Christians should all pray that 4-year-old Prince George turns out to be gay, an Anglican minister said Thursday.
Christians should “pray in the privacy of their hearts (or in public if they dare) for the Lord to bless Prince George with a love, when he grows up, of a fine young gentleman,” Rev. Kelvin Holdsworth wrote on his blog, according to The New York Times. The blog post post has since been removed.
Homosexuals can legally wed in most of the U.K., but the Church of England still maintains that marriage is between a man and a woman. “It remains the case that it is not legally possible for same-sex couples to marry,” the Church of England’s website reads.
“To pray for Prince George to grow up in that way is to pray in a way that would disable and undermine his constitutional and personal role,” former royal chaplain Rev. Gavin Ashenden told Christian Today, vehemently disagreeing with Holdsworth.
“It is an unkind and destabilizing prayer,” Ashenden added. “It is the theological equivalent of the curse of the wicked fairy in one of the fairy tales.”
Holdsworth also held a service this year featuring a reading from the Quran that suggested Jesus wasn’t the son of God.
Holdsworth’s statements closely follow the announcement of Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle, sparking discussion of tradition, given that Markle is an American divorcee.
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