The Posse has been accused of picking on Protestants from time to time, however we would like to point out that we are reaching the point where nothing we could say about them would make them look more foolish than their own actions.
Our latest example comes courtesy of Mark Steyn, who notes with amusement (and perhaps despair) the fact that it is apparently possible to be both a practicing Muslim and an Episcopal priest. From the article in the Seattle Times:
Officials at the national Episcopal Church headquarters said they are not aware of any other instance in which a priest has also been a believer in another faith. They said it's up to the local bishop to decide whether such a priest could continue in that role.
We would just like to interject that this would be grounds for instant excommunication for a Catholic. At the very least. Not only that, the bishop would have some 'splaining to do. But not in Anglicanland:
Redding's bishop, the Rt. Rev. Vincent Warner, says he accepts Redding as an Episcopal priest and a Muslim, and that he finds the interfaith possibilities exciting.
Well of course he is. Anything to try to keep those pews from emptying entirely - even if it means abandoning the faith that built them.
Now we're all for ecumenicalism, but there comes a point where a religion actually has to believe in something definate. Either Jesus Christ is the Son of God or he is a prophet of Allah. He cannot be both.
Islam teaches that Jesus was a prophet and did not die on the cross. This is incompatible with the core belief of Christianity. Thus as much as this priestess would like both to be true, they cannot be.
Meanwhile, over at the Belmont Club, Wretchard what Steyn correctly describes as the perfect contrast to this idiocy - the fact that Islamic authorities in Malaysia refuse to let a Muslim convert be officially listed as Christian.
There is no question that the "mainline" Protestants are in a state of slow collapse.
A second example (h/t to Steyn) is this: The most pressing theological question in for the Anglicans in Canada is providing formal church blessings for "gay partnerships." No, not these aren't prayers for upbeat business enterprises but benedictions on practicing sodomites.
We're not sure how that would work. Presumably the priest will bring the happy couple up to the altar solemnly tear out the passages of the Bible that condemn sodomy, and then light the unity candle with them.
This passage is unintentionally hilarious:
While the Anglican Church of Canada has not, in any diocese, granted permission for clergy to perform same-sex marriages, Toronto's Church of the Holy Trinity, which already exercises the authority of blessing same-sex unions, plans to go further and perform gay "marriage" ceremonies.
"I think we're going to be consistent and move in that direction," the Rev. Jim Ferry told the Star. "Our parish is not about to go backwards."
Indeed, that could be quite painful.
One of the more amusing tendencies of post-60s Protestantism is the idea that it is courageous to sanction immoral behavior. Of course the problem with this, as we've noted before, is that it is ultimately self-defeating.
If God is an all-forgiving hep cat, why bother to go to church at all? If marriage is whatever people want it to be, the desire to go and have a priest say anything about it one way or another eventually disappears.
We suspect that will be the ultimate outcome of the Anglican Sacrament for Sodomites: A few will show up, but mostly just to piss off religious conservatives. After a while, even that momentary blip in altar activity will fade.
Meanwhile, the remaining serious worshippers will depart for a religion that actually backs up its tenets with action - like radical Islam.
It is an historical fact that no faith has ever experienced growth through the systematic weakening of its dogma. From the Cathars to the Anabaptists, the Wahabis to the Wesleyans, religious awakenings have always been driven by a call for a renewed, more vigorous and austere form of worship.
The Anglicans have it exactly backwards: By redefining everything as acceptable to their church, they aren't expanding their pool of believers, they are merely accelerating their members' absorbtion into other faiths.