Monday, January 8, 2007

John Yates and Os Guinness: 5 Outrages -- Why We Left the Episcopal Church

Posted by Rick Pearcey

"We believe it is time to set the record straight as to why our church and so many others around the country have severed ties with the Episcopal Church," say Rev. John Yates and author Os Guinness in the Washington Post today.

* What the Core Issue Isn't: "The core issue in why we left is not women's leadership. It is not 'Episcopalians against equality,' as the headline on a recent Post op-ed by Harold Meyerson put it. It is not a 'leftward' drift in the church. It is not even primarily ethical -- though the ordination of a practicing homosexual as bishop was the flash point that showed how far the repudiation of Christian orthodoxy had gone."

* What the Core Issue Is: "The core issue for us is theological: the intellectual integrity of faith in the modern world. It is thus a matter of faithfulness to the lordship of Jesus, whom we worship and follow." . . .

* Godless Episcopalians: "The American Episcopal Church no longer believes the historic, orthodox Christian faith common to all believers. Some leaders expressly deny the central articles of the faith -- saying that traditional theism is 'dead,' the incarnation is 'nonsense,' the resurrection of Jesus is a fiction, the understanding of the cross is 'a barbarous idea,' the Bible is 'pure propaganda' and so on." . . .

* Cultural Captivity: "Cutting itself off from the universal faith that spans the centuries and the continents, it becomes culturally captive to one culture and one time. While professing tolerance and inclusiveness, certain Episcopal attitudes toward fellow believers around the world, who make up a majority of the Anglican family, have been arrogant and even racist."

* Anglicans Yes, Episcopalians No: "We remain Anglicans but leave the Episcopal Church because the Episcopal Church first left the historic faith. Like our spiritual forebears in the Reformation, 'Here we stand. So help us God. We can do no other.'"

The entire column by Rev. John Yates and Os Guinness, including the 5 outrages they protest, is available here.

Rick Pearcey is editor and publisher of The Pearcey Report.

Townhall Columnist: "Most of the Racists in America Are Black"

Posted by Rick Pearcey

"Recently, I was being interviewed on radio by a black woman," writes author and Townhall columnist Burt Prelutsky. "We were discussing my new book and were getting along just fine until she decided to attack me for suggesting that most of the racists in America are black."

* Janet Jackson: "She refuted my conclusion, arguing that even the brouhaha a few years back over Janet Jackson’s bared breast proved that white America was a racist society."

* Britney and Madonna: "I couldn’t believe my ears. I asked her if she’d been unaware of the stink raised over Britney Spears smooching with Madonna. And that display took place on a music awards show that had nothing near the audience that the Super Bowl commanded." . . .

* Black-on-Black: "The fact is, most blacks who are raped, robbed and murdered, are the victims, not of white bigots or white cops, but of black thugs."

* White Society Out to Get Them: "But some people find it easier to play the race card, to pretend every time black celebrities are arrested, it’s because rotten white society is out to get them. Funny how that works, though."

* And Yet: "The same society that arrested O.J. Simpson had first given him a college education and then handed him millions of dollars to play football, make movies, and run through airports in TV commercials.

"The very same society that arrested Michael Jackson, Mike Tyson and Kobe Bryant, first made them kazillionaires.

"It’s the same society that has made icons of Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby, Michael Jordan, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Tiger Woods, Quincy Jones, Alice Walker, Beyonce Knowles, Toni Morrison, Barry Bonds, Shaquille O’Neal, Colin Powell, Will Smith, Condoleezza Rice and, most recently, Barack Obama."

* Oprah Who? "If this were a racist society, believe me, we would not know any of those names."

Burt Prelutsky's column, "It's Black and White," is here.

Rick Pearcey is editor and publisher of The Pearcey Report.