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Episcopalian follies

Posted by Average Gay Joe at 11:28 pm - June 18, 2007.
Filed under: Gays & religion,General

Apparently orthodoxy is out and heterodoxy is in favor within the Episcopal Church (ECUSA):

Shortly after noon on Fridays, the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding ties on a black headscarf, preparing to pray with her Muslim group on First Hill.

On Sunday mornings, Redding puts on the white collar of an Episcopal priest.

She does both, she says, because she’s Christian and Muslim.

Redding, who until recently was director of faith formation at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, has been a priest for more than 20 years. Now she’s ready to tell people that, for the last 15 months, she’s also been a Muslim — drawn to the faith after an introduction to Islamic prayers left her profoundly moved.

Her announcement has provoked surprise and bewilderment in many, raising an obvious question: How can someone be both a Christian and a Muslim..?

She says she felt an inexplicable call to become Muslim, and to surrender to God — the meaning of the word “Islam.”

“It wasn’t about intellect,” she said. “All I know is the calling of my heart to Islam was very much something about my identity and who I am supposed to be.

“I could not not be a Muslim…”

Redding’s bishop, the Rt. Rev. Vincent Warner, says he accepts Redding as an Episcopal priest and a Muslim, and that he finds the interfaith possibilities exciting. (Seattle Times)

The good vicar contradicts and blasphemes the central tenet of two religions, now that’s ambition! This babe is going places!

Levity aside, this news story is a good example of why the ECUSA is having so many problems right now. The elevation of Gene Robinson, divorced cleric with a gay partner, to the episcopate was only the spark that lit the powderkeg which has been building in that denomination for many years. This has been a persistent problem in recent years among Episcopalians, where priests have openly apostasized only to be supported by their bishops (this latest episode isn’t the first). It doesn’t matter whether one is an Episcopalian or not (I myself am Catholic), but it should be noted that homosexuality isn’t the sole reason conservatives in the ECUSA are bolting. If the church one belongs to isn’t going to remain true to the historic Creeds of one’s faith it is understandable why those who still do may get a tad antsy. Disagreements over sexuality pale in comparison. There is much to criticize conservative Episcopalians for (their alliance with Akinola for starters), but no one should be blinded to the fact that the impending split in that denomination is about far more than just “anti-gay” sentiment.

Hat tip: Ace of Spades

— John (Average Gay Joe)

Gay Groups, Democracy & the Meaning of Marriage

The more I think about the reaction of the gay groups toward the vote last Thursday in Massachusetts blocking a popular vote on a state constitutional amendment on gay marriage, the more disturbed — deeply disturbed — I become by their rhetoric and attitudes. They are gloating about denying the citizens of the Bay State an opportunity to vote on this important issue.

To be sure, I don’t believe the people need to vote on such matters. Had each House of the Massachusetts General Court (i.e., the Commonwealth’s state legislature) debated gay marriage, then passed legislation extending the definition of this ancient institution to include same-sex couples, I would have heralded the decision as I did the vote two years ago in the Connecticut General Assembly recognizing same-sex civil unions in the Nutmeg State.

What disturbs me is the rhetoric of the gay groups. They act as if Massachusetts were about to put people’s rights up to a vote. And yet the issue was not whether or not gay individuals could live freely with the partner of their choosing in the Bay State and call themselves married (if they so choose), but whether or not the commonwealth would recognize those individuals as married. It was not an issue of basic rights or fundamental freedoms, but, I repeat, of the gender composition of couples the state chose to privilege.

It’s too bad too many gay marriage advocates refuse to acknowledge the meritorious arguments of certain gay marriage opponents, instead choosing to portray them as troglodytes who wish to stand athwart history blocking progress. For many of those opponents offer strong defenses of the institution of marriage to which gay marriage advocates should take heed (as Jonathan Rauch has if marriage is an institution important enough that we should extend its privileges to same-sex couples.


Prez Candidate Sighting

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 10:00 am - June 18, 2007.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Travel

So I am 99 % sure that at about 9am this morning, GOP Presidential candidate Duncan Hunter walked by me.

I was walking in Terminal C of Charlotte-Douglas Airport on my way to a departing flight.

I am pretty sure it was him as I’m very good at remembering faces (just not names!) And Rep. Hunter impressed me during the last GOP debate.

So that’s how my week begins…

-Bruce (GayPatriot… via mobilephone)