Sunday, February 16, 2014

two views to an end

Presiding Bishop on LGBT rights

The Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori
The Episcopal Church (TEC)
30 January 2014

"No one of God’s children is worth less or more than another; none is to be discriminated against because of the way in which she or he has been created."


We Are Not 'All God's Children' 

Matt Barber
8 February 2014

"Indeed, God both created and loves – in a way most unfathomable – everyone who ever lived. He wove us together in our mother’s womb and numbered our every hair. But God the Father has only one begotten Son. The rest of us, in order to become one of God’s children, must be adopted – in, by and through – the One Who is the Son: Jesus Christ. Those who are not adopted are not children of God. Christ and Christ alone is “the way, the truth and the life.”"


I cannot see any way around the plain assertion by the Most Rev. Schori in her January address on LGBT rights being exactly and unequivocally that:

  • Homosexual folk are created by God as homosexuals…
  • Any ideation that homosexuality is a behaviour, and thus must be regarded as a sin (and in need of repentance, turning, amending and the forgiveness of God), is tossed out the window irrevocably…
  • And the ideation that homosexuals were created by God as homosexuals both allows and mandates that to say otherwise violates their basic human rights and that protecting their identity/behaviour/sin is inherent in (and stated to be) the mission of the Episcopal Church.

It is in that lack of necessity to repent, turn, and be forgiven by God that the problem begins…

The love of God sets us free from license: it does not give us permission ("freedom") to live there…

And to claim that homosexuals are created as homosexuals is a most dangerous undertaking.

And I say it again: where does the love of God take us? It does not take us to a place where we can live in sin. Being set free from bondage to sin remains the freedom of the faith.

Because one sin cannot be forgiven, and it involves claiming the work of the Evil One as that of the Holy Spirit of our Lord, you can readily see why many of us are distressed…

And why the clearest comprehension of what the Most Rev. Schori is stating as the mission of the Episcopal Church is requisite.

The mission of any Church that claims to be under the lordship of Jesus Christ is setting out the Gospel of our Lord, who came to set the captives free.

If we assert that sin is acceptable as is to God, we are not working in concert with our Lord to see that the captives are set free.

I have been waiting, as have many, for the Most. Rev. Schori to exactly say what she has said in her January address, above.

I AGREE that the love of God in us will facilitate respect for the dignity of others. The question of what that dignity might be, however, needs the careful analysis.

Christ healed a woman who had had an issue of blood for eighteen years. She had hoped to have the illness privately healed, hence her touching the hem of His robe, rather than asking to be healed. Any woman who has nervously smoothed the back of her dress before stepping out in a crowd will know exactly what that woman was hoping to facilitate in her own personal idea of healing will allow me dignity

However, in the same sense that Light invades darkness, and overcomes (that is, replaces) it, the woman could not have been healed privately.

Light had come!

When the darkness was overcome, her privacy (the exact 'essence' of dignity, for her) got tossed with it: what is of the day is plainly visible.

Dignity, in the Kingdom, is that place wherein Light has overcome the darkness.

I BELIEVE that God meets each of us where we are: how could we be met, otherwise?

Certainly, we cannot ascend to His level, to meet Him there!

But God does not leave us where He finds us, and that is the precious and fragile wonder of the faith: that we can be made new, and that God who loves us made (and makes) new possible for each of us.

The old wineskin gets tossed, belovéd.

It is in denying our brethren the opportunity to be made new in Christ Jesus that the mission of the Episcopal Church is confirmed at its most dangerous—.

To be exact…

At its most damning (exact sense of that word intended).

If you have not sinned, you cannot be forgiven.

I will not presume to say that the Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori has veered into the place that will not be forgiven.

Just that I cannot go where she is going with her…

NOTE TO READERS: I have been veering into a sabbatical, of late, with Notes from the Dying City, and balance uneasily as of yet on whether to make it official, or continue vacillating. The necessary readership for the amount of work involved in producing a blog has not developed. Too, another project that may prove more capable of setting out what I had hoped to accomplish herein seems to be gaining strength.

