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Albany Episcopal Bishop Under Fire Over Gay Resolution Resistance*Bishop Bruno under more Pressure*Planned Parenthood has 3 Episcopalians*Supreme Court to hear more of DofSC Sept. 23*New Anglican Leader Stands by Lambeth Resolution 1:10

The God of rationality. All scientific research is based on the convictions that the universe is an intelligible, even meaningful, system; that there is a fundamental correspondence between the mind of the investigator and the data being investigated; and that this correspondence is rationality. In consequence, 'a scientist faced with an apparent irrationality does not accept it as final ... He goes on struggling to find some rational way in which the facts can be related to each other ... Without that passionate faith in the ultimate rationality of the world, science would falter, stagnate and die ...'(1) It is therefore no accident that the pioneers of the scientific revolution were Christians. They believed that the rational God had stamped his rationality both upon the world and upon them. --- John R.W. Stott

"When we are not at peace with God through Jesus Christ, we cannot be peacemakers -- or bringers of justice -- in the world." -- Archbishop Justin Welby

Of Works before Justification. Works done before the grace of Christ, and the Inspiration of his Spirit, are not pleasant to God, forasmuch as they spring not of faith in Jesus Christ, neither do they make men meet to receive grace, or (as the School-authors say) deserve grace of congruity: yea rather, for that they are not done as God hath willed and commanded them to be done, we doubt not but they have the nature of sin. --- Article XIII

British historian Paul Johnson makes the case that the remarkable growth of the American people from pioneering backwoodsmen to the most powerful and innovative nation on earth was largely fueled by America's religious fervor. From the piety of the pilgrims to the faith-based values of the Founding Fathers to the American belief in a divine destiny to even the marketing of Coca-Cola as "the real thing," Americans tamed the wilderness in the belief that their nation comprised a new promised land, destined to illuminate the earth with the torch of freedom and the light of human dignity. --- Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, "America's rabbi."

Imperturbable sovereignty. 'He who sits in the heavens laughs; the LORD has them in derision' (Ps. 2:4). There is no need for us to be offended by this anthropomorphism. God's 'laughter' and 'contempt' are highly dramatic imagery for his imperturbable sovereignty against which all the violent antagonism of men is ridiculous in its impotence. --- John R.W. Stott

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August 14, 2015

An article in the Albany Times Union has a headline screaming, "Episcopal bishop's opposition to same-sex marriage creates rift...opposition to Episcopal leaders' acceptance drives some away." The Times Union's bias against the orthodox Episcopal bishop slobbers with bias.

"Episcopal Bishop William Love's opposition to same-sex marriage in defiance of the recent 78th general convention of the Episcopal Church that affirmed marriage equality now predictability roils the Albany diocese has caused parishioners to quit the Cathedral of All Saints in protest," the article raged.

In a July 18 pastoral letter in response to last month's convention, Love cited the Book of Common Prayer definition of marriage as a "solemn and public covenant between a man and a woman."

Love was among just seven out of more than 100 bishops across the United States who stood against the convention's stance and publicly opposed same-sex marriage, the newspaper reported. (Actually the figure is 18 not 7.)

At a July 26 meeting that drew 60 parishioners after Sunday services at All Saints to discuss Love's pastoral letter -- the bishop did not attend because he was on sabbatical in Scotland -- emotions ran high and the contentious issue spurred angry words.

This kind of thing is predictable where controversy of a kind that can affect the souls of men and women is concerned. We should not be surprised. A former bishop of the diocese says the diocese ought to chill out. "We got over the ordination of women we will get over this," said Bishop David Ball.

Actually, no, Bishop, we won't. Ordaining women has failed to make the church grow; it is still a roiling ecclesiastical issue for many, but sodomy destroys souls. This is a communion breaking issue. It won't go away. The Global South won't let it. Bishop Love will find himself in a real dog fight when he returns from sabbatical, but then he probably knows that. The days ahead for this diocese are going to be rocky and interesting to watch.

You can read the full story in today's digest. Stay tuned.

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The pressure is being kept on Los Angeles Bishop Jon Bruno. An update from St. James the Great Newport Beach by its vicar Cindy Evans Voorhees tells the ongoing story.

