Friday, October 19, 2012


Oct 19, 2012

Despite the retirement of news producing Bishops like Benison and Robinson, there is no news vacuum in the Anglican Communion this week thanks to the efforts of Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts-Schori. From Islamic led church burnings in Zanzibar to Kangaroo Court fraud deep within the Episcopal Churches new Disciplinary Board -- your Anglican Unscripted Crew covers it for you.

Anglican Perspective: Would you become a dog?

October 19, 2012

What can dogs teach us about God's love for us?

A.S. Haley: New Level of Repression Signaled by Charges against +Lawrence

October 18, 2012

But now look at the nature of the actions which underlie the first of the charges. Bishop Lawrence is accused of (a) not ruling out of order a motion to amend the diocesan constitution, (b) not dissenting from their adoption by the convention, and (c) advocating their passage in his pastoral address to the convention. As to the second charge, Bishop Lawrence is the Chair of the convention, and as such he has no vote unless he first steps down from that position. Charging him with "failure to dissent" is thus a non-starter. And as for "not ruling the motion out of order," any deputy to the Convention could have asked for such a ruling. Does that mean that every clergy attending the 2010 and 2011 conventions is liable to charges of "abandonment" because they did not make such an objection, or dissent from the resolutions' passage? (The minutes on the diocesan website -- Exhibits C and D to the certification of abandonment -- do not record any objections as having been made to the various resolutions; they record only their passage "by majority vote.") One has to wonder, but that appears to be the position of the complainers, and of a majority of the Board.

The third component of the first charge -- delivering a pastoral address which advocated passage of the resolutions in question -- shows how the Board has erased the distinction between the individual acts of a Bishop and the corporate acts of a Diocese. The real complaint is with what the Diocese did, and not with someone who spoke in favor of the resolutions. Again, if that is to be the new standard for charges constituting "abandonment," it will have a very chilling effect on what members of the clergy feel free to say at diocesan conventions.

The second and third charges in the certification fare no better under closer scrutiny. Bishop Lawrence is charged with a statement made in an amendment to the diocesan corporate articles filed with the secretary of state after the Convention had approved the amendments to the diocesan constitution. The change merely brought the corporate articles into synch with the constitution, and was purely a ministerial and clerical act. To elevate it into grounds for charging "abandonment" is ridiculous. Had Bishop Lawrence failed to sign an amendment to the articles after the deputies acted to change their constitution, his own convention could have charged him with abandonment.

And the third charge, of course, has to do with the signing and recording of the famous quitclaim deeds, following the 2009 ruling of the South Carolina Supreme Court in the Pawley's Island case. The Court ruled in that case that ECUSA's Dennis Canon did not comply with state law requirements for creating a valid trust. Bishop Lawrence's deeds served both to recognize the binding character of that ruling on the two Episcopal dioceses in the State, as well as to calm individual parish fears about possibly losing their church property. It was a consummate pastoral act, and represented an honest assessment of the Church's obligation to comply with South Carolina state law. the rest

SC diocese finally breaks with Episcopal Church

Thursday, October 18, 2012

South Carolina expelled from the Episcopal Church

October 18, 2012
by George Conger

The Diocese of South Carolina has been pushed out of the Episcopal Church of the USA. The involuntary secession of the 29,000-member diocese comes as charges have been brought against its bishop, the Rt Rev Mark Lawrence for allegedly “abandoning” the communion of the Episcopal Church.

On 17 October 2012 a statement printed on the Diocese’s Website said that two days earlier Bishop Lawrence had been notified by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori that on 18 September 2012 “the Disciplinary Board for Bishops had certified his abandonment of The Episcopal Church.”

