If I were Caroline Welby I would ban my husband from doing any more interviews. In the past, when he was interviewed by Christians, he came across well. Thoughtful, compassionate, intelligent and in control. Not any more. Recently he has seemed out of his depth, buffeted by the questions to which he seems not to know the answers.
This quote comes from his interview with Alastair Campbell for GQ magazine. Why on earth did he agree to the interview in the first place, given that he’s nothing like as slippery and slithery as his questioner? He’s not good at spotting booby traps either.
Asked, of course, about sex and gay marriage he agreed that the two sides of the argument are “irreconcilable” and confessed, “I haven’t got a good answer, and I am not doing that bit of work as well as I would like.” Too right he’s not. He even went so far as to admit to GQ, “I am copping out because I am struggling with the issue.”
He’s not the only one. There are hundreds, even hundreds of thousands of us, struggling with that issue. I feel particularly sorry for heterosexual married men and women trying to bring up boys and girls. They know instinctively that they are doing the right thing. They get plenty of support from statistics and scientific studies but precious little from the clergy. It should be crystal clear that children do best when brought up in a stable family with a female mother and a male father.
Yet the same sex marriage lobby is now so strong that even those bastions of British values like the National Trust and John Lewis are jumping on the LGBTQUI+ band wagon. Actually I think the news about the JLP stores removing their ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ signs so as not to offend transgender children must be fake. Surely no shop hoping to make a profit would set out to help the odd 1,000 at the risk of losing a million.
But it was certainly true that the National Trust at Felbrigg Hall insisted their volunteers had to wear Gay Pride badges or lurk in the background out of sight of the visitors. They were doing it to show ‘inclusivity’ they said. I was sitting beside my husband’s bed in hospital when I read that so you can understand my snort of derision. If you want to see inclusivity at work go to a hospital.
Now the Prime Minister is having a go at those of us who hold the simple belief that “marriage” is between a man and a woman. This is a common sense belief which has served human kind well throughout all the generations. It does not make us homophobic. As for compassion, which Mrs May seemed, in her conference speech, to equate with support for same sex marriage—I have enormous compassion for children growing up with any number of mothers and fathers of both sexes and none.
Is this sort of thing really too complicated for Justin Welby to come to terms with?