In addition, the sheer volume of 'awful' that I read out there, daily, seems to increase now. Setting in the little that I have handed on is like trying to plug a broken dam with one finger in a hole…

We live in a time when such is no longer possible.

Whether others are observing the increase in 'awful' is not mine to know. Certainly, some days it seemed like all the news was old, and even ho hum.

No ho hum now…

And I am speaking herein of the last few weeks or so of my observing, within the frame of this blog's existence.

Too, the sheer rapidity with which the destruction of this country is being accomplished came home to me recently as I listened to a report on some event—I think it was the Super Bowl, but would not wish to be held to it.

The reports had been covering how 'safe' everyone would be: from snipers placed at strategic points to helicopters to the more 'normal' safety measures now de rigueur. This particular report encapsulated all (in thirty seconds or less), along with the reports from happy crowd members jostling each other as each joyously proclaimed how 'safe they had felt.'

Whoa babe.

This is America now.

This is our country. And scarcely the tip of the iceberg of horrors set in amongst us…

As analysis of the whole, however, I remain of the opinion that I have not been able to do what I had hoped. The distance from one corner of the faith to the corner on its opposite end is so relentless in its hugeness that it has not been possible for me to set in what I hear on that opposite side to the audience herein.

In that I concede I have failed. In the main, yes, many bloggers (and news sites) accomplish what I attempted here: the issue has never been, however, that the news was handed on.

It has been that the particular corner of the faith wherein I reside is not as prone to reading what I read, and the hope that I could 'reframe' into the language that 'we' speak was the driving force behind what I hoped to hand on.

Because to preach to the choir, as my dad is fond of reminding, accomplishes little.

To merely hand on what we were all reading anyway could scarcely have been necessary!

Whether or not particular elements of that 'other side' can be trusted, however, remains a lament tainted with agenda…

I came to less of an ability to trust a great many 'authorities' as I worked with handing on. Yes, the reality remains: I do not want to be blind-sided, and far better to have tried to get out some sense of the whole, whether any of it ever came to pass (conspiracy theory is to 'maybe' as traditional news reporting is to 'happened'), than to have gone along thinking nothing was afoot…

And then be swept away, unprepared for the flood.

A generic inability to trust as 'insiders' individuals who may not be (the ultimate outcome of agenda) as truth-oriented as we are, then, both remains and accelerated, over the short course of this blog.

In the end, however, it is not so much time that I need to 'free up' to work on the other project more fully. Many bloggers blog in addition to full-time jobs that are far more demanding than my own.

It is in freeing up heart that I will gain, in firming up a sabbatical for Notes from the Dying City.

And heart, in any enterprise, is vital…

If any readers out there read this post, prayer to the one Lord who calls us from darkness on behalf of the new project would be most humbly appreciated. Many thanks to all who have supported the blog, especially to our Anglican Curmudgeon, for listing it in his sidebar of Episcopal and Anglican blogs.

I will leave Notes from the Dying City online, as several posts are read at large, even now, and the reality remains that items that must be trumpeted, for the sheer indignation of their existence, will continue to develop.

It's just that…

So many have, and I begin to lift my hands, then let them fall, eyes glazed over…

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

if you are ignoring abortion, you shouldn't be

Left Redefines Abortion as End-of-Life Care

Trey Sanchez
Truth Revolt
11 February 2014

"A story on has redefined abortion as "end-of-life care." The author is a medical student and mother who, with her husband, chose to have an abortion saying it was a "parenting decision" -- not one of when life begins, but a decision of "how and when life should end…"


And pink hearts celebrating…

Hat tip: Infowars

the man in the puppet strings

Where In The Constitution Does It Say Obama Can Rule By Decree And “Do Whatever He Wants”?

Michael Snyder
End of the American Dream
11 February 2014

"Throughout human history, political power has always tended to become concentrated in the hands of one man.  The Founding Fathers knew this, and they tried very hard to keep that from happening in the United States.  A system in which the people rule themselves is a very precious and fragile thing."