"This past Friday marked 40 days and 40 nights that the St. James the Great, Newport Beach, CA, congregation has been locked out of our unsold church building. Parishioners from 4-year-olds to 90-year-olds, along with three pregnant women, and visitors now gather in a nearby park in the summer heat to worship and continue our mission and outreach in the community.

"We have learned a great deal about ourselves during this time in the wilderness and have been tempted as was Christ as well. It would be easy to give up as Bishop Bruno has hoped. Instead, we have grown and continue to intentionally embrace our call to be the body of Christ locally, nationally, and globally.

"...Yet, in the midst of this exceptional congregation, the utter callousness the diocesan leadership has shown has left me profoundly sad and nearly speechless. The congregation continues to be stonewalled by the bishop and his staff and is now being threatened with more litigation instead of pastoral care or communication. This is not the Episcopal Church we know and love. We pride ourselves on intellectual dialog, protest of injustice for the other, and speaking up for the marginalized. But St. James the Great, one of their own, has itself now been marginalized.

"Our children have asked our Sunday school teachers, 'Why have they locked us out from God?' What would you say to them? That when someone does them wrong, they can choose to stand for what is right or back down and be bullied? We encourage them to be followers of Jesus, who stood for peace and justice even in the face of adversity.

"St. James the Great is not a disposable church. We are living breathing souls who have suffered an egregious injustice from our leadership by being sold out like slaves without a place at the table. I have grieved for the many testimonials I have heard from others who have been treated in the same manner or worse by this diocesan leadership. And, although we have received amazing support from numerous clergy and churches, many more support us but fear retaliation by the bishop if they voice their support.

"We pray Bishop Bruno stops the sale of our church while he can. We pray for reconciliation. We pray the rest of the church stands with us and says what has happened to St. James the Great can never happen again."

Really, Vicar! You're amazed by Bruno's actions! Where have you been all these years? We orthodox Anglican writers know exactly where Bruno has been coming from and you are just now discovering it! I have news for you. Despite the fact that you are both theologically liberal, property and money trumps everything in TEC. If it didn't, the original inhabitants of that parish you are now in would still be there and you wouldn't. Fr. Richard Crocker's congregation of 600 souls would be happily worshipping on that property and you would be siding with Bruno. Not anymore. Bruno the bear has roared and you are getting a taste of his wrath. When you get free of his clutches (win or lose) you can search VIRTUEONLINE'S extensive archives and type in the words Charles Bennison. You will be surprised to see how much he and Bruno have in common. Meantime keep fighting, and if you manage to unseat Bruno, you will have made it official that after the rats turn on those who tolerate them, they will turn on each other.

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Well, just who is in Planned Parenthood Clergy? It will probably come as no surprise that three of them are Episcopal priests, among them the notorious lesbian priestess Susan Russell of All Saints, Pasadena, California. The other two belong to two small dying parishes. Jeff Walton of IRD managed to snatch the list before it was taken down by Planned Parenthood.

Stocked with assorted retired and small-church pastors, the list presents an image of old line Protestantism: older, disproportionately concentrated in the Northeast, and almost entirely white.

Russell, who serves as Vice-Chair of the board, represents the only sizeable Christian community on this list. All Saints has been politically active on left-leaning issues for many years. Russell is past president of Integrity USA, the Episcopal Church's unofficial LGBT caucus, as well as two-time elected deputy from the Diocese of California to the denomination's General Convention.

The Rev. David A. Ames is Priest-in-Charge of All Saints Memorial Church in Providence, Rhode Island. All Saints has steadily dropped from 190 members and 70 attendees to 85 members and 60 attendees from 2003-2013, the most recent reporting year. The church's plate-and-pledge giving is only about $100,000 a year, and the parish appears to be limping along on foundation grants and an insurance payout.

The Rev. Dr. Gawain F. de Leeuw is rector of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in White Plains, New York. St. Bartholomew's has dropped from 320 members and 80 attendees to 60 members and 50 attendees from 2003-2013, the most recent reporting year. The church's plate-and-pledge giving is only about $100,000 a year. You can read the full story in today's digest

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The Diocese of South Carolina is sending out a reminder that on Sept. 23 there will be (another) Supreme Court hearing.

