Monday, March 10th, 2014 | Uncategorized | No Comments
Jonathan Turley is not calling Barack Obama a dictator. Yet:
Recently, a bizarre scene unfolded on the floor of the House of Representatives that would have shocked the framers of the Constitution. In his State of the Union address, President Obama announced that he had decided to go it alone in areas where Congress refused to act to his satisfaction. In a system of shared powers, one would expect an outcry or at least stony silence when a president promised to circumvent the legislative branch. Instead, many senators and representatives erupted in rapturous applause; they seemed delighted at the notion of a president assuming unprecedented and unchecked powers at their expense.
Last week, Obama underlined what this means for our system: The administration unilaterally increased the transition time for individuals to obtain the level of insurance mandated by the Affordable Care Act. There is no statutory authority for the change — simply the raw assertion of executive power.
The United States is at a constitutional tipping point: The rise of an uber presidency unchecked by the other two branches.
This massive shift of authority threatens the stability and functionality of our tripartite system of checks and balances. To be sure, it did not begin with the Obama administration. The trend has existed for decades, and President George W. Bush showed equal contempt for the separation of powers. However, it has accelerated at an alarming rate under Obama. Of perhaps greater concern is the fact that the other two branches appear passive, if not inert, in the face of expanding executive power.
I happen to agree with many of the president’s policies. However, in our system, it is often more important how we do something than what we do. Priorities and policies and presidents change. Democrats will rue the day of their acquiescence to this shift of power when a future president negates an environmental law, or an anti-discrimination law, or tax laws.
Sorry, Turley. I seriously doubt that the Democrats will ever rue anything at all. If a Republican wins in 2016, this country’s sycophantic and worthless news media, which has shown absolutely no interest in Obama’s lawlessness because it’s perfectly delighted by the idea of a progressive king, will once again find an imperial presidency to be a serious and perhaps even an impeachable matter.
It kind of makes you wonder, though, what will happen if the Republicans keep the House of Representatives and take back the Senate this fall. Will Obama moderate? Or will he continue on his same path, cheered on by the American media? If he does, will the GOP confront him, rolling back or stopping his decrees? Or will the Republicans keep on trying to be liked by people who have always despised them?
Should be an interesting couple of years around here.
Monday, March 10th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 18 Comments
Sharyl Attkisson, one of this country’s few remaining journalists, has left CBS News:
CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has reached an agreement to resign from CBS News ahead of contract, bringing an end to months of hard-fought negotiations, sources familiar with her departure told POLITICO on Monday.
Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsize influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said. She increasingly felt that her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her reporting on air.
At the same time, Attkisson’s reporting on the Obama administration, which some staffers characterized as agenda-driven, had led network executives to doubt the impartiality of her reporting. She is currently at work on a book — tentatively titled “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington” — that addresses the challenges of reporting critically on the administration.
Monday, March 10th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 35 Comments
I know that many of you are homosexually concerned about what homosexual Bishop Gene Robinson, who is a homosexual, is going to homosexually do with his homosexual time now that he’s no longer the homosexual Episcopal bishop of Whatever The Hell He Was The Homosexual Episcopal Bishop Of.
Not to homosexually worry. Tina Brown’s Daily
Complete Waste of Time Beast has homosexually decided to give Robbie some regular homosexual column space:
Today, I begin a regular column (appearing most every weekend) for The Daily Beast on the topic of religion and its effects on our understanding of ourselves, our laws, and the issues that face us as a nation. Much of what we face as a nation involves religion—either overtly or as a none-too-subtle subtext: abortion, contraception, the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, the mandate to care for society’s most vulnerable, welcoming (or not) the stranger/immigrant among us, the growing rift between rich and poor, and countless other issues. All of them involve how we see ourselves as a people and how our religious/spiritual views shape that self-understanding.
Which will be great since Robbie’s not an actual Christian or anything.
This column will also go far beyond Christianity. God is infinite, and it comes as no surprise to me that there have developed, over time, many credible and faithful approaches to understanding God. In the end, no religion holds a lock on the reality of God. Each religion grasps only a part of the infinite God and offers insight into God’s reality, and we would do well to exercise a good measure of humility in claiming we know God’s will. Better to begin each pronouncement we make about God with “In my experience…” or “From my perspective…” or simply “For me….” At the end of the day, no matter how much we believe we know God’s will, we must acknowledge that each of us is only doing the best she/he can.
