A conservative black man well-known in the UK for his opposition to the woke dogma that has infiltrated public and private life has allegedly been rejected from priesthood ordination within the Church of England over his political views.
Calvin Robinson, host of a show on GB News, a TV and radio news channel which also broadcasts shows hosted by Nigel Farage and Neil Oliver, rose to prominence in Britain for criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement and daring to claim that institutional racism does not exist as the UK provides an equal opportunity culture to all.
However, Robinson claims that these stances and other anti-woke opinions have cost him the opportunity to be admitted to the Church of England as a priest, and he has evidence to back his claim. For example, Robinson gained access to internal Church of England email messages via a subject access request (SAR), similar to the United States’ Freedom of Information Act, and read how senior church officials went back and forth on Robinson’s conservative views and whether he should be refused ordination as a result of them.
“Calvin’s comments concern me about denying institutional racism in this country,” read one email seemingly sent by a senior Bishop within the Church, while another alleges that there were complaints made to the Bishop of London saying that Robinson should be refused ordination.
A report by The Telegraph points out that Church of England officials don’t like Robinson’s view that women should not be ordained as priests as it conflicts with its practices. The Church of England ordained its first woman in 1994. The Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches do not ordain women into their priesthoods.
Robinson called the Church’s opinion on his views very narrow-minded:
“To hear that people are campaigning behind your back after you have given them all that you have got, I don’t know how to put it into word,” The Times reports Robinson as saying in response to the emails.
Robinson has since joined a group called “Global Anglican Future Conference” (GAFCON), which broke away from the Church of England over its “moral compromise, doctrinal error and the collapse of biblical witness in parts of the Anglican communion,” according to GAFCON’s website.
A black conservative trainee vicar Calvin Robinson claims he was blocked from becoming a Church of England priest because of his “anti-woke views” and that he does not believe the UK is institutionally racist. https://t.co/Gja8qDGdNG
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This is not the first exposure of the Church of England’s sharp left turn into wokeland.
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and the “head” of the Church after the Queen, has assumed a more activist role by criticizing a recent government plan to send asylum seekers crossing the English Channel to Rwanda for processing.
But what takes the cake is that Welby’s predecessor, Bishop Rowan Williams, loonily suggested in a letter that the process of identifying as “transgender” is akin to the “sacred journey” one takes when converting to Christianity:
“Conversion to Christianity is the event or process by which a person responds joyfully to the glorious embrace of the eternally loving and ever-merciful God,” the Bishop wrote in a letter urging politicians to include transgenderism within a potential conversion therapy ban. “It has nothing to do with so-called ‘conversion therapy’ – pressure put by one person on another to fit their expectations; the attempt to induce vulnerable and isolated people to deny who they truly are,” he continued. “To be trans is to enter a sacred journey of becoming whole: precious, honored and loved, by yourself, by others and by God.”‘
God help us all.