Gentle XXXX XXXXXX, Thanks for sharing your concerns. Frequently we tell Palestinian Leaders that they should speak out against the youth who throw rocks at Israelis and against those who become suicide bombers. We know that the terrorists do not report to and are not deployed by the Palestinian leaders. Yet we rightly hold the leaders responsible for their public silence, which the hooligans take as tacit approval. The nation rightly held responsible civic leaders like my father and our neighbor the mayor when the red-neck Adams Boys burned the Freedom Rider bus in my home town. My father and the mayor had no use for the Adams boys, but when they did not speak out to assure safe passage of the Freedom Riders, the Adams Boys took their silences as a cue. A year or so later, off the national camera but on the local one, the mayor, my father, and others safely escorted the first black patrons into the local Carnegie Library, which remains racially integrated without incident until this day. I agree with you that The Episcopal Church has too often kept silence in the face of grave injustice. Most notably we remained silent about slavery, and were the only denomination not to divide over it in the Civil War, much to our shame. While we are not the nation's moral police force, scripture, tradition and reason hold us accountable for using our influence to address the public good not only with our lips in the lovely words of our Prayer Book, but also with our lives in public witness. That's why General Convention passes resolutions addressing public policy, nationally and internationally. That's why the Episcopal Church maintains a Washington Office. I agree with you that God's love of lgbt people is not a minor issue. It is as huge as his love of the uncircumcised, and puts the church today into just as rigorous a reaction as did the Council of Jerusalem. All the first Christians were Jews, but by the end of the first century, there were very few Jewish Christians, much to the loss of the Church, which needs still the Jewish perspective on the holy texts we share. I hope that we can hold together as much as possible across the gulf that seems now to divide us. With God all things are possible. May God use you to bless others. Best wishes. LC Louie Crew Member of Executive Council Chair of deputation of the Diocese of Newark ----- Original Message ----- From: XXXXX XXXXXX To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2005 1:05 PM Subject: Those who live in glass houses Mr. Crew, I usually pop in every so often to read your "natters" and then leave keeping my thoughts to myself. However, I must respond today to your post "Those who live in class haouses" because your complete and total disregard for anything resembling the truth has reached a limit today that I find even shocking for you (perhaps I have not read enough of your previous works yet). You link two news articles, one referencing the absolute horrors of the war in Uganda and another referring to the stoning sentence of a man who admitted to having sex with another man. You imply in you post that the not only is the Anglican Church in these countries complicit in both of these acts, they are actively exporting this kind of behavior around the world. Shame on you! You make a point of saying the focus on LBGT people is a smokescreen, but what is this post? You are attempting, as is the standard practice of LBGT movement, to weave into the debate two totally unrelated subjects and then paint all who disagree with you (yes the majority) with the guilt of the perpetrators of these dastardly acts. To link the sentencing outcome of a Sharia Law trial to the legitimate argument of whether homosexuality is a sin is shocking. Your post is intellectually dishonest and rather unchristian. Again, shame on you. I could list for you hundreds of articles from around the world of atrocities that the ECUSA has never commented on. Does that mean the ECUSA and all associated, to include you, Frank, and Gene are equally guilty of those crimes? Have you or the ECUSA commented on the very stoning sentences of the 10 women mentioned in on of the above articles? How about the millions of women that are violently oppressed throughout the Muslim world? What about the thousands of children that have been murdered by Islamic terrorists over the years? Child porn and sex slaves? Please! The issue of homosexuality as a sin and whether unrepentant sin is a barrier to the Episcopate in the Episcopal Church is not and never has been a minor theological issue (after all we have been talking about it for 30+ years). The LBGT interest groups cannot claim this is a smokescreen when all were warned, quite vehemently what would happen if they continued to push this agenda. But the usual arrogance of the ECUSA leadership was to say the issue would be no big deal and when what you have reaped has come to fruition, you cry foul and attempt to avert everyone away from the true nature of the debate. Frankly, this is typical and again, dishonest. Imagine God's glory if only the ECUSA would refocus its energies on trying to solve real and substantial problems in this world instead of pursuing the destruction of the Anglican Communion over an agenda pushed by a significant minority. Finally, I think your quote is quite apropos so I will return it to you. "Whatsoever we sow, we shall reap. Those who sow to destruction will reap destruction." Sincerely, XXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXX Episcopal Church Charlotte, NC
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