Diarmaid MacCulloch

55 Nelson Street
Oxford OX2 6BE
Phone and fax: 01865 514542
Mobile Phone: 0421595662
e-mail: diarmaid.macculloch@Theology.ox.ac.uk

8 September, 1998

His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury,
Lambeth Palace

Dear Archbishop Carey,

Thank you for your letter, and for taking the time to set out your views at length. You are entitled to your opinions. However, they seem to me in essence little different from those of Tony Higton or Gary Bushell. They are the basis for a discriminatory attitude towards gay people which provides the ideology to fuel queer-bashing. To use an analogy, anti-semitism may be expressed with nuanced obliqueness or through the rantings of Adolf Hitler. It remains anti-semitism.

I am afraid, therefore, that I am unable to reconsider my decision to withdraw my acceptance of your invitation,

Yours Sincerely,

(Prof.) Diarmaid MacCulloch.