Stay homosexually tuned.
Saturday, March 8th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 43 Comments
On the topic of marriage, Andrew Brown thinks Anglican conservatives are inconsistent:
In other words, the conservative position today is that when the bible says (with Jesus) that a man can’t marry another woman while his first wife is still alive, that’s not about the nature of marriage; when it says (with Moses) that if his wife dies, a man can’t marry her sister, that’s not about the nature of marriage; but when it says (as it doesn’t, because this was too obvious to spell out) a man can’t marry another man, that really is part of the definition of marriage in the way that the others aren’t.
If this is what Fittall, Arora and the archbishops of Canterbury and York, deep down believe then their defence of the palpably silly makes sense. What God wants is by definition more valuable than anything else in the world and what God wants – Conservatives believe – is a straight man married to a straight woman: Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve are the perfect couple. It is that relationship that shows the kind of love that leads us towards God. You or I might point out that since Adam and Eve never existed it would be unwise to draw conclusions from their relationship, but that’s not how the religious imagination works.
The point is that they can’t be convinced by arguments from science, from history or from the law about what marriage is. Their minds will only by changed by arguments from God and what God wants. Only if they see God at work in their opponents will they change. To see that, they would have to be looking for signs of it. I don’t think there is any immediate danger of that, on either side.
A couple things. A religion which abandons its doctrine on marriage based on “arguments from science, from history or from the law about what marriage is” isn’t a religion. If you claim to believe in the Transcendent but essentially argue that the Transcendent cannot function without a human Parliament or a human Congress, then you don’t actually believe in the Transcendent at all.
According to my reading of the Scriptures, “arguments from God” used to be accompanied by pillars of cloud and/or fire somewhere nearby, really loud and terrifying voices and other general scariness. When, exactly, did vox populi vox Dei become a Biblical concept? Cite appropriate verses.
But Andy inadvertently backs into an outstanding point; it’s just not the point that he thinks he backs into. Our Lord set an exceptionally high standard for marriage:
The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?”
And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?”
He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
And it’s also undeniable that no Christian church around today perfectly adheres to the Lord’s standard. Andy’s argument should be obvious. The Church (or at least the Anglican fragment of it anyway) has changed its stance on marriage before. So what’s to stop it from allowing homosexuals to marry now?
Excellent question. To which the only answer I can come up with is, yes, the Church (or at least the Anglican fragment of it anyway) has indeed changed its stance on marriage. The response, or course, has already occurred to you.
Should it have?
What does it say about your church’s attitude toward marriage when your church gives a pointy hat and a hooked stick to a man who’s been divorced twice and married three times? How can your church possibly justify making a bishop out of a guy who married, fathered two kids and then decided that he was a homosexual?
If anything, the Anglican stance on divorce and remarriage needs to be more strict, not less. But as the last 11 years have taught us, we know that the arc of Anglican justice bends toward sanctified three-ways.
Thursday, March 6th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 16 Comments
The Church of Uganda has had no discussions about breaking away from the Church of England or the Anglican Communion. It’s true that the fabric of the Anglican Communion was torn at its deepest level in 2003 when the American Episcopal Church consecrated as Bishop a gay man living in a same-sex relationship. Not only was this against the Bible, but it went against the agreed position of the Anglican Communion. Our current concern is that the Church of England seems to be drifting rapidly in the same direction. We are very grateful to them for sending missionaries who told us about the good news of Jesus Christ. Ironically, they seem now to be reversing themselves. Fortunately, we no longer need to be directed by them. We can read and interpret the Bible for ourselves, and we know what it says about sexual behaviour belonging between one man and one woman in holy matrimony.
Translation: we haven’t yet had any formal discussions about abandoning Canterbury but we can start them whenever we care to. So don’t provoke us much longer, Bwana.
Thursday, March 6th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 21 Comments
There are St. Paul, Minnesota lawyers salivating in their sleep right now:
A ninth-grader says she has frostbite after standing outside for 10 minutes in a wet bathing suit during a fire alarm.
