A vicar who promoted conspiracy theories that Israel was behind the September 11 terrorist attacks on the internet has been banned from speaking, writing, tweeting or blogging on the Middle East by the Church of England.
The Rev Stephen Sizer has also agreed a complete prohibition on using any social media for at least six months. It is believed to be the first ban of its kind issued by the church.I’m guessing that not only does this ban have no legal standing, they’ve no way of checking that he’s complying with it? There’s nothing to stop him setting up an anon account, after all.
And…if he’s that bad, how can he still remain in post?
But Dr Sizer will be able to remain as priest in charge of his Christ Church parish in affluent Virginia Water, Surrey, and there are no current plans to defrock him.Hmmm…
Bishop Watson said Dr Sizer's "strong but increasingly indiscipline anti-Zionist agenda" had become a "liability". He said that even other Christians who support the Palestinian cause found his strident stance counterproductive.
"Having now met Stephen, in my brand new role as Bishop of Guildford, I do not believe that his motives were antisemitic," he said.
"But I have concluded that, at the very least, he has demonstrated appalling poor judgment on the material he has chosen to disseminate, particularly via social media, some of which is clearly antisemitic."Can’t help but think that an undemocratic ‘ban’ on social media use doesn’t send the right message, when coupled with a failure to prevent him representing the church…