Writer and comedian Sandy Toksvig has said the lives of LGBTQ+ people are “at stake” after the Archbishop of Canterbury confirmed the 1998 Anglican declaration rejecting same-sex marriage.
In a speech to more than 650 bishops, the archbishop confirmed that the “authenticity” of Resolution 1.10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference “is beyond doubt”.
The resolution said that marriage is “between a man and a woman” and that same-sex marriage is “incompatible with Scripture.”
Ms. Toksvig, who described herself as a humanist and openly gay in the letter, even offered to talk to the archbishop over coffee about his “mistake.”
The comedian added that she had received death threats in the past from Christians who wanted to kill her in the name of God.
The 64-year-old posted the letter on Twitter last night, writing “FAO Archbishop of Canterbury”.
She tweeted: “So you and your other religious friends have gathered at a conference in Lambeth and the bottom line seems to be that gay sex is a sin.
“In 1998 it was a sin, but in 2022 you just wanted to make it clear that none of your gang in pretty dresses got away with it.
“Seriously, given the state the world is in, you wanted to focus on it? Didn’t you have other more pressing things to do, like, I don’t know, war or poverty?”
Ms Toksvig added: “This is serious business. The lives of LGBTQ+ people are at risk here.
“Over the years I have received several death threats and at times have needed very good help from the police hate crime unit.
“Each of these threats came from evangelical Christians. Inevitably, they wanted to kill me in the name of God.”
In the letter, she said Mr Welby was “stuck” and should “grow up and gain a deeper understanding of human behavior than 2,000 years ago”.
She added: “Jesus doesn’t mention sexuality at all. Obviously it wasn’t a big issue for him.”
She advised Mr Welby to focus on sending a message to his followers, urging him to just be a “good person”.
After the archbishop endorsed the declaration, around 90 bishops, including eight archbishops, signed a statement saying they believe “LGBT+ people are a precious part of God’s creation”.