Christian Fundamentalism

 

Stephen Sizer is a regular speaker at PSC events, most recently at the York and Reading branches. He went to Iran in 2006, where he joined hands with Zahra Mostafavi, the daughter of murderous dictator Ayatollah Khomeini.

By his own admission, Sizer was invited to Iran by Mostafavi. His tour was organised by the head of the NEDA Institute, Dr. Jawad Shabarf. The NEDA institute has previously called on the services of Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson to help organise the Iranian Holocaust denial conference.

Sizer’s Church adheres to an absolutist, fundamentalist form of Christianity. Its statement of faith instructs:

“The Bible, as originally given, is the inspired and infallible Word of God. It is the supreme authority in all matters of belief and behaviour.”

Sizer has written an article where he opines: ‘Scripture is not important enlightenment about God, but infallible revelation from Him’.

In other words, as with all religious supremacists, here is a Christian example: a supporter of theocracy and dictatorial religious moral instruction.

Sizer endorses various anti-gay statements by conservative churchmen, and recommends the website of True Freedom Trust, an organisation which teaches that gay people should repress their sexuality and remain celibate for the rest of their lives.

Sizer and his church have endorsed the ‘Jerusalem Declaration’, a document produced by the 2008 Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), which brought together Western and African hardline clerics fixated on homosexuality. GAFCON led to the formation of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA), an organisation supported by ‘Stephen… [one of] our ordained pastors’.

The FCA produced a document entitled, Being Faithful: The Shape of Historic Anglicanism Today. This paper launched an attack on the sin of ‘innovation’ in Christianity (p.18) and on the usual suspects – ‘the forces of militant secularism and pluralism’ (p.3). It states that its objective is ‘bringing every aspect of our culture under the authority of Scripture’ (p.31). Being Faithful states that ’same-sex attractions’ are ‘an expression of disobedience to God and his good purposes for human beings’, that gay people have ‘made’ a ‘false identity’ for themselves ‘instead of accepting the identity given by God’, and that gay relationships are ‘distortions of God’s original intention’ which, ‘by ignoring God’s creational intention … continue the brokenness of relationships’ (pp.53-54). ‘Homosexual practice’, the FCA claim, ‘is offensive’ (p.62).

Sizer describes himself as an ‘active member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. The PSC has never sought to distance itself from Sizer or condemned his views; in fact, they invited him to speak at the PSC’s 2011 conference.

Why does the PSC work with anti-gay Christian fundamentalists?


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