It happened around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Como Park High School in St. Paul. Fourteen-year-old Kayona Hagen-Tietz says she was in the school’s pool when the fire alarm went off.
While other students had gotten out earlier and were able to put on dry clothes, Hagen-Tietz said she was rushed out with just her towel.
On Wednesday morning, the temperature was 5 below, and the wind chill was 25 below.
Hagen-Tietz says she and the another student were rushed out by the teacher. Her classmate had clothes by the pool, hers were in her locker. So she grabbed her towel and went outside.
A teacher eventually gave Hagen-Tietz a jacket, and one of her friends gave her a sweatshirt to wrap around her feet.
But due to school policy, she wasn’t allowed to sit in a faculty-member’s car.
“We kind of huddled up and made a circle around me, and the other kids who were cold,” Hagen-Tietz said.
Eventually, a teacher did get permission to allow Hagen-Tietz and her classmate to sit inside her car.
But by that time Hagen-Tietz had already stood barefoot and wet for 10 minutes in some of the coldest conditions of the year.
Hagen-Tietz mom then picked her up and took her to the doctor, who determined she has frostbite on her feet.
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 40 Comments
Anybody ready for nine more years of Katharine Jefferts Schori?
The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori has not ruled out seeking a second nine year term as Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church of the USA.
Her comments came amidst a wide ranging interview broadcast on 25 Feb 2014 with Kansas City National Public Radio affiliate station KCUR.
Asked about the sharp decline in membership since the 1960s, Bishop Jefferts Schori said the decline did not worry her. While there were fewer Episcopalians today, they were nonetheless better Episcopalians. The “membership levels of 50 years ago are not reflective of the faith” of the people in the pews she noted.
Part of the decline was due to the sociological changes in society as “our grandparents joined institutions at far higher rates” in the past then the same age cohorts did today.
“We are not comparing apples to apples” when “looking at 50 year old statistics” she said. Numbers alone were of less consequence than “an active involvement in a community of faith,” said Bishop Jefferts Schori.
Asked by her interviewer whether she was forbidden from seeking a second term, the presiding bishop stated the canons were silent on the number of terms permitted. Presiding Bishops had to retire at the General Convention closest to their 70th birthday due to the church’s mandatory retirement age of 72. All of her predecessors were barred from seeking a second term due to age rules, while she would not be.
I say go for it, especially after that “better Episcopalians” blast. Heck, make it a lifetime appointment. The Episcopal Organization will be on its deathbed long before she is and there have to be hundreds of parishes that the Peeb hasn’t sued yet. So say it with me.
Monday, March 3rd, 2014 | Uncategorized | 74 Comments
I’ll bet that publishing this really sucked, didn’t it, The New Republic? Mark my words; thanks to President Empty Suit, whose 2008 election was supposed to make the entire world love the United States again, foreign policy will play a key role in the 2014 and 2016 elections in this country.
UPDATE: Seriously, Barry?
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 | Uncategorized | 49 Comments
The governing body of United Church of Christ congregations in the Mid-Atlantic is proposing that its members boycott Washington Redskins games and shun products bearing the team’s logo until the team changes its name and mascot.
In a meeting Saturday in Catonsville, the 25-member board of directors of the Central Atlantic Conference of the UCC unanimously passed the boycott resolution, pointedly avoiding use of the word Redskins. The board, mostly laypeople, proposed that the 22,000 members of the liberal denomination “join a boycott of games played by the Washington National League Football team and not wear, display or purchase any items with the Washington National League Football team logo until the name changes.”
The Episcopalians recently passed a similar motion. But two things. I doubt that many UCZ guys own any Redskins gear at all so the team won’t take anything close to a financial hit. These resolutions might mean something except for the fact that the Left’s true attitude toward indigenous Americans occasionally forces its way to the surface.
In one of Alaska’s most remote outposts, where a thousand hardy souls make their homes, the Obama administration has put the fate of birds and bears above the lives of people, blocking construction of an 11-mile gravel trail connecting a tiny fishing hamlet to a life-saving airport.
For more than three decades the predominantly Aleut fishing community of King Cove has been fighting to build a one-lane,gravel track connecting the Cove to the nearby hamlet of Cold Bay. What they have gotten is 30 years of flat-out federal refusals or stall tactics.
