Peter Jensen – Unique Union

May 8, 2008 by

From The Australian I DID something really odd the other day. I looked up the dictionary definition of marriage, just to make sure that my understanding was not too off-line. I was relieved to find that it is called the legal union of a man with a woman for life. It is a public, lifelong and exclusive relationship. There is no hint in the dictionary that the word can extend to two men or two women in a public, lifelong and exclusive relationship. Of course, dictionaries change to mirror the times, and governments do all sorts of things with words, but changing the definition of marriage would be as fatuous as declaring that Perth is Sydney or that the moon is made of ice cream. We would then need a new word to describe the reality that occurs when a man and a woman publicly promise each other to live in lifelong and exclusive relationship, "in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others so long as you both shall live". Whether we like it or not, a unique union occurs, based on the fact that one is a man and the other is a woman. No other arrangement is the same. Our confusion about this does not arise merely from the ideological push of recent decades by some gay people for recognition and acceptance. It is true that this has been cleverly and powerfully managed. The result is that if anyone speaks in public about the moral issues raised by gay sex, they are instantly branded homophobic or fascist. No serious debate is allowed. Free speech on this matter comes at a personal cost that few are willing to pay any more. There are serious questions that we are not permitted to ask in public. But the state of marriage in our community is not merely a gay issue. The extreme individualism of Western culture has encouraged men and women to seek multiple sexual partners, to engage in sex in early adolescence and to isolate marriage from family as well as relationship. We are so shy of the commitment that promises involve that we have lost the art of forming relationships that will lead to marriage. By exalting our desire to be our own selves, we have created a deep hunger for satisfying relationships, for actual love. If I understand the evidence correctly, this freedom we have granted ourselves is not good for us, for our children or for the community as a whole. We are far better off, generally speaking, living in families founded by a man and a woman who have made initial public promises of lifelong fidelity. It is the family so constituted that is the primary source for the love and care without which we cannot survive. It is this family that best meets our relationship needs. It is this family that provides children with the experience of the interaction of human maleness and femaleness. It is the children of this family who we...

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COLORADO: Episcopal Bishop Opens Old Wounds and Deposes 18 Former TEC Priests

May 8, 2008 by

By David Virtue, Virtueonline Seven years after 18 priests in the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado left the diocese and were given Letters Dimissory to the Province of South East Asia by then Episcopal Bishop Jerry Winterrowd, the present Episcopal Bishop of the diocese, Rt. Rev. Rob O’Neill, has decided to reopen old wounds. He has sent letters to the priests saying they must either renounce their orders in the Episcopal Church (TEC) or he will officially depose them. In documents received by VirtueOnline, O’Neill wrote to the Rev. Dennis Garrou, who is now affiliated with the Anglican Mission in America, telling him that the actions of Bishop Winterrowd in 2000 "did not effectively remove you from the jurisdiction of The Episcopal Church." O’Neill then called on Garrou to "voluntarily renounce" his orders in TEC pursuant to the provisions of Title III, Canon 9.8. or face being deposed. "If I do not hear from you, I will assume that you are choosing not to voluntarily renounce your Orders in The Episcopal Church. You should know, in that case, that the Standing Committee of this diocese, after examining the record of your actions, has already determined that you have abandoned the communion of The Episcopal Church., Accordingly, you will then be inhibited for six months pursuant to Title IV, Canon 10.2. You will be deposed from your orders as a clergyperson in The Episcopal Church. I hope that you will understand my need to resolve your status in relationship to the Episcopal Church." Fr. Garrou responded to O’Neill’s letter asking what was the "need to resolve" his status in TEC. "I am at a complete loss to guess why this unstated ‘need’ now arises for you, but hasn’t for over seven years. Has something recent occurred of which I am unaware that now arises the issue of my status to a pint of concern for you?" Fr. Garrou blasted O’Neill saying that Bishop Winterrowd’s "attempt" to transfer him to the ecclesiastical authority of South East Asia was not an "attempt". "He did transfer me. Bishop Winterrowd issued me a letter dimissory, a copy of which I am confident you will find in your files. I was received by the Province through Bishop John Rodgers as a member in good standing. Consequently, I consider this matter long ago concluded." O’Neill responded saying that the "attempted transfer" of his orders to South East Asia was not "canonically valid." O’Neill then called on Garrou to renounce his orders saying that this did not impute anything that would "negatively affect your moral character." O’Neill then said he was inhibiting the evangelical priest for a period of six months. After that, he will be deposed unless he voluntarily resigns his orders. O’Neill then listed the priests who had "abandoned the Communion of this Church". They are: The Rev. Wm. Armistead Boardman The Rev. Matthew K. Burnett The Rev. Lawrence Edward Doyle The Rev. Philip Duane Eberhart The Rev. Paul Anthony Ilinson The Rev. Kathy Jeanne King...

