Minister Under Fire for Asking for Prayers for Prince George to Be Gay


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A minister is hot water this week, for an old blog post he wrote about Prince George's potential future love life. A couple of years ago, Very Rev. Kelvin Holdsworth wrote that he hoped that people would pray for Prince William and Kate Middleton's son to grow up to be gay, as he felt that would change how the Church of England approached same-sex unions. The blog post went viral last week after Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle was announced. 


  • Yup, that's right. There are people in the world praying for littles kids to be gay.

    In the original blog post titled, "How to change the Church of England," Holdsworth argued that Prince George being gay might actually get the religious institution to acknowledge and accept gay marriage.

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    Marriage equality was legalized in England and Wales in 2013, but is still not recognized by the Church of England. The reverend suggested that supporters pray "for the Lord to bless Prince George with a love, when he grows up, of a fine young gentleman.” He continued, "A royal wedding might sort things out remarkably easily, though we might have to wait 25 years for that to happen."

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  • As someone succintely pointed out, this isn't even about someone's feelings towards the LGBT community or equal marriage rights.

    "Praying for someone to be gay is just as bad as praying for them to be straight," one Twitter user added to the conversation. You know what would be useful to pray for? That Prince George (or anyone and everyone, really) to grow up to be kind and compassionate to people of all walks of life, regardless of their own lifestyle choices or political leanings. 

  • Or if you're the praying type, how about praying for Georgie to know Jesus?

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    The director of the conservative evangelical group Reform, Susie Leafe, told the BBC of Holdsworth, "As a Christian minister he should pray for all people to come to know the love of Christ, rather than a fine young gentleman."

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  • Holdsworth issued a retraction of sorts in a December 1 follow-up blog post.

    He wrote, "I could spend the next few weeks defending that post and keep reminding people what it was originally about. However, it seems to me that isn’t likely to be fruitful."

    "The issues about the church and its capacity to welcome same-sex couples who want to be married remain important," he continued. "I'm not interested in continuing it through a conversation about Prince George. I would urge others, those who agree with me strongly and those who disagree with me strongly to turn our attentions to the actual matter at hand."

    It was a terrible idea in the first place to ask people to pray for a toddler to grow up to be a particular sexual orientation, but we're glad he seems to have realized that, and will move towards more appropriate avenues to promote his agenda.