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Jeff Walton of the Institute on Religion and Democracy has posted an interesting piece at Juicy Ecumenism that says a lot about the leadership of the Episcopal Church. Long after the headquarters of the other large mainline denominations were moved out of New York City as a cost-saving measure, and on the eve of the departure of the National Council of Churches to new digs at
Democratic Party HQ the Methodist Building in Washington, TEC’s leadership is digging in its heels:
An Episcopal Church executive oversight group has unanimously recommended against re-locating the denomination’s headquarters from New York City, citing “justice concerns” among the chief reasons to remain at the church’s pricey Manhattan mid-rise.
“Justice concerns”? Are they worried that they will have to treat their maintenance and janitorial staff fairly? Oh, no, they’re talking about politics:
Specific among the concerns were states with “regressive immigration laws, laws banning marriage equality, and laws that encourage gun violence.”
Someone should point out to them that, from their own perspective, they live in a country with “regressive immigration laws, laws banning marriage equality, and laws that encourage gun violence.” Maybe they’d be more happy moving to Venezuela, or Cuba, or any of the other left-wing paradises they’ve lauded for years.
Among the 15 cities examined for a potential future headquarters were New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Minneapolis, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia, Boston, Charlotte, Ft. Lauderdale and Cincinnati. Eighty percent of Episcopal Church attendees live in the Eastern and Central time zones, with the report noting that the church’s population center is gradually shifting southward.
“As leaders in the Church, we have a particular concern about the effect on our witness on the issue of marriage equality when some married persons employed by us would be forced to make a choice between keeping their jobs and having their marriages recognized,” the report stated. The report also bemoaned substituting lower-paid replacements for a large part of the staff.
Hmm. Kind of makes you wonder why it was OK to be ensconced in the Big Apple for all those years when New York State was a homophobic nightmare, doesn’t it? Hey, and what about TEC’s traditional support of unions? Would they go to a right-to-work state? Oh, wait…
“New York, Washington, and Boston pose no public policy concerns,” The report summarized. “All other potential locations examined pose public policy issues that would have to be taken into account.”
No doubt. Why don’t they just come out and say the obvious: the staff and leadership at 815 are, wherever they were from originally, now confirmed tony Gothamites, and couldn’t bear to even consider living in fly-over country with the Great Unwashed. Heck, if they did that, they might even suffer the indignity of running into one of those Neanderthals they’re suing.
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