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Ex-Gays Afraid to Come Out for Fear of Persecution: ABC News Report

May 7, 2008 by

From LifeSite News by Michael Baggot ARLINGTON, VA, May 7, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Individuals who once considered themselves homosexuals but who have since left the lifestyle, often remain silent about their past life due to persecution from homosexual activists, an ABC News video revealed on Monday. "A person may not be happy being gay, has anyone ever thought of that?" asked "David," an anonymous man who has overcome his homosexual inclinations, on ABC News. "I’ve found feelings could change," David added. Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) observed that "David’s" desire for anonymity reflects the wide-scale persecution individuals like him face from those supportive of homosexuality. "Many ex-gays are afraid to come out of the closet because of the harassment they will receive – their names, phone numbers and personal information posted on gay websites, attacked at ex-gay exhibit booths, press releases issued against them, etc," stated PFOX. "The tactics of gay activists are to go after anyone who comes out publicly as ex-gay, force them back into the closet, and then claim that ex-gays don’t exist because there aren’t any out in public." The ABC report was sparked by the American Psychological Association’s decision to cancel an important forum scheduled for Monday on the relationship between religion and homosexuality. The forum was to have included discussion of reparative therapy used to help individuals overcome unwanted homosexual tendencies. Gay activists feared that the panel would challenge the APA’s official 2000 opposition to reparative therapy, itself rooted in the organization’s 1973 decision to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders. The ABC report also featured footage of lesbian protestors who banged pots and pans, chanted, and danced in front of conservative author Ryan Sorba, forcing him to cut short his April 29 "The Born Gay Hoax" lecture at Smith College. Observers observed that the Sorba incident is characteristic of the "gay rights" movement’s intolerance towards any discussion of the possibility that individuals may freely abandon the homosexual lifestyle if they so choose. "This is exactly how the homosexual movement views free speech and civil rights in their march to force their social and sexual agenda on others and intimidate and terrorize anyone who would criticize or disagree. Truth and freedom become subjected to the whims of thought police and rioters," commented the conservative Massachusetts organization MassResistance. PFOX argues that individuals seeking to abandon their homosexual lifestyle should be afforded the freedom from discrimination that gay activists demand for themselves. "Homosexual activists are talking about personal choice, freedom, and so forth, but they deny personal choice and freedom for those who wish to seek change," Peter Sprigg of PFOX told ABC News. See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage: APA Cancels Landmark Panel to Discuss Homosexual Therapy and Religion http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/may/08050606.html Lesbian Break-in and Riot During College Speech on "Born-Gay Hoax" Forces Cancellation http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/may/08050205.html Message from "Ex-Gays" to American Psychological Association: Don’t Ban Therapy http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/dec/07120407.html View the ABC video: http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0508/517023_video.html?ref=… Learn more about therapy for individuals with homosexual inclinations: http://www.narth.com Learn more...

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II. Black University Employee Suspended for Objecting to Comparison between Black and Homosexual Discrimination...

May 7, 2008 by

‘Soft "coersion" produces no martyrs to disturb anyone’s conscience, yet it is highly effective in chilling the speech of ordinary people’. Maggie Gallagher, ‘Banned in Boston’, Weekly Standard, May 2006.  ‘There will never be a problem if one keeps clear of where the problem is.’  John Nolland, God, Gays and the Church, February 2008  Crystal Dixon has not kept her head down and her mouth shut – and she is paying dearly for her convictions.  She has a nicely nuanced view and is no homophobe.  But she has the audacity to make statements which the current PC regime in her university considers beyond the pale. Dr Chris Kempling has lost everything in a similar situation up in Canada – for him it could be too late.  However, this is a very current situation with Ms Dixon and she needs your help.  If you do not think this is right please a. pray for her and b. actually do something!  And it does not matter where you call home – President Jacobs needs to know that Ms Dixon has concerned supporters around the globe who are noting his response.    President Dr. Lloyd A. Jacobs University Hall Room 3500 Phone: 419.530.2211 Fax: 419.530.4984 Email: ...

