Church gives us rules to live by
I FIND both sides of the debate about gay marriage, as put forward by the Archbishop of Birmingham and Mr Payne, of Milton, (The Sentinel, January 3) interesting.
I am 66 and a recent convert to the Christian church. I have gay friends and have been to gay wedding ceremonies, a male gay nurse saved my dad's life in the 1970s.
However, in many ways, don't I wish we could turn back the clock.
Since 1945 the world has developed at a tremendous pace, the atom bomb, nuclear power, drone aircraft, guided missiles, computers – science has contributed a lot to the modern world.
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It advances at great knots when there is a war on. Yes, the Church and religion had, and still do have, a lot of blood on their hands, and let us not forget child abuse.
The nuclear family has now virtually disappeared, mobile phones are used for bullying and we are told children watch porn on their computers.
Walk around Hanley and you'll find swearing is commonplace.
Old people are neglected in some hospitals and care homes, our political masters don't have enough money for libraries, swimming pools and jobs for the disabled – but can fund foreign dictators.
Comedians are no longer funny unless each joke contains several foul mouth rantings, Christmas is dying out and churches are closing.
Every religion has a voice, but Christians cannot wear a cross at work. What a lovely world.
Forty years ago society was too imbalanced in one direction but the pendulum has swung too far the other way.
This is where the Church came in for me. It gives us the rules of a good life and how to behave towards others. And boy don't we need it right now.
So next time you pass a church, if it's open, drop in, and get to know the people.
We are not all old-fashioned do-gooders. The Church of England is digging itself further into a mire.
How can you vote against women Bishops and then say gay men can be a Bishop? A gay female is out of the picture completely
The Church needs opinions from the general public – we need your help.
MIKE COPE Werrington