Four In The Afternoon: Cease And Desist?

4 in the Afternoon1 CEASEFIRE? After seven days of droning drones, constant missile attacks and a rising death toll, Egypt is close to brokering a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.  A Hamas official has said it is likely to take effect in a matter of hours but, Israel has yet to confirm the truce. Fingers are crossed that both parties agree to uphold the truce so Gaza residents will not have to deal with any more unneccessary deaths.

2 NO WOMEN ALLOWED The Church of England has ruled against legislation that would allow women to become bishops. Traditionalists and reformers have been debating the issue for over a decade. Countries like Canada and the United States allow women bishops so, it would seem England is still living in the Dark Ages… or to be historically accurate, the Tudor dynasty.

3 LIBERALIZING LIQUOR LEGISLATION Have you ever wanted to get drunk while getting your nails done? Or while at the movie theatre? Well, your wish is the province’s command. Crown Investments Minister Donna Harpauer announced changes to the province’s liquor legislation and regulations at a downtown spa today. How fitting. Also, partial stripping is now allowed too.

4 TRADE AT THE TOP A secret government document prepared by Foreign Affairs in September shows the Harper government’s willingness to build trade relationships with countries in Asia and Africa, despite having poor human rights records.

Check out this video of an Aljazeera reporter appearing almost unfazed as a missle reaches its target in the middle of her live hit from Gaza.

5 thoughts on “Four In The Afternoon: Cease And Desist?”

  1. 1. “unnecessary”
    2. Apparently, the bishops and clergy were heavily in favour, but the lay members of the General Synod were not. These are members of local congregations, and were no doubt reflecting the views of C of E parishioners. And hey, why pick on the Tudors? As recently as 1948, the Lambeth Conference (a recommending body, not a ruling one) dismissed entirely the issue of female ordination. Change takes time.
    3. Liberalizing liquor laws won’t exempt spas or theatres from liability, should the clients they serve come to grief because of alcohol.

  2. I guess I just don’t get it.

    Why is stripping allowed, but public nudity is banned? There is nothing more comfy then a birthday suit and I embrace my soul’s temple in full. If I attempted to walk in the park in full nudity I would most likely be arrested, yet society deems it as acceptable for drunken people to hoot and holler and throw money at misguided women as they uncreatively leave nothing to imagination. Society chooses easy sex but “gets their panties in a bunch” when it comes to comfortable, non-suggestive, and inoffensive nudity. Priorities?

  3. Barb is missing a number of pertinent facts.

    The measure to allow for the ordination of women as bishops had already gone through the 44 dioceses of the Church of England and had been passed by very wide margins in all but two of them. The bizarre process of electing lay delegates to General Synod has resulted in a body that is grossly unrepresentative. Even so, the vast majority of lay delegates voted for the measure, unfortunately falling six votes short of the required two-thirds majority which was obtained in the other two houses.

    Furthermore, after the Dioceses had approved the measure, the Archbishops used their authority to impose additional “protections” for the recalcitrants who were not prepared to accept female bishops. Given the wide margins in the clergy and bishops and the very narrow margin in the laity, many analysts believe that it was this wrecking amendment that caused the defeat, with some supporters of women bishops voting against the motion due to very real concerns it would have meant female bishops would not be equal to their male counterparts.

    The reason the 1948 Lambeth Conference was commenting on women’s ordination at all was that the first female priest had been ordained in Hong Kong four years earlier. I had the honour of knowing Florence Li Tim-Oi who spent the final years of her life in Toronto. (For the longest time, I had no idea that the nice old Chinese lady who came to chapel was, in fact, Florence Li.)

    Several Provinces of the Anglican Communion have had female bishops for several years, including New Zealand, the United States and Canada, and several more have legislated for female bishops but have yet to elect or appoint one. The first female bishop in Africa was consecrated this past weekend. The current Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is a woman. The Diocese of Edmonton is the first in the Anglican Communion to have two female bishops in succession. In the current election for a new bishop in this diocese, there is one female candidate.

  4. Thanks for the amplification, Malcolm. I read the linked coverage and related articles, and wondered if you would respond;that’s why I kept my remark brief.

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