Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe described as ‘nonsense’ a suggestion that the Church of England should embrace more female language when referencing their Creator.
In an mind-numbingly idiotic segment of ITV’s Good Morning Britain last Wednesday, the dotty Widdecombe, a Catholic convert, tackled a statement made by the Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Reverend Rachel Treweek, regarding God’s gender. Treweek reportedly said:
I don’t want young girls or young boys to hear us constantly refer to God as he. For me particularly in a bigger context, in all things, whether it’s that you go to a website and you see pictures of all white people, or whether you go to a website and see the use of ‘he’ when we could use ‘god’, all of those things are giving subconscious messages to people, so I am very hot about saying can we always look at what we are communicating.
According to this report agitated host Piers Morgan seemed to agree that the debate was nothing short of ridiculous. He asked:
Why are we even having to have this conversation? Who is so angry about this that we have to re-write thousands of years of working on the presumption that God is male?
Broadcaster Rae Duke (no relation) responded to his question by claiming that it was “important that we correct that injustice” of God traditionally being described in male terms.
She referred to parts of the Bible where God’s nature is likened to that of a mother and suggested that references to God the Father had been misinterpreted to mean that God was male instead of genderless.When Morgan asked Duke if God was “gender fluid”, she said “that would be ridiculous” but that she believed “we cannot use our fragile human language to try and say what God is”.
“So you don’t know what God is but He can’t be a man?’ asked Morgan, to which Rae replied: “God can be neither female nor male.”
Widdecombe said she did not think it was offensive to speak of God in male terms.
I don’t think it’s remotely offensive. In fact I’ve never heard such nonsense. Throughout the entire New Testament, Christ is a ‘he’ and He refers to God the Father and a father … But what really worries me is the sheer superficiality of this, because the whole objection to calling God ‘he’ is apparently that it puts people off Christianity.
If you’re not going to be won over by the message of redemption and forgiveness, if you’re not going to be won over by that, you’re not going to be won over by someone saying God’s a ‘she’.
Earlier this month, a YouGov survey found that only one per cent of British Christians think of God as female.
Four in 10 women (41 per cent) said God was male, far more than the number of Christian men regarding God as male (30 per cent).
By contrast, 39 per cent of women said God had no gender at all, compared to 42 per cent of men.
And let’s not forget that the majority of Brits don’t believe that God exists at all.