Pastor David Robertson has a video post up interviewing Melvin Tinker about his latest book.
I’d never heard of this bloke before and as is my usual habit, I like to do the Googly thing and wherever posible, fact-check before I proceed to engage on the topic at hand.
Sometimes I get it wrong. But it is always heartwarming when the object, or in this case the person, is interviewed in studio on the telly, no less, regarding his controversial statements and one hears the words from the horse’s mouth, as it were.
The video is a BBC News clip. You can search for it if you are interested.
And, not that I am likely to get on the cover of GQ ol’ Melvin does look a bit like a horse and definitely his view’s strongly suggest he is probably a horse’s arse.
So, what’s the rub?
Melvin, who is a retired Anglican vicar for Hull, is on record asserting that there is a comparison between homosexuality and pedophelia, and such people as suggested by the Archbishop of York, should not be ”welcomed” into the church.
Of course there is some major irony here inasmuch as the Church – including the Church of England – has been riddled with pedophiles abusing and raping children; probably since the first Christian minister/priest/pastor donned a frock and winked in the direction of the kids in the choir, and I have little doubt there are such monsters lurking about the pews as I type.
That a fellow pastor, Robertson, has taken to his blog, Facebook and Youtube to interview Tinker and gush over Tinker’s new book might suggest he is happily ignorant of the controversy over Tinker’s views and statements – something I consider highly unlikely. This leaves us with the likliehood that Robertson sympathizes with and even agrees with Tinker’s views.
As the views of people such as Tinker ( and I’ll stick my neck out say Robertson as well) are claimed to be based on the Word of God (sic) it is telling that when the topic of homosexuality is raised Leviticus 18 is usually the bible verse first and most often quoted.
Of course, this mentions nothing about female homosexuality, and I will venture that it is male homosexuality the likes of Tinker and his ilk generally focus on.
I am sure the average psychatrist would have a field day with this attitude.
I didn’t bother commenting on Robertson’s blog, as it would never see the light of day. However, I did comment on the YouTube video ….
Melvin Tinker – the bloke who put homosexuality in the same ‘sin’ column as pedophelia! Now there’s someone you want to heed advice from about anything, right?
…. and my comment has twice been summarily removed.
Read into this what you will