Synod motion seeks to ban Pride flag on church buildings
A PRIVATE member’s motion submitted to the General Synod calls on the Council of Archbishops to legislate a ban on the display of the Rainbow Pride Flag on church buildings, because “what [the flag] represented. . . is contrary to the word of God”.
The motion by Sam Margrave (Coventry) asks that the Synod, while “affirming that God loves all people regardless of their sexual orientation, nevertheless consider the rainbow flag of ‘pride’ and what it represents in terms of the order of lives and relationships is contrary to the word of God”.
It asks the Synod to a) ask the House of Bishops “to declare that support for Pride (including the use of the rainbow flag and participation in Pride events) is incompatible with the Christian faith , its agenda being contrary to scriptural teaching and doctrine by promoting sexuality and promiscuity, and by negating the distinction between male and female”.
And b) “to request the Archbishop’s Council to introduce legislation prohibiting the display of any political or campaign flags in or on church buildings.”
Pride is celebrated in June. In a note accompanying his motion, Mr Margrave wrote: ‘The number of churches, cathedrals and clergy endorsing Pride, which promotes values contrary to scripture, has been significant this year.’ He continues, “Whether or not they agree with the proposal, we as a church need to discuss the church’s approach to pride and the increasing use of political flags at the church. inside our churches.
Responding to the motion, Synod member and LGBT activist Jayne Ozanne (Oxford), said: “As someone who had the privilege of carrying the Pride Flag in the Queen’s Jubilee Pageant, where we have been greeted by cheering crowds along the way, I find this motion both incredibly offensive and intentionally divisive.
“It is time for the Archbishops to speak out once and for all on this prolonged and sustained attack on the LGBT+ community from a part of the church indifferent to the harm they cause.
“The Pride flag symbolizes inclusion and has nothing to do with ‘promoting promiscuity’. We must remember that the love of God has no boundaries, the gospel of God has no exception clauses – those who wish to create them are clearly acting in a way that is “contrary to the word of God”.