominates, and that is homosexuality.

The overwhelming majority of cases seem to involve Christians doing the following: refusing to place children with same-sex couples (Sheila Matthews), refusing to perform civil partnerships (Theresa Davies and Lillian Ladele) refusing to offer sex therapy to same-sex couples (Gary McFarlane) not wanting same-sex couples who want to adopt into their home (John and Colette Yallop) making negative comments about homosexuals in public (Dale Mcalpine) holding particularly strong attitudes about gay people (Eunice and Owen Johns) emailing gay Christians with comments from their workplaces (Denise Haye) making comments about homosexuality to work colleagues (Kwabena Peat and David Booker) and refusing same sex couples hospitality (Peter and Hazelmary Bull).

Putting aside the issues of whether the action taken against the Christians in each circumstance was right or wrong (and we have looked into all the cases in depth) the message that comes across is not just that Christians are hung up on issues of sexuality, but are actively discriminating against LGBT people.

This is all the more true when taken in the context of the history of Christianity which is certainly one of active discrimination, if not persecution, against LGBT people. So what is even more disturbing is that the “not ashamed” campaign is based uncritically on being “proud” of Britain’s ‘Christian heritage’, without any acknowledgement of the injustices for which that religious heritage has been responsible. Even today, of course, certain sections of the church associate AIDS with God’s ‘wrath’ against homosexuals.

This is not something to be proud of, but something about which to be deeply ashamed.

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