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Anglican Pastor Under Fire After Urging Christians to Pray That Prince George is Gay in Order to Advance LGBT Cause

Leah Marieann Klett : Dec 1, 2017 : The Gospel Herald

A former chaplain to the Queen, the Rev. Gavin Ashenden, called the comments as "unkind" and "profoundly un-Christian", and said the prayer was the "theological equivalent of the curse of the wicked fairy in one of the fairytales."

(England) — [The Gospel Herald] An Anglican minister has come under fire after urging people to pray that Prince George is gay in order to make the Church of England more inclusive for the LGBT community. (Photo Credit: Flickr)

The Very Rev. Kelvin Holdsworth, Provost of St Mary's Cathedral in Glasgow, made the controversial suggestion about the four-year-old prince, who is third in line to the throne, in an online letter about LGBTQ inclusion in the Church of England.

In the post, he writes, "If people don't want to engage in campaigning in this way, they do in England have another unique option, which is to pray in the privacy of their hearts (or in public if they dare) for the Lord to bless Prince George with a love, when he grows up, of a fine young gentleman."

"A royal wedding might sort things out remarkably easily though we might have to wait 25 years for that to happen," he says. "Who knows whether that might be sooner than things might work out by other means?"

Holdsworth's comments were swiftly condemned by many Christians including Lee Gatiss, director of the Church Society, who told Christian Today: "To co-opt the Royal children to service a narrow sexual agenda seems particularly tasteless and, I should add, bizarrely illogical on his own grounds."

A former chaplain to the Queen, the Rev. Gavin Ashenden, called the comments as "unkind" and "profoundly un-Christian", and said the prayer was the "theological equivalent of the curse of the wicked fairy in one of the fairytales."

"To pray for Prince George to grow up in that way, particularly when part of the expectation he will inherit is to produce a biological heir with a woman he loves, is to pray in a way that would disable and undermine his constitutional and personal role," he said.

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