Special convention a step toward schism

Guest Commentary

by Charlie Smith    
Published: October 31, 2009 in Guest Commentary, Opinion

Four of the five anti-gay resolutions presented at the Special Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina were easily passed by the clergy and lay delegates on Oct. 23.

The fifth resolution, a condescending bit of triteness, resolved “not to condone prejudice or deny the dignity of any person, including but not limited to, those who believe themselves to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered,” but to continue to “speak the truth in love as Holy Scripture commends.”

That resolution was tabled for a future discussion, which of course will never happen. I guess the delegates figured that since the truth had not been spoken all day, “Why start now?”

The only difference between Bishop Lawrence and the gay-funeral-picketing Rev. Fred Phelps is that Phelps has enough integrity to say what he means and mean what he says. He hates gay people and he puts that hatred right in your face. Bishop Lawrence and Kendall Harmon must pray daily that they could have Fred Phelp’s spine. Instead, they sugar coat their bigotry to the point that the entire diocese is on the verge of succumbing to a diabetic coma. Why not just say what you want to say, Bishop Lawrence?

With the conclusion of the convention, this 30-year discussion is now over. As soon as Bishop Lawrence and Kendall Harmon can figure out a way to abscond with the diocesan treasury and church lands they’ll be heading for the exit. My suggestion to them and the 39 parishes who voted to disengage from everything but the pension fund of the national church: Don’t let the screen door hit you on the way out!

It’s time for those who care about our community to get back to helping those in need and doing the work that so desperately needs to be done here. We have wasted enough time appeasing the bigots who for the moment are running the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina. We were here when they got here and we’ll be here when they’re gone. God bless their little hearts!