I do not for an instant believe Mr. Obama is skilled enough (if I may) to become a dictator. 

He begins, actually, to remind me of Mr. Biden.

A man painted as a clown, yet not even up to the profession.

Mere buffoon.

However, that this country is headed toward a dictatorship, and Mr. Obama may be at its head, I do not for a moment doubt.

And while Mr. Obama might be that painted 'clown,' I suspect something there is behind Mr. Biden's clowning…

And the rest of it remains to be seen.

crossfire of the enemy (apocalyptic, cont'd)

Mob of teens attack man in downtown Cleveland

Ed Gallek
WOIO 19 Action News
11 February 2014

"…six to eight teenagers surrounded him on the bus, and then started following him.

Then, he said they attacked, took his stuff, and videotaped what they were doing."


Hat tip: Steve Quayle

Why does this concern? Did you note this began with surrounding the man attacked (a disabled Army vet) on a city bus?

But it doesn't stop there.

What I didn't post, above: "Violent teens and even mobs have been a problem around Public Square recently."

And, just in the last two months from this same site:

And did you see this one on the nightly news?

Our kids are in the crossfire of the enemy.

Prayers, needed. I am not one who believes that we are going to escape the hour: too many things that veer into elements of what Christ warned are on the table now.

But that we must go into that hour with everything we have in us to fight against its coming remains.

Because in the end, it is the individuals who can be saved against that enemy, one by one by one, that will make the angels clap with joy

the apocalyptic now, and tallying

Panicked Shoppers Fight Over Food Amid ‘Snowpocalypse’

Adan Salazar & Kit Daniels
11 February 2014

"If Americans already engage in riots and mass panic buys at nearly every opportunity, it’s certainly no stretch to speculate the type of scene witnessed in Atlanta grocery stores could unfold in every U.S. city in the event of a bank run, a food stamp crisis or the dollar’s eventual collapse."


The big if, however, remains, the balance point. Because I live in the heart of the city, here in Atlanta, and depend on public transportation, I had to make grocery runs both Monday and Tuesday evenings. 

I left work Tuesday just before 4:30 p.m. Earlier than my normal five p.m., but the wind chill was already 28º, and the gusts strong enough that I had to hold my hood in place as I walked to Civic Center station. 

The co-worker who had to wait for everybody to leave before he could lock up had felt ice in the mist as he stepped outside to check conditions.

As I crossed the street at Midtown station, I quizzed a passerby I saw carrying Publix bags (several bags divided between both hands, as is the norm with city dwellers), if the store (a tiny shoebox near Georgia Tech) was crowded.


I could hear a woman behind me asking if they still had food.

Yes, plenty.

I expected food, as I had heard before leaving work that all the stores in Atlanta had restocked.

West Peachtree St. is a multi-lane major Atlanta throughfare. Crossed it on a green lightnot a car coming anywhere, down the long stretch visible towards downtown Atlanta.

All the cash registers were scanning purchases, however, when I headed down the stairs at Publix, and each had maybe one or two customers already waiting in line. In the space of just those few minutes from when I asked the passerby and reached the store, then, it was already hotting up. Had I waited until five to leave work, I might have been substantially delayed.

For all that no one was on the road,  I suspected that everyone who had gone to work Tuesday (when we originally expected the storm to hit) were going to divert by the store on their way home.

I went straight across the store to get my milk, first.

Backtracked by the meat section, hoping for soup bone (hard to find on the best of days). Nada. I saw the Tech students walking up and down past the pork, lamb, beef and ready-to-cook, worried frowns on their faces. What to buy, what to prepare for. Back and forth, and edgy.

Headed to produce still working the store backward, where no ears of corn were available in an otherwise fully stocked produce section: I asked, when I did not see them, from an attendant busily emptying huge boxes of fresh produce.

Diverted after getting oranges and watermelon to the canned vegetable aisle. In that short space of time, yes, the store was standing room only. The aisle was navigated with wait, dart past, wait.

