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The last thing the conservative Anglicans want to do is look up from their prayers and see a faggot at the altar. Verily, they'd puke at the sight.

3 November 2003

Jesus wept.

"We can no longer claim to be in the same communion. We cannot go to them and they cannot come to us. We will not share communion. We have come to the end of the road” – the calm and thoughtful response of Archbishop Peter Akinola, head of the 17.5 million-member Anglican Church of Nigeria, to the ordination of Bishop Gene Robinson. Likewise, Bishop Thomas Kogo, speaking on behalf of Kenyan Anglicans:

"As a church, we are not going to support homosexuality in the church, primarily because it is a sin... And on that note, we have broken our links with the US Episcopal Church"

Outside the Whittemore Center where Bishop Robinson was ordained, there was a bunch of God-fearing Christians doing their bit for Jesus, and waving banners saying: "GOD HATES FAGS."

God hates fags? What's great about that slogan is that it's the anti-gay movement carring out a reductio ad absurdum on their own arguments. Talk about God being a projection of human needs & desires. If Feuerbach were alive today, he'd be walking along beside them with a banner saying "erm - don't you mean: YOU hate fags?"

For more conservative Christian fun, go here.

The big question, of course, is whether a split in the Anglican Church would actually be a good thing. Frankly, if the conservative opponents of Bishop Robinson’s ordination are willing to define themselves by bigotry and close-mindedness, then they can go right ahead and define themselves out of the door. "Today is a grievous day in the history of our Church,” said the American Anglican Council in a statement. "Our family is now split and the whole cloth of the Anglican Communion is torn. Realignment has begun."

Absolutely. A realignment towards acceptance and liberalism. And about fucking time. It is to Bishop Robinson’s credit that his response to those threatening to leave the Church was one of tolerance: "Our God will be served if we are hospitable and loving and caring toward them. If they must leave, they will always be welcomed back into our fellowship."

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