Every time a homophobic person tries to scare others by saying “You don’t want to have happen to us what is happening to the Episcopalians!” I get annoyed.

What is happening in the Anglican church is that conservative separatists are threatening to ruin the church if they don’t get their way.

And now that same Episcopalian faction has a new threat. If the church affirms female bishops, they will leave.

Same people, same arguments, same tactics as are being against GLBT people. Thankfully, more people are aware of this kind of discrimination then are aware of homophobia (another form of sexism).

But “what is happening to the Episcopalians” is making people more aware.

Today it is GLBT under attack in the United Methodist Church.

Tomorrow it is women.

And it goes on and on.

Hopefully, the shocking discrimination of this misguided group will make many more aware of the danger of going backwards towards oppression and exclusion.

Will Green

Will J. Green has been a member of RMN's Board of Directors since 2004. Since 2002, he has been working in local churches in the New England Annual Conference, first on Cape Cod and later in Newton, MA. Currently, he serves St. Nicholas UMC in Hull, MA and is in the ordination process to become an elder. Will also works as a Housing Advocate in downtown Boston where he helps homeless people find housing. His favorite scripture passage is the one he has most recently read and his favorite hymn is the one currently stuck in his head.

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