I’m gobsmacked. Don’t understand how they can get it so wrong. How they can seriously think it’s OK. I don’t claim to be much of a Church goer, and I’m not sure what I believe about the firmament and our place in it; but I certainly don’t feel comfortable with making children part of an organisation which so blatantly says that women are not good enough.
Our local Church has a female vicar, I think she does her job pretty well in my limited experience. But the issue is not how well she does her job. The issue is that she can’t even be considered for a role that she may or may not be very good at. I don’t know exactly what a Bishop does, except for in the very loosest sense, but I’m pretty sure it’s not a role that requires you to use your testicles. As far as I’m aware you’re supposed to keep your genitals entirely out of it. But because of her lack of testicles, our local vicar would not be allowed to do it all the same.
As a country, we were delighted that a woman from Saudi Arabia participated in the Olympics, and that we won the first ever women’s boxing gold medal. The UK is far from perfect on the equality front, but changes have been and are being made, most people have their hearts in the right place. Women can be doctors, astronauts, army officers, Prime Ministers, Monarchs. But not Bishops.
I think they’ve made a huge mistake. The Church is withering, a shadow of it’s former self. We don’t go any more, or not very often. When I say we, I mean all of us, the British people. And we’ll continue to not go. Why would we?
I, for one, don’t want to be part of an organisation that sees me as a second class citizen.