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The Other Is Never Wrong
The American Spectator ^ | June 15, 2006 | R. Andrew Newman

Posted on 06/15/2006 12:35:47 PM PDT by siunevada

The Episcopal Church's fight over gay marriage and its strained relations with a sizeable swath of the Anglican Communion will dominate the headlines for yet another General Convention.

That, I'm afraid, is old news. The battle's been decided, only a matter of when, not if, same-sex ceremonies receive the national church's imprimatur. For the meantime, American bishops will continue to offer bafflegab (pluriform truth, I believe the Presiding Bishop calls it) and expressions of "regret" to the outraged Anglicans of Africa and Asia.

Reading through the resolutions and reports for this year's triennial convention, which opened Tuesday and concludes June 21, something else struck me. I could say politics struts center stage in Columbus, Ohio, or that nothing seems to stand outside of ECUSA's competence. In Olympian fashion, resolutions and reports call for an end to global poverty, Israel to halt its "occupation" and stop oppressing the Palestinians, full civil rights for same-sex couples, making it easier to cast a ballot for President of the United States than to write a check at the Piggly Wiggly, support for sustainable agriculture, the elimination of racism, and waging peace in Iraq.

But there's more here than a laundry list of left-of-center policy initiatives. An ideological glue holds the pronouncements together.

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TOPICS: Current Events; Mainline Protestant; Religion & Politics
Sometimes one key will unlock an entire system of thought. Acknowledge the Incarnation, it's been said, and the rest of the catechism falls in place. Yes, race, class, gender, inclusion, diversity are god-terms of the Episcopal Church (and the left in general), but none is the key. The key is that capitalized term, the Other.

R. Andrew Newman, a freelance journalist in western Nebraska, has also written for National Review and the Weekly Standard, among other publications.

1 posted on 06/15/2006 12:35:49 PM PDT by siunevada
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To: sionnsar

"Poaching on your territory" Ping.

2 posted on 06/15/2006 12:38:15 PM PDT by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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And to think, the Episcopal Church was once jocularly referred to as the Republican party at prayer!

3 posted on 06/15/2006 1:15:10 PM PDT by Oratam
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"Poaching on your territory" Ping. Happy for the help!

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4 posted on 06/15/2006 4:49:46 PM PDT by sionnsar (†† | Iran Azadi | SONY: 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0urs)
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To: siunevada

Excellent article.

5 posted on 06/15/2006 5:17:41 PM PDT by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: Oratam
the Episcopal Church was once jocularly referred to as the Republican party at prayer

*Well, that was then and this is now. Today, for that to be true, Lowell Wicker would have to be a Bishop.

From "Connecticut Commentary" blog...Weicker is pretty much the antitheses of a party guy, famously having denominated himself “The turd in the Republican Party punch bowl.”

6 posted on 06/16/2006 4:52:37 AM PDT by bornacatholic (Pope Paul VI. "Use of the old Ordo Missae is in no way left to the choice of priests or people.")
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To: siunevada

Red this article carefully. It is correct in all particulars. The Bible has become less a determinant of Doctrine than the "face of the Other".

This is straight Derrida.

The Episcopalian Chruch has been taken over by the worst of the relativist philosophers.

7 posted on 06/16/2006 11:25:14 AM PDT by TexanToTheCore (This space for hire...)
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