From here:

The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina; The Trustees of The Protestant Episcopal Church in South Carolina, a South Carolina Corporate Body; All Saints Protestant Episcopal Church, Inc.; Christ St. Paul's Episcopal Church; Christ the King, Waccamaw; Church of The Cross, Inc. And Church of the Cross Declaration of Trust; Church of The Holy Comforter; Church of the Redeemer; Holy Trinity Episcopal Church; Saint Luke's Church, Hilton Head; St. Matthews Church; St. Andrews Church-Mt. Pleasant Land Trust; St. Bartholomews Episcopal Church; St. David's Church; St. James' Church, James Island, S.C.; St. John's Episcopal Church of Florence, S.C.; St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Inc.; St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Bennettsville, Inc.;

St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Conway; The Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, Radcliffeboro; The Church of Our Saviour of the Diocese of South Carolina; The Church of the Epiphany (Episcopal); The Church of the Good Shepherd, Charleston, SC; The Church of The Holy Cross; The Church of The Resurrection, Surfside; The Protestant Episcopal Church of The Parish of Saint Philip, in Charleston, in the State of South Carolina; The Protestant Episcopal Church, The Parish of Saint Michael, in Charleston, in the State of South Carolina and St. Michael's Church Declaration of Trust; The Vestry and Church Wardens of St. Jude's Church of Walterboro; The Vestry and Church Wardens of The Episcopal Church of The Parish of Prince George Winyah; The Vestry and Church Wardens of The Church of The Parish of St. Helena and The Parish Church of St. Helena Trust; The Vestry and Church Wardens of The Parish of St. Matthew; The Vestry and Wardens of St. Paul's Church, Summerville; Trinity Church of Myrtle Beach; Trinity Episcopal Church; Trinity Episcopal Church, Pinopolis; Vestry and Church Wardens of the Episcopal Church of The Parish of Christ Church; Vestry and Church Wardens of The Episcopal Church of the Parish of St. John's, Charleston County, The Vestries and Churchwardens of The Parish of St. Andrews, Respondents. v. The Episcopal Church (a/k/a The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America) and The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, Appellants.

Attorneys: Allan R. Holmes, Sr. and Timothy O. Lewis, both of Gibbs & Holmes, of Charleston, David Booth Beers and Mary E. Kostel, both of Goodwin Procter, LLP, of Washington, DC, Blake A. Hewitt and John S. Nichols, both of Bluestein Nichols Thompson & Delgado, of Columbia, Thomas S. Tisdale and Jason S. Smith, both of Hellman Yates & Tisdale, of Charleston and R. Walker Humphrey, II, of Waters & Kraus, of Dallas, Texas, for Appellants. C. Alan Runyan and Andrew S. Platte, both of Speights & Runyan, of Beaufort, Henrietta U. Golding and Amanda Bailey, both of McNair Law Firm, of Myrtle Beach, C. Mitchell Brown, of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, of Columbia, Charles H. Williams, of Williams & Williams, of Orangeburg, David Cox, of Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, of Charleston, Thomas C. Davis, of Harvey & Battey, of Beaufort, Harry Easterling, Jr., of Bennettsville, G. Mark Phillips, of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, of Charleston, W. Foster Gaillard and Henry Grimball, both of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, of Charleston, Keith McCarty, of McCarty Law Firm, of Charleston, William A. Scott, of Pedersen & Scott, of Charleston, Mark Evans, of Charleston, David B. Marvel and David L. DeVane, both of Prenner Marvel, of Charleston, John Furman Wall, III, of Mt. Pleasant, Allan P. Sloan, III and Joseph C. Wilson, IV, both of Pierce, Herns, Sloan & Wilson, of Charleston, Edward P. Guerard, Jr., of Mt. Pleasant, C. Pierce Campbell, of Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney, of Florence, Robert R. Horger, of Horger, Barnwell & Reid, of Orangeburg, Saunders M. Bridges, of Aiken Bridges Elliott Tyler & Saleeby, of Florence, Lawrence B. Orr, of Orr Elmore & Ervin, of Florence, Francis M. Mack, of St. Matthews, Robert S. Shelton, of The Bellamy Law Firm, of Myrtle Beach, William A. Bryan, of Bryan & Haar, of Surfside Beach, Harry Oxner, of Oxner & Stacy, of Georgetown, Susan MacDonald and Jim Lehman, both of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, of Myrtle Beach, Brandt Shelbourne, of Shelbourne Law Firm, of Summerville, Stephen S. McKenzie, of Coffey, Chandler & Kent, of Manning, John B. Williams, of Williams & Hulst, of Moncks Corner, George J. Kefalos and Oana D. Johnson, both of George J. Kefalos, P.A., of Charleston, Stephen Spitz, of Charleston and Thornwell F. Sowell, III and Bess J. Durant, both of Sowell Gray Stepp & Lafitte, LLC, of Columbia, for Respondents.

