Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Episcopalians & Unitarians: Pro-Gay All the Way--and Beyond

Bay Windows (June 16-22) reports on their fun fun fun Gay Pride parade last week. The "religious" underpinnings for their celebration were provided by the American Episcopal Church and the Unitarian Universalists.

American Episcopalians, renowned for their openly gay bishop in New Hampshire, now parade their Massachusetts Bishop Thomas Shaw at Gay Pride. He was so excited to be participating in his first Pride event! (And let's not forget the Globe recently ran the wedding photo of two brides, one of whom is the Episcopal priest from Bedford's St. Paul's Church.)

Bishop Shaw explained his theology: "You know that, the pope is wrong.... And the Christian fundamentalists are wrong. They think that they know about scripture but they don't -- at least not around the issue of who God loves and who God cherishes."

He said that Jesus was constantly "having the circle enlarged. What he'd known to be religious truth about who was acceptable and who wasn't acceptable, he let it be enlarged and enlarged and enlarged until with his offering on the cross and his death he says no one is outside the circle of God's love. That every one of us is embraced and loved by God." Shaw seems to be saying that Jesus was a bit confused and had limited understanding at first, but learned and grew as he experienced more of the human condition and saw more of the world! [Does Shaw believe Jesus was God and man?]

The "anything-goes" Unitarians have a long track record on homosexual "marriage". So it was only fitting that "they were hands down the largest contingent at Pride." The nearly 1000 UU marchers from congregations all around the state "filled several city blocks and created a sea of pink streamers." UUs have been "marrying" homosexual couples in their churches for 30 years. So keep your eyes and ears open for their next crusade, Polyamory.

Polyamory: group unions, or "marriages". This is where the Unitarians are taking us next. The age of the participants doesn't seem to be a factor in these group unions. Don't believe us? Check it out. Here's an excerpt from their statement:

"We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote ... The inherent worth and dignity of every person; Justice, equity and compassion in human relations; These two principles are a cornerstone of Polyamory Awareness."

"UUs for Polyamory Awareness defines polyamory as the philosophy and practice of loving or relating intimately to more than one other person [does not say adult] at a time with honesty and integrity. We advocate for any form of relationship or family structure -- whether monogamous or multi-partner -- which is characterized by free and responsible choice, mutual consent of all involved, and sincere adherence to personal philosophical values. We believe that honesty, integrity, and consent in personal relationships are essential to the affirmation of the inherent worth and dignity of one's partners."

They must come out of the closet: "Spiritual growth requires integration of one's relationships and one's religion, and Polyamory Awareness within UUism promotes this integration for polyamorous UUs. The closet can be a difficult place to live, and leaving a part of oneself behind when crossing the threshold of one's church can interfere significantly with one's spiritual search. Polyamorists need to bring our entire beings, including our relationships, into our religious homes, in order to pursue spiritual growth." ...

"Monogamy freely chosen is healthy. Compulsory monogamy for every person is idolatry. Visibility of an ethical alternative lifts monogamy out of idolatry into free choice."

As we will continue to point out, the radical homosexual movement opens up all these doors. Do you really want them opened?