Reply from the Archbishop of Canterbury

Well, I got a response to my first letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, from Dominic Goodall, “Correspondence Officer.”

TL;DR: The Archbishop has a great deal of influence, but his involvement in this issue so far has been only to “encourage respectful discussion” on this very complicated subject.

I have a great deal of respect for the Archbishop’s education, legacy, and influence, so this disappointed me. The best this great and learned man can come up with on this mostly-decided topic is the excuse of someone who cannot be bothered to see past his ass.

LAMBETH PALACE
Dominic Goodall Correspondence Officer

20th September 2018

Dear Sal,

Thank you for your recent letter addressed to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Much as he would like to, the Archbishop is unable to respond personally and in detail to all the hundreds of emails and letters that he receives, and so I have been asked to reply to you on his behalf.

Archbishop Justin is under no illusions about the diverse range of opinions on human sexuality that are held throughout the entire Anglican Communion, nor about how strongly those opinions are held and the challenge this debate poses. In that context, the Archbishop is often asked to speak decisively on matters of human sexuality. Many of the issues such as those that you refer to in your letter will continue to be matters of debate for many Anglicans, and these debates will continue into the future.

Unlike the Pope, the Archbishop has no formal authority, though a great deal of influence. In the Church of England, the Archbishop has encouraged the start of a process of deep reflection on the topic of human sexuality. An episcopal teaching document is being worked on, led by bishops, but with the in-depth involvement of experts, campaigners, academics, scientists etc. There is no pre-determined conclusion for this document. Rather, it aims to bring together people who disagree deeply into dialogue that can help map out where we are, why we are where we are and what the next steps may be. This document will then go to General Synod, where it will be debated extensively, before decisions are made as to what could or could not be done. Synod would then need to vote — and people from the houses of laity, clergy and bishops would all have a voice. There is no way to short circuit this process of deep listening to one another and to God.

Many provinces in the Anglican communion are engaged in ongoing debate and discussion about the subject of same sex marriage. Moving to make provision for same-sex marriage, rather than blessing, or any other form of partnership, would represent a huge shift in terms of doctrine of marriage, but also in terms of how we understand humanity, gender, embodiment etc. These changes may happen in some provinces, of course, but they need to be discussed and prayed through thoroughly. There is no overall consensus on the way forward, and what Archbishop Justin has done so far is to encourage respectful discussion of how we, as a whole church, can move forward together.

Thank you again for taking the time to write to the Archbishop.

Yours sincerely,

Dear Meagan Markle, Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales

The Private Secretary to Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales
Clarence House
London SW1A 1BA

25 May 2018

Dear Sir,

Please will you lay my letter before Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales. It regards a matter of some interest to Her Highness, specifically a moment when she took a stand for gender equity, and a situation where she can advance it again.

Yours truly,


The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
Lambeth Palace
London SE1 7JU

Dear Archbishop,

I am a husband, father, and Episcopalian.

During the most recent Royal Wedding, we learned that the American company Proctor and Gamble once advertised dish soap that promised great benefits to the women who used it. An 11 year old Meghan Markle wrote a letter to the company suggesting that they change the commercial to explain the benefits their product brings to all people, not just women. They did.

It occured to me while watching the wedding ceremony – during the part where you were talking about marriage uniting a husband and wife – that you are underselling marriage, and perhaps nobody has written you a letter about it.

As you well know, God made marriage for two people together, for faithfulness, stability, and loving relationships. These are qualities of our hearts, minds, soul and strength – not our bodies. The sacrament brings this to all people.

I wish you would stop referring to marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman and finally fix the Book of Common Prayer, to clarify that the sacrament of marriage is a union between two people.

When such a large part of the Anglican Communion celebrates same-sex marriages, when such marriages are embraced by so many countries within and beyond the Commonwealth, and when my kids know me and my husband as two people who are married, it seems disingenuous and trite to rattle on about the differences of gender instead of the Love of God.

Yours in Christ,

The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
Lambeth Palace
London SE1 7JU

Dear Archbishop,

I am a husband, father, and Episcopalian.

During the most recent Royal Wedding, we learned that the American company Proctor and Gamble once advertised dish soap that promised great benefits to the women who used it. An 11 year old Meghan Markle wrote a letter to the company suggesting that they change the commercial to explain the benefits their product brings to all people, not just women. They did.

It occurred to me while watching the wedding ceremony – during the part where you were talking about marriage uniting a husband and wife – that you are underselling marriage, and perhaps nobody has written you a letter about it.

As you well know, God made marriage for two people together, for faithfulness, stability, and loving relationships. These are qualities of our hearts, minds, soul and strength – not our bodies. The sacrament brings this to all people.

I wish you would stop referring to marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman and finally fix the Book of Common Prayer, to clarify that the sacrament of marriage is a union between two people.

When such a large part of the Anglican Communion celebrates same-sex marriages, when such marriages are embraced by so many countries within and beyond the Commonwealth, and when my kids know me and my husband as two people who are married, it seems disingenuous and trite to rattle on about the differences of gender instead of the Love of God.

