Friday, February 04, 2005

Church & State

Some sinister developments, and we're not talking about the Wiccans.  (Ack! We just noticed that Cheryl Simpson, the Wiccan priestess in question, plans to attend Lancaster Theological Seminary in the fall.  LTS is two miles or less from RNR's base of operations, and we've been there for who knows how many different continuing ed events.  But hey, freepers?  She's planning on becoming a minister in the UU church, not the UCC.)

Anyway, back to the sinister developments.  The FBI came to talk to a pastor about a sermon he preached over Memorial Day last year.  Apparently, someone in the congregation misheard him, and thought he was calling for an all-out war on a local clinic.  He wasn't, and the matter was cleared up pretty quickly.  But here's the disturbing part: don't you think whoever called in the tip would have asked to clarify matters with the pastor first?

Another, not so easily dismissed story:  the Virginia Legislature is considering a bill that would ensure that individual congregations that choose to disaffiliate with their parent denominations the right to take their church buildings with them.  This is probably aimed at the United Methodist and particularly the Episcopalian churches; both denominations traditionally hold the deed to church buildings rather than the congregation itself. Many conservative churches would like to walk out, but are held back by such clauses in church polity.

So what, you say?  It's not our business what those congregations do?  No, it's not.  But neither is it the business of the State Legislature.  They need to keep their damn noses out.

And just in case you thought church-state relations in the US were bad, check this out.  Woof.

At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is wrong with Wiccans?

At 2:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing's wrong with Wiccans--parodying the fundagelical panic over their presence in the grand ol' USA.


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