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Columnist failing to show meaning of love

Published 25/10/2016

I am not a Presbyterian, though I count the present Moderator and some of his predecessors among my friends. So, I feel moved to write a brief response to the vicious piece by Fionola Meredith (Comment, October 21) under the headline, "Presbyterian Church ... has forgotten meaning of love".

As I understand it, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland holds the traditional and Biblical view that marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman. It is not unreasonable for any organisation to expect its senior people to be in agreement with major policy.

So, it is quite unfair for Fionola to lambast the Presbyterian Church in the way that she does.

Attitudes to homosexuality in Western culture have clearly changed radically in a short space of time, but that should not mean that those whose views differ from the new consensus should now be attacked in the pages of this paper.

All of us should stand against homophobic bullying, but why replace that evil with Presbyterian-bashing?

I wonder, does Fionola see any irony in the vitriolic tone of her piece?

REV DR DAVID CLEMENTS

Carrickfergus, Co Antrim

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