The Christian Institute has vented it’s anger over a decision by King’s College in London top remove a window depicting former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey.
The CI reports that it was removed because of a successful five-year campaign by LGBT “bullies” who had branded Carey a “homophobe”.
In 2012, Lord Carey, a King’s College alumnus, had expressed opposition to the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
Ben Hunt, President of King’s Students’ Union and a leader of the campaign, wrote:
LGBT+ students over several years had been concerned with the portrayal of Lord Carey of Clifton as an alumni who should be celebrated.
He added that he worked with the university on the new display that would:
Express a community which strives to be accepting of diversity and inclusive.
Last year, King’s Students’ Union newspaper, ROAR, ran the headline:
Lord Carey ‘to be pulled from Strand windows’ after LGBT group win two-year anti-homophobia campaign.
The university claims the decision was taken to remove the picture to make way for new TV screens to be put up, and to better reflect the diversity of the college’s alumni.
Founded as a Christian institution, it has been criticised for its decision.
An article by one of its own lecturers, Niall McCrae, and Anglican minister Revd Dr Jules Gomes slammed the move, saying:
To label Carey a homophobe is to enter the theatre of the absurd.
They attributed his vilification to LGBT campaigners who refuse to acknowledge that clergymen are able to care for all:
While maintaining a traditional view on marriage.
The Christian Institute’s Simon Calvert said:
Their world is framed by identity politics, with positive discrimination for those of favoured status, while any unfavourable attributes (as arbitrarily determined) are open to attack.
Calvert added that if it was true that the Archbishop’s view on marriage was one of the reasons for his picture’s removal, then King’s would have to:
Get rid of many more pictures – and many students and staff too. Despite all the bullying, vast numbers of people still believe that marriage is between a man and a woman and they always will. The public are fed up of LGBT witch-hunts. What happened to all that talk of diversity and tolerance
The Telegraph said in an editorial that:
Some of the current generation of students seem intent on using the opportunities higher education offers them to close their minds rather than open them. Instead of embracing challenging ideas and thinkers, they seek to block out those ideas and exclude their authors. And sadly, some university authorities are abetting this juvenile drive to censorship.
It also noted that opposition to same-sex marriage was ‘hardly a marginal view’.