Daily Archives: December 11, 2007

Keith Fournier: Male Episcopal Bishop wants to be a ”˜June Bride’

Bishop Gene Robinson, the Nation’s openly practicing homosexual Episcopal Bishop, spoke to a crowd of over 200 people on November 27, 2007 at Nova Southeastern University’s Shephard Law Center. He told them of his upcoming planned ”˜marriage’ to his paramour saying with pride, “I always wanted to be a June bride.”

The activist Bishop continued:

“It may take many years for religious institutions to add their blessing for same-sex marriages and no church, mosque or synagogue should be forced to do so. But that should not slow down progress for the full civil right to marry,” Robinson said. “Because New Hampshire will have legal unions beginning in January, my partner of 20 years and I will enter into such a legal union next June.”

Dressed in his clerical collar and wearing his pectoral cross, the symbol of his ecclesial office in the Episcopal church, he castigated the “religious right”, a term by which he refers to all orthodox Christians who support the unbroken teaching of Christianity on the sanctity of authentic marriage:

“The greatest single hindrance to achievement of full rights for gays and lesbians can be laid at the doorstep of the three Abrahamic faiths– Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It’s going to take people of faith to end discrimination,” said Robinson, who was invested as the ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire in 2004.

Read it all but note that he gets the Gene Robinson chronology wrong. Saying he was ” a married Episcopal priest, who had broken both his marriage and priestly vows when he divorced his wife and abandoned his children to engage in an active homosexual relationship” is not true (and we have made this point over and over again). The divorce preceded his even meeting his current partner.

Posted in Uncategorized

Baby tax needed to save planet, claims expert

A west Australian medical expert wants families to pay a $5000-plus “baby levy” at birth and an annual carbon tax of up to $800 a child.

Writing in today’s Medical Journal of Australia, Associate Professor Barry Walters said every couple with more than two children should be taxed to pay for enough trees to offset the carbon emissions generated over each child’s lifetime.

Professor Walters, clinical associate professor of obstetric medicine at the University of Western Australia and the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth, called for condoms and “greenhouse-friendly” services such as sterilisation procedures to earn carbon credits.

Read it all.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Australia / NZ, Children, Energy, Natural Resources

Car Prototype Generates Electricity, And Cash

The price of oil nearly reached $100 a barrel recently, but a new University of Delaware prototype vehicle demonstrates how the cost of the black stuff could become a concern of the past.

A team of UD faculty has created a system that enables vehicles to not only run on electricity alone, but also to generate revenue by storing and providing electricity for utilities. The technology–known as V2G, for vehicle-to-grid–lets electricity flow from the car’s battery to power lines and back.

“When I get home, I’ll charge up and then switch into V2G mode,” said Willett Kempton, UD associate professor of marine policy and a V2G pioneer who began developing the technology more than a decade ago and who is now testing the new prototype vehicle. The UD V2G team includes Kempton as well as Ajay Prasad, professor of mechanical engineering; Suresh Advani, George W. Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering; and Meryl Gardner, associate professor of business administration, along with several students.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Science & Technology

The Bishop of Lexington Writes Remain Episcopal in San Joaquin

Dear friends in Christ,

I write to you with sadness at the decision of our brothers and sisters to leave The Episcopal Church. I trust you will join me in forgiving their transgressions, putting all recriminations and bitterness aside, and wishing them well as they continue their spiritual journeys in another community of faith.

I write to you as the Chair of the House of Bishops Task Force on Property Disputes in the hope of reassuring you of the justice and rightness of your position. Your faithfulness and steadfastness to your community and your vows inspire all of us. More than inspiring us, your efforts deserve our active support because, in truth, you are acting on behalf of all of us.
It is the job of the Task Force to do all that it can to see that you receive the care and the support that you need and deserve. Indeed, we will be meeting next week to consider a number of matters in our Church and the protection across the Church of our polity, which is intended to protect all of us from abuses of power such as that you are now experiencing. I can assure you that your situation in the Diocese of San Joaquin will be part of our consideration.

For now, know of our awareness of your situation, our deep concern, and our pledge to do all that we can to support your efforts to carry on the mission of our Church in California. The task you have before you, no doubt, will not be easy. You will not walk it alone.

With the assurance of my prayers and the conviction of the coming of the Lord in this holy season, I am

Faithfully yours,

(The Rt. Rev.) Stacy F. Sauls
Bishop of Lexington

More letters may be found here (scroll down a bit).

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Bishops, TEC Conflicts

Howard Giles: Staying true to the Scripture

St. Vincent of Lerins, in 434 A.D., devised a method for evaluating truth claims in the Christian church.

He believed truth begins and ends with holy Scripture. Even in the fifth century, everyone didn’t agree on what holy writ said or meant.

He wrote about what is taught everywhere, what has always been taught and what everyone teaches.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Conflicts

Ruth Gledhill: Is the Anglican experiment Over?

Bishop Duncan gave me an interview during his visit. He said: “It is hard to imagine how the Communion can be kept together. The American church remains committed to its progressive direction.” He compared it to US foreign policy. “The American Episcopal Church, rather like American foreign policy, is determined the world will go precisely the way it wishes. It seems a split is almost unavoidable at this point.”