The diocese reported that Bishop Lawrence was “notified of these actions taken by the Episcopal Church between two meetings, one held on October 3 and one to be held on October 22, which Bishop Andrew Waldo of the Upper Diocese of South Carolina and Bishop Lawrence had set up with the Presiding Bishop to find a peaceful alternative to the growing issues between The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of South Carolina. The meetings were to explore ‘creative solutions’ for resolving these issues to avoid further turmoil in the Diocese and in The Episcopal Church.” the rest

Diocesan website: Episcopal Church Takes Action Against the Bishop and Diocese of SC

Post and Courier: Bishop Mark Lawrence said to have abandoned Episcopal Church

A.S. Haley: There They Go Again...
It has been obvious for quite some time that the Episcopal Church (USA) has wanted to pick a fight with Bishop Lawrence and his Diocese of South Carolina, one of the larger and more successful in the Church. But success in winning new communicants has never counted for much ever since the advent of the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori to head up ECUSA. No, what counts far more in her book is subordination to her metropolitical delusions of grandeur.

So it was entirely predictable that the Bandit Bishop would make the first move, acting through her new Disciplinary Board for Bishops (the existence of which the Diocese of South Carolina does not recognize). The announcement that sets out all the details, recently posted on the Diocese’s Website, has been published here at SF in this post.

The details included in the announcement show a considerable degree of forethought and planning on the Diocese’s part. ECUSA’s move automatically triggered amendments to the diocesan constitution which resulted in the immediate disaffiliation of one of the Church’s oldest dioceses, and the calling of a Special Convention (to decide, among other things, with which branch of faithful Anglicans the Diocese will affiliate next)....

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Stand Firm:
TEC Moves Against South Carolina Bishop and Diocese; Special Convention Called and The Earth Shifted: Rage, Revisionists & Responses for The Diocese of South Carolina

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Albert Mohler: The Great Clarification: Fuzzy Fidelity and the Rise of the Nones

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Meet the unaffiliated. An increasing number of Americans identify with no church, denomination, or religious tradition, and this development represents a truly significant shift in the nation’s pattern of belief.

America’s religious landscape is changing, and the contours of that change will determine the shape of the church’s challenge for decades to come. An important study recently released by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life points to several developments worthy of our attention — and some of these deserve rather urgent analysis. the rest
The Pew study also confirms that Protestants are now a religious minority in America — a development that reverses the nation’s entire history until the present. According to the Pew data, only 48% of Americans identify as members of Protestant churches or claim a Protestant identity. The nation was overwhelmingly Protestant until waves of immigration altered that picture in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Those decades saw millions of immigrants arrive on American shores, and many of these new Americans were Roman Catholic. By the middle of the twentieth century, Will Herberg would famously describe the American religious landscape in the title of one of his most influential books, Protestant, Catholic, Jew.

A little political...October 16, 2012

Will there be any consequences for Secretary Clinton accepting responsibility for Benghazi attack?
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has accepted responsibility for Benghazi security deficiencies.
Now, who accepts the consequences of responsibility? And what of the disinformation campaign?
Accepting responsibility is only step one. The consequences of failure come second.
Will the second part ever happen? No....

Hillary in 2008: “That buck stopped in the Oval Office”
...Hillary may or may not have intended to take some heat off of the White House after Joe Biden’s Sergeant Schultz “We knew nothing” declaration at Thursday’s debate, but all she ended up doing is making Obama look tremendously weak by contrast...

Another Obama Victory: Electric Car Battery Maker That Received Quarter-Billion Dollars in Fed Funds Goes Bankrupt  and GREEN SCAM: 80% of Green Energy Loans Went to Obama Donors – 19 Companies Went Bust

Fiscal Cliff? Real Threat Is The 'Entitlement Cliff'
...Now add in the 16 million new Medicaid beneficiaries, thanks to ObamaCare, plus an estimated 12 million people who enter the health insurance exchanges by 2014, where most will receive federal subsidies.

The budget implications of these programs are huge. For fiscal 2012, America spent $2.2 trillion of its $3.7 trillion budget on entitlement programs — $400 billion less than the $2.6 trillion in gross annual revenues.

Oh, and interest on the federal debt was $220 billion.

Thus, the cost of entitlement programs plus interest on the debt are nearly equal to total federal revenues today...

