At the conference of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans on Human Rights, the Bible and AIDS in Durban South Africa on Friday November 4th, Dermot O'Callaghan, a member of the Church of Ireland General Synod, surveyed the battle against AIDS in which he demonstrated how an end to multiple sexual partners would bring an end to the epidemic.

He also critiqued the report in the Anglican Communion's book on Sexuality edited by Philip Groves on the Nature/Nurture debate. He argued that same-sex attraction was neither a choice nor an innate condition, but overwhelmingly attributable to factors experienced during childhood.

COMMENT: He demonstrated it? The mind boggles.

Canon Vinay Samuel of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life said that "People are increasingly taking freedoms and turning them into rights and demanding that governments and other institutions supply them.

"I cannot supply what you demand if it goes against my freedom to believe that you are wrong" is the reply he suggested should be made. "You are demanding more than freedom in demanding that that I supply your rights and so undermine my freedom."

COMMENT: Erm, Rev. Samuel is just saying that he is more important than people he doesn't approve of, that his freedom is more important than anybody else's. Well, he might not be very clever but at least he is honest about his unchristian selfishness, I suppose.



  1. To say one’s gay is an overreaction
    One does not need to join with that faction
    Simply say, “I’m not gay,
    I was not born this way”
    I’m just struggling with same sex attraction.

  2. The above limerick, which is a rather good one even if I say so myself, is a homage to the “same sex attraction” crowd. We have them here amongst the Anglican fundies in Sydney, though I can see they are world wide.

    I’ve met people who say (actually its always an earnest young fundie man) “Boaz, I’m meeting with a young man who is, ‘struggling with same sex attraction'”. I’m always tempted to say I think the young man you’re meeting with is homosexual. Not only do they not approve of homosexuality ,they prefer to believe that it doesn’t actually exists.

    Mad Priest I ask this question:

    When I “struggle with opposite sex attraction” does it mean that I am not really heterosexual?

  3. For those struggling with opposite sex attraction (and this applies to women and men alike) Anglicans have always recommended aversion therapy. Its technical name is holy matrimony and troubled heterosexuals can sign up for a life long course at their local parish church.

  4. I’ve heard of a treatment called lesbian bed death, Jim. If you want to deter gay men from marriage offer them two colour schemes for their lounge and ask them to choose which one they want.

  5. What a relief that I can blame my parents for my same-gender sexual attraction! I shall inform Dad of that on All Souls Day. I’d let Mom know, but she might not remember…. or care. (“Hmm! I guess there’s nothing different I would have done,” her reaction to my big news in ’99.).