You know who you are

Even from the back of the class you can see the assignment is covered in red pen. The teacher holds it disdainfully by the corner and then lets it fall fluttering to the floor. She scans the room with a baleful glance before focusing on the offending student: “You know who you are”. 

If I were a GAFCON primate I would be less than pleased by the slipshod work of the anonymous writer of the briefing paper offered to their graces. The paper is something that looks hastily and lazily cobbled together. Homework done in a hurry. Cut and paste sections of Lambeth documentation are followed by a hitlist assembled from an evening’s half-hearted Googling. We are offered a new crime of “violating” Lambeth 1:10 (sic). The style is journalistic, the commentary sloppy and inaccurate.

The writer says that the briefing is just a “partial list” of the Church of England’s Lambeth 1:10 “violations”. So he (just a guess) couldn’t even be bothered to do a thorough job for the Archbishops.

The reaction has been extraordinary. Publishing this hitlist is an open invitation for people to harass those named in it. It is a blatant attempt to “name and shame”. Yet the targets are proud to be named there, having nothing of which to be ashamed. And the clamour upon publication was all from people in the Church of England who are clear, open and public in their support for LGBTI people and a change in the church’s teaching and practice. Violators by the score have been coming out of the woodwork and are demanding to be put on the list.

This was not what the writer imagined would happen. But their lazy, inaccurate and vindictive little essay has proved a rallying point for the forces of love, inclusion and change. The GAFCON primates must be sorely disappointed in their interlocutor. They know who he is. Let’s have a bit of reverse naming and shaming – you know who you are; why don’t you tell us your name?