BBC and Sky journalists are again abandoning their pretense of impartial and balanced news coverage by expressing their rage at the democratic vote of the Church of England against legislation to allow the consecration of women bishops.
A Sky journalist has just concluded his news report by scornfully saying that tonight’s vote against women bishops shows the Church of England is stuck in the ‘Dark Ages’. And a BBC journalist concludes that the vote shows that the Church of England is ‘irrelevant’ to the UK.
Campaigners for women bishops also attacked the democratic voting system that rejected their proposal.
The Rev Rachel Weir, of the campaign group Women and the Church, said, ‘We’ve spent 10 years working for this legislation.There’s something badly wrong with the system. ‘In the General Synod we have a grossly over-representational number of extremely conservative wings of the Church. ‘They’re not representational views from the pews, the majority of people would love to have women bishops.’
Christina Rees, a campaigner for women bishops, said the result was a ‘disaster’.
’74% of the Synod said yes but it had to have a two thirds majority in each house – it only failed in the House of Laity. ‘I think it’s a betrayal of trust in the wider Church.’
Now, imagine if the vote had gone the way the campaigners, and their supporters at BBC and Sky, wanted. No doubt then they’d be praising the democratic system, saying the vote represented the will of the people and was guided by the Holy Spirit.
Journalists in the media and liberal campaigners put ‘democracy’ on a pedestal when they think they can manipulate and influence voters to express their will to power, but when any electorate rejects their ideology they cry ‘foul’, there must be a re-count, there must be another referendum, until they get the result they demand.
Neither the BBC nor Sky nor the campaigners are considering the possibility that the reason why the vote went against them was because members of the laity weren’t convinced by their arguments from Scripture and pressure from the media to allow women bishops. Well done to those members of the laity who had the courage of their convictions.
But supporters of women bishops are already threatening moves to by-pass the democratic decision of Synod. The Daily Telegraph reports:
‘There will now almost certainly be calls in Parliament for the Church of England’s exemption from equality legislation — effectively allowing it to discriminate against women by barring them from becoming bishops — to be removed, opening the way for women to bring a legal challenge. If successful, it could lead to women becoming bishops without any of the arranged safeguards for traditionalists agreed by Synod.’
Ben Bradshaw, a former Labour minister, said: “This means the Church is being held hostage by an unholy and unrepresentative alliance of conservative evangelicals and conservative Catholics. This will add to clamour for disestablishment, there is even talk of moves in Parliament to remove the Church’s exemption from the Equality Act.”
Protect the Pope comment: The same sense of rage at the democratic decision of the Church of England was expressed by former Labour Home Secretary Jacqui Smith who posted on Twitter : ‘Sick of waiting for the established church to come in line with every other major inst. Disestablish – they don’t represent my country.’ It’s at times like these that we see the real face of some politicians. We can conclude from this that this senior Labour politician doesn’t consider the Catholic Church a ‘major institution’ in this country’, with our thousands of schools, and our millions of voters.
The threats to remove the Church of England’s exemption under the Equalities legislation is a warning to all Christian churches that if we don’t conform to the will of those who seek to be our secular masters then they will use their power in Westminster to coerce and punish us.