The Westminster Declaration: Just Say No! Dissenting Voices #hangem April 20, 2010Posted by Phil Groom in Current Affairs.
Tags: Freedom of Conscience, Human Sexuality, Marriage Equality, Westminster 2010, Westminster Declaration
A note following on from my post a few days ago, Westminster 2010: Protecting freedom of conscience – but whose conscience?
Encouraging to see more dissenting voices emerging, specifically:
- Annie Porthouse: Westminster Declaration of Christian Conscience..?? (blog) and Annie Porthouse is NOT signing the Westminster Declaration of Christian Conscience… (facebook)
- Jongudmund: Why I’m not signing the Westminster Declaration
The beauty of it is we’re all coming at it from different directions: me, because I believe in marriage equality for gay and straight couples; Annie because she recognises the reality of our post-Christendom context and believes that attempting to legislate for Christian rights is wrong; and Jongudmund because he sees an outrageous hypocrisy in the stance taken against embryo-destructive research that fails to take the same stand against IVF — go read his post in full if you can’t get your head around my précis.
Good old dissenter and activist Steve Chalke got there before us, though, and his organisation Faithworks has issued a press release that lays out very clearly what is so utterly wrongheaded about this declaration:
Faithworks represents 22,000 Christians from a variety of theological and political backgrounds, our theology is inclusive and not imposing, and our purpose is to encourage people to express their faith through serving others without discrimination. In contrast, the Westminster 2010 Declaration sets Christians up on a moral high ground and implicitly creates divisiveness. It does this at just the time when the church’s morality has been called into question across the world.
And top marks to Lee Moore who got there ahead of Chalke: Why I Won’t Sign Westminster 2010 & Why You Should Read it Carefully Before You Sign
As I said before: Westminster 2010: would Jesus sign it? I don’t think so.
Now, beautiful people (by which I mean you, beloved reader), enough of what not to do. What positive action can we take to sort out this dysfunctional government of ours? Hang ’em. That’s what I say: hang the lot of ’em. If you’d like to see parliamentary reform, vote strategically for a hung parliament.
Update, 22/04/2010: Thanks to @Jon_Bartley at Ekklesia who got there even earlier, it turns out: Conservative church leaders launch anti-war declaration for general election (April 4th). His concluding paragraphs sum up the problems with WmD (thanks t’other Jon) rather well:
What it does show is the extent to which those putting the Westminster Declaration together are dualistic in their thinking, selective in their focus, and ignore some of the most central aspects of their faith that have something to say to the world around them – despite their claim to be ‘representing’ Christianity.
In their zeal to combat the ‘marginalisation’ of Christianity, they are actually doing a great deal to marginalise the faith themselves.
What what shows, you ask? Go read Jon’s full analysis.