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Don’t get emotional about the gay debate

28 August 2015


From Mr Richard Adams

Sir, — Canon Colin Craston (Letters, 21 August) is very sensible to warn us about the risks of basing our arguments on emotionally founded judgements.

The Revd Alan Chidwick, writer of an adjacent letter in the same issue, might take note of that when he argues that most English people are happy with gay marriage. Our happiness or unhappiness with a given activity is not the basis on which we can decide whether or not that activity is consistent with God’s will.

The gay-marriage debates are fraught with this problem. Nothing is to be gained, and much is being lost, by emotional name-calling and polarisation of opponents.

I am not arguing for one side or another — my views on gay marriage won’t add anything — but we would benefit from using less emotive language when disagreeing with one another over our efforts to seek and obey God’s will.

Tros y Mor, Llangoed
Beaumaris, Anglesey LL58 8SB

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