Time For Episcopalians and Anglicans To Divorce
Perhaps it's because California isn't really as inclusive a place as it likes to pretend. Maybe it's because the Episcopal Church's hierarchy continually warned of the dire consequences of electing "another" gay bishop. Maybe it's not about homosexuality at all since two of the candidates were women. Or maybe it has to do with the threats made by African and Latin American bishops or the relationships that these churches, arguably the center of gravity on the modern Anglican Communion, are making with American churches that object to Gene Robinson.
Whatever the reason, California's Episcopalians elected the Right Rev. Mark Andrus of Alabama, putting off the question of gays in the church for another day. But the question remains: When will American Anglicans follow their inclination to be inclusive and to discard the hate and loathing for homosexuals that continual flogging of the Old Testament engenders? The force of law with respect to church property is on the side of the Episcopalians. There is arguably no good reason for these two churches to stay together other than for the sake of tradition. Any American churches that wish to join up with their spiritual fellow travelers in Africa should be wished well but told politely to leave.
In short, it's time for the Episcopalians and the Anglicans to divorce.
If you have never heard of Archbishop Peter Jensen and his posse of the religious right you are in for a real treat.
Just as an indication, the Sydney Morning Herald ran the cheeky headline: Heterosexual elected Episcopal Bishop of California (http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/heterosexual-elected-episcopal-bishop-of-california/2006/05/07/1146940398178.html)
Cartledge...not to offend (oh hell, yes I do), but what Australia's well-heeled Anglicans think of the American Episcopal church matters to me not at all. If they want ally themselves with the homophobes of Africa and Latin America, more power to them. Perhaps California is not yet ready for a gay bishop, but that day is coming. The Anglican Communion as it exists now is not long for this earth.
Note the city's religeous right still haven't worked out that they pray in vain for rain during the Sydney gay masrdi gras.
The sky clad revelers are not about to be stopped by a little precipitation.
I agree the jungles of the Amazon or darkest Africa would be an approriate destination for all narrow bigots of the world, so long as they leave the trees alone.
And we men must always remember:
He whose testicles are crushed or whose male member is cut off shall not enter the assembly of the Lord. - Deuteronomy 23:1