Article Title:Bishop dreams of gay backlash
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:5th June 2004 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2349
Text:The new head of the Anglican Church in New Zealand is a Maori who blames Europeans for homosexuality amongst his people and fantasises about a future backlash against gays and lesbians. "It may not come in our time but it will come,” 75-year-old Bishop Whakahuihui Vercoe told the NZ Herald, in a front-page feature headlined 'A world without gays'. “There will be a strong reaction, well, for later generations, we [will] suddenly discover a morality, a new morality." Vercoe believes that homosexuality is unnatural and not morally right, but of course, he loves gays as individuals. "And that's not quoting scripture either...I'm just basing it on my human - I'spose I should be basing it on scripture also, but I'm basing it on human accepted norms," he says. In November last year, Vercoe said on national television that homophobia among Maori was justified because there was no cultural evidence to suggest that homosexuality existed in pre-European society.    
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