Wednesday, December 20, 2006

How do I divide thee, let me count the ways

On Sunday, 9 Episcopal churches decided to leave the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and the U.S. Episcopal Church on Monday because they do not condone the ordination of openly gay bishops, such as Bishop Gene Robinson who now resides in New Hampshire, nor do they believe same-sex couples should be afforded the same rights as those of the opposite-sex, especially when it comes to marriage.

I like what one opinionated columnist decided to call our Northern foes: Fairfax Phobics.

Deciding to leave the diocese is a big decision and was not made lightly and there have been whispers about it since Bishop Robinson was elected. It seems they don't mind being led by a woman whose beliefs differ from theirs but hey, maybe that was the straw that broke the camel's back, to use a cliche.

So you ask, where will they be going? Well dear reader, those 9 churches have decided to become members of the Episcopal Church of Nigeria, led by Peter Akinola. Yay! They went from "just saying no" to downright exclusion, intolerance and bigotry .

And some people say they are embarrassed to be Episcopalian because the majority of us prefer to take several progressive steps forward.

I honestly hope those 9 churches, as well as the rest in the nation that have also separated, regret their decision and aren't allowed back in, leaving them to wallow in their own self-destructive pity.

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