Alex Blaze

Episcopalians rebuked over the Issue that Dare not Speak Its Name

Filed By Alex Blaze | February 20, 2007 1:04 PM | comments

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Tags: Anglican, Episcopalians

In a move that was called unprecedented, the Anglican hierarchy has rebuked American Episcopalians for being OK with the gay. The NY Times article is good, but the Washington Post article says it more concisely:

Anglican leaders concluded their five-day meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, yesterday by issuing a demand that the U.S. Episcopal Church unequivocally stop blessing same-sex unions and consecrating any more gay bishops.

In a statement issued in the final hour of the tense meeting, the Anglican Communion gave the U.S. church until Sept. 30 to comply. Otherwise, the leaders said, its relations with other Anglicans will remain "damaged at best."

While they can pretend that the conflict is about Church teaching and the Bible, it's really the same only do-you-choose-to-be-gay "debate":
Anglican traditionalists believe that gay relationships violate Scripture, and they have demanded that the U.S. church adhere to that teaching or face discipline.


Supporters of ordaining gays believe biblical teachings on justice and inclusion should take precedence.

The only way that gay relationships could violate the Scripture is if gays choose their sexuality, because a Biblical interpretation that doesn't apply to everyone isn't a proper interpretation. And the only way it's a social justice issue is if sexual orientation's immutable.

So what are the chances that they'll actually discuss that issue? Zero to none. It's very easy for each side to get distracted from the fact that that's the heart of the issue, and the other side wants to avoid it like the plague because they're on the wrong side.

So this whole thing is just getting decided by an appeal to an authority, specifically the international leaders of the church. I'm going to guess that's because they're experts.

(Crossposted from Q-Bomb)

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Marla R. Stevens | February 20, 2007 6:34 PM

The prelate leading this charge is the leader of the Nigerian Anglicans -- who has also lead the charge to criminalize any expression of homosexuality or of support for gay people to have basic freedoms of expression. It is arguable that the new Nigerian law is even worse than the death penalty Sharia gay sodomy laws as the Nigerian one closes off the venues for and thus almost all hope for change. Gay people in Sharia law countries can at least still advocate for better treatment without running afoul of the law.