Statement from Bishop Rennis 11 March 2017
Dear Clergy & Deaconesses,
It is needful that you alert your congregation about the homosexual content in Disney’s re-make of Beauty and the Beast – a film scheduled for screening during the March school holidays.
Disney films for children's entertainment are usually associated with wholesome, mainstream values. But times are changing at a foundational level. In this new live-action remake of the classic film , the character LeFou is portrayed as gay and a 'gay moment' is included in the movie by way of a sub-plot.
Parents are therefore strongly advised to provide guidance to their children about this re-make of 'Beauty & the Beast' , and indeed to their children's entertainment choices in a rapidly changing age. Let us pursue Prov 22:6 " Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."
The Diocese and the National Council of Churches are working on a fuller advisory to our members in the coming week.
With the Lord's blessing as we shepherd our people.
Bishop Rennis Ponniah
11 Mar 2017