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Bishop belongs in the Bronze Age, says GALHA

The Anglican Bishop of Carlisle was mocked this week as a "bronze age primitive" by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA). GALHA’s comments follow Bishop Graham Dow's pronouncement that the recent floods in Britain are a result of the introduction of pro-gay laws. He said that going against biblical standards had resulted in God's judgment in the form of floods.

This is a strong and definite judgment because the world has been arrogant in going its own way," he said. "We are reaping the consequences of our moral degradation, as well as the environmental damage that we have caused."

The bishop, who is a leading evangelical and a great believer in exorcism, said that people should heed the stories of the Bible, which described the downfall of the Roman empire as a result of its immorality. “We are in serious moral trouble because every type of lifestyle is now regarded as legitimate," he said. “In the Bible, institutional power is referred to as 'the beast', which sets itself up to control people and their morals. Our government has been playing the role of God in saying that people are free to act as they want," he said, adding that the introduction of recent pro-gay laws highlighted its determination to undermine marriage. The sexual orientation regulations [which give greater rights to gays] are part of a general scene of permissiveness. We are in a situation where we are liable for God's judgment, which is intended to call us to repentance.”

The bishop is also a great believer in exorcism and, apparently, believes that driving a black car could be a sign that you are possessed by an evil spirit.

GALHA’s chairman Jim Herrick, who is also a vice president of the NSS, said: “The Bishop's comments reveal a primitive, superstitious mind that belongs in the Bronze Age. If he thinks these floods are the result of pro-gay laws rather than global warming, then how come far more catastrophic floods afflict homophobic nations such as Bangladesh? And how come ultra-pious nations such as Pakistan suffer catastrophic earthquakes? And the self-proclaimed religiosity of the United States doesn't protect it from lethal hurricanes either."

Mr Herrick said: "People like Graham Dow bring religion into even more disrepute with such fatuous comments. No wonder people are abandoning the Church of England in such huge numbers when it is led by silly people like him."

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Ruth Gledhill of The Times thinks the bishop has a point