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CANTERBURY: Gay sex is a sin, say four in five Protestants

CANTERBURY: Gay sex is a sin, say four in five Protestants

by Ruth Gledhill
The Times
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article4412975.ece
July 28, 2008

Most Christians believe gay sex is a sin and that practising gays should not be ordained. A survey by ComRes of 517 Protestant Christians in Britain found that only 3 per cent of nonCatholic Christians believe homosexuality is not a sin, while 81 per cent say it is and 15 per cent say "it is more complicated than this". Taking into account all Protestant denominations, 81 per cent believe that gay sex is sinful.

The survey also found that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, lacks majority support. Only one in three Anglicans said Dr Williams represented their views.

The Archbishop, preaching at St Dunstan's, Canterbury, yesterday, had some criticism of his own for the Church. He said: "Our Anglican family badly needs to find some ways of resolving its internal tensions that will set it free to be more confidently what God wants it to be."

The survey was published as the Government granted asylum to a leading Nigerian gay Christian activist, Davis MacIyalla.

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