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Anglican Church defies reason to keep homosexuals out.

I don't mention it much, but I was born an Episcopalian, which is another funny way of saying that I'm technically part of Anglican Church / CoE. Most of the time, I don't think about it much, but when we're driving around, I kind of give a little internal cheer whenever we pass by an Episcopal Church. They are, as far as churches go, rather open, modest, unassuming, and generous to the community... and I'm quietly proud of that.

You see, by and large, I think the Episcopal Church is a pretty good church, as far as organized religions go. They are -- usually -- not overbearing, have a minimum of dogma, and give its members the freedom to actually learn, reflect upon, critique, think about... that Christ guy. And really, I don't think that's a bad thing, because there's something to be learned there.   

Now, I can't say that I'm an churchgoing Christian, a traditional Christian, or even a particularly religious person, but the actual teachings of Christ and of Christianity have had significant influence on me, Jesus was a rebel, a true socialist, a truthteller, and he had little tolerance for dogma or groupthink. He was an extremely kind and generous person to those who were otherwise unloved by society, but taught hard, lasting lessons to those who were greedy and who cared more about money than about people. 

Indeed, Jesus cared more about the poorest and most humble of humans more than he cared about himself, or, arguably, even more than he cared about respecting God. On numerous occasions, when the issue was one of either respecting God, or caring for the needs of the people, he chose the people.... because his God, presumably, was strong enough to occasionally take one on the chin, so long as his people were cared for.

'whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

 Those words *ARE* the absolute heart of the teachings of Jesus. He says basically that you will be judged by how you treat others... you've been given a gift, and it's your job to pay it back. It's a pretty great idea really, until you start dumping dogma on top of it... or start creating rules on who to treat better than others.

So, when the Anglican Church starts following the lead of homophobic African members of the church, decides that homosexuals aren't welcome, and start using clearly untrue arguments, such as homosexuality being "an aberration unknown even in animal relationships", my initial reaction is that obviously these people don't know much about science or about Jesus, who hung out with ladies of ill repute, social outcasts, diseased lepers, the poor, etc. and who empowered them to teach, praise, and spread his message. 

Everyone is welcome -- and has an obligation to -- give, help, love, and care for each other, each according to their abilities. Socialist stone soup. Paying it back. If you start disinviting others from the party, you're gonna burn for it, because not only are you harming your spiritual self, you're also impeding the spiritual potential of others to help and care for their fellow humans.

So, I'm particularly glad that the U.S. Episcopalian Church is sticking to their guns, and, though I find it unfortunate that a seperation may be in the works between American Episcopalians and foriegn Anglicans, I think it's a good thing, and apparently a matter of irreconcilable differences. It's not that the Episcopalians are hopeless liberals. Rather, it's that they'd rather follow the teachings of Jesus instead.

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