Cove residents say a road is necessary so they can reach an all-weather airport in Cold Bay that will transport them to Anchorage, about 625 miles away, for medical treatment. They say that in emergency situations, it’s a matter of life and death.
Late last year, though, the Department of Interior announced it was rejecting plans for a proposed land swap that would allow the road to be built. The Dec. 23 decision cited the negative environmental impact on grizzly bears, caribou and water fowl like the Pacific black brant.
“(Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s) decision on King Cove was heartless and wrong, and her message to me ever since has been that I need to ‘just get over it and move on,’” Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told FoxNews.com. “She thinks it’s over because she’s made her decision. But it’s not done. And it is not going to be done until those people have access to safety.”
According to local Aleutian elders, 19 people have died since 1980 as a result of the impossible-to-navigate weather conditions during emergency evacuations.
During an August visit to Alaska, Jewell was told that building a road that connects King Cove and Cold Bay was vital. But in December, Jewell rejected the road saying it would jeopardize waterfowl in the refuge.
“She stood up in the gymnasium and told those kids, ‘I’ve listened to your stories, now I have to listen to the animals,” Democratic state Rep. Bob Herron told a local television station. “You could have heard a pin drop in that gymnasium.”
The land required for the road is less than 1 percent of the total refuge.
The land exchange that was proposed – and denied – would take 206 acres from the Izembek refuge for the road and 1,600 acres from the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. In exchange, the refuge would receive 43,093 acres of state land and 13,300 acres of land owned by the King Cove Native Corp., which comes out to be 56,393 acres in exchange for 1,806 acres.
The Interior Department, though, argued that giving up refuge land would set a bad precedent.
So forgive me if I don’t get bent out of shape about an Eastern sports team called Redskins. “Eff off and die but we promise we won’t insult you if you do,” doesn’t seem like a particularly Christian attitude to me.
Saturday, March 1st, 2014 | Uncategorized | 53 Comments
Dr. Jay Michaelson writes one of the most stunningly boneheaded attacks on religious liberty that I have ever had the misfortune to force myself to read.
On a trip to Georgia, I enter a restaurant with my partner, who is male. “Sorry,” the maître-d’ says, “we don’t serve homosexuals.”
According to the law being debated in Georgia — quite similar to the one just vetoed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer — this would be perfectly legal. That law — like others rejected by legislators in South Dakota, Kansas, Idaho, and Tennessee — is the latest salvo in a long campaign to redefine “religious liberty” to include the liberty to discriminate against other people.
Doc? I’m a conservative Christian who considers homosexual activity to be a sin. You obviously disagree with me. But if you and your partner walk into my restaurant wearing rainbow flag T-shirts, sit down and order lunch, you know what you’re going to get?
You and your partner are going to get lunch. And I’ll fire anyone on my staff who refuses to serve it to you.
Know why that is, Doc? To a business owner, customers are extremely valuable people. And the Bible contains no moral injunction against eating.
The campaign targets women as well as LGBTs.
You guys really need to come up with a catchier euphemism.
Next month, the United States Supreme Court will determine whether corporations have consciences,
Many of which are owned by individuals with consciences.
and if so, whether they can opt out of laws on the basis of them. This will immediately affect millions of women who want contraception covered by their insurance (as is, say, Viagra).
Viagra wasn’t covered in mine the last time I was working.
But it will also impact millions more who corporations may wish not to serve or employ — like me and my partner.
Insofar as those weren’t homosexuals crammed into the holds of the slave ships in the 1600′s and 1700′s, you might want to dial back the faux civil rights, “oppressed” minority rhetoric, Doc.
Is it ethically, philosophically, or even logically the case that providing an option as part of an insurance plan is the same as exercising that option? Is it the same as providing contraception? When a woman takes a birth control pill, is there really shared moral responsibility between the woman and her employer who enabled an insurance company to pay for it?
Where the hell did you get your doctorate anyway, Michaelson? Ph.D’s ‘R’ Us? Can’t you see the ethical difference between an insurance plan paying for an employee’s blood pressure, anxiety or anti-seizure medication, none of which have any moral implication whatsoever, and providing free birth control (or cab fare to the nearest abortion clinic)?
