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Episcopal Church spokeswoman says Trump's election a betrayal of Christian values

Episcopal Church spokeswoman says Trump's election a betrayal of Christian values

By David W. Virtue, DD
November 26, 2016

Episcopal bishops have, by and large, been circumspect over the outcome of the recent election, careful not to appear too one-sided in their support of Hillary Clinton, at the same time walking a fine line so as not to offend Republicans who still inhabit their pews. It is a delicate dance around election results that were not supposed to have gone the way they did.

Episcopal bishops have been keen to damp down tensions and urge the "healing of America." Diocese of Washington bishop, Mariann Budde, said that it was "time for the nation to come together." She pledged to "take an active part in the healing of America."

The provisional bishop of South Carolina, Skip Adams, urged people "in Christian charity [to] be kind to yourself and one another, especially with those with whom you disagree," and added: "our baptismal promise to respect the dignity of every human being holds in all circumstances."

"Pray for Donald, our President-elect, that he be granted God's 'wisdom and strength to know and do God's will . . . filled with the love of truth and righteousness.'

The bishops of the diocese of Virginia sent a message to members of Latino congregations in their diocese. Bishops Shannon Johnston, Susan Goff, and Edwin Gulick, said that "many are experiencing fear and uncertainty" following the election. They stopped short of condemning Trump.

However, that did not stop one Episcopal leader, Canon (lay) Noreen Duncan, TEC's representative to the Anglican Church of Canada's Council of General Synod (CoGS), launching into a tirade about Trump, saying that the election of Donald Trump has caused pain and uncertainty in The Episcopal Church.

Addressing CoGS recently, Duncan spoke of the sense of "betrayal" she feels as someone who immigrated to the United States and now sees the values she had always associated with her new home "slipping out from under us."

In nearly a year of campaigning, Trump was frequently criticized for stirring up animosity toward immigrants, Muslims, and religious and ethnic minorities, as well as for his derogatory comments toward women.

Duncan said Trump's victory was made more difficult for her by the fact that so many of his supporters identified as Christians. According to the Pew Research Centre, 58% of Protestants, 60% of white Catholics and 81% of white evangelicals voted for Trump.

"As part of the Jesus Movement, we are not just people of faith: we are Christians; and the people who apparently seem to have chosen [to vote for Trump], also identify as Christians," said Duncan. "[But] the values of Christianity are not the values that have been espoused in this election, and that is part of the reason I feel so betrayed."

Other than the visceral pleasure afforded by watching liberals squirm over Trump's election, there are several interesting things to be gleaned from this article.

Canadian Anglican blogger, David of Samizdat, noted wryly how a spokeswoman for the ecclesiastical organization that has gained a worldwide reputation for betraying Christian values maintained a straight face while denouncing a secular organization for betraying Christian values.

TEC has openly embraced homoeroticism, same-sex marriage, even to the point of changing its canons, forcing a worldwide schism over the issue.

Secondly, notes Samizdat, "Duncan cannot bring herself to countenance the thought that the 81% of evangelicals who voted for Trump are bona fide Christians. Hence, she refers to them as people who "identified as Christians" in much the same way as a man, self-identifying as a woman while inconveniently sporting Y chromosomes, isn't quite what he claims to be."

"Thirdly, Duncan appears to be very much a part of the elite liberal establishment -- the counterfeit church division -- whose hypocrisy, condescension, self-deception and arrogance has been their undoing.

"Fourthly, anything that causes "pain and uncertainty in The Episcopal Church" can't be all bad, can it?"

That the Episcopal Church is a church of mostly white elites who still have money, while poor white evangelicals, having felt abandoned by a Democratic Party that sold out to East and West Coast progressives, TEC must now face the reality that these rejected and scorned small town evangelicals just flexed their muscle and told the Democratic Party to take a hike.


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