Out: Gay. In: Trans!
If you’ve been wondering what’s been going at the Episcopal Church’s General Convention in Indianapolis, wonder no more.
Resolutions D002 and D019 were both passed by the House of Bishops (its passage in the House of Deputies is a foregone conclusion, and may have already happened by the time you read this), making it against church laws not to consider someone for any area of ministry due to their “gender identity and expression.” This means that if anyone like the people in the video below want to be priests or deacons, or be on the vestry or even just run the nursery on Sunday mornings, you can’t tell them no because they suffer from a mental disorder that makes them want to surgically mutilate themselves so that their bodies are as much of a mess as their minds.
Does that sound harsh? Just a few years ago I would have agreed, and having worked for years with severely disabled children, part of me still looks at these folks as pitiful, in need of serious help, and deserving of my pity and not my scorn.
But that is not what they’ve announced they want. What they’ve announced they want is for their disorder to be blessed, and celebrated, and hammered into our church lives with the cudgel of the church canons. They’ve announced that they intend to brook no dissent - that if you don’t think transsexuals and cross-dressers should be in your pulpit, that’s tough. You’re a bigot and your opinions mean nothing up against The Canons.
In other words, they’ve announced that they want war. So war they shall have, at least from us. So you’ll understand if things sound harsh from time to time.
You should know that these resolutions were passed in the House of Bishops by voice vote, so there’s no official tally as to which bishop voted how. This is why we encourage you to give your bishop until next week to get back into town, then promptly contact his office and demand to know how he voted.
We will be opening a thread in a couple of days to tally the votes we’re able to obtain through comments or emails.
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