Racial abuse against Archbishop of York condemned

By staff writers
9 Feb 2012

Following news reports that the Archbishop of York has received racist emails after his recent interview about same-sex marriage, the LGB&T Anglican Coalition has expressed concern and solidarity - in spite of disagreeing with his opposition to marriage equality.

"The LGB&T Anglican Coalition stands against all forms of prejudice including racism. We totally condemn all such acts," a spokesperson said, commenting on the racial abuse allegations.

Dr John Sentamu, who is tipped for the post of Archbishop of Canterbury if, as strong hints indicate, Dr Rowan Williams stands down in the near future, launched what critics described as a prejudiced attack on the government's consultation about same-sex marriage.

Advocates of change say that those who wish to go ahead with same-sex ceremonies and commitments should be allowed to do so, without forcing those like Dr Sentamu, who does not. He wishes to prohibit others by law and compel them to follow his path on the issue.

But LGBT campaigners are also deeply distressed at the racial nature of some of the remarks directed at the Archbishop, who is originally from Uganda and stood up against the Idi Amin dictatorship.

"We believe that prejudice in any form can only be opposed by creating an environment of openness, listening and mutual respect, and it is in this spirit that we approach all of our discussions in the ongoing debate," says the LGB&T Anglican Coalition.

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