JD is right to call out hypocrisy of church

Coventry Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

RE: John Dalziel and Coven­try Cathe­dral. One day, we’ll look back at the is­sue of re­li­gious or­gan­i­sa­tions block­ing gay mar­riages in the same light as the ban­ning of racial in­ter­mar­riage many decades ago.

If it isn’t for peo­ple like John Dalziel call­ing out hypocrisy of these large or­gan­i­sa­tions that hide be­hind ‘the global church’, then progress doesn’t hap­pen.

Gate­crasher seems all too happy to use this as free pub­lic­ity, and ac­cused John of sup­pos­edly try­ing to ‘ban the event’. But ac­tu­ally his words were of com­par­i­son.

Know­ing that John only wants the best for the city, of course he sup­ports an event like this. We all do. But I stand fully be­hind him that, in the eyes of the church, how can a club night, with al­co­hol and no wor­ship at all, be al­lowed to hold cen­tre stage in one of Coven­try’s most his­tor­i­cal build­ings? Yet two of its cit­i­zens can’t stand side by side and de­clare their love – some­thing their peers can do.

This isn’t about ban­ning a club night. This is about call­ing out a re­li­gious or­gan­i­sa­tion that is out-dated and doesn’t de­serve to be the keeper of this beau­ti­ful Coven­try as­set, when it’s not truly avail­able to ev­ery­one.

I hope John is re­spected for his protes­ta­tion. It ben­e­fits us to keep call­ing out these or­gan­i­sa­tions. You never know when some­one you love will want the same rights as you. Calum Bran­nan Coven­try-born en­tre­pre­neur Lon­don

OC­TO­BER 14, 2005: Yoko Ono sits on the replica wrought iron seat bench made for the Theatre Ab­so­lute play The Len­non Bench. The orig­i­nal was pre­sented to the cathe­dral by John and Yoko in 1968. Hun­dreds of fans turned out to give a warm wel­come to Yoko Ono dur­ing a visit to Coven­try to launch Coven­try Peace Month.

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