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Monday, December 25, 2006

Bishop Prick

posted by on December 25 at 12:33 PM

Episcopal churches in the United States, horrified by the liberal drift of their church (ordaining women, marrying gay people), have crawled into bed with this man.

The way he tells the story, the first and only time Archbishop Peter J. Akinola knowingly shook a gay person’s hand, he sprang backward the moment he realized what he had done.

Archbishop Akinola, the conservative leader of Nigeria’s Anglican Church who has emerged at the center of a schism over homosexuality in the global Anglican Communion, re-enacted the scene from behind his desk Tuesday, shaking his head in wonder and horror.

“This man came up to me after a service, in New York I think, and said, ‘Oh, good to see you bishop, this is my partner of many years,’” he recalled. “I said, ‘Oh!’ I jumped back.”

Nigeria recently passed a law that makes it a crime for two gay people to be in the same room together, a bill Archbishop Bigot supports. Two gay men or two lesbians seen together could wind up in prison for five years. (Where they would encounter many other homos, presumably.) I would ask if the American congregations that recently voted to put themselves under this bigot’s authority also support that draconian law but I already know the answer. These “conservative” parishes are all in Virginia, home to America’s most draconian anti-gay laws.

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You might check out Astrid Storm's comments on this schism at Slate. Her take on the situation in with these churches in Virginia is "good riddance". They represent the wackiest of anti-gay congregations in an already anti-gay state. Anyway, Astrid's article is quite edifying on the subject.

As an Episcopalian gay man, the one thing I knew I didn't have to worry about in the coming out process was my church, so it's worrisome and hurtful that these congregations in Virgina have decided to tear themselves away over people like me. I'm comforted and a little proud, however, that the vast majority of the Episcopal congregation in this country is on the side of the angels.

Posted by Sail | December 25, 2006 3:05 PM

of course nigerians hate gays.Nigerians are all piss poor and really really dumb. poor people always blame gays for all of their problems since gays have a lot of disposable income. I am not angry at the nigerians for hating me. I mean, I would hate me too if I lived in a stinky hut starving to death and there was a herd of mangy giraffes roaming around my dirty front yard. I live in a nice 300000 condo and work from home doing telephone sales. I don't even have to get up till 1200 pm! So , smelly nigerians, hate me I don't care. But realize that every time I see one of those stupid commercials about how poor you are and you ask me to send you money, I say FUCK YOU. I am going to spend YOUR food money on wine. HA HA.

Posted by nigerianpuncher | December 25, 2006 9:34 PM

I think Nigerians should worry less about us gays and more about learning how to swat flies from their face. I mean they are SO stupid that they can't even figure out that moving their hand across their face makes flies GO AWAY. I mean how many times have I turned on the discovery channel and seen some lazy stupid nigerian just sitting in the dirt with like 100 flies just sitting on his face. I may be gay but at least I know how to swat flies, STUPID.

Posted by yeah | December 25, 2006 9:42 PM

Nigeria needs more gays. I mean Nigerians have no fashion sense at all. They are so stupid that they can't even invent pants! Listen idiots....putting a leather cover over your weiner does not constitute wearing pants, ok. Worry less about us gays and more about inventing pants. Plus, lose those stupid lip things that make your lips extra big. they are UGLY.

Posted by yeah | December 25, 2006 9:47 PM

Aside from the nincompoops above, folks who have half a brain should go here: and cast your vote on the "Faith and Freedom Poll"! Look at these numbers!

Do you believe that homosexual relations violate the teaching of Scripture?

Yes 99.6%

No 0.4%

Let's work on our home-grown bigots again, shall we?

Total votes: 8462

Posted by FuitenDuyvil | December 25, 2006 10:34 PM

As tragic as they are, people like these serve a great purpose for me. I can always point my family in their direction and say... "see, THESE guys are on YOUR side. Happy now?"

Posted by monkey | December 26, 2006 8:49 AM

Wow. And I thought gays would be more tolerant of other people b'c of what they have to go thru on a daily basis. But the above comments about Nigerians are sick and sad. How do you expect people to respect you if you can't respect others??? Hey, you were born gay. They were born Nigerian. It's the same thing...act like an adult and come up w/ another way to state your point.

Posted by pixie | December 26, 2006 8:55 AM

Dan, you might be interested in the 'other side' of that story; Louis Crew was the person Bishop Akinola met, and he recounts the episode on his blog:

God Always Feeds Us in the Presence of Enemies

In July 2002, I was a lector at the Enthronment of Peter Akinola (Archbishop of the Anglican Province of Nigeria)at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. Mark Sisk (Bishop of New York) invited Ernest and me, among many others, to his home to meet the archbishop at a reception afterward. The archbishop dashed to the other side of the room when I introduced him to Ernest at the punch bowl. Later in the reception Cathy Roskam (Bishop Suffragan of New York) called me over to engage the archbishop in conversation with me. Looking like a deer in headlights, he summoned an aide across the room and abruptly ended the conversation. Ernest had watched the latter scene from the doorway. "What did you say to him that put him into a panic?" he asked. "Nothing. He does not know you and me and he wants to keep it that way. Otherwise, he might have to feed my sheep."

Posted by Paul Cook-Giles | December 26, 2006 11:38 AM

The real question: when will Akinola tumble out, a la Haggard? Anyone who who reacts that violently to meeting a gay man in public has got to be a self-hating homophobe.

Posted by A in NC | December 26, 2006 2:01 PM

Yeah. Great idea: Get your spiritual guidance from one of the most backward, fucked-up parts of the world. Was the bishop of Saudia Arabia not available?

Posted by catalina vel-duray | December 26, 2006 6:03 PM

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