Yours in Christ,

Dear Mr. Deasy – Our School’s Enrollment Forms are Broken

John Deasy, Superintendent
Los Angeles Unified School District
333 South Beaudry Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90017

August 21, 2012

RE: Emergency Information Card and Permanent Health History forms

Dear Mr. Deasy:

Our children started in Kindergarten last week.  Two of the forms that were issued, the Emergency Information Card FORM 34-EH-12 Rev. 1/94 and the Permanent Health History FORM 34-EH-67 7/88 had spaces for “Mother” and “Father” instead of “Parent” or “Guardian.”

As you probably know from your own statistics, the percentage of mother-father households with children under 18 represents less than 25% of all American households.  As you may learn from your legal department, California law has required gender neutrality in public forms since 2005 (AB 849).  As you must know from visiting any school today, same-gender and single-parent families abound.  LAUSD is far behind on this issue, and terribly wrong for two important reasons.

In a school system where the participation of parents is critical to the quality of our schools and the education of our children, where you are begging parents to be part of the school, the first message that you are sending to 75% of your families is that they are are not welcome.

The second message that you are sending, to every parent who has to fill out these forms, is that a child with a father and mother is somehow better than a child who doesn’t have a father and a mother.  As the California legislature pointed out, this sets up a hostile situation that fails to protect the children.

I would like some swift action on this matter. You could start with an apology to the single- and same-gender parents and their families who have been hurt over the years, along with a pledge to purge your district of these outdated forms and ideas, as we move to a future where students are measured by their merits, and not their parents.

Sincerely,

Lynne Torgerson hates Rep. Keith Ellison

Ellison for Congress Headquarters
2700 East Lake Street, Suite 3100
Minneapolis, MN 55406

RE: Lynne Torgerson

Dear Rep. Ellison:

I live way out here in California, and because I’ve been politically active for a while, I’ve wound up on a lot of mailing lists. This email came through my mailbox. Is any of this true?

Just curious,

 


 

Lynne Torgerson for Congress
Dear Sal.

Congress is under attack by a radical Islamic fundamentalist.

Yes, I’m talking about Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), a man who openly flouts his ties with CAIR (The Council on American Islamic Relations), a group with strong ties to funding terrorism throughout the world. He is also proud to have marched with Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan, during the “Million man march” of 1995, who has a strong track record for racism and bigotry.

As the most radical Member of Congress, Mr. Ellison practically blamed George W. Bush for 9/11 by comparing Bush’s actions after the terrorist attack, to the Nazi’s after the Reichstag fire in Germany. Mr. Ellison is rated more liberal than Nancy Pelosi by several prominent, national organizations for raising taxes and threatening your gun rights.

My name is Lynne Torgerson, and I am running to be the Representative for the 5th Congressional District of Minnesota. I am seeking to defeat Keith Ellison, a most dangerous member of our federal government.

As a decades-long resident of the 5th Congressional District of Minnesota, I am deeply troubled to be represented by a man who actively opposes American values and has such close ties to known terrorist organizations. Further, what do you think about Mr. Ellison’s career as he:

  • refused to take his Congressional oath with the Bible;
  • improperly accepted a $13,000 trip from a Muslim organization for a trip to Mecca, Saudi Arabia;
  • cried in front of a Congress in March 2011 while defending Muslims during a committee hearing on the 9/11 attacks;
  • associates with known terrorist organizations and others seeking to do our nation harm.

Will you give me the opportunity to defeat Keith Ellison by making a contribution to my campaign TODAY? A contribution in any amount from $25 to $2,500 (the legal maximum) will give me the boost I need to compete against one of the most dangerous men in our federal government.

Ellison will clearly have the support of his friend, President Obama, Labor Unions, Moveon.org and CAIR, all of who will stop at nothing to weaken our national security and fully implement Obamacare. They will attempt to threaten and silence me as they tried, and failed to do, in the past.

These groups want to prevent another Constitutional expert from being elected to Congress. They’re worried I’ll walk into the halls of Congress to repeal Obamacare, cut the size of our bloated federal government and eliminate our federal debt.

And they’re right!

With gas at almost $4 per gallon, unemployment increasing again, food prices on the rise, and our nation on the brink of bankruptcy, it is clear our nation’s leaders needs a clarion call towards sanity in order to preserve the American Dream.

What kind of nation will our children inherit if we permit more government spending or hand the reigns over to radical Islamists like Keith Ellison?

As a proud conservative, I am a practicing attorney in Minneapolis for the last 20 years and have dedicated my life to protecting the Constitutional rights of people of all races, nationalities, and religions, as our Founding Fathers established. I started my career as a clerk to a U.S. District Court Judge, and recently won a case at the U.S. Supreme Court.

As a Member of Congress, I will strictly adhere to the principles of our Founding Fathers and never apologize for being:

  • Pro-America;
  • Pro Strong Homeland Security;
  • Pro-Life;
  • Pro-2nd Amendment;
  • Pro-Traditional marriage; and
  • Pro-Israel.

If you share my views, then join me in the fight to preserve sanity in America for the sake of our children. Help me change statist Washington while also defeating the most radical member of the U.S. Congress.

