Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Judas Church

In a shameful turn of events, the Methodist Church of South Africa has today betrayed the trust of all its non heterosexual members and supporters - and its foundational message of inclusive worship - by upholding the guilty verdict handed down at an earlier internal hearing which discontinued the services of Methodist minister Ecclesia de Lange - a Methodist minister who is also a gay woman for daring to marry her partner albeit in another church.

The Methodist Church of South Africa has thus fumbled a perfect opportunity to right past wrongs, to truly show a meaningful welcome to the pink community in its ranks - and has instead chosen to compound them by affirming instead rejection and bigotry.

Now all GLBTI people know that the leadership of the Methodist Church of South Africa is not welcoming and affirming - but is merely tolerant - and only tolerant up to a point of law.

We now see that we are good enough to serve, but only as long as we leave our natures at the church door - while others may come to the table of Christ as they wish to. We know now that we should not expect to be treated like everyone else - with equality, dignity or respect. We see now that the Methodist Church of South Africa has chosen to turn its back on us - and on the message of Christ who died for everyone, all inclusively.

It is with indignation and revulsion that I strongly condemn this hateful act of discrimination which enforces prejudice and which seeks to overturn the very actions and sentiments which resulted in the very same organisation taking a heroic stand against Apartheid in the 1980's. I find the convenience of their morality and the hypocrisy evident in this, shocking and truly profound.

I am utterly disgusted by this display of prejudice on the part of the Methodist Church of South Africa, as it is not simply Ecclesia alone who is on the receiving end of this unjust and willful act of hatred and bigotry - it is ALL of us.

The Time Saving Agency” by Christina Engela
The TSA liked having fresh agents on the job with a clear mind and steady hand.  Time travel wasn’t for the faint of heart.  The pay was good enough, but as Scrooby had decided long ago, that even if he didn’t get paid for it, the thrill alone was payment enough.  Then again, the TSA realized they couldn’t afford to have disgruntled employees with the power of God at their fingertips, so the pay was very, very good.

Things happen at a certain time in a certain way, which in a sense, is what it’s all about.  If it didn’t, then things would be completely different. Johnathan Scrooby was extremely tense. His job at the Time Saving Agency was a tough one.  Billions of lives depended on him not screwing up.  Once, he’d screwed up in only a small way and people wore those little yellow smiley faces on t-shirts for decades afterwards.  And that was just a small screw up.

A week ago, the American War of Independence was fought in Mexico. Yesterday Napoleon managed to dig a tunnel across the English Channel, invaded London and everybody at the Agency ended up speaking French for a while. Sorting that out had been… well, challenging. Mon dieu.

Something smelled funny in the Anals of History.  Things were not as they were supposed to be. Someone somewhere was tinkering with the works. Somehow, he had to go back and fix it or who knows what might happen this time.

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Organizers of the support group which has supported Ecclesia have announced plans for legal action. I support them wholeheartedly in this. It is time that churches found out that Constitutional rights and equalities for all people do not end at the church door. It is time these hypocrites and back stabbers learned that they too are subject to higher laws which grant equality to everyone - even those they do not like - and to laws which abolish persecution on unreasonable grounds. It is time they learned that, as employers - they are NOT above the laws of the land. It is time they learn that they are a church - and not the law.

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