Fundie minister: Episcopal Church No Longer Christian Because It Supports Gay-Rights

From Right Wing Watch, yet more proof that progressive Christians need to step it up and quash this bullsh*t. Only a certain brand of “Christianity” meets the standard of the fringe whackadoodles like Michael Youssef, the head of Leading the Way Ministries and pastor of the non-denominational Evangelical Anglican Church of the Apostles in Atlanta. The rest of you “phony Christians” are hell-bound if you believe LGBTs have a right to worship in your church and be seen as equal in God’s eyes.

Episcopal Church: Christian?

Based on everything I am currently reading and what I experienced firsthand in that Church in the past, my answer to this question is a forceful, “No!”

Perhaps the last nail in the coffin of that once-vibrant Christian church came as no surprise to many of us when M. Thomas Shaw, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, kicked off the new year of 2011 by performing a lesbian marriage ceremony at St. Paul’s cathedral in Boston. Two “priestesses” of the church — Katherine Hancock Ragsdale (dean and president of Episcopal Divinity School, no less) and Mally Lloyd (canon to the Ordinary at St. Paul’s) — were united in homosexual bliss in the presence of 400 guests. The whole debate of homosexuality has deteriorated into an emotional argument on equality with total disregard to God’s created order that marriage should be between one man and one woman.

But how can one be surprised at this defiance of church cannons when the Episcopal leadership has defied God? Once the fear of God and obedience to His Word are trampled underfoot, then any sort of church resolution is not worth the paper it’s written on.

Back in 2004, the Episcopal Church, in an act of slight-of-hand (more likely a cunning maneuver), agreed to hold a moratorium in the practicing of all the sordid affairs of “ordaining, marrying, and uniting, and blessing” acts of sodomy. But that was merely a surface declaration. In reality, the blessing of same-sex marriage had been widely accepted in the American Episcopal Church before the time of moratorium.

Can anybody in his/her right mind believe that the Episcopal Church is the Church of Jesus — the Jesus who left the glories of heaven, came to our broken and dark world, died on the cross to redeem us and give us power over sin, and then rose again to assure us of eternal life with Him? The answer has to be a resounding, “No!”

The Episcopal Church is not Jesus’ church. The few…very few faithful ones left within this Church need to run for their lives lest they be held accountable for complacency on the Day of Judgment.

The Episcopal Church is a pitiful target to make this sort of specious claim. Youssef can draw a line in the sand based solely on acceptance of LGBTs when divorce is rampant among all Christian denominations, as well as a lot shellfish-eating and mixed fiber-adorned parishioners. And what about the breakaway Episcopal churches that left over LGBT issues? Are they sufficiently Christian? It’s tiring to read horsesh*t like this. It demeans good people of faith for no logical reason other than bigotry.
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U.S. Believed German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle Is a ‘Wild Card’ Who Can’t Be Trusted

Germany Westerwelle Gay

Guido Westerwelle, Germany's newly married gay foreign minister, is an inexperienced "wild card" with an "exuberant personality" that prevents him from being trusted, according to a March 2009 cable that dropped among Wikileaks' treasure trove of 250,000 supposedly private intelligence communications. So that's sort of awkward.

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Polish Minister of Equality Accused of Homophobia

ElzbietaPoland’s minister for equality has been accused of homophobia after
outing a gay man on television while arguing over the right of
Catholic school officials to fire gay teachers.
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German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle Ties Knot with Partner Michael Mronz in Civil Partnership

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Guido Westerwelle, Germany's foreign minister, entered into a civil partnership with his partner Michael Mronz, the German newspaper Bild reports.

According to Bild, the ceremony was conducted by Bonn Mayor Jürgen Nimptsch was held in Bonn. Westerwelle Mronz and both wore dark suits, the FDP leader a light blue tie, his husband, a yellow-green tie. Approximately 20 people, close family and friends, witnessed the ceremony.

Germany's civil partnerships provide all the rights of marriage except except joint adoption and full tax benefits.

(image taken following Angela Merkel's 2009 election win)


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German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle Ties Knot with Partner Michael Mronz in Civil Partnership

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Guido Westerwelle, Germany's foreign minister, entered into a civil partnership with his partner Michael Mronz, the German newspaper Bild reports.

According to Bild, the ceremony was conducted by Bonn Mayor Jürgen Nimptsch was held in Bonn. Westerwelle Mronz and both wore dark suits, the FDP leader a light blue tie, his husband, a yellow-green tie. Approximately 20 people, close family and friends, witnessed the ceremony.

Germany's civil partnerships provide all the rights of marriage except except joint adoption and full tax benefits.

(image taken following Angela Merkel's 2009 election win)


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Conservative Minister Crispin Blunt Comes Out, Leaves Wife

On the heels of Ken Mehlman’s coming out earlier this week…

Conservative minister Crispin Blunt has separated from his wife of 20 years and issued a statement on his coming out:

Blunt “Crispin Blunt wishes to make it known that he has separated from his wife Victoria. He decided to come to terms with his homosexuality and explained the position to his family. The consequence is this separation.

“There is no third-party involvement but this is difficult for his immediate and wider family and he hopes for understanding and support for them. The family do not wish to make any further public comment and hope that their privacy will be respected as they deal with these difficult private issues.”

Blunt’s friends tell the Daily Mail that the politician, who is 50, has been undergoing a ’30-year journey’ wrestling with his sexuality

His voting history on gay rights is mixed. While he did vote in favor of adoption rights for gay couples, in 1998 he was opposed to removing the ban on gays in the miltary saying “Military ethos has been progressively undermined. Letting overt gays in is another stage in the process.” The UK lifted that ban one year later.Blunt himself served in the British Army for over 10 years.

Click here to see how he voted on other issues related to gay rights.

Blunt’s niece is actress Emily Blunt, who while promoting the movie Sunshine in which she played a lesbian told the Guardian she wanted “to become a gay icon.”


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British Justice Minister Crispin Blunt Is So Not Coming Out Because Some Sordid Scandal Is About to Break

Oh Ken Mehlman, you're already being out-gayed by the news cycle. First a Power Ranger comes out, and now a British politico is coming out. Bonus: He's married!

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Minister Faces Trial for Gay Marriage

REV JANE SPAHR X3902010 08 23Minister Faces Trial for Gay MarriagePosted on Advocate.com falsetrueNews390pxtruefalse1200AMfalsefalseBy Advocate.com EditorsAdvocate.com EditorsPLEASE DO NOT USE THIS FIELD FOR NOW.PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS FIELD FOR NOW. Jane Spahr, a lesbian Presbyterian minister in northern California, faces a church
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Tony Abbot + Prime Minister Julia Gillard Might Disagree on Australian Politics, But They Agree on Marriage Discrimination

Speaking before the Australian Christian Lobby, Australian Rep. Tony Abbot, leader of the Liberal Party, found himself siding with his opponent Julia Gillard, the sitting prime minster and Labor leader, supporting equal protection for gays and lesbians so long as they don't try to steal that marriage word.

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