Why the UMC Is Not the SBC

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Here's what I don't understand

We have extremists within the UMC but they are far less numerous than extremists within the SBC. And even then, the SBC struggled with an effort of the extreme extremists within them, to expel Freemasons within their midst, no doubt the ultimate response "we shall do nothing at this time" was mitigated by the fact most SBC Masons are conservative and outside conspiracy theorists few regard anti-Masons as possessing a serious argument against a bland fraternal society.

But United Methodists? Haven't most of our extremists already long since gone? I recall some conspiracy talk among the seemingly evangelical cult developed within the UMC primarily in the participants of the "Walk to Emmaus" training, back in the early oughts, but nothing much came of it. Like all moments of religious fervor, it waxed and waned and ultimately petered out.

A recent caucus of UMs I attended revealed this fight was already over in the U.S. as a whole and this was quaint, sort of like an octogenarian in rocking chair in front of his residential hotel sporting his moth-eaten sportcoat adorned with a "Wendell Wilkie for President" button on it. Opposition to change among small town burghers I met focused entirely on "what would the neighbors think." In one participant's remarks and facial expression, she resembled all but exactly that of the elderly woman in the movie "Harold and Kumar go to Guantanamo" who screamed, "Terrorists!" upon seeing Kumar's South Asian countenance among her fellow airplane passengers. She said the UMC "already has a bad reputation" among her mostly SBC neighbors, for, I don't know, our female clergy, liberality on the matter of dancing, and the fact our members greet one another at liquor stores rather than pretend we don't see each other there.

The religious right apparatchiks within the UMC need to move on and drop their witch hunt.

George Nixon Shuler 280 days ago


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