Back in July I blogged about the possibility of a schism within the Episcopal Church (i.e. the Anglican Church within the United States). It looks as if that schism is underway as reported here by the Los Angeles Times:

Split in Episcopal Church hits new level

Conservatives who fled liberal views of Scripture have formed a breakaway church in North America

Hundreds of conservative Episcopal congregations in North America, rejecting liberal biblical views of others in the denomination, formed a breakaway church Wednesday that threatened to further divide a global Anglican body already torn by the ordination of an openly gay bishop.

Leaders of the new Anglican Church in North America said they took the extraordinary step to unify congregations and dioceses that had fled the American Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada over issues of Scripture.

Folks, don’t let the claims of this breakaway faction fool you — the problem that has driven them off is not merely “issues of Scripture,” it is homophobia, plain and simple. The seeds of this schism were planted several years ago when openly-gay Episcopal priest V. Gene Robinson was elevated to the rank of bishop. There is no other issue at stake here, since this schism would not have happened, had Robinson never been elevated.

Someday the religionazis of the world — such as these breakaway Episcopalians — are going to be honest about what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. But apparently today is not that day.

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