Please Mr Keller, this is not the time for philosophical niceties over gay marriage

 

Tim Kellerby Julian Mann

 

One hopes he was misquoted but London Times columnist Tim Montgomerie does not invent quotes. In an article entitled ‘The Bible Belt is becoming a force for good’, he quotes ‘influential New York pastor’ Tim Keller as saying: “You can believe homosexuality is a sin and still believe that same-sex marriage should be legal.”

 

That quotation comes in a disturbing section in Mr Montgomerie’s article: “Let’s start with one of the great moral causes of our time: gay marriage. The majority of American Christians still oppose this civil right (sic) but opinion is changing among younger churchgoers: 44 per cent of evangelicals (sic) under the age of 30 favour allowing gays and lesbians to marry. Some take this view because they see nothing wrong with homosexuality. Others support same-sex marriage laws because they don’t believe it is right to impose their own religious views on others.” He then quotes Mr Keller as representing the latter tendency.

 

Mr Montgomerie, who until recently was executive editor of ConservativeHome, is a strong supporter of UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s bid to legalise same-sex marriage.

 

Mr Keller’s fine distinction may fit in well with the world of New York philosophical intelligentsia. But for Christian public sector workers in both the US and the UK facing the sack because they will not support same-sex marriage the question is not an academic one. Nor is it for clergy facing law suits for refusing to take same-sex weddings.

 

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