Ross Perot Endorses Romney
...“Our country faces a serious choice,” Perot says in a statement emailed out by the Romney campaign. “The fact of the matter is that the United States is on unsustainable course. At stake is nothing less than our position in the world, our standard of living at home, and our constitutional freedoms. That is why I am endorsing Mitt Romney in his quest for the presidency. We can’t afford four more years in which national debt mushrooms out of control, our government grows, and our military is weakened. Mitt has the background, experience, intelligence, and integrity to turn things around. He has my absolute support.”...

Obamacare’s IPAB: When Government Takes Over Health Care, You Become A Budget Item
...How does IPAB achieve these cuts? The supporters of the law say, “It says right in the statute IPAB cannot ration.” But what IPAB can do, and in fact is their only option for controlling costs, is to cut reimbursement rates to doctors and hospitals. They decide what procedures are important, not your doctor, and they decide what Medicare will pay for them.

When services are no longer available to seniors because reimbursements for those procedures have been drastically cut, that’s rationing...

Scrolling around... October 16, 2012

Report: hundreds of Christians arrested in Iran
Up to 400 evangelical Protestants have been arrested in the last two weeks in Iran, according to a news site that chronicles the persecution of Christians. “We have learned that at least 100, but perhaps as many as 400 people, have been detained over the last 10 days,” said Firouz Khandjani, a leader in the evangelical house-church movement...

Edmonton Anglican diocese approves same sex union blessings
...After four hours of emotionally charged debate in the crowded hall at St. Matthias Church, more than 200 delegates passed the motion by a healthy majority. With it, Edmonton became the seventh diocese among 30 in the country to take the step, which some Anglicans find controversial and others a long time in coming...

Boy conceived after father's death not entitled to Social Security, court rules
A young boy who was conceived from preserved sperm after his father's death is not entitled to Social Security benefits under Utah law, the Utah Supreme Court ruled Friday.

"For the reasons we explain in this opinion, an agreement leaving preserved frozen semen to the deceased donor's wife does not, without more, confer on the donor the status of a parent for purposes of Social Security benefits," Justice Ronald Nehring wrote in the unanimous decision...

Doctors Maintain Unborn Babies Feel Pain
..."Not only does this law protect babies in the womb who feel horrific pain upon being torn apart in an abortion, the law is constitutional because it protects mothers from risky abortions, and it protects society from the barbaric effects of abortions that cause horrific pain to babies," he continues...

Pakistani teen shot by Taliban becomes 'daughter of the nation'
The Pakistani teen who has become a symbol of hope and defiance since Taliban thugs shot her in the head for advocating education for girls touched down in the United Kingdom Monday, where doctors will rebuild her shattered skull.

Malala Yousufzai, 14, who was shot in the head Oct. 9, left Pakistan Monday morning in a specially-equipped air ambulance provided by the United Arab Emirates after doctors in her homeland managed to remove a bullet from her head. She faces more delicate operations and intensive rehabilitation, but may be buoyed by the knowledge that millions in Pakistan and around the world have embraced her as a heroine and martyr. The shooting of Malala and two of her classmates as they returned home from school prompted tens of thousands to rally in support of her in Karachi Sunday. Some Pakistanis have expressed hope that the government would respond to the attack by intensifying its fight against the Taliban and their allies...

Botched abortion epidemic: 3rd abortion injury at Boston Planned Parenthood
A lawsuit filed on September 5, 2012, shows evidence that Planned Parenthood of Boston botched an abortion on a patient that caused her to be transported to a local hospital three hours later. This is the third known medical emergency at Planned Parenthood of Boston since January of last year...

Quebec: Pro-abortion protesters storm church chanting, ‘If Mary had aborted, we wouldn’t have this nonsense’
 A Quebec pro-life conference was interrupted last weekend when about a dozen pro-abortion protesters stormed the evangelical church in which it was held and began chanting blasphemous slogans in front of the barricaded doors of the conference hall. Police had to bring in reinforcements to remove the protesters...

