That Bible thing

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on July 24, 2006

The Episcopal bishop of Arkansas of all places has given his subordinates the go-ahead to "bless" homosexual "unions."

At St. Michael's in Little Rock, the Rev. Ed Wills said a same-sex couple is planning a blessing ceremony that is tentatively set for September.

"God is about community, about belonging, about a relationship," Wills said. Couples are blessed in the church "not just so that they can be special but that they can be a blessing to other people."

According to church bulletin, members of St. Michael's no longer need to bring those Bibles that no one actually opens to church anymore, instead they will be replaced with Stuart Smalley's "I'm OK, you're OK."

What's next? Is St. Michael's going to host NAMBLA meetings after Sunday brunch?

I suppose that the "Rev." Wills would say that my comments are hurtful and wrong, but then again, who is he to judge?

0 comments on “That Bible thing”

  1. I don't understand the problem. A private entity has decided to sanction homosexual unions. Isn't the whole point of the debate whether the government has any role in gay marriage? There is no government involvement here, and nobody is calling it marriage. That is exactly how it should be. Let anyone who has a problem with it leave the church.

  2. Kalel,

    I don't think Mr. Hoy is objecting to the church's actions on political grounds. But rather that a (nominally) Christian church has decided that feelings about "belonging" and "community" trump thousands of years of tradition, and, more importantly, scripture.

    Oh, and as to "Arkansas of all places," it seems that the Episcopal church tends to be quite, umm, "progressive" in more traditional states. I guess if you've got Southern Baptist churches, non-denominal Bible churches, etc., all over the place, then that tends to be where the more traditional/orthodox believers go. The end result is a lot of the loonies in the Episcopal church seem to come from suprising places. The diocess of Virginia, for example, is quite liberal (though the biggest churches in the diocess are not).

  3. AughtSix has it right. This isn't about the government. This is about an ostensibly Christian church ignoring its founding documents and two thousand years of history in order to make people feel good about themselves above all.


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