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Pittsburgh Bishops to attend Lambeth Conference

May 7, 2008 by

From  Pittsburgh Diocese Document Actions Bishops Robert Duncan and Henry Scriven confirmed today that they will be attending both the Global Anglican Future Conference in June and the Lambeth Conference of Bishops this July and August.    Bishops Robert Duncan and Henry Scriven confirmed today that they will be attending both the Global Anglican Future Conference in Jordan and Jerusalem in June and the Lambeth Conference of Bishops in Kent, England, this July and August. "After consulting with the people of Pittsburgh and our friends around the globe, we have come to the conclusion that it is necessary for us to be present at both gatherings," said Bishop Robert Duncan. The Global Anglican Future Conference is focused on moving forward with the work and witness of the church even as the crisis in the Anglican Communion over discipline and biblical authority continues. It brings together hundreds of bishops who have, as a matter of conscience, decided not to attend the Lambeth Conference, as well as other bishops who believe that global partnerships and the current conflicts necessitate their presence at both meetings. Among those going to Jerusalem and Jordan are many of the strongest supporters of orthodox Anglicans in North America. "We will be among friends, focused squarely on the Gospel, and dealing openly with how we build the missionary relationships, covenantal boundaries and responsible structures for the future of Anglicanism," said Bishop Duncan. Bishops Duncan and Scriven will then join some six-hundred bishops and archbishops (about two-thirds of all Anglican bishops) who will be attending the Anglican Communion’s once-a-decade Lambeth Conference of Bishops. "Given the expense and the stated-intent of the Archbishop of Canterbury that Lambeth can no longer be considered a decision making council of the church, choosing to be present was not easy," said Bishop Duncan. In an effort to limit costs connected to the meeting, an estimated $12,000 per attending bishop and spouse for the entire two-and-a-half week Lambeth Conference, Bishop Duncan will attend July 16-25 and Bishop Scriven will attend July 26 – August 3. Both bishops believe it is important that the diocese be represented throughout the Lambeth Conference, if for no other reason than to provide an alternative perspective on the situation in The Episcopal Church. "Those who accuse us of abandoning the Anglican Communion will certainly be present and vocal. It is important for us to be able to respond directly to their claims about the situation in The Episcopal Church and our place in the Communion," added Bishop Duncan. As with the Global Anglican Future Conference, both Pittsburgh bishops will also work to strengthen missionary partnerships with bishops from every corner of the world. Bishop Scriven asked that Pittsburgh Episcopalians pray for both meetings. "We hope that many join us in praying for God’s clear presence and guidance in the Holy Land and Canterbury. With God, all things are possible," he said....

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Ex-Abortion Clinic Owner Tells Pro-life Group Truth about Abortion Business

May 1, 2008 by

From LifeSite News By Michael Baggot FORT WORTH, Texas, April 30, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The United Methodist pro-life ministry Lifewatch recently hosted a free luncheon featuring former abortion clinic owner Carol Everett. Everett spent six years working in the abortion industry in the early 80s, before experiencing a profound conversion. In 1995 she founded the Heidi Group – a group of inner-city crisis pregnancy centers named after one of Everett’s own children that she aborted in 1973. "We are an injured nation, for many of us are unwilling to admit or deal with our pain," Everett told her audience. Everett has testified in the past that while she was working in the abortion industry she was on track to make over a million dollars a year. "You can imagine what my motivation was," she said. "I sold abortions." In order to sell as many abortions as possible the telephone "counselors" at Everett’s clinics were trained to lead distraught women callers to think that there is only one solution to their unwanted pregnancy, and then to assure women that their child is only a "blob of tissue" and that the procedure itself will be basically painless. "I cannot tell you one thing that happens in an abortion clinic that is not a lie." "When we opened" Everett told Lifewatch, "we did 45 abortions in the first month. The last month (we were opened) we did 545." Everett was paid $25 per abortion. To address the plight of women considering abortion, Everett’s Heidi Group centers offer parenting classes, Bible studies, counseling, and prenatal medical care. The mission of Lifewatch, also called the Taskforce of United Methodists on Abortion and Sexuality, is to "work to create in church and society esteem for human life at its most vulnerable, specifically for the unborn child and for the Woman who contemplates abortion." Lifewatch is committed to removing language supportive of abortion in the Book of Discipline, a guiding document for the Methodist community. The Book of Discipline defends "the legal option of abortion under proper medical procedures" in order to protect the "well-being of the mother." Learn more about Lifewatch: http://lifewatch.org Learn more about Carol Everett: http://www.priestsforlife.org/testimony/everett.htm   Back to Top...

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