Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 120 Comments
LANGUAGE WARNING: Normally, I keep things as clean as I can around here and expect commenters to do the same. But the more I think about this, the angrier I get and the less interest I have in censoring myself. Not saying that it’s going to happen and there won’t be any F-bombs but I might use some language that I normally don’t like to use.
Well, the Episcopal Organization got its lesbian pointy-hat. No surprise there. What will happen now? Not much. Rowan Williams will furrow his brow, stroke his beard and issue his usual ambiguously obfuscatory circumlocution. GAFCON will demand that Something Be Done while the Anglican Communion Institute should have another learned paper out any minute now.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
But you know something? I no longer give a crap. Remember the Episcopalians prattling on about suing people out of parishes in order to preserve the devotion and witness of Episcopalians of the past for Episcopalians of the future or however the hell the mantra goes? That line has just been definitively revealed to be what it always was.
Pure and unadulterated bullshit.
Via the Anglican Curmudgeon comes word that the Church of the Good Shepherd of Binghamton, New York, the parish Matt and Anne Kennedy and their friends were sued out of, has been sold by the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York.
Demonstrating their all-inclusive love, the DCNY has sold the church building of the former Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd to a Muslim group. You remember the pecusa claims of inclusive love – the kind that puts into contracts that buildings vacated by departing congregations can never be sold back to Anglican congregations. But they have no problem selling buildings to Muslims. As Archbishop Akinola said, these people are demonic. Happily, the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd is in better buildings further down on Conklin Ave where they continue to proclaim in word and deed the biblical gospel of Jesus Christ.
Just learned that the Diocese of CNY sold our former building to Muslims. Heard rumors before but today I passed by and saw that the doors were painted green. There was a crane there removing the cross from the bell-tower and hanging over the back door to the parking lot was the following sign “Islamic Awareness Center.”
The Curmudgeon points out that other churches have done this sort of thing. But there’s a major difference. Other churches have sold empty buildings. But to my knowledge, no allegedly-Christian church has ever gone to court to evict a thriving, Christian parish from its meeting house only to turn around and sell the building to non-Christians.
I don’t know what is more stunning, the effortlessness with which the Episcopalians can lie through their teeth or the corrosive hatred displayed by petty, vindictive little crapweasels like Bishop Gladstone “Skip” Adams toward what are supposed to be fellow Christians, even to the point of letting poor people go hungry:
At midday on Thursday January 22nd, the day after we’d turned in the keys and accounting to the Diocese of Central New York, a parishioner stopped at the old building in order to put up signs on the outside of the windows and on the door, directing people looking for their usual warm meal at our soup kitchen to Sts. Andrew and John Catholic Church just up the street. Msgr. Meaghar had, once more, stepped up and agreed to host the Shepherd’s Bowl temporarily until we found a more permanent location. By 5pm, judging by the footprints in the snow, someone with a key had entered the old building. And all the signs pointing people to the soup kitchen had been taken down. Many of our soup kitchen regulars arrived that evening only to find a dark, cold, locked building. They went away hungry, having no idea that a warm meal was waiting just one block away. Before we lost our building, we’d been the only soup kitchen operating on the south-side of Binghamton on Thursday nights. A good number of people depended on us to make ends meet. What would happen to this program? Was there any way to keep it going long term?
So on one level, Mary Glasspool is irrelevant; the Episcopalians can “consecrate” anyone they like to any of their little offices that they care to. But I guess I ought to keep on pointing out the depravities of these people so I guess I’ll keep writing about them. When a group this evil calls itself Christian, lots of innocents might be led astray.
But here’s the deal. The Anglican Covenant is dead; so-called “two-tier Anglicanism” is dead. I don’t want to be associated with these people at all. Anything less than total separation from TEO and its allies by conservative Anglicans is unacceptable.
If “official” conservative Anglicans aren’t willing to demand that and cut ties with Canterbury if they don’t get it, then “official” conservative Anglicanism is completely worthless. Because even on a theoretical level, the stench is overpowering.
UPDATE: It just gets better and better. Matt Kennedy reports that the Diocese sold the building to the Muslims, “for about 1/3rd of the price at which it was marketed and what we were willing to pay.”
At BabyBlue’s, Matt writes in the comments:
The fact is that Good Shepherd had doubled in size from 2002 to 2009 when we lost the building despite the poor demographics in town.
And, during negotiations, we offered three times the amount for the property than did the mosque which eventually bought it.
Instead the diocese sued us, kicked us out of the building and my family out of our home, and sold the church building cut rate to those who teach that Jesus is not God, did not truly die, did not rise, and is not Lord.
UPDATE: Red Stick Rant.
Think about that for a minute – The Episcopal Church put an active Christian parish out of their traditional home because that parish believes homosexual practice is a sin… and instead sold it to a faith that believes homosexual practice deserves death.