Has the Anglican Communion revoked the Ninth Commandment or is the Deputy Secretary General exempt from it? Louie Crew Louie Crew, Ph.D., D.D., D.D., D.H.L. Member of Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, Chair of the Newark Deputation http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~lcrew/rel.html -----Original Message----- From: Byham, Kim <Kim.Byham@nypa.gov> Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 12:08 PM To: email@example.com Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Your take on anti-Christian violence The Rev. Canon Gregory K. Cameron Deputy Secretary General and Director of Ecumenical Affairs The Anglican Communion Office St Andrew's House 16 Tavistock Crescent London Dear Canon Cameron, I hope that you can now better appreciate why I was so upset at the inaccuracies in your address to the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada on June 1, 2004. In that address you said: "Whatever happened in New Westminster: within days of Nigeria's condemnation, the whole matter was eclipsed by the election of a Bishop Co-adjutor for the Diocese of New Hampshire in the States. These two events together caused ... enormous pain in other places - in Pakistan, Uganda, Nigeria, and Egypt, where Christians - and not just Anglicans, but Baptists and Copts and others - have been publicly pilloried and physically attacked, and their homes set on fire, and people physically assaulted." I wrote you on June 8 and when I pressed you for examples, you had none. After considerable additional correspondence you came up with a single newspaper ad mocking the Anglican Church. Certainly you had and have no support for your claim that people were "physically assaulted" or that "homes [were] set on fire" as a result of the Canadian and American actions in support of equal rights for gay and lesbian people. Despite your concession that you had no basis for your claims you declined to provide the Anglican Church of Canada with a correction for your misstatement which you say, no doubt with some sincerity, was based on what people you assumed to be reliable told you. As I pointed out, however, you should have used some phrase which suggested that you were relying on reports from others, reports which turned out to be totally without foundation. Now we are seeing true violence against Christians, certainly in Nigeria and Pakistan and possibly in Uganda and Egypt, as a result of the European cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed. Christians are being killed and churches burnt. This real violence makes me more angry than ever that you felt it was necessary to rely on invented violence where none existed. Indeed, in your address to the Canadian Church you seemed to suggest that the action of the Canadian and American Churches caused the violence. Have you personally spoken in any public venue condemning the actions of the European cartoonists and those who published their work? I am not suggesting you should. Their actions were tasteless and thoughtless but were not Christian related, except ethnically. However, no matter how callous was the publication of the cartoons, it cannot justify the death and destruction which has followed. In part, too, it is a pretext which has ignited violence which laid just below the surface. In your address to the Canadian General Synod you did not blame the victim or the perpetrator of violence, but rather the "outside instigators," i.e., the American and Canadian Churches. In the case of the cartoons, the publishers undoubtedly share some of the blame. The difference is that in the latter case the violence is real, not the product of the kind of rumor mill that many of us are all too familiar with in worldwide Anglicanism. Again, I think you owe the Canadian Church an explanation and apology. It is not too late. Yours in Christ's love, Kim Byham Member of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church
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