Monday, July 6, 2009


The Reverend Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester, appears to be steadfastly opposed to the Anglican Church making any accommodations for homosexuality. As part of a conservative wing of the Anglican Church, Bishop Nazir-Ali seems to have sounded an ominous warning of further friction within the ranks of the Church of England triggered by the split over how resolve the matter about homosexuals in the Church.

For Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali and others of his persuasion, the basis for opposing homosexuality is their strict and traditional reading of the Bible. Such so-called 'men of God' are of course perfectly comfortable with being presumptuous about their moral authority to be preoccupied about others’ private affairs. They seem perfectly at ease in assuming that they know God's desires and thus are justified in interfering with what goes on in the bedrooms of consenting adults.

I suppose based on his strict adherence to the literal word in the Bible, the good bishop must also have some other choice views about all kinds of subjects. I do wonder if the bishop does literally believe in and would follow through with other words from the Bible as well.

Perhaps he will also advocate the following from the Bible:

If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death. (Leviticus, 20:13).

If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the girl’s virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done a disgraceful thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. (Deuteronomy 22:20-1).

Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. (Leviticus 25:44-45).

When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations . . . then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. (Deuteronomy 7:1-2).

Surely, Reverend Nazir-Ali who, as a Christian, seemingly takes the Bible seriously when it comes to homosexuality, will not want to be accused of being a hypocrite and out of line with God’s words.

G. Krishnan