Oh Please, Just Stop It

Dr Michael Banner, Dean of Trinity College Chapel at the University of Cambridge, said the inclusive approach adopted by the CofE had a biblical approach.

Maybe they mean ‘basis’, because ‘approach’ makes no sense.  Anyway-

Delivering the Thought for the Day on the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme, he said ‘the books of the Bible, from which the church takes its inspiration and teaching, themselves challenge the stereotypes and negative attitudes which have led us to exclude from fellowship those whom we judge outsiders’.

Citing a story from the biblical book of Acts where one of the disciples meets a foreign eunuch, Banner points out the disciples baptised him despite numerous barriers.

‘He is a foreigner, for starters. He is a treasurer, so a man who handles filthy lucre on a daily basis. And surely worst of all, he is a eunuch – and of eunuchs, the book of Deuteronomy decrees, “they may not enter the assembly of the Lord”. As to what he was wearing, the book of Acts is silent, but it could have been a tutu and a tiara since none of this bothers Philip – and Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him,’ he said.

I promise you, he wasn’t wearing either a tutu or a tiara.  Neither would have been the attire of a government official.  ‘It could have been’… No, it couldn’t.

And here’s the quite ignorant bit

‘His baptizing a foreign financier of uncertain gender status, holds out to us an inclusive vision of community – a vision to which schools, Christian schools above all, should surely aspire.’

‘Uncertain gender status’?  What absurdity.  Being a eunuch had NOTHING to do with gender status.  It had to do with keeping guys away from the harem so that any kids born would clearly be born from the monarch’s seed.  Period.  That’s it.  The eunuch wasn’t a transgender person.  He wasn’t a gay rights activist.  He wasn’t a representative of the ancient LGBTQIA mnop movement.  He was a guy with his bits cut off so he couldn’t have children with the womenfolk belonging to the king.

The lengths to which people, even supposedly learned people, will go to haul the Bible in to support their pet agendas is appalling.  And idiotic.  If you aren’t going to be honest with the Bible, leave. It. Alone.

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