Second, it is simply not the case, logically speaking, that providing insurance coverage is taking moral responsibility for how it is used. Would Hobby Lobby be liable if an employee overdosed on painkillers, paid for by its insurance plan? Obviously not. Then likewise here: they cannot assert a religious liberty claim for an action someone else decides to take.
OH, SWEET MOTHER OF…Doc? Most of us polished this one off in elementary school logic class but here goes. My old health care plan used to cover my phenobarbital. If, at some point, I decided to off myself and down 20 or so pills at once, that would be on me.
But if the health plan that I am forced by the government to provide to my employees requires that plan to pay for a drug or a service whose correct use will result in a grave evil, then I am complicit in that grave evil.
Because I helped it to happen.
And if my religious principles instruct me that homosexual practice is a sin, then the same idea applies if you legally force me to bake you a homosexual “wedding cake” or to photographically record your homosexual “marriage.”
It’s absolutely astounding that you can’t make yourself grasp so simple and so basic an intellectual concept, Doc.
Friday, February 28th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 17 Comments
Responding to the recent furor over the invitation to Katharine Jefferts Schori to preach at Nashotah House, a heretofore “orthodox” Episcopal seminary, Archbishop Robert Duncan of the Anglican Church in North America issued this not-so-veiled threat:
At the request of the Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America, meeting in conference call on Tuesday, February 25, I have been asked to make the following statement:
“The Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America deeply regret the invitation by Dean Edward Salmon to Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori to preach at Nashotah House. The insensitivity of this invitation to many of the loyal friends of the House is compounded by the proposed eucharistic context. What is far more concerning, however, are the fundamental spiritual, biblical and institutional issues that the visit to Chapel raises. We have trusted Nashotah House with our students, our prayers and our support, recognizing that the House also serves the Episcopal Church, and that a remarkable community has been built there. We hope that ways can be found to restore the trust that this particular invitation has seriously shaken.”
I was just going to post this and move on except for an intriguing suggestion made by a Stand Firm commenter. I admit that this sounds a little conspiracy-theoryish but MichaelA wonders whether the idea for inviting Mrs. Schori, which was supposedly initiated by some Episcopal Organization students at Nashotah, isn’t a back-door attempt by TEO to rid itself of one of its few remaining “orthodox” institutions.
I suspect the preamble is meant to make the point that, even though the bishops have not met nor taken a poll (which they could only do if they physically met, as I understand it) that they are nevertheless united on this issue.
That means that ++Duncan is truly speaking for the bishops.
That in turn means that if Nashotah House doesn’t do something to restore the relationship, it may soon not be getting any more students or contributions from ACNA.
tjmcmahon (#14) adds:
Something I find very concerning is that the usual outlets of revisionist bile – Episcopal Cafe and HoBD list- have been COMPLETELY silent on this whole affair. This indicates to me that the HoBD is being heavily moderated, and that EC has been alerted not to say anything. This almost always means that 815 is orchestrating something and they don’t want revisionist vitriol all over the place. SO I think there is much more going on behind the scenes, and this was much more at the initiative of 815, than the story of 3 students would have us believe. Yep, that is pure speculation. Or analysis based on previous behavior by TEC. Take your pick.
Is there anything to any of this? I have no idea except to say that it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if the Episcopal Organization wanted to cap one of the last of its “orthodox” seminaries and would use any means at its disposal in order to do so.
Thursday, February 27th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 15 Comments
If you are an American above a certain age, you can recall a time when the most evil place in the history of the entire world, without exception, was the State of Mississippi:
Although whites outnumber blacks in Mississippi by nearly 2-to-1, 71.67% of the babies aborted in Mississippi are black, while 26.6% are white.
Based on data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 39,052 black babies were killed by abortions in Mississippi between 1995 and 2010. During that same time period, 14,529 white babies were aborted in the Magnolia State.
The total number of abortions between 1995 and 2010 in Mississippi was 54,484. In addition to blacks and whites, that number also includes abortions among Hispanics, “Other” (meaning Asian and Native American), and “Unknown,” as published by the CDC.
Whites in Mississippi outnumber blacks by a ratio of 1.6-to-1. Despite that difference, the data show that black abortions comprised, on average, 72% of the total over the last 16 years.
