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Dining while gay, and other crimes

The members of Truro and the Falls Church have now declared that belonging to a church that permits gays and lesbians to become bishops is too great a tax on their conscience, while belonging to a church that believes gay people should be imprisoned for eating together in public is not.

I can suggest three reasons that Bishop Martyn Minns and his flock may have taken this decision. The first is naked bigotry. The second is a willingness to trade the human rights of innocent Africans for a more advantageous position in the battle for control of the Anglican Communion. The third is a profoundly distorted understanding of who Jesus was and what he taught.

I’d like to believe that the last of these reasons explains the majority of the votes, because I recognize that my own salvation may depend on God showing mercy to those of us who are sincere in our misapprehensions.

But, if Bishop Minns and his followers do, indeed, believe that gay Nigerians should be imprisoned for visiting a restaurant together, they need to inform us whether they believe gay Americans should be imprisoned for similar activities. And if they do not support the criminalization of such behavior in the United States, they need to explain why they favor--or, at the very least, acquiesce--in depriving Nigerians of rights that Americans enjoy.

Jim Naughton

1 posted on 12/19/2006 8:16:11 AM PST by sionnsar
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2 posted on 12/19/2006 8:17:20 AM PST by sionnsar (?trad-anglican.faithweb.com?|Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: sionnsar
Otherwise, a lot of us Neanderthals are going to conclude that libel is now part of the TECleft style book.

Go ahead and conclude it. It's been true for a while. These are people who knoingly and without any apparent conflict of conscience made ordination vows (and in some cases marriage vows) while planning to break them. Truth isn't a part of their armamentarium and they see no reason why it should be.

These clowns rode roughshod over protections written into the TEC constitution and Canons precisely so that radical changes would happen gradually and thus provide opportunity for accomodation and settlement. Back in the '80s they backed the church, diocese by diocese, into approving homosexual behavior by pretending that to disapprove one would have to pass a canon or a resolution. They pretended that keeping things they way they had been was a change, while makng a change needed no official statement or countenance.

When they chose to do that, whether they knew it or not, they chose to split TEC. They cynically played the canons, and inept or dishonest parliamentarians and bishops allowed them to do so, and this is the result. Nice play, jerks!

3 posted on 12/19/2006 8:59:08 AM PST by Mad Dawg (Now we are all Massoud)
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Jim Naughton is a gay as a giddy goose gazing into a lake at its own image and falling in and drowning.


8 posted on 12/19/2006 5:21:23 PM PST by WashingtonSource
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