Wow! Rotating 3D nebula

October 8th, 2012

A little over 2000 light years away, toward the constellation of Cepheus, is a place where stars are being born. It’s a nebula, a gas cloud, and it’s called IC 1396. It’s monstrous, well over a hundred light years across – even at its tremendous distance, it’s wider than six full Moons in our sky.

Finnish astrophotographer J-P Metsävainio observed IC 1396, making a gorgeous image of it. But he wasn’t satisfied just doing that. He’d been playing with making 3D images for some time, and decided this might be a good opportunity to make a model of the structure of the nebula, and then create an animated GIF of it.  more...

How to wreck a church

Anglican Mainstream
October 15, 2012
Richard Bewes

IT HAS BEEN TRIED ACROSS THE CENTURIES – in public arenas, through mob violence and by official banning. In the first three centuries of the New Testament church, ten massive persecutions took place, and the Roman emperor Diocletian even had a medal struck – inscribed with the boast, ‘The Christian religion is destroyed, and the worship of the gods is restored.’ But – as Bishop William Greer of Manchester once told his critic during a TV interview – “The church will stand at the grave of the BBC, the ITV and all other institutions knocking around the world today.” Those might sound like brave words only, were it not for the assurance of Jesus Christ that the gates of hell itself will not prevail against the Church.

We Christians today are astonished, not so much at the ever-continuing advance in the 2.3 billion-strong family of Jesus Christ worldwide, but rather at the amazing failure of our critics to learn from history. Naturally we weep when a Janani Luwum, or a Mehdi Dibaj is martyred. Such martyrs are numbered by the thousand today, as they were twenty centuries ago. But the sweep of civilization indicates that the greater the pressure on the church from its outside persecutors, the stronger tends to be its growth.

The atheist Philip Pulman has declared, ‘Without a doubt Christianity will cease to exist in a few years.’ He might have done better to heed the historian, T.R. Glover, ‘The final disappearance of Christianity has been prophesied so often as to be no longer interesting.’
The rest-excellent! photo by Elliot Bennett

Monday, October 15, 2012

A.S. Haley: Oral Arguments Tomorrow in Texas and Virginia

October 15, 2012

On October 16, beginning at 9 a.m. Central (Daylight) Time, the Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two Episcopal church property cases: first (starting at 9:00) will be The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, et al. v. The Episcopal Church, et al., Case No. 11-0265. You can find downloadable versions of all the briefs (including amici briefs) at this link. The Court's official summary of what is at stake in the case is as follows:
The principal issue in this case is essentially the same ownership question as that in 11-0332, Robert Masterson, et al. v. Diocese of Northwest Texas, et al., set to be argued the same day: whether in Texas the a diocese seeking to leave the U.S. Episcopal Church or the larger Episcopal governing entity owns the church property in the diocese and whether ownership should be decided by "neutral principles" using established trust and property law and taking account of deeds, the governing language employed by a local church and the larger denomination, or by "compulsory deference", determining where church members place ultimate authority over property use.
The other case, referred to in the summary of the Fort Worth case just given, is Robert Masterson, et al. v. Diocese of Northwest Texas, et al., Case N 11-0332 (briefs may be downloaded here).

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The Nurse, The Extremist, The Survivor

The... Single... Most... POWERFUL...Pro-Life Ad...EVER
... The background: In Illinois, Barack Obama voted four times against a bill that would have provided protections to babies born alive after surviving attempted abortions. Here was his quote explaining what he was opposing: " If that fetus, or child - however way you want to describe it - is now outside the mother's womb and the doctor continues to think that its nonviable but there's, lets say, movement or some indication that, in fact, they're not just coming up limp and dead, they would then have to call a second physician to monitor and check off and make sure that this is not a live child that could be saved. Is that correct?"...