Although black abortions comprised 72% of the total abortions between 1995 and 2010, in some years the percentage was higher. In 2009, for example, the percentage of black babies killed by abortion in Mississippi in relation to the total was 76.8%. In 2007, it was 77.8%; in 2005, 77.2%.
Thursday, February 27th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 62 Comments
You know how to tell when you’re jaded? When absolutely nothing shocks you any more. Greg Griffith reports that the members of Grace Episcopal Church of Pine Bluff, Arkansas recently received the following letter:
The time has come for me to share something with you that is deeply personal. This is not easy, but important journeys never are, so let me just say what needs to be told and invite you to join me in this journey.
My entire life I have known that there was something different about me and the way I felt inside. It has been like my inner self was out of sync with my outer self and so I have always experienced (to use a technical term) dysphoria. As a child I prayed that I would wake up some day the whole person that I felt myself to be on the inside. I need to tell you that after years of self-searching and therapy I have come to accept in myself that I am transgender. And now I need to be honest with myself and all those I care about which includes you. I am going to begin the final stages of transitioning and I would like you to invite you to join me in this journey.
There will be plenty of time for talking this out and for education but for today…. I am the same person you have always known. I will continue to be that person you know and, if possible, I hope to grow and become even a better and more whole person and priest.
Do not pretend to have all the answers because I certainly don’t have them all either.
My hope and my prayer is that you accept my sincere invitation to make the journey with me.
- To accept the challenge to grow as an individual and parish
- To discover what transformations and transitions in your life are occurring and happening before our eyes
- To learn more about what transgender means and is, for many people
- To walk with me as I complete (finalize) the transformation that has been working on me from the day I was born.
I hope that you will walk with me in faith, so that together we can discover and witness to that Love we are called to be, and bring into the world.
This letter came from Grace’s priest-in-charge, an…um…individual who used to be known as Greg Fry and now wishes to known as Gwen. The folks at Grace also got a letter from Bishop Larry Benfield: Look at it this way, Benny told them. This is a teachable moment and we Episcopalians rock at those.
For the past few months I have been talking with your priest, Greg Fry, after he revealed to me his awareness that he is transgender. I want to share with you my thoughts about what this situation means for Grace Church and Greg.
I have known Greg and his wife Lisa ever since we all attended Virginia Theological Seminary. I have respected and valued the ministries that they both bring to the church. In fact, I ordained Lisa as a priest as she began her work at St. Mark’s Church in Little Rock.
The issue of being transgendered is not one with which many of us are knowledgeable. I have learned much since working with Greg and another transgender priest in Arkansas, as well as my encounters with other transgender members of the clergy throughout the larger church. It is an issue centered on a person’s gender identity; it is not an issue of sexual orientation/attraction. My hope is that we can spend our time in the coming weeks asking questions and becoming knowledgeable about the issue. Good and thoughtful questions always precede any decisions about long-term ministry.
I continue to value Greg’s presence among all of you at Grace Church. he continues to be a faithful pastor. He and Lisa will be working on the next phase of their lives simultaneously with our working on learning more about this issue and how it is lived out in Greg’s life.
“Greg and his wife Lisa.” Oh, to have been a fly on the wall the day that guy told his wife that she was going to become a lesbian. “Look at it this way, honey. You’ll make a lot more friends and you’ll never again have to worry about me leaving the toilet seat up.”
UPDATE: Of course he didn’t do it for the reasons he should have done it but Benny kicks Fry to the curb. But Fry doesn’t sound too unhappy about it.
Monday, February 24th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 16 Comments
At their recent Cairo meeting, the Global South Primates Steering Committee made the following request of What’s-His-Face:
We request and will support the Archbishop of Canterbury to call for a Primates Meeting in 2015 in order to address the increasingly deteriorating situation facing the Anglican Communion. It is important that the agenda of this Primates Meeting be discussed and agreed upon by the Primates beforehand in order to ensure an effective meeting.
What are the chances of that happening? Zero, since the Americans call the shots in the Communion these days. And what was that definition of insanity again?
