Friday, May 07, 2004


The United Methodist Church is looking a little less united, The New York Times says, with conservative members gathering votes for an eventual split over the inclusion of homosexual parishioners.

The last time the church split was “over slavery in 1844, but [it] reunited in 1939.” One would think that would tell the conservatives something, but it means nothing to such members as the Rev. Dr. William Hinson, who wants the schism.

“There is a great gulf fixed between those of us who are centered on Scripture and our friends who are of another persuasion. Repeatedly they have spoken of the need to get our church in step with our culture. We, on the other hand, have no desire to be the chaplain to an increasingly godless society,” he said.

The first comment is interesting, considering he’s talking about fellow church members and worshipers. The second is odd, considering he appears to be closing the door to Methodism.

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