Ontario Official: Catholic Schools Can’t Teach “Misogynistic” Pro-life
The Education Minister of Ontario, Canada — a professing Catholic who sends her children to Catholic schools — declared October 10 that the province’s publicly funded Catholic schools may not teach students that abortion is wrong because such teaching amounts to “misogyny,” which is prohibited in schools under a controversial anti-bullying law...

Scrolling around...October 15, 2012

Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released
The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new data released last week.

The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.

This means that the ‘plateau’ or ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996. Before that, temperatures had been stable or declining for about 40 years...

Obama's Great Alaska Shutout-Interior bans drilling on 11.5 million acres of 'petroleum reserve.'
President Obama is campaigning as a champion of the oil and gas boom he's had nothing to do with, and even as his regulators try to stifle it. The latest example is the Interior Department's little-noticed August decision to close off from drilling nearly half of the 23.5 million acre National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.

The area is called the National Petroleum Reserve because in 1976 Congress designated it as a strategic oil and natural gas stockpile to meet the "energy needs of the nation." Alaska favors exploration in nearly the entire reserve. The feds had been reviewing four potential development plans, and the state of Alaska had strongly objected to the most restrictive of the four. Sure enough, that was the plan Interior chose...

Germany facing power blackouts
Germany could be struck by power blackouts this winter as the country struggles with a shift to renewable energy the economy minister has warned...

Old-Fashioned Control Systems Make U.S. Power Grids, Water Plants a Hacking Target
Critical infrastructure is at risk of a cyberattack because of systems that haven't kept pace with Internet threats...

Occupy London Activists Chain Selves To Pulpit at St. Paul's Cathedral
Several supporters of the anti-corporate Occupy movement chained themselves to the pulpit of St. Paul's Cathedral during a service Sunday in an action marking the anniversary of its now-dismantled protest camp outside the London landmark.

The Dean of St. Paul's, David Ison, said he was taking an evening prayer service when "four young women dressed in white" chained themselves to the structure.

"It will be a long, cold night if they want to stay there," he said...

'2016: Obama's America' to Screen at Churches Before DVD Release
A hit documentary film challenging President Obama will be screened in tax-exempt churches, whether the IRS likes it or not...

Court Rejects Name Change To "ChristIsKing"
In Matter of Nawadiuko, (City of NY Civil Ct., Oct. 1, 2012), a New York trial court denied an application by a family to change their name from Nwadiuko to "ChristIsKing". The court identified two concerns...

Pakistani girl shot by Taliban now in UK for care
A teenage Pakistani activist shot in the head by the Taliban arrived in the United Kingdom on Monday for more specialized medical care and to protect her from follow-up attacks threatened by the militants.

The attack on 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai as she was returning home from school in Pakistan's northwest a week ago has horrified people across the South Asian country and abroad. It has also sparked hope that the Pakistani government would respond by intensifying its fight against the Taliban and their allies....

Boris says marriage is a relic of the ‘Stone Age’
London Mayor Boris Johnson says the nation needs “to move beyond the Stone Age” by redefining marriage.

He supports David Cameron’s plan to rewrite the meaning of marriage, saying: “frankly I can’t see what the fuss is about.”

He made the dismissive remarks in an article for The Independent, a newspaper which is actively campaigning for marriage to be redefined...

Study shows $1.2 trillion gap for public pensions
The largest 100 public pension funds have around $1.2 trillion of unfunded liabilities, about $300 billion above the nearly $900 billion they reported themselves, according to a new actuarial study to be released on Monday.

The pension systems reported a median funding level of 75.1 percent. The study by the actuarial firm Milliman, which used different ways to value assets and measure liabilities, finds an aggregate level of funding of 67.8 percent...

Iran Detains Seven More Christians in Church Raid
Authorities in Iran's Fars Province arrested seven Christians in a church raid on Friday, even as five other Christian converts who were detained eight months ago from the same province will face trial on Monday. Over 300 Christians have been arbitrarily arrested and detained over the last two years.

Security personnel on Friday evening raided a house church belonging to the Church of Iran denomination in the city of Shiraz, and detained seven Christians, U.K.-based charity Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reported...