And the Stonewall Bigot of the Year is awarded to..
His Grace really wasn't going to post on this tedious matter, but the Ecclesial Vermin has accused Christian Concern of putting out a 'highly spun' version of the facts (ie lying), and the God and Politics UK blog has accused them of not presenting truth accurately (ie lying), so here are the facts:
1. Stonewall is holding an awards ceremony:
...to celebrate the outstanding contribution of individuals and groups towards lesbian, gay and bisexual equality, in the past year.2. The event is officially sponsored by:
Date: 1 November 2012 Venue: Victoria & Albert Museum
Tickets: £155 plus VAT
Taking place in the magnificent Raphael Gallery of the Victoria & Albert Museum, this year’s Awards exemplify the individuals and organisations which are critical in ensuring a positive representation of gay people in the media today, one of Stonewall’s key priorities.
Guests will enjoy a champagne and canapé reception before moving through for the presentation, hosted by Gok Wan. Winners in ten categories will include Politician of the Year and Entertainer of the Year and will be voted on by our panel of judges – Broadcaster Alice Arnold; Channel 4 News Culture Editor Matthew Cain; England rugby star Ben Cohen; Author Val McDermid and UK Black Pride MD Phyll Opoku-Gyimah.
The evening continues until 10.30pm with more champagne, food and entertainment.
drew attention to this fact.
Those nominated for Stonewall's 'Bigot of the Year' award include a Cardinal, an Archbishop, a member of the House of Lords and the former leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance. They have all spoken out against government plans to redefine marriage and want marriage to remain defined as the life long, exclusive commitment between a man and a woman – a position shared by up to 70% of the population...5. Some of these sponsors are now claiming ignorance of this award, and attempting to disassociate themselves from it.
Do these big British businesses really want to associate with such behaviour? Do their customers, employees, shareholders, Directors or the general public know what these companies are supporting? Let’s make sure that they do. The bullying needs to stop!
It might be observed that they are doing so only as a result of the negative publicity following the campaign to highlight the bullying and bigoted nature of the 'Bigot of the Year' award.
6. This award is by far the most high-profile and attracts significant media attention every year.
It is for that precise reason that Stonewall consistently go for high-profile journalists, celebrities or church leaders (how many Muslims have been nominated? Perhaps because it would frighten off the sponsors?..). Some Christian Bloggers and Tweeters might consider how one may sponsor the Academy Awards but claim to disassociate oneself specifically from the Oscar awarded to Best Actor.
7. One cannot.
8. Ergo, those companies who are sonsporing the Stonewall awards are sponsoring the 'Bigot of the Year' award.
Their logos are featured prominently on the Stonewall website, beneath the award page heading. The fact that their names are identified with specific awards in the typed information below is of no consequence. Visually, visitors to that page get the Stonewall Awards banner juxtaposed by the sponsors' logos. The association is evident.
9. His Grace contacted the V&A some weeks ago. Unlike Exeter College Oxford, they responded:
Dear Dr. Cranmer,10. If you want to accuse His Grace of 'highly spinning' or propagating 'inaccurate information', please do so in love.
Thank you for your email. This event is a corporate hire using the V&A as a venue - it is not a V&A hosted event. The Museum is completely independent of the opinions of people or organisations who book our corporate spaces.
And please also keep this in perspective, because some of those named companies are guilty of far worse crimes and more serious misdemeanours than throwing a few thousand quid at a self-congratulatory, bigoted gay-fest.