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Bishop Eddie Long has apologized to a Jewish group for last Sunday’s coronation of him as a King. In Long’s words: The ceremony was not my suggestion, nor was it my intent, to participate in any ritual that is offensive in any manner to the Jewish community, or any group. Furthermore, I sincerely denounce any action that depicts me as a King, for I am merely just a servant of the Lord… While I believe that Rabbi Ralph Messer has good intentions during his message at New Birth, I understand that the ceremony he performed on Sunday, January 29th, caused harm to the Jewish community, for which I am deeply sorry. The ‘ceremony’ had many a person scratching their head. To Long’s credit, he did look a little bewildered and slightly annoyed during the ceremony that made viral status on YouTube. So, for now, I guess we can go back to calling him Bishop. Carry on. SOURCE

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Maybe we should do this more in the US… you know… pie the people that we disagree with. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Belgium has been repeatedly targeted by pie-throwing activists angry over comments he made about gay people. Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard reportedly claimed AIDS was an “intrinsic justice” for homosexuals. Here’s the video: More on the story, and the reasons for the pies, here… When was the last time you wanted to pie someone?

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Thirty-three of the United Methodist Church’s 85 retired bishops have signed a statement asking the church to reconsider its policy banning gays and lesbians from becoming ministers. Retired bishop Don Ott wrote and distributed the statement along with retired bishop Sharon Rader. Ott said the idea came after he and Rader talked about having been troubled for a number of years by the policy. Ott said the denomination has lost the talents of gays and lesbians who had the gift for ministry but could not serve. He has also seen straight church leaders and seminarians who have left the denomination because their consciences would not allow them to support the policy. Ott hopes the statement that was released last week engages the church on the issue and influences next year’s General Conference, the denomination’s lawmaking body. via Some retired Methodist bishops seek policy change on gay pastors. Thoughts?