I'd have thought the one thing that wasn't controversial is that we are all sinners

21 June 2017 | by Christopher Howse


When serious things happen it proves hard to keep God out. After the attack against Muslims at Finsbury Park, when a van drove into a crowd in the early hours of Monday, The Telegraph included a brief round-up of MPs’ reactions. “Thoughts” went out from Owen Smith (Lab) and Sir Keir Starmer (Lab). “Thoughts and prayers” came from David Lammy (Lab), Andrea Leadsom (Con), Johnny Mercer (Con) and from Tim Farron, who until last week was leader of the Liberal Democrats.

“To be a political leader and to live as a committed Christian, to hold faithfully to the Bible’s teaching, has felt impossible for me,” he told a press conference to announce his resignation. The reason given stirred far more foam in the media than his not entirely unexpected departure.

“Throughout the election campaign the Lib Dem chief struggled to answer questions about his views on homosexuality,” The Sun told its readers. “He made clear he supported equal marriage and LGBT rights, but would not say whether or not it was a sin — controversially claiming ‘we are all sinners.’”


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