Spin, Spin, Spin

Gosh, I do love it when people try to spin things to avoid the obvious. Take for example this wonderful paragraph by Keith Sharpe on his latest Changing Attitude blog.

It is alleged that [Wallace Benn] has on occasions demanded to know if single clergy in his area are having ‘genital relationships’ with lodgers or friends, and then threatens to withhold permission to officiate if the answer is yes or if there is a refusal to answer. The current case of David Page in Winchelsea (CA Blog dated July 13th) is a specific case in point.  David is in a civil partnership and declined to answer Wallace Benn’s impertinent question.  Permission to officiate was then withheld but with the enthusiastic support of his vicar and congregation David continued to minister.  Benn then instituted disciplinary measures against him.

Love it. The corrected, non-spin, factually accurate and unbiased version should read,

It is alleged that [Wallace Benn] has on occasions followed nationally agreed guidelines approved by the House of Bishops. The current case of David Page in Winchelsea (CA Blog dated July 13) is a specific case in point.  David is in a civil partnership and declined to answer Wallace Benn’s completely legal question which, incidentally, all Diocesan Bishops on accession agree to ask their clergy entering Civil Partnerships.  Permission to officiate was then withheld but with the enthusiastic support of his vicar and congregation David continued to minister in direct violation of Canon C 8.  Benn then correctly instituted disciplinary measures against him in a manner recently advised and commended by Commissaries of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Methinks Colin Coward needs to employ a better editor…

By the way, I am simply bowled over by the huge number of comments that the recent Changing Attitude posts of the past week have garnered on their website. A positively vibrant community on a popular website.

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