In an article that was described as tongue-in-cheek at the time, an LGBT publication claimed 4-year-old Prince George has become a “gay icon” after a cute photo was published of him. Now a clergyman is reiterating that he wants their dream to become true.
According to New Idea, PinkNews suggested that the pose the son of the British Prince William and Duchess Catherine was striking was flamboyant.
“Prince George has become a gay icon overnight,” wrote PinkNews author Josh Jackman. “The monarch to be has always been cute and well-dressed but one day before his fourth birthday a photo of him excitedly holding his face changed everything. At least, that’s what the people — sorry, his subjects — are saying.”
The article was hit with a backlash by many people, including Traditional Union Voice party leader Jim Allister, who called it “outrageous and sick” because “sexualizing a young child” is “entirely inappropriate.”
In a similar vein to PinkNews, the Very Rev. Kelvin Holdsworth of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow publicly wished a homosexual lifestyle upon the young prince and asked others to plead to God to make it so. According to RT, the Scottish Episcopal Church minister and LGBTQ advocate made his request in a blog.
“If people don’t want to engage in campaigning in this way [for same-sex marriage in the Church of England], they do in England have another unique option, which is to pray in the privacy of their hearts (or in public if they dare) for the Lord to bless Prince George with a love, when he grows up, of a fine young gentleman,” Holdsworth wrote.
He added, “A royal wedding might sort things out remarkably easily, though we might have to wait 25 years for that to happen. Who knows whether that might be sooner than things might work out by other means?”
But his desire for Prince George to be the catalyst to change the Church of England’s position on gay marriage was met with very strong criticism from former royal chaplain Rev. Gavin Ashenden, who replied, “To pray for Prince George to grow up in that way, particularly when part of the expectation is he will inherit is to produce a biological heir with a woman he loves, is to pray in a way that would disable and undermine his constitutional and personal role.”
“It is an unkind and destabilizing prayer. It is the theological equivalent of the curse of the wicked fairy in one of the fairytales,” he continued. “It is un-Christian as well as being anti-constitutional. It is a very long way from being a blessing for Prince George.”
Holdsworth actually wrote the blog post over a year ago but reposted it upon the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, BBC News reports. Susie Leafe, who directs the conservative evangelical group Reform, was also critical of the piece.
"I was very disappointed that he was prepared to bring a child into this same-sex marriage debate," she said. "As a Christian minister, he should pray for all people to come to know the love of Christ, rather than a fine young gentleman."
The Scottish Episcopal Church says they’re looking into the matter and made it clear that Holdsworth’s views were his personal views, not the opinion of the church. The Scottish Episcopal Church only partially recognizes the authority of the Church of England and recently voted in favor of giving their blessing to same-sex marriages, according to The Guardian. The Church of England is planning to debate the issue, BBC News reported in October.
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