Repent – you sinners

The Anglican Bishop of Rochester Michael Nazir-Ali has come out and said that the church welcomes gays but that we should “repent and be changed”.

Why should I repent when I have done nothing wrong? Last weekend I took the bf to church where my mother was blessed before her operation. The minister and congregation warmly welcomed us – in full knowledge of who the bf is to me.


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  1. Well obviously the Anglican Bishop of Rochester is a sandwich short of a picnic.

    But far more importantly, how is your mum.

  2. Just spoke to her, she is doing splendidly!

  3. Joni, this gives me the idea that we should have a Confessions thread. Should provide a few laughs.

    I for one, have many sins to confess.

  4. But Joni, it’s not just gays that need to repent, it’s EVERYONE.

    According to Christian mythology, everyone that comes into the world is born with inherent sin.

    The only way you can be “saved” from eternal hell and damnation (otherwise known as “the nighlcub) is to apologise for your very existence.

    But “repent and be changed?” that’s a bit much to ask for in my book.

    Changed into what? A crushed red velvet smoking jacket and cravat? I already have one of those…

    Surely he isn’t suggesting that we should be changed into something “beige?”

    I’d have to kill myself first.

    But then that’s regarded as a mortal sin too – which would only serve to guarantee me a ticket to hell and damnation.

    It seems as though my life’s f**cked whichever way I look at it.

    But I like Miglo’s idea of the confessions thread…

  5. That’s wonderful news joni!

    I suppose that I should address the topic. Repent and be changed…

    The Old Testament says: “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
    —Genesis 1:27 (NKJV)

    “And the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.’

    Therefore God is both man and woman..he created both sexes in his own image. “in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

    Also, I will make him a helper..nothing about the gender of the helper which can clearly be either male or female.

  6. Miglo, on July 6th, 2009 at 12:03 pm Said:
    Joni, this gives me the idea that we should have a Confessions thread. Should provide a few laughs.

    I for one, have many sins to confess

    You’ve shown a few here …

    What about – “Confessions of a Miglo” for a thread, joni

  7. Reb..I don’t think that hubby is any better off, having not been to confession for at least 30 years.

  8. I was vaguely under the impression that ‘going into your closet to pray’ was traditional in some places; perhaps just not in those places where more emphasis is placed on the public performance of traditions than on the prayers of the heart.

  9. A duckorcism?

  10. Excellent choice TB..and Migs will have to confess about how many of those pics of the wine cellar are actually his. I do however believe that the one of the Roman bath is indeed his house in Canberra.

  11. joni, on July 6th, 2009 at 12:18 pm
    A duckorcism?

    Will we see his head spin?

  12. [an aside] How many sins does a duck have, especially one residing in Canberra? And would any of these being interesting?

  13. I don’t know how many sins a duck gets up to, but the stories I’ve heard about sin & vice in Canberra could make one’s head spin (not duckorcism style, but that would be cool).

    Worst case for me was watching a “Sex in Canberra” documentary on either the ABC or SBS (it was nigh on ten years ago!) and seeing my Computer Science lecturer. I never saw him in the same light again.

  14. Ben..I just cannot imagine how anyone would end up watching a show called ‘Sex in Canberra’. And what on earth possessed you to click onto this… I believe that there is a parallel show called Sex for the over 50’s who wear thermal underwear and long socks to bed…who live in Canberra.

  15. Meanwhile, in Turkey, a game show seeks to convert atheists to one of four major religions, complete with a pilgrimage as a prize.

    David Hume and Pascal and his intellectual antecedents might have some very interesting observations about such a show…and one wonders whether it could lead to more total atheism in the world rather than less. At the very least it seems likely to inflame passions that need little fuel…

  16. And gay sex is now legal in India. You mean over 2 thousand years of cross dressing is now legal….

  17. *And gay sex is now legal in India*

    Unless you are a Moslem, I guess?

  18. I wouldn’t recall why I saw the show. Probably, as I do now, I had left the TV on because the background noise is soothing (I do that alot). Ten years is a damn long time to remember why one turned on the TV and/or flicked to a channel… Not long enough to erase the change it had on the relationship between student and lecturer though.

  19. Just found this.

    Apparently God made a new law in 2000.

    You are forgiven, isn’t that nice. I don’t what news service or through which saint God spake but he certainly did it on the QT.

  20. All black cover too, Adrian

    Wonder if the author is a relative of, In Cest? 😀

  21. Joni. To me your anecdote highlights the difference between genuinely well meaning people & those constrained by their unfortunate programming.

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