And no black beans. 

But that one item was the only one I saw (other than fresh corn) that was not available. Clearly, a lot of us were dreaming spicy Mexican cuisines, to warm during the snow days!

I left Publix at that point, however, having what I needed to get through until the city is up again. The registers were a trifle busier than when I had first come in, but manageable. Nothing like Monday, at Kroger, when the "Less than Ten Item" lines wrapped around the store.

The regular registers, however, had only had lines of maybe four or five customers, so I took my place Monday night in one of them, wondering, with other customers, why the lines that snaked back around the corner at the frozen section.

Maybe they were assuming the worst had already happened…

We have hospitals, I see, this morning, listed as closed. How do you close a hospital?

Last night, Mayor Kasim Reed sent out a robo-call to Atlanta city dwellers with emergency numbers and warnings for today.

I suspect Atlanta might just do fine, the tweets in the above link and notes herein notwithstanding. Yes, the mainstream news before begins to read now like typical conspiracy theory/alternative citizen news: that would be, predictions about what might happen, rather than what did…

Catastrophic storm coming…

The apocalyptic now, and tallying…

Monday night, waiting the bus with a senior citizen who looked, surely, to be preparing to hunker down for the next century, the bus rolled to a stop a car or two from the small shelter with bench that is the designated wait point.

I headed up to meet it, as passengers were getting off. The woman with whom I had been chatting tried to gather her own, but had too much. She asked me to tell the driver to get her there.

But as I got on the bus, and alerted the driver, he stopped the bus, got off, and, with another passenger, rushed to help her with her many packages.

And, when the two of us ended up getting off at the same stop, did so again.

Way to go, Marta. 

And way to go, Atlanta. Yes, we are in our apocalyptical moments now, and too frequently, and that is the generic 'why' of notes from the dying city. In the present moment of that apocalyptical, the wind gusts are picking up (35 mph), the ice-laden trees are rapidly becoming iffy in the gusts, and, as one blogger I read frequently noted yesterday, the Georgia ice storm could take us off the electric grid. 

At the present moment, seventy-five thousand are already without power in Georgia (WSB-TV).

Time there was when the observation would merely have been that an ice storm was predicted, with power outages (after they occurred)…

But moments remain, and abounding, wherein we are still able to remember our origin, and our destination, and as long as we can hold…

Because for all the bad news reported here (and the unbelievable amount I read now, eyes not yet able to glaze over, then turn from, unable to hand on), moments of 'hold' do indeed remain.

Does that mean we can look at the coming day, and shrug?


Just the reminder that, for all the wonderful stories the media here kept handing on about how folk were going up and down the highways, handing out food, water, and hope, two weeks ago, I ran across stories on-line from people reporting hands-on witnesses that said the exact opposite…

Lot of people have agendas.

Read everything, trust nothing, keep praying…

Just the generic, here.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

do not go here quietly

Berkley: Islamic Professor Hatem Bazian Forces Students To Tweet About "Islamophobia" For Grade

Janna Brock
Freedom Outpost
6 February 2014

"Universities have always been places where professors espouse agendas on their students, but now, in 2014, campuses are becoming places of Islamic jihadist indoctrination."



gay rights & the Church

The Gay Attack on American Values

Alan Carubi
Warning Signs
5 February 2014

"MassResistance regards the case as “the beginning of the homosexual movement’s legal assault on conservative churches, particularly Catholic, that have steadfastly refused to modify their religious convictions and comply with the homosexual movement’s demands on society. Up until now they’ve been largely left alone. But that is about to change.”"


gay rights & the EU

‘Gay rights’ must be pushed by all EU states: report passed in European Parliament

Hilary White
Life News
4 February 2014

"Family rights advocates are decrying the passage of a report that requires EU member states to adopt and enforce the homosexual movement’s political agenda and “gender” ideology. The “Roadmap for LGBTI Rights,” called the Lunacek Report, was passed this afternoon in the EU Parliament with 394 in favor, 176 against and 72 abstentions."