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IN SCOTLAND, St. Paul's Cathedral, Dundee, hosted an "historic" same-sex marriage this week. Paul Hastie and Steven Gray were married in Dundee's registry office before the first ever service of blessing was held in the cathedral. The Scottish Episcopal Church has not yet agreed to solemnize same-sex marriages, but is considering changing its rule stating a marriage has to be between "one man and one woman".

Conducting the service, the Very Rev. Jeremy Auld rued, "Sadly at this point in the law we cannot yet marry them here but we can give them the Church's blessing on their marriage and I'm really pleased to do this."

More than 100 people turned out for the religious service and gave support.

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"I stand by Resolution 1.10″ said the new Secretary General of the Anglican Communion Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon as he took the helm of the fourth Instrument of Unity -- Anglican Consultative Council.

In an interview with the BBC, Fearon he said he wanted persecution where Christians are made to focus on the essentials that is: preach the Gospel ... live out the Gospel. I think that's what we need to concentrate on.

Asked by the BBC presenter if the notion of unity in the Anglican Communion today is simply a fiction, "The game has been changed, Archbishop, by the move of The Episcopal Church in America by allowing gay marriage. Doesn't that have colossal impact on Anglican churches, particularly in Africa?"

Fearon replied, "...[it's] all over the world, it isn't just in Africa. However, the situation within TEC, why all of us within The Communion have some uneasiness about it is simply because it goes against Resolution 1.10 of Lambeth 1998. That Resolution says: 'In view of the teaching of Scripture we uphold faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman in life-long union and believe that abstinence is right for those who are not called to marriage.'"

You can read the full interview in today's digest.

Ahem, Archbishop, perhaps you might now recognize the Anglican Church in North America as a legitimate alternative to TEC. THAT would be a great beginning.

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Namibia fails to elect new bishop. A special meeting of synod of the Diocese of Namibia failed to elect a new bishop for the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) diocese last week. Clergy and lay delegates met on 29-30 July at the Hodygos Conference Center in Okahandja under the supervision of the primate, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town, to elect a successor to the Rt. Rev. Nathanael Nakwatumbah. No candidate received the necessary two thirds majority from the lay and clergy delegates, Archbishop Makgoba reported. However, the synod concluded the election by asking the ACSA House of Bishops to appoint a new bishop under rules governing failed episcopal elections. A new bishop is expected to be appointed at the next House of Bishops meeting in September.

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Canadian Anglican bishop likens global warming to atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Canadian Bishop Mark MacDonald reckons the same forces that were responsible for bombing Hiroshima are now at work wreaking climatic havoc.

To the best of my knowledge, MacDonald is not an expert on the Second World War, a nuclear scientist, or a climatologist. Nevertheless, he is a bishop so we can expect -- even forgive, perhaps -- an unending stream of advice on matters of which he is entirely ignorant; since he is an Anglican bishop that would usually include theology, writes Canadian blogger Samizdat.

Here is what Mac (the nuclear knife) bishop wrote: "The nuclear attack on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945 revealed the brutality and dangerous logic of war, money and power. That such a thing can make sense in any universe gives insight into what is happening in the world today. The forces that led to the bombing of Hiroshima are at work now in the destruction of the climate.

"The role of the church today is to confront the destructive gods of greed and power. We Christians need to return to our roots, proclaim the truth of God and challenge these powers," the bishop stated.

I was under the impression that the role of the church is to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Apparently not so.

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Quebec Bishop Dennis Drainville said he will announce the official date for his retirement by December 1, 2016. He will likely retire in 2017. Because a coadjutor bishop has the right of succession, upon Drainville's retirement, that individual would automatically become the 13th diocesan bishop of Quebec.

Drainville felt that it was time for new leadership. Earlier this year, Drainville ran in the Montreal episcopal election on a platform of merging the two dioceses only to be defeated by Bishop-elect Mary Irwin-Gibson. He said his decision to retire was not related to the result of that election.

"I had spent four to five years speaking with the Bishop of Montreal and people in Montreal about the whole issue of a possible merger, and I was disappointed that things didn't really seem to move forward on that," he said. "I still believe that it would have been to the betterment of both dioceses for us to have moved on this now...in my estimation, it is a foregone conclusion that there will come a time when Quebec will have to be one diocese."

Just about everybody knows that the Diocese of Quebec is on its last legs. He had hoped that by combining the two dioceses the two together might have a shot at surviving. Now they will both die. Fiat lux.

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There is more evidence that Americans are rejecting the Supreme Court Marriage ruling. A new national poll, this one conducted by Democratic pollster Pat Caddell, becomes the fourth to show that the American people are rejecting the ruling of the US Supreme Court in the Obergefell case, which redefined marriage for every state in the nation.

Specifically, the poll looked at religious liberty issues in the fallout of the Supreme Court ruling. Caddell found:

71% of Americans believe that religious liberty can be protected while also protecting gay couples from discrimination.

68% of Americans are opposed to forcing an individual or business to participate in something such as a same-sex ceremony against their wishes.

79% of Americans disagree with the idea that the federal government should be able to determine legitimate religious beliefs.

82% of Americans say that a wedding photographer who has deeply-held religious beliefs in opposition to same-sex "marriage" should be able to say NO to a same-sex couple who demands he or she photograph the ceremony.

When forced to choose between protecting religious liberties and the rights of gay couples, four times as many (31% of Americans) say they would protect religious liberty as those (8% of Americans) who would protect gay rights.

53% of Americans told Caddell they believe that the federal government should never have the ability to restrict the conversations, counseling, and prayer of military chaplains, while only 19% say the government should be able to somewhat or to a great extent restrict military chaplains regarding the counseling, conversations, or prayer they provide.

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Gay "marriage" is set for defeat in Australia despite a boost from a recent U.S. court ruling. Defenders of natural marriage in Australia have had a stunning "David vs Goliath" win against a well-funded pro-same sex "marriage" lobby group that had the active support of the mainstream media and corporate bodies. After a marathon six-hour party room meeting dedicated to the issue, two-thirds of government MPs have voted to maintain the position of voting as a block along party lines rather than permit members to have a conscience vote on the issue.

This means that the coalition government will honor the commitment it made at election: to maintain the definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. As a result, the private members' bill, put forward by opposition leader Bill Shorten, will fail should it come to a vote.

The politicians pushing for same sex "marriage" had rushed to bring their bill forward to take advantage of the political momentum generated by the United States Supreme Court decision to legalize gay "marriage." The bill was originally introduced in June this year to a more than half empty Parliament with almost all government MPs staying away while the Labor opposition attended in full. This momentum will now be lost with the issue dealt with for the current parliamentary term.

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WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM AFRICA? At the end of his Word Made Global,Author Mark Gornik lists a number of the gifts that African churches can offer to the rest of the church. One is "an invitation to name ourselves by Pentecost: Through the name of Jesus, African Christians believe that the Spirit brings forth new birth, heals the sick, makes days new, conquers the past, casts out evil spirits, answers prayers, speaks in dreams, and raises to new life".

African Christians also offer "a sacramental imagination: From birth to death, African Christians believe that their lives are in the hands of God. In tangible, everyday ways, they believe that in God they 'live, move, and have their being.' Life is filled with sacramental value; the Spirit's presence is not confined to the Eucharist or the occasional miracle that is a sign of God, but fills all of life and all of creation. . . . I would describe African Christianity as a theology of life, of human flourishing. The world is a place of spiritual conflict, and Christ is powerful over all powers and forces".

