ANGLICAN BISHOP COMPARES PEOPLE WHO IGNORE GLOBAL WARMING TO FRITZL
From Times Online: "The Bishop of Stafford, the Right Rev Gordon Mursell, an expert on Christian spirituality and near the bottom of the hierarchy of Anglican bishops, said that people who ignored global warming were, in effect, locking their children and grandchildren into a world without a future and throwing away the key.
"Bishop Mursell, who spoke last year at a conference organised by the ultra-liberal Modern Churchpeople's Union, said in a pastoral newsletter to parishes that such people were "destroying the future of our children" and were "as guilty as" Fritzl.
"The Bishop, whose comments come at the same time as the Church of England is publishing a new report complaining about the quality of its clergy, said that he was not accusing those who do nothing about global warming of being child abusers.
Mursell defended his comments arguing "that shocking analogies were needed to force people to face up to the threat to the future of mankind."
"[Sex abuse] survivors condemned the Bishop and urged church leaders to take more action against abuse by clergy.
Margaret Kennedy, chair of Minister and Clergy Sex Abuse Survivors, an organisation that helps survivors of sex abuse by clergy, said: "It is with horror and shock that survivors sexually abused as children or as adults within Christian churches and by Christian clergy and ministers should hear their own bishop declare that perhaps buying oranges from South Africa is the equivalent to being locked into a dungeon and being raped repeatedly for 20 years by an evil father."
"Climate change is the responsibility of Governments who need the political will to change their pollution outputs. The comparison between global warming and vicious evil sexual abuse for 20 years is facile and demeaning to the victim, who suffers greatly."
"A Lichfield diocesan spokesman...defended the bishop. "Yes, at first glance, this does appear controversial but if people actually look at what he’s saying, he’s saying the actions are not the same but the motives are the same. The underlying cause behind a lot of these problems is this selfish nature; it is that sort of mindset that was being discussed.”