Thursday, February 6, 2014

another Obamacare alert

Children With Severe Medical Conditions Denied Treatment by Obamacare Plans

Steven Ertelt
Life News
6 February 2014

"New Obamacare exchange plans are going to be more restrictive, with less access to doctors and healthcare centers with specialized expertise and high reputations for providing effective life-saving medical treatment. "


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

four, not three (plus the missing reporter)

Financial world shaken by 4 bankers' apparent suicides in a week

3 February 2014

"The apparent suicide death of the chief economist of a US investment house brings the number of financial workers who have died allegedly by their own hand to four in the last week."


The earlier report may be found here.

not as funny as it sounds

Look Out Wikipedia! Here Come the Feminists!

Dave Jolly
The Last Resistance
 5 February 2014

"Sometime in the next week, they plan on carrying out their Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon to feminize Wikipedia.  They plan on re-writing as much of the website as possible to make it less masculine.  Some of the schools involved in the Edit-a-Thon include the University of Texas, University of Iowa, Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison."


Hell hath no distortedness like a woman scorned…

conspiracy theory is to 'will happen' as trajectory is to goal

Supreme Court Justice Confirms American Internment Camps Will Happen Again: “It is the Reality”

Mac Slavo
4 February 2014

"If you’re paying attention you can see the signs everywhere. The government of the United States is preparing for a widespread event that, based on their recent activities, will require the deployment of armed police, military and even a multi-million strong civilian security force.

This is happening and a Supreme Court Justice of the United States just confirmed that there will be no stopping it."


vulgarity instead of sweet grace (the accelerating tale)

Students film feminist porno in Columbia University library

Katherine Timpf
Campus Reform
3 February 2014

"One of the film’s creators, Columbia art and history major Coco Young, told the IvyGate blog that the library itself represented sexism at the school because only male author’s names are on the facade of the building."


Hat tip: Drudge Report

Be sure to visit the Gawker link embedded within the article.

the story behind Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg Of The Raging Heroin Abuse Epidemic In America

Michael Snyder
The American Dream
5 February 2014

"America is dying, and this is just another symptom of our steady decline."


Tolerance to heroin is edgy. You can take the same amount of the drug and the next time will kill. Reminder that these are our kids, too, who are playing with a drug that is dangerous regardless of whether it is contaminated with other products.

Contamination, however, is occurring at large, and responsible for many of the current rash of heroin deaths—and may be implicated in Hoffman's death.

Which is to remind. Again. It's not just somebody else's kids getting high on heroin.

It's our neighbors.

It's our daughters and sons. 

from the National Geographic
an explanation of how tolerance figures in (Business Insider)

HOPE A Parents Initiative

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

suicides, or not?

A Rash of Deaths and a Missing Reporter – With Ties to Wall Street Investigations

Pam Martens
Wall Street on Parade
3 February 2014

"Missing from the reports is the salient fact that all three of the financial firms the executives worked for are under investigation for potentially serious financial fraud."


Hat tip: Infowars

Catholic schools in the cross-fire

Massachusetts Catholic school harassed for denying job to man in same-sex marriage

Matthew Archbold
Life Site News
4 February 2014

"…employees at Catholic schools are obligated to both teach and model Catholic values.  Similar cases of Catholic schools being forced to defend their Catholic identity have become increasingly common, as many states have legalized same-sex marriage. "


femi-nazis again


2 Feb 2014

"Today, FEMEN Spain has attacked main Madrid’s archbishop, Antonio (known as Toño) Mª Rouco Varela, one of lobbyist of anti abortion law in Spain. Five sextremists tackle him screaming “Toño fuera de mi coño”"


from the AFP feed

Hat tip: Life News

Abortion is sacred, they cry. And other things I won't translate. The link at Femen has additional material: highly recommend (if readers can stomach it) visiting the home page of the Femen website.

That just does not look like milk dripping from that woman's lips.