Friday, February 21st, 2014 | Uncategorized | 75 Comments
Nashotah House attempts to explain itself:
The term “Pax Nashotah” has been used for the last several years to describe life at Nashotah House. Life that involves people of multiple Anglican jurisdictions sharing the chapel, refectory, classrooms, and community. The current Dean-President, the Rt. Rev’d Edward L. Salmon, Jr. has said, “The House is a place – perhaps the only place – in the Anglican Communion where ecclesial affiliation has remained secondary to our primary mission of forming faithful priests and lay leaders for service on the modern frontier.” The announcement – made by roundabout means – of an invitation to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church to come visit, preach, and experience the “Pax Nashotah” seems now to call this peace into question. Like all peace, it comes at a price. There are many who look at our active practice of reconciliation and see us “selling out” to one faction or another. It is sad and hurtful to hear, but we know that many before us – our Lord, the saints, and founders of the House – went through the same. We simply pray to be as faithful to Christ and His teaching as were our forebears, so that we may be agents of reconciliation in a broken world and to a broken Church.
Robert Munday, a former Dean of the place, has shed his illusions. The options for any remaining traditionalists in the Episcopal Organization, he says, are basically gone.
1. There is no movement today in the Episcopal Church capable of sustaining orthodox Christians or fostering the growth of orthodox congregations.
2. In the absence of any movement designed to promote repentance, renewal, resurgence, and revival among orthodox Christians in the Episcopal Church, those Christians who remain in TEC are fighting a holding action and will ultimately lose through attrition.
Which leads to a third conclusion (which I say with great sadness):
3. You can have orthodoxy or you can have the Episcopal Church, but you can’t have both.
“Wait,” some will say, “I am still in the Episcopal Church and I am orthodox, so I have both.” If that is true, then you are part of the remnant that is involved in fighting a holding action (whether you realize it or not). So while your present situation may be safe for the moment, apart from divine intervention, the faith you hold, and the parish or diocese to which you belong (if they are still orthodox) will be lost in the next generation, if not in your lifetime.
Two things. How is it possible to “reconcile” with someone who hates and despises everything you claim that you stand for and who wishes that you didn’t exist? At this stage, it would be more reasonable to expect Czechoslovakia, Holland, Beligium and Luxembourg to “reconcile” with 1939 Germany than to expect the Episcopal Organization to retreat from its heresies any time soon.
Absent a genuine move of the Holy Spirit, of course.
The other thing is this: I don’t know how many traditionalist Episcopalians remain in TEO but you’re running out of excuses and you’re running out of them fast.
I am very grateful for Bishop Salmon’s ministry, heart, and faithfulness; I have always looked up to him. It is deeply saddening to hear his words, and to read some of the words here. I cannot imagine Nashotah House recovering from this disastrous and horrifying choice—not to “invite the Presiding Bishop to Nashotah House” to visit but to invite the Presiding Bishop—noted heretic, false teacher, deposer of clergy and bishops, and malicious lawsuit-lover—to *preach*—to share her particular, unique, custom, tiny gospel to clergy, laity, and seekers from the pulpit of the House. To offer her the credibility, the favor, and the honor of a pulpit, from which is meant to speak the Gospel, and the very word of God from Holy Scripture—and instead, from which people will hear the miniscule pathetic gospel and word of Katharine Jefferts Schori. It is the Presiding Bishop who will be “witnessing” to Nashotah House—and she will be proud of her witness.* I am far more heartsick to hear these words than I was to learn the news this morning. Why on earth would the House be concerned that the Presiding Bishop doesn’t like the House or desires people not to attend the House? *Of course* she wouldn’t like the House! It favors the Gospel. *Of course* she wouldn’t want seminarians to attend the House. That is a given. One could easily have invited the Presiding Bishop to visit without inviting her to preach. Certainly it is difficult to be in *happy* “relationship” with the Presiding Bishop—and that is a good thing. We do not need to be in happy relationship with someone who opposes the Gospel and presents another one entirely. It took all I could do to listen to this video—to hear someone whom I respect and love defend such a decision based, it seems, on the seminary’s desiring to be liked by the Presiding Bishop and to appear unconcerned by her horrific beliefs being held up in the pulpit as that of the Christian faith. I pray that various clergy, bishops, and laity of Nashotah House will take counsel together as they can and repudiate in word and deed, by any rightly legal and moral means that they can think of, this decision. In my 10 years of paying attention to the actions of TEC and of bishops, clergy, and laity outside of my parish, I have rarely been more heart-destroyed than tonight.
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