A great many people observing the situation, he said, are speaking in terms of the “Anglican experiment” being over. “That is a great sadness. The question for the rest of us is whether we can again be both Reformed and Catholic. The jury is out. Will it simply disintegrate or will it break into two parts? It is a long-term historical question. The 21st century will give an answer to it but we are only at the beginning of that century.”

From my personal perspective, I have to say, things look a little different….

Read the whole blog entry.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Identity, Anglican Provinces, Archbishop of Canterbury, CANA, Church of England (CoE), Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Conflicts

Charities fret over tainted toys

Kimberly Moch reaches into the bottom of a cardboard box of donated toys Thursday as she and others sort through what will be gifts for 5,600 area children.

Volunteers carefully checked the product number against the list of recalled toys and discovered their dolls were fine. But the experience illustrates the concern of parents and organizations such as Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army, which give toys to children in need.

Volunteers who sort toys according to the child’s sex and age are also paying close attention to product recalls. Millions of toys made in China have been recalled this year for lead-based paint and other potential dangers, including parts that can cause choking or sharp edges that can cause cuts.

More than $22 billion worth of toys are sold in the United States each year, with toys made in China making up 70 percent to 80 percent, according to the Toy Industry Association.

It appears vendors and donors are paying attention to recalls because the local Salvation Army and Toys for Tots have not had to pull a large number of suspect toys.

“We haven’t removed any toys yet and hopefully it remains that way,” said 2007 Toys for Tots coordinator Gunnery Sgt. Michael Kirby.

Read it all from the front page of the local paper.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * South Carolina, Economy, Religion & Culture

Anglican TV Interviews Attorney Eric Sohlgren about the TEC California Lawsuit

Check it out.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Conflicts

The Standing Committee Transition in the Rio Grande

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC)

Airborne Internet closer to reality

As millions of travelers prepare to fly home for the holidays this year, a few thousand can expect to try out a new generation of onboard e-mail and text-messaging services using their own cellphones and portable devices.

Starting this week and over the next few months, several airlines in the United States and Europe are due to begin testing these new services on some of their planes, with plans to roll out the technology across most of their fleets over the next 12 to 18 months.

Eventually, a few plan to enable voice calls, too.

On Tuesday, the U.S. carrier JetBlue Airways will begin offering a free e-mail and instant messaging service on one aircraft, while American Airlines, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines plan to offer a broader Web experience in the coming months, probably at a cost of around $10 a flight.

Read the whole article.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, Blogging & the Internet

DNA Dating Service Comes To Boston

If body odor is a key to romantic attraction, a Florida company claims to have the first scientific way of finding true love.

A new dating service that says it’s the first to use DNA matching to find that “perfect someone” is scheduled to launch in Boston Tuesday.

ScientificMatch.com promises its technology will use DNA to find a date with “a natural odor you’ll love, with whom you’d have healthier children and a more satisfying sex life.”

How does it work?

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Science & Technology

A Heroine in the Colorado Crisis

Jeanne Assam appeared before the news media for the first time Monday and said she “did not think for a minute to run away” when a gunman entered the New Life Church in Colorado Springs and started shooting.

There was applause as Assam spoke to reporters and TV cameras saying, “God guided me and protected me.”

New Life’s Senior Pastor Brady Boyd called Assam “a real hero” because Murray “had enough ammunition on him to cause a lot of damage.”

When asked by a reporter if she felt like a hero, Assam said, “I wasn’t just going to wait for him to do further damage.”

“I give credit to God,” she said.

Assam described how the gunman, Matthew Murray, entered the east entrance of the church firing his rifle.

“There was chaos,” Assam said, as parishioners ran away, “I will never forget the gunshots. They were so loud.”

“I saw him coming through the doors” and took cover, Assam said. “I came out of cover and identified myself and engaged him and took him down.”

“God was with me,” Assam said. “I didn’t think for a minute to run away.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Violence

N.J. Legislature May Revoke the Death Penalty

New Jersey’s legislature may soon be the first in the country to repeal a death penalty law. While courts in other states have struck death penalty statutes, this would be the first time a legislative body eliminated executions since the Supreme Court reinstated them 31 years ago.

New Jersey has the death penalty, but the state hasn’t actually executed anyone since 1963.

Listen to it all from NPR.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, Capital Punishment

The book they used to burn now fires new revolution of faith in China

In China it is known as the “sacred doctrine” and it has become one of the country’s bestselling books. Yet it has nothing to do with the thoughts of Chairman Mao and its teachings have been in conflict with the forces of Communism for generations.

Demand for the Bible is soaring in China, at a time when meteoric economic growth is testing the country’s allegiance to Communist doctrine. Today the 50 millionth Bible will roll off the presses of China’s only authorised publisher, Amity Printing, amid public fanfare and celebration.

In the past, foreign visitors were discouraged from bringing Bibles into the country in case they received some heavy-handed treatment from zealous Customs officials.

Such is the demand in China for Bibles that Amity Printing can scarcely keep pace. Early next year it will move into a new, much larger factory on the edge of the eastern city of Nanjing to become the world’s single-biggest producer of Bibles.

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Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

Archbishop discards dog collar ”˜until tyrant goes’

You can watch the Youtube here.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE)