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Rarely is the violation of the letter or even spirit of The Book of Discipline so violated as here in this demonstration at General Conference 2004. Witness the invitation of SoulForce a non United Methodist pro-homosexual political-social organization invited to the floor by a United Methodist bishop. Explore the rest of this site to see other misdeeds of our bishops.
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You have arrived at "United Methodist Bishop Watch". Since last this makeshift ongoing research paper was posted on the web it has changed web hosts and undergone some changes. Before getting to the main stuff you will need to read this page regarding the nature of this information. As for copyrights, a more extensive paragraph is below regarding what copyright applies to and what it does not.
Welcome to United Methodist Bishop Watch. This project is an ongoing research paper and from the beginning to the present posting has been carried out in the basement of my temporary home as and elder living the parsonage of a rural charge in Western North Carolina. It has no funding and makes no profit. Its resources are the internet and "google alerts". Its purpose is to provide information on what bishops have said or done since 1972 to aid and abet wittingly or unwittingly the pro-homosexual agenda within the United Methodist Church. The information gathered here was "public" at one time. In other words the articles and URLs are those of news organizations, bulletin boards and e-mail; secular, sacred, pro-homosexual and traditionalists. The reader is encouraged "check out the sources".
I am one of those bigoted, racist, intolerant, judgmental "traditionalists" when it comes to the acceptance of homosexuality in the church. At least that is what I am told by those who are all for it and occasionally calling me everything but a Christian. Homosexuality even among "loving committed partners" is a biblical sin for which one must show repentance. But any argument over interpretation of biblical texts will have to be carried out somewhere else. I will simply note that how one reads and interprets the Bible is the central issue for by such understandings consciously or unconsciously we form our views about what is and is not appropriate sexually within the church.
Copyright law is a unique field of its own. Few know everything about it because like all law it gets interpreted and the same facts can get different interpretations in different cases.
I have made extensive efforts to make it clear in this unusually formatted paper to distinguish my own notes, commentary and opinions as opposed to those original sources quoted. My own notes, commentary and opinions I consider copyrighted. I cannot claim copyrights over any original source and these are clearly identified. Thus you will see the following copyright statement at the head of each page:
I started out the paper giving only links. Unfortunately even over a few months many of the original sources began to disappear. At that time I started "cut and pasting" verbatim into the paper itself giving full credit to the original source as any scholarly paper would do. Still, in the case of quoted sources it is my hope that you will visit the original source and check it out yourself. The old political doctrine from the Cold War applies, "Trust but verify". If by chance you are from a "for profit" business newspaper or magazine and you object to the inclusion of the articles from your business verbatim we need not tangle. Just send me an e-mail on the subject and after confirmation that it is from a legit source from a legit person I will gladly comply leaving only the name of the article, the author, the date of publication, the publication and summation of the article.
You may link to UM Bishop Watch on your web site to the index page at http://www.umbishopwatch.net/ only. Do not link to any other file on the site.
The "archive" is the largest file on this site and the main information. For printing purposes I have allowed almost no margins. Even then it 160+ pages of information. I suggest everyone familiarize themselves with the "Watershed Moments" section. Issues caused by those events have a way of reoccurring time and time again and will be with us for the next twenty years...if the world and the church lasts that long. The sections on individual bishops may be read entry by entry. Most people however simply look up individual bishops as their names come up.
"United Methodist Bishop Watch"
"United Methodist Bishop Watch" constitutes not only the original "Archive" but all other pages of this web site as well.
If you have read down this far, you might as well go to the main page. Just click on the link "Archive". One note to bishops or defenders of bishops. If you don't like seeing such things in print and find them embarrassing then simply stop doing such things yourself or have your fellow bishop restrained. This page exists only because of the many words and deeds in support of the acceptance of homosexuality in the United Methodist Church.
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