Blue Songs & Red Cowboys

What Presbyterians, Baptists & Episcopalians Did over Summer Vacation

by Mark Tooley

The hues and shades of red-state and blue-state religion were in full contrast in June as the governing conventions for the Southern Baptist Convention, the Episcopal Church, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) all convened. Together, the assemblies claim about 22 million members (16 million of them Southern Baptists).

Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, the Episcopalians talked about sex, of course. (Their General Convention meets once every three years and includes two houses, one of bishops and the other of clergy and lay deputies.)

They refused to back down from their 2003 election of their first openly “gay” bishop, Gene Robinson, which has divided them from much of the rest of the Anglican Communion. Going a . . .

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Mark Tooley directs the United Methodist committee of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (www.ird-renew.org) in Washington, D.C.

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