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You Gotta Be Straight To Wear A Cope [Oct. 18th, 2004|06:29 pm]
Tony Grist
The Episcopal Church of America is being asked to apologize for the consecration of a gay Bishop.

I hope it doesn't.

The Anglican communion used to be the most tolerant of churches. It bumbled along, averting its eyes from the contradictions that held it together. Now the Evangelicals are pushing for a showdown.

They want purity. Ah, my dears, that lollipop jar is out of your reach.

Afghanistan under the Taliban was pure. Which is to say not pure at all. Not unless violence, repression and hypocrisy are pure.

All you can ever hope for is the appearance of purity. Whited sepulchres? Now who said that?

Turn the other cheek, love thy neighbour- Christianity is a pretty gay religion. And ooh- the homo-eroticism of that Mel Gibson movie!

Deal with it.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-10-18 09:58 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: kaysho
2004-10-18 09:44 pm (UTC)
Diversity is healthy. Remember, the world's most homogeneous nation has to let out its frustrations with tentacle-rape animation. :)

Erf, did I just write that?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-10-18 09:58 pm (UTC)
The diversity of Anglicanism was always its strength. No-one desired, in the words of Elizabeth I, to make "a window into men's souls".
We knew (if we thought about it) that many of our fellow worshippers were unorthodox; we knew (again if we thought about it) that a high percentage of the clergy were gay. But we chose- triumpantly- not to think. We all stood in the same building and said the same words and that was enough.
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[User Picture]From: kaysho
2004-10-19 05:40 am (UTC)
That is probably the best practical implementation of "Judge not ..." that I've ever heard.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-10-19 09:04 am (UTC)
Anglicanism was one of the greatest of all English inventions: a low-pulsed religion with a quietly beautiful liturgy- a breeding ground for amiable scholars and nature mystics. And now it's being torn apart from within as part of the universal heat-death of Christianity.

"And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born."
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