Last month Sunny Hostin, one of the left-wing women hosts of “The View, raised a few eyebrows when she criticized people of faith for denouncing the LGBTQ agenda.
“I don’t know that they hide behind religion,” Hosin said, “because I said this on this show once before — Jesus would be the grand marshal at the pride parade.”
To paraphrase the old saying, from Hostin’s lips to the Church of England’s ears.
According to the Christian Institute, a parish within the COE, All Saints with Holy Trinity Church in Loughborough, rewrote the lyrics to the Christmas carol “God Rest Ye Merry gentlemen.”
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All Saints changed the lyrics to “God rest you, queer and questioning.”
The church also gutted references in the song to “Jesus Christ our Saviour”
British LGBTQ activist Jayne Ozanne asserted the revised lyrics were “utterly (Holy) Spirit inspired.”
The Daily Mail reported that the third verse was changed in a hymnal to read, “God rest you, queer and questioning, your anxious hearts be still.”
A verse prior to that was also changed. It read: “God rest you also, women, who by men have been erased, through history ignored and scorned, defiled and displaced.”
The revision was apparently penned by an American clergyman, according to the Mail.
Not all COE members were pleased with the defilement of the popular carol.
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Sam Margrave, a member of the COE’s General Synod, said on social media: “Absolutely disgusted an act of worship to our Lord and Saviour is being used to push political ideology contrary to Church of England teaching.”
The Rev Matthew Firth added that the revised lyrics were appropriate for the “C of E’s woke, unbiblical agenda.” He added, “All ideas about Christ as saviour have been erased. Triumph over Satan’s power has been erased. And the whole nativity story has been erased.”
Roman Catholic Cardinal Vincent Nichols also criticized the shift.
Christmas, he told the Daily Mail, “tells us the importance of ritual.
“Ritual helps us to step outside of our own little bubble, connect with something that we have received, inherited, and that we hope to pass on. I think those values – of a continuation of musical repertoire, of the ability to sing together, of looking at the rituals that have been fashioned over centuries – for me, those are probably more important than particular sensitivities which come and go.”
On Fox News, host Judge Jeanine Pirro noted, “One church in England decided to erase hundreds of years of holiday tradition by rewriting the lyrics to the song.Is nothing sacred anymore?”
The Christian Post noted that All Saints describes itself on its website as “an inclusive, eco-conscious and intercultural worshipping community (IWC) engaged with issues of social, racial and climate justice.”
“Described by some as ‘robed and radical’ you will find All Saints a place where ancient ritual meets contemporary experience as our worship seeks to enable us to [encounter] God and for that to shape how we live our lives,” it explained.
“For LGBTQ+ folk, All Saints is a safe place of belonging and affirmation where people are received as a gift, not a problem to be solved.”