Simplistic Diagnosis of Homosexuality by UK Evangelist

Tom Daley ‘is gay because his father died’ says UK evangelist

 Christian Concern founder Andrea Minichiello Williams angers gay rights campaigner after speech in Jamaica
JAMIE MERRILL Author Biography    

Wednesday 18 December 2013

The head of a British evangelical Christian lobby group has angered gay rights campaigners by urging Jamaica to keep same-sex intercourse illegal and reportedly suggesting  that Tom Daley is in a relationship with a man because his father died.

To the dismay of mainstream church leaders Andrea Minichiello Williams, the founder of Christian Concern, spoke at conference in Jamaica to lobby against the repeal of the Caribbean island‘s controversial law banning gay sex.

Mrs Williams, an elected member of the Church of England General Synod, the body which creates church law, apparently said that Jamaica had the chance to become a world leader in battling foreign pressure to decriminalize same-sex intercourse.

“Might it be that Jamaica says to the United States of America, says to Europe, ‘Enough! You cannot come in and attack our families. We will not accept aid or promotion tied to an agenda that is against God and destroys our families,'” she reportedly said at the event, which was held earlier this month in Kingston.

According to the news website BuzzFeed, which reported her alleged comments, she argued that it’s a “big lie” that homosexuality is inborn and blamed the “lack of the father” and “sometimes a level of abuse” for creating homosexual feelings.

She reportedly illustrated  this by pointing to Olympic diver Tom Daley who came out as gay earlier this month. She is said to have added that he is “loved by all the girls and had girlfriends” and had “lost his father to cancer just a few years ago”.

Yesterday Martin Warner, the Bishop of Chichester, where Mrs Williams was elected to the General Synod in 2011, condemned the comments.

He told the Independent that they had “no sanction in the Church of England” and that they “should be rejected as offensive and unacceptable”.

Tom Daley with his father Robert at the British Academy Television Awards in 2008. Mr Daley died in 2011 (PA)

Tom Daley with his father Robert at the British Academy Television Awards in 2008. Mr Daley died in 2011 (PA)

While the gay rights charity Stonewall said it was “sad” that Mrs Williams is “supporting the prosecution of gay people simply for how they were born”.

Dr Keith Sharpe, vice chair of Changing Attitudes, an Anglian body calling for full equality for LGB&T people, said that her “bigoted outburst amount to dangerous hatemongering”.

He added that “Jamaica is one of the most dangerous places in the world for LGB&T people who suffer homophobic intimidation and violence on a daily basis” and that endorsing its laws on gay sex amounted to supporting the “vilest form of homophobia in a most terrible cultural situation.”

Mrs Williams is also the founder of the Christian Legal Centre, which funds high-profile cases “to protect the freedoms of Christians in society”. These include the failed 2012 appeal by Lesley Pilkington, a therapist struck off after offering to “cure” an undercover reporter who was posing as a gay patient.

Christian Concern said Mrs Williams was “unavailable due to a private matter” yesterday.

Next month she is set to address conference for the “ex-gay movement”, which is set to discuss controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy  at Emmanuel Evangelical Church in Westminster

The conference, which is entitled Setting Love In Order, will discuss controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy and comes after Labour MP Geraint published a Private Members’ Bill in Parliament aimed at banning gay-to-straight conversion therapy by regulating the psychotherapy sector.

According to the conference website it seeks to protect “the freedoms to believe, to exist and to change when homosexual feelings are unwanted.”

Mrs Williams will be joined on a panel by Dr Michael Davidson, the founder of the Core Issues Trust, who in the past has described homosexuality as a “developmental aberration”. Dr Davidson told the Independent he did not view “homosexuality as a disease”.

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It is good that Dr. Martin Warner, the Bishop of Chichester, is dissociating himself and his diocese from remarks made by the Chichester Member of the Church of England General Synod, Mrs Andrea Minichiello  Williams, at a recent conference in Jamaica, on the aetiology of homosexuality.

Citing the recent ‘coming out’ of English swimming champion, Tom Daley, Mrs Williams offers her diagnosis of his sexuality as the result of  the fact that he had  “lost his father to cancer just a few years ago”. Such woeful ignorance on the issue of human sexual-orientation marks out Mrs. Williams as one of the foremost propagators of disrespect for Gay people in the ranks of the C. of E. General Synod.

One can only hope that this response from her diocesan, Bishop Martin Warner, will help to influence her diocesan conference to not vote for her membership of the General Synod of the Church of England next time around.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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2 Responses to Simplistic Diagnosis of Homosexuality by UK Evangelist

  1. The comments by Mrs Williams viz a viz loss of father as a causative for male homosexuality does not even square withe the “nurture” school of causation,as in the British Olympic champion which Mrs Williams cites,as the father deceased many years after any “nurture” cycle.This puts the subject under discussion into pseudo-science.
    An intelligent person may ask why does there have to be a cause? it is a bad question period.
    Do we pose that question for still-birth etc. etc. No!! Because there usually is an evidenced based aetiology.
    This search for an aetiology as to why some people are as they are has amused me over the years,precisely because it would seem to be sought as a “primal need” in satisfaction or justification to cover pseudo-science and in a theological context justification for hostile and unLoving .judgement. If religious persons truly believed in God, then No.1. they ought not to resort to pseudo-science on an intelligent honesty basis,No.2 for Christians such ponifications on fellow human beings displays a lack of a kenotic understanding of the Triune God.
    I am aware that the Bishop of Chichester has distanced himself from the remarks of Mrs Williams, well and good, however these public hate posturings must be met head on to the very substance of what all such public rantings contain:in essence bad scholarship at all levels,and then move onto a theological level both refuting bad Biblical scholarship and simultaneously not forgetting the Pastoral element.
    As Christians we must be ever aware not to put Jesus Christ back in the manger of Bethlehem because if we do so then we are denying the plan of Salvation that we too can become part of the Communion of Love in the Trinity. A hard one to get our heads and lives around, but it is the vocation and mission of being Christian. So I say to the hate mongers God is Love,get on board it is not easy but is about what being human is.,not a world of magic driven by a clockwork God.

    Jesu mercy.Mary pray

  2. kiwianglo says:

    Thanks, Murray, for your input on this most important matter of the aetiology of homosexuality.
    Thank God for the Incarnation, wherein Jesus shared our humanity, so that we could have a share in His Divinity. “The angel of The Lord, brought tidings to Mary, and she conceived by the Holy Ghost. ‘Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus’.

    Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and in the hour of our death. Amen”
    Have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year, Fr. Ron.

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