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Last week’s valiant efforts by the Navy SEALS puts closure on a chapter in America’s history and is a great reward to the long fight against radical Islam. It is now time to build upon that victory for the upcoming and grueling 2012 election season without giving up until we win.

Like all Americans, I know that our priority is fixing the economy and creating jobs, but we can’t lose sight that radical Islamic fundamentalists are influencing our government and putting citizens in harm’s way, like when Keith Ellison:

  • voted against funding our troops;
  • voted against sanctioning Iran;
  • failed to pay his taxes for 7 years, but voted to INCREASE YOURS.

Unlike our ultra liberal Democratic foes, we understand that America faces threats from enemies both foreign and domestic. Keith Ellison represents one of the most significant threats to America, and that’s why I need your help to defeat him.

This is your chance to help rid our nation of a radical Muslim fundamentalist, like the people who:

  • carried out a shooting at Fort Hood;
  • attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon on 9/11;
  • attempted to detonate a bomb in Times Square this past year.

That’s why I’m turning to Patriots like YOU, to help me fight back against a radical Islamic apologist with close ties to known terrorist organizations. Will you give me that opportunity by making a contribution to my campaign today?

May God Bless Minnesota and America!

Yours in freedom,

Lynne Torgerson

Lynne Torgerson
Republican Candidate for United States Congress

P.S. After watching a week of news about the death of Osama Bin Laden, it is clear we are winning the war on terror abroad, but now is the time to ensure we always do it at home. In order to make certain we are well positioned for a victory against this radical, three-term incumbent, we will need some more sacrifice and significant participation from fellow patriots like YOU. Will you give me the opportunity to defeat Keith Ellison by making a contribution to my campaign TODAY? SELECT HERE to make your first $25, $50 or $100 contribution. Thank you.

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Today’s letter – Proxy for Hate

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

As you know, gay marriage in California is likely to be decided next year by a voter initiative constitutional amendment. Your action on AB 43 will have a huge impact on the outcome of that initiative.

A ‘yes’ means that you support California families, while a veto clearly says that hate and discrimination are acceptable.

There is no reason to oppose equality in California. Please help lead the people to do the right thing. Please sign AB 43.

Today’s letter – Imperial County attacks the gays, since the State won’t

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

In case you didn’t notice, the Opponents of Equality are steaming mad that you refused to join their gang and beat up on lesbian and gay Californians by defending Prop 8. In the latest ploy, they’re beating the bushes to find someone with legal standing to continue their campaign against my family.

Apparently they were able to convince the Imperial County Board of Supervisors to let the religious group Advocates for Faith and Freedom use the County’s standing to try to defend the indefensible. Good luck to them.

I am heartened that this seems headed in the right direction: instead of the Federal government deciding if two people can get married, instead of the State government deciding if two people can get married, it might be the County government who decides if two people can get married.

Maybe, someday, it will be the two people themselves who can decide to get married!

Sincerely,

Today’s letter – thank you for acting in the best interests of the state

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

The Silicon Valley Mercury News had a wonderful summary of your actions in response to the Prop 8 ruling:

“California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who twice vetoed legislation that would have legalized same-sex marriage, has surprised gay rights supporters by urging a federal judge to allow gay couples to resume marrying in the state without further delay.”

THANK YOU! I can’t imagine a more triumphant statement of how far you, and this state, have changed in the three years since AB 43 was on your desk.

Sincerely,

Today’s letter – Senator Ted Stevens, RIP

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

I just heard that former Republican Senator Ted Stevens died today in a plane crash. I hope you get a moment to remember the achievements of this long-time politician.

  • He had a zero rating with the Human Rights Campaign.
  • He voted against adding sexual orientation to the definition of “hate crime” in 2001.
  • He opposed the Employment Non-discrimination Act (ENDA).
  • He voted in favor of the hateful “Federal Marriage Act” in both 2004 and 2006.
  • He opposed the Mathew Sheppard act.
  • He had a 14% rating on supporting minorities through affirmative action.

It seems that the Big Tent party got a little smaller today.

Sincerely,

Today’s letter – you can prevent Perry vs. Schwarzenegger bashings

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,

As a gay man in California, I am terrified of what will happen when the court issues its decision in Perry vs. you. I have a house, family, and two small children to protect, and tensions are running high. Regardless of what Judge Walker determines, when he announces his ruling, there will be some who lash out against their neighbors with physical violence.

It has already started. In response to the uptick in gay bashings this spring, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck explained that “the LAPD often notices a spike in gay-related hate crimes whenever Proposition 8 news makes major headlines.”

I have no doubt that those who would deny me my right to marry will not think twice about punching me in the face, running me down with their car, or setting my house on fire.

Governor Schwarzenegger, since you started this with your veto of AB 43, your neutral stance on Proposition 8, and tacit support of the hateful language in the Republican Party Platform, will you speak out now to help deflate this tension, and possibly save lives?

I wish you would voice your support of lesbian and gay Californians and their right to equal treatment under the law, and denounce those who deny freedom to others, especially the Opponents of Equality who operate through both quiet intimidation and overt physical violence.