God created them man and woman. The Church of England knew better.
Transgender members of the 85-million-strong Anglican faith community will now have the support of the Church of England, after it released guidelines on Tuesday for ceremonies to welcome them.
The Church of England, where the Anglican tradition originated, has in recent years moved towards greater acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people, including addressing homophobic bullying in schools.
The public ceremonies aim to affirm the new identity of trans worshippers, according to guidelines published on the Church’s website on Tuesday.
Julian Henderson, head of the committee that produced the guidelines, said the decision was “rooted in scripture”.
“We are absolutely clear that everyone is made in the image of God and that all should find a welcome in their parish church,” said Henderson in a statement.
“This new guidance provides an opportunity, rooted in scripture, to enable trans people … to mark their transition in the presence of their church family,” he added.
This is a great how-to on how to destroy people’s faiths.
The thing is, these are real people experiencing real pain who have questions about themselves. One day, many of them will realize that this path will not make them happy and they will ask the Church of England why they didn’t stand for truth, rather than fads.