What The Church Of England
Is Failing To Grasp
The first effective disability law began in the UK as early as 95 with the early stages of what was then DDA.
What began with DDA and now continues under the Equality Act of 2010 is that both acts saw the lumping together by government of several issues under one act, issues of LGBTQ, BAME and disability were all placed under one act.
This has created an unintended consequence whereby groups that represent all those differing interests have banded together to be more effective and to make better use of very limited resources.
After more than thirty years the relationships between these different interest groups has grown, relationships have formed, bonds have grown and many of us across theses groups have grown to see it as one united causes and no longer see it as separate interest groups but as the once cause of equality and inclusion.
Those who are unhappy about this should not blame us in these various interest groups for banding together but should look to the government, they lumped us all together and then proceeded to try to restrict our rights and then suddenly become indignant when they see these groups begin to work together. What would you expect to happen when people are forced in to a corner.
The Church of England have failed to cotton on to what has happened over the last thirty or so years in the secular world where these interest groups have bandied together and fall in to the trap of regarding LGBTQ, BAME and disability as totally separate issues, totally failing to understand that this is no longer how these groups see themselves.
We in these groups have grown together over the thirty years and although it is true that some of the issues are very different, we share the common ground of knowing what it is to be the outsider and now look at the issues as "if you leave one behind, you leave all behind" and because of the bond that has grown between us their is a solidarity between us that simply says "leave no one behind".
My plea to the Church of England is that we MUST understand this relationship and to try and deal with these issues in isolation will be seen by those covered by the Equalities Act as an attempt to divide and conquer.
We can no longer attempt to deal with these issues in isolation, for many disabled, LBTQ and BAME people we are one oppressed group both in the wider community but also inside the church and we MUST be dealt with on that basis. We may not like the tide of culture but we can not turn it, we have to deal with where it is now.