(Offensive letter see here)
I take some exception to its purporting ( or seeking to purport) to speak on behalf of all religious people about marriage equality.
Please note it uses the pejorative terminology "same-sex marriage" ( see a previous blog) rather than the eirenic term 'marriage equality'
This letter should at least begin " Dear Mr Abbot: As leaders IN (sic) some religious groups...."
This is a partisan, incomplete and non-representative group of individual religious leaders! (It could not be otherwise!)
To tackle the presumption in my particular denomination for example:
The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, is NOT the "leader" of Australian Anglicans. It is quite clear that though he may speak for a number, particularly Conservative Evangelicals, he does not ( and cannot presume to) speak for all / most Anglicans.
He is NOT the Primate. And Evangelical Anglicanism does not typify the views of many, if not most Australian Anglicans in the 21st CenturyI am interested to note that a number of mainstream Christian Churches have obviously chosen to not identify with this . Equally well, moderate Jewish and Islamic traditions are not represented. The Buddhist and Hindu traditions are not there. Where are the indigenous voices, and the Maori and South Pacific traditions
It will be the case (unfortunately) that we will continue to struggle with this in Churches, long after the rest of the world has got over it!