November 3rd, 2003


Moments at which I really wish I had it in me to pretend to be a Christian

I finally got round to reading this week's New Statesman and Andrew Stephens (their US correspondent) predicts that Dubya will make gay marriage an important issue in the 2004 election.

And it occurs to me that what such an election needs is for a prominent gay Christian - Gene Robinson maybe has the degree of fire - to stand up and say this.

'The Holy Spirit has brought about a moment of historical challenge. Christians are confronted with a choice. Either they confront their immoral and unchristian bigotry against lesbians and gay men, and the many crimes they have blasphemously committed against them in the name of Christ, or they elect a government which is committed to electoral fraud, racism, the trashing of God's green earth, the starvation of the world's poor, the mass murder of innocent Arab civilians and,incidentally, the impoverishment of those of you who are not hyper-rich in favour of those who are. If you choose the latter, you are choosing your own punishment for the grave sin of homophobia.'

One of the reasons why I am not a Christian is that it would be very bad for my character - I would enjoy saying that, often, in public, far too much.