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Sticking it to The Man.

Updated on July 12, 2010 at 8:38 AM

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Re: “The line is open

I'd venture a guess that many of us who still subjugate ourselves to the DG op-ed page found it hard to dig out the “argument” in Lyncho’s screed. The philosophy of his “church home” provides some context:

From Wiki:
The origins of the Anglican Mission was the First Promise Movement. In 1997, 30 priests… released a document called The First Promise which "declared the authority of the Episcopal Church to be 'fundamentally impaired' because they no longer upheld the 'truth of the gospel'". The following year, St. Andrews Church of Little Rock, Arkansas, became one of the first in North America to come under the oversight of the Global South provinces. The continued controversy in the Anglican Communion led Archbishops Emmanuel Kolini of Rwanda and Moses Tay of South East Asia to consecrate Chuck Murphy and John Rodgers as bishops at St. Andrew's Cathedral, Singapore, on January 29, 2000. … The intervention of foreign Anglican primates into the provinces of the Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada was and continues to be highly controversial within the Anglican Communion.
The Episcopal Church's acceptance of clergy in homosexual relationships is one highly publicized example of conflict between AMiA and TEC. In 2003, the election and ordination of Gene Robinson as the Episcopal Church's first openly gay, non-celibate bishop caused many conservative Episcopal churches to turn to the AMiA and similar Anglican break-away groups.

That’s right—biblically-justified condemnation of homosexuality was essential to a group of people in Little Rock splitting from the mainline Episcopal Church. Still seeking affiliation with the church established by the clean living, morally upright King Henry VIII, they went to Rwanda to find a bishop homophobic enough to bless them. St. Andrew’s is a big deal in evangelical Christianity.

Of course, they have every right to their beliefs and practices.

I have every right to call them bigots and hypocrites.

Posted by ArtfulCodger on 08/23/2010 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Who's jerking your chain?

They are ALL jerking my chain, but the front page article in the DG’s “Perspective” section yesterday is still stuck in my craw. The argument that environmentalists are, in a public sense, blind to aesthetic value is beyond vacuous. The author saw an ugly pre-fab “green” dome and some garish trash bins in Britain, therefore environmentalists want to…quote… “DESTROY CIVILIZATION!” Couldn’t they find a chimp with a keyboard to draft something more coherent?

Posted by ArtfulCodger on 08/23/2010 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Hope melons hit the big time

The late, great Ivan Bright would be proud... I think.
http://www.hopechamberofcommerce.com/festi…

Posted by ArtfulCodger on 08/18/2010 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Glenn Beck: I have a scheme

I tremble in fear that this asshat has any audience at all.

Posted by ArtfulCodger on 08/17/2010 at 9:11 AM

Re: “How hot is it?

Thank you, Roland. Nothing frightens me more than people who cannot allow for uncertainty in their worldview.

What The Hell is engaged in the same kind of effort at creating cognitive dissonance that seeks to deflect scientific conclusions with doubt. It isn't as though science shouldn't be questioned, but given an overwhelming consensus on MMGW, these silly arguments seek to elevate politically-motivated, anecdotal "evidence" to the level of peer-reviewed scientific probability. Such agressive ignorance pollutes discourse-- see News, Fox.

He probably won't listen to this lecture, but it's worth a listen. David Orr, Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College spole at the Clinton School earlier this year. He prefers the term "climatic destablization." http://www.viddler.com/explore/clintonscho…


Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance." -- Bertrand Russell

Posted by ArtfulCodger on 08/15/2010 at 2:07 PM

Re: “The line is open

Pat Lynch belongs to an anti-gay church, St. Andrew's Anglican Church. They broke away from the mainline Episcopal Church, mostly over this issue: http://en.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/81769…

Posted by ArtfulCodger on 08/12/2010 at 9:22 PM

Re: “The line is open

No no no... PMS is too simple an explanation, though statistically 56.7% of hissy fits may be PMS related. The ratio of men to women is similar- short of 60% of the population is female. Men are by no means hissy-proof.

Posted by ArtfulCodger on 08/12/2010 at 7:57 PM

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