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How Far Are We Willing to Let Things Go???
a worker in the vineyard ^ | 11/22/2005 | The Rev. Lee Nelson

Posted on 11/25/2005 9:43:35 AM PST by sionnsar

Two items caught my attention in the Public Square section of the latest issue of First Things:

First, from the lunatic fringe of the Episcopal Church:

She couldn't find a mosque that would allow it, so the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine up on Morningside Heights invited Muslim feminist Amina Wadud to act as an imam in leading the Friday services. She gathered about a hundred very progressive and ostensibly Muslim men and women to join her, while hundreds of others stood outside protesting the violation of Islamic tradition in having a woman lead services and not separating men and women in public prayer. Having taken the lead in breaking up the Anglican communion, Episcopalians appear to be raising their sights to interreligious possibilities. Fomenting intra-Islamic controversy may complicate interreligious dialogue, but conflict is the price to be paid if you are the Episcopal Church and entrusted with the task of tutoring the lesser breeds, whether they be Muslim sexists or African Anglicans enslaved to a primitive "heteronormativity" that balks at the propriety of bishops with male lovers. It is an old story. Take up the White Man's burden, wrote Kipling, and expect no gratitude from those sullen peoples / Half-devil and half-child. Thankless though its task may be, Episcopalianism is determined to point the way to the future, even if it dies before others get there. There is a kind of altruism - perverse but not untouched by nobility - in this mission. Just as Kipling said.
Never thought of it that way.

Second, a contradiction involving Roe v. Wade of which readers of this blog are well aware.
The quandries created by the regime of Roe v. Wade. In Lufkin, Texas, sixteen-year-old Erica had been trying by various measures to kill the twin babies with whom she was four-months pregnant. She finally asked her boyfriend Gerardo to stomp on her stomach, which he did, and the babies died. Gerardo, but not Erica, is charged with murder. The Associated Press reports, "The case has attorneys on both sides questioning the fairness of a statute that considers one person's crime another person's constitutional right." According to Roe, Gerardo was helping Erica exercise her constitutional right to kill her babies. Unlike other abortionists, of course, he was practicing without a license, which is against the law in Texas.
And, they will say, this is a glimpse into America post Roe v. Wade. Let's be clear - abortion is not necessary to society. The machinations of sin in the American high school - the premature dating, the fornication, and the intermittent use of so-called "protection" - all of these seek to objectify the human being and make him irrelevant. When I was in high school, there was a well known abortion alternative in which pregnant girls would go to Six Flags, and ride all the rides. It all stems from the escalation of the stakes of sin. It is all about hiding from God and from man the truth of what we have done. Thus, the sin of Cain continues. May mercy be granted unto those two little babies. My wife and I would have had a home for them.

TOPICS: Mainline Protestant
KEYWORDS: abortion

1 posted on 11/25/2005 9:43:36 AM PST by sionnsar
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2 posted on 11/25/2005 9:44:14 AM PST by sionnsar (†† || (To Libs:) You are failing to celebrate MY diversity! || Iran Azad)
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To: sionnsar

"Episcopalians appear to be raising their sights to interreligious possibilities. "

Think this is okay?

3 posted on 11/25/2005 9:54:18 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people believe in Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: nmh

No we don't think this is OK at all!
Killing unborn babies is NEVER justified.

4 posted on 11/25/2005 4:19:13 PM PST by LibreOuMort ("...But as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" - Patrick Henry)
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To: nmh

On one hand, causing an uproar among the Muslims is a good thing -- get them to fight each other and maybe they won't fight us.

On the other side of the coin, this gives ammo to those who are fighting against us, "They are subverting our religion! You have to join us in fighting this!"

5 posted on 11/26/2005 4:27:02 AM PST by KateatRFM
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