Gay vicar’s marriage: Christian Voice lunatic has a fit of the vapours
A 64-year-old Church of England minister who intends tying the knot with his lover, aged 25, has sent a frisson of horror through Stephen “Birdshit” Green, creator and sole member of an hysterical outfit called “Christian Voice“.
Britain’s funniest fundie described the forthcoming civil union between the Rev Colin Coward, a priest at St John the Baptist church in Devizes, Wilts, to Bobby Egbele as “an abomination”.
Mr Coward is just an emotionally disturbed man trying to inflict his predilections on the rest of the Church. This is an abomination before God, not a holy union.
Green must be doubly miffed over the interracial union, as he once declared:
Homosexuals are not black or Asian as a rule, they are overwhelmingly white.
The pair are due to marry on October 9 at the register office in Devizes before holding a service at the church.
According to the Telegraph, the union has caused a stir among Christians because the couple plan a carefully-worded “blessing” service in church after the ceremony. The service will be a communion Eucharist rather then a blessing, which is forbidden for homosexual couples.
Rev Coward has declined to confirm that he will remain celibate following the union, which is a requirement the Church of England asks of its ordained homosexual clergy.
The vicar, who lives with his boyfriend in Marston, near Devizes, said he hoped his union would set a “visible example” to other homosexuals within the church.
My goal is for everyone within the church to feel comfortable with the situation because at the moment the majority of gay Christians marry secretly. Â It is a taboo subject but the church is now under huge pressure to change its stance and that pressure will only increase in the future.
Clearly the blessing is going to be quite a sensitive issue. I know that many people will see it and view it with horror. But we are both deeply committed Christians so it would be unthinkable for me not to do it in church and not to do it with the congregation and with all of our friends. I hope my wedding will inspire others and set a visible example to the church that we are not afraid.
And he pointed out:
Churches are not supposed to bless civil partnerships. It can bless almost anything else; animals, bombs, battleships, armies going to war but gay couples? No. So our church blessing has to be carefully-worded in so far as it does not use the word blessing in the context of the two of us in relationship.
Rev Coward discovered he was gay in his teens, and he was ordained as a priest in 1978 after giving up his job as an architect.
He openly declared his homosexuality in 1991 before setting up the international gay and lesbian campaign group Changing Attitudes in 1995.
He met his boyfriend in 2007 at a Christian conference in Togo, West Africa, and the pair were engaged last year.
Egbele, a fashion designer, whose full name is Bobby Ikekhuame Egbele, grew up in Nigeria and runs an online clothing shop Bobafrique, where he models the clothes.