4 August 2022

Sandi Toksvig says Archbishop has made a “horrible mistake” after reaffirming that gay sex is a sin

The author revealed she’d received death threats from evangelical Christians who wanted to kill her on “God’s behalf.”

The author also revealed she’d received death threats from evangelical Christians who wanted to kill her on “God’s behalf.”

Author Sandi Toksvig has claimed the lives of LGBTQ+ people are “at stake” after the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, reaffirmed a 1998 Anglican declaration rejecting same-sex marriage.

In a speech made at the Lambeth Conference held every decade to over 650 bishops, the leader of the global Anglican Church said: “For many churches, to change traditional teaching challenges their very existence.”

He said the 1998 declaration, which is the church’s official stance on sexuality, was “not in doubt.” The resolution states that marriage is “between a man and a woman” and same-sex marriage is “incompatible with scripture.”

Toksvig, who has been married to her wife Debbie for 16 years, penned a powerful letter to the Archbishop and even offered to talk to him over coffee to discuss his “mistake.”

The writer revealed she had suffered from death threats in the past, claiming that “each and every one of those threats have come from an evangelical Christian” who wanted to kill her on God’s behalf. Toksvig published the letter on Twitter last night, writing, “So, you and your other religious pals got together at the Lambeth Conference and the main takeaway seems to be that gay sex is a sin.”

“It was a sin in 1998 and you just wanted to make clear in 2022 that no one in your finely frocked gang has moved on from that. Seriously, with the state the world is in, that is that you wanted to focus on? You didn’t have other more pressing matters like, I don’t know, war or poverty?”

She advised that the Archbishop should “grow and gain a deeper understanding of human behaviour than we had 2,000 years ago.” She finished her letter saying: “Let me talk you round. You never know, I might even forgive you.”

Following the Archbishop’s reaffirmation of the declaration, around 90 bishops, including eight archbishops, have signed a statement saying they believe “LGBT+ people are a precious part of God’s creation.”

  • Writer Chris Saunders
  • Banner Image Credit Twitter / Sandi Toksvig

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