African Christians can give us "an enlarged reading of the Bible" by helping "the West recover long-neglected themes of deliverance, healing, release, power, and the Spirit. African Christians can also help the West recover the Gospels and Acts - the stories of the New Testament - and not just privilege Paul. . . . They can help us read the whole canon without a rational filter that limits the ongoing work of God in the world. Overall emphasis is placed on not just reading but living within the narrative that Scripture records".

African Christians offer a fresh vision of mission. The immigrant churches that Gornik studied are "on the cutting edge of urban ministry in the twenty-first century. Models more of being than doing, of witness rather than moral transformation, these churches' mission practice is holistic - healing, delivering, and praying - because salvation is comprehensive. . . . African churches are both fully present to the local and ever in motion within the global. It is the church that is in mission, not a mission organization."

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A Roman Catholic Bishop faces three years in jail for defending marriage. For using a verse from Leviticus as evidence for the Bible's opposition to same-sex relationships, Swiss Bishop Vitus Huonder found himself charged with a hate crime by a group called "Pink Cross."

In the politically charged language of the present, Bishop Vitus Huonder is a "conservative" if not an "extremist." In fact, he is simply a faithful Catholic Christian. For that he's being threatened with three years in jail. It's happening in Switzerland, but the conflict epitomizes a wider phenomenon of anti-Christian secularists on both sides of the Atlantic that are using the courts to target Christians for simply standing up for biblical truth.

In 2011, Huonder, the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Church in Switzerland, supported parents being able to opt out from having children as young as four subjected to mandatory "sex education," which rejected the truth about the dignity of human sexuality, the gift of sexual differentiation, and marriage.

In 2013, he issued a pastoral letter to the faithful under his care exposing unbiblical gender identity theories and defending the Christian vision of the human person, the family, and a truly just and human social order. He called upon the faithful of the Catholic Church to "use their social rights" to protect "the dignity of man founded on the order of Creation and of Redemption." Last February, he called for a Swiss priest who had purportedly "blessed" the union of a lesbian couple to step down from his ministry.

Here is the challenge he faces. In Switzerland, there is a wholesale rebellion against the Christian vision of the human person, and of the family and society founded upon it. Leaders of the rebellion abhor the clear and unchangeable teaching of the Bible and the Catholic Church. Included in the ranks of these dissidents are some Catholic clerics. To say their leaders do not like this Catholic Bishop is an understatement.

This bishop is now the subject of a criminal complaint filed against him by a homosexual group called "The Pink Cross" for violating Article 259 0f the Swiss Penal Code entitled "Public incitement to commit a felony or act of violence." The bishop faces up to three years in jail if convicted.

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Just when you thought that things couldn't get much worse for a Christian leader who spends his waking hours defending and assisting Christians in the Middle East against Islamic mobs and murderers, the Rev. Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of the Barnabas Fund found himself, once again, the target of an uninformed vicious attack by a freelance reporter from an emerging British Christian magazine. The reporter Mark Woods posted a sexually charged (and very juvenile) picture of a sausage and tomatoes photo on his twitter account, describing himself as a "grumpy old man". Ironically he presided over the death of The Baptist Times as its editor before moving on to Christian Today, where he is apparently set on sinking that magazine.

Dr. Sookhdeo was found guilty of sexual touching and two charges of intimidating witnesses. Dr. Sookhdeo was sentenced to three months house curfew and told to pay reduced costs. The judge, recognizing that there was nothing much to the charges, said Sookhdeo's punishment would be his name being publicly besmirched, gave him the minimum possible sentence, and said he must remain at home between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 am. There was no fine and he was not put on the sex offenders' register.

Woods rehashed the story with no new charges, clearly to keep the story stoked in the hope that the board of BF would fire Sookhdeo. They have not, will not, and have declared their full support for him. The jury of 12 - 10 white women and two white men -- indicated a racial bias which I observed as I was present for the entire trial.

For the record: there was no tearing of clothes, no intercourse, no rape, no alcohol inducement, no display of genitals, no semen stained dress, and no other women coming forward. (Think Clinton and Cosby.) The woman in question had been working for him for FOUR years before making these accusations. His previous personal assistant had worked for him for 16 years and made no such accusations! Sookhdeo's wife, Rosemary, worked in a room nearby his.

You can read the full story in today's digest.

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