The split in the Episcopal Church, which Thomas Lipscomb detailed here Monday, widened this week when South Riding Church in Loudoun County, Virginia, left the Virginia Diocese and placed itself under Ugandan Bishop Benezeri Kisembo. The Bishop of Virginia, Peter Lee, supports the consecration of Gene Robinson as bishop. Over the weekend, the Bishop of Washington, John B. Chane, had condemned conservative agitation in the church. This is the same bishop who called the Resurrection "conjectural."
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Dave: You are dead bang right, and Morrissey couldn't be more wrong. These Republicans are distancing themselves from the president and the war, setting it up so that if things aren't politically calm next year -- and I'm here to tell ya they won't be, here or in Iraq -- these guys can cut and run. Maybe even agree with another Levin amendment to set a time table for withdrawal. The text of the Warner amendment isn't the problem: what it sets up for next time is.
Adam Gopnik'sÂ New Yorker pieceÂ on C.S. Lewis will be the first of many attempts this winterÂ to put the Christian apologist in his place now that his work, in the form of a Narnia movie,Â enjoys a new round of popularity. Gopnik's condescensionÂ is only exceeded by his ignorance.Â Gopnik tells usÂ whatÂ is and what is not valuable in Lewis's work: his Christian work, bad and inept; his imaginative work, as long as itÂ was freed up from his Christian prejudices, good. GopnikÂ in know-it-all mode even sketches out what he considersÂ a betterÂ animal than a lionÂ to use for aÂ Christian allegory -- a donkey.Â Gopnik reveals his cluelessness early on when he attributes significance toÂ a criticism of Lewis as a Christian apologistÂ by a "formerÂ Archbishop of Canterbury, no less." The "no less" added at the end suggests that Gopnik isn't aware that Canterbury archbishops are about as interested in the actual meaning of Christianity as he is.
Google News cached a New York Times article a couple hours ago with this headline: "Democratic Effort to Set Iraq Timetable Is Easily Defeated"
Click on the story now, and it's changed into "Senate Votes to Demand Regular Iraq Updates From White House."
That must have really spooked them at 229 W. 43rd -- for a minute there, it looked like they were going to have to report good news for Bush. The horror!
It isn't unreasonable to have Congress call for some accounting from the White House on the status of Iraq, given the 150,000 troops currently deployed on a police mission there. It doesn't have to be a net negative for Bush to come to the Senate to present his side of the story; as the events this past week have shown, the President can use that kind of platform to correct many distortions of his record and the state of the effort in Iraq. Given the frustration many in the GOP feel with the White House in communicating all the good that our intervention has created, it sounds like a very good idea indeed, one that might be cast as a long-overdue bullhorn.
Or at least the John Kerry faction is. His latest email begins:
You can feel the ice breaking. For far too long, Republican leaders have refused to challenge the aimless Bush "stay as long as it takes" approach to Iraq. But now, their unwillingness to act has started to crumble.
Today in the Senate, facing a Democratic resolution on Iraq, the Republicans offered their own call for President Bush to come up with a plan. They didn't go nearly far enough, but clearly our call for a concrete plan is gaining momentum.
It's time for the next step. Help our "20,000 troops home over the holidays" campaign place billboards in the home districts of Republican leaders.
Nothing like the prospect of failure to energize Democrats.