Students at Kings College London (KCL) have successfully campaigned
for the removal of a window featuring former Archbishop of Canterbury
Lord Carey, an alumnus of the college, on the grounds that his stance on
gay marriage makes him “homophobic”. The move comes despite Carey’s reputation as a liberal while he was
Archbishop, ushering in the ordination of women priests for the first
time in the Church’s history.
He particularly attracted their ire during a debate on same sex
marriage held at a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference in
2012. Lord Carey made a point about the new sanctity awarded to
equality, saying: “It seems to me that so many of our current problems
revolve around the all-too narrow attempt to make equality the
controlling virtue. Acceptance of differences does not challenge
equality. We are not the same. Men and women are equal in the sight of the Lord but that is a
statement about our legal status and not our identity. Same sex
relationships are not the same as heterosexual relationships and should
not be put on the same level.”
It was the last sentence in particular that angered the campaigners, who branded Lord Carey a “homophobe” and a “hate figure”, and began to campaign for the window’s removal.
Modernity shouts diversity and condemns suppression EXCEPT for that which disagrees with its sacred values. In a very short period of time the modern shibboleth has become gay rights and gay marriage. It will not be long before every other right must bow at this altar -- including freedom of religion. When that day comes we will discover just how fragile freedom truly is and just how effective an enemy is the thought and speech police who get to define what a homophobe is and what will not be tolerated in public conversation. Churches need to pay attention to this for it will not be long before tax status and legal rights are stripped from everyone who dares to speak against that which once dared not speak its name at all. It is also, sadly, a tacit admission of the bankruptcy of British culture and values that this is happening more and more in jolly old England.