Bishops in the Lords – WWJD?
If Jesus were on earth today, he would ask why the Church of England still has 26 of its bishops in Britain’s unelected upper chamber of parliament, the House of Lords, a British commentator on Christian affairs has said.
Jonathan Bartley was speaking during a debate held in the British Parliament’s building, and organized by the Labour Humanist Group, on whether Anglican bishops from England’s established church (the Church of England) should be evicted from the House of Lords.
Bartley, the founder and director of the Christian think-tank Ekklesia, told fellow panellists and an audience of over 100 members of the public, “To have a group of men – they must be men and cannot be women – who represent one part of the country (for they cannot be Scottish, Welsh or Irish) parachuted into parliament, would be condemned by bishops if it happened in any other part of the world.”
The BHA campaigns against the Bishops in the Lords.