Bigotry or death?

Perhaps the most striking thing about the Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Jamaica is the deliberate fear mongering engaged in by men like Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop Gregory Cameron, the deputy general secretary of the Anglican Communion. At one news conference after another they suggest that the Communion will rupture if the anti-gay measures embedded in the proposed Anglican Covenant and the report of the Windsor Continuation Group are not embraced and enforced. While they might dispute the characterization, the choice these religious leaders are putting before the Communion is a simple one: bigotry or death. Either the Communion embraces open-ended moratoria on the blessing of same-sex relationships and the consecration of gay bishops and a set of disciplinary procedures to punish wayward provinces and individual bishops or the sky falls.

Enjoy this Eddie Izzard routine while you still can. In ignoring the rampant bigotry espoused by some many in the Anglican Communion, and focusing instead on denying gay Christians access to marital blessings and membership in the episcopacy, Williams, Cameron and their allies have made it imminently clear that unlike Izzard’s softhearted churchmen, they actually are willing to inflict pain on designated scapegoats for the sake of centralizing authority in the Anglican Communion.

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  1. John B. Chilton

    Bigotry or death is a Hobson’s choice in that both end in death. I suggest taking the moral high ground and choosing death. As a bonus, death might just end in life. For “whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.”

  2. Michael Russell

    Ahhh, but the plot gets thicker folks. Yesterday, it seems the issues of ending litigation was raised. Seems some think this too should be embedded in the Anglican Covenant.

    I am certainly hoping that cooler heads will prevail on all the subjects and we will not have to choose cake or death.

    I for one think that if this is sent forward with any kind of pressure to cease litigation our response should be to cut the Anglican Communion out of our budget.

  3. E H Culver

    Bigotry and fear mongering are antithetical to grace. Period, end of paragraph.

  4. Leonardo Ricardo

    ¨Yesterday, it seems the issues of ending litigation was raised. Seems some think this too should be embedded in the Anglican Covenant.¨ M Russell

    What is the GOOD NEWS part about the ¨Covenant¨?

    I think I missed the whole point of The Anglican Covenant when distracted by Dr. Williams selection of chairperson ++Archbishop Drexel Gomez (retired, not a moment too soon) with his history/baggage of a anti-lgbt exclusion ministry in Jamaica and the West Indies and his not-so-inspired religious leadership has partially resulted in Jamaica being the on-the-ground LGBT HATE CRIME CAPITOL of the Western Hemisphere:

    Blood RED always gets my attention and I have no intention of waving a WHITE flag for Gomez and his fear/hate-mongering puritan cronnies as they slip yet more daggers in the backs of my LGBT Anglican brothers and sisters (see current ¨witch hunts¨ in Uganda and Nigeria) at OUR worldwide Anglican Communion.

  5. These two chaps from the UK are beginning to get on my nerves.

    June Butler

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