Rev. Frank Schaefer Defrocked for Officiating Gay Son’s Marriage

Schaefer stands in front of Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in South Lebanon Township.

Schaefer stands in front of Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in South Lebanon Township.

This morning the United Methodist Church handed down its decision on Rev. Frank Schaefer, the PA pastor who was put on suspension for officiating the marriage of his gay son, and the verdict isn’t pretty. He’s been defrocked.

Schaefer met with officials this morning and, according to LGBTQ Nation, he left without issuing a comment. He is expected to make a statement later today.

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Rev. Frank Schaefer Refuses to Uphold Anti-Gay Methodist Doctrine, Says He Won’t Surrender Credentials

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Rev. Frank Schaefer — the Methodist pastor who was punished for officiating his son’s gay wedding — is nearing the end of his 30-day suspension, a time when he is supposed to either vow to accept Church doctrine that says homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching,” or hand over his credentials.

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Having the Gay Marriage Cake, and Eating it Too

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Photo | Shutterstock.com

First of all, let me belatedly congratulate Charlie Craig and David Mullins, a Colorado couple who got married in Massachusetts last year. I hope that Pennsylvania’s gay couples will be able to join them at the altar soon, and I’m glad the 21st century has seen a recognition of their right to get married. It is the best thing about living now that I know of.

But I wish Craig and Mullins had decided to get their wedding cake somewhere else.

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Holy Ghost Prep Headmaster Responds to Firing of Gay Teacher

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Over the weekend we reported the dismal news that Michael Griffin, a gay teacher in Bensalem, Pa., was fired from Holy Ghost Prep after telling his boss that he was going to apply for a license to marry his partner of 12 years. I followed it up with a bland response from the school, in which the school’s employee conduct policy was used as the reason for the firing.

Now the school’s headmaster, James McCloskey, has issued a message that was emailed to alumni and posted on the school’s website. Thanks to former student Robert Nectan Schell for the heads up. It reads as follows:

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Horrible, Horrible People Kill Horse in Drive-By on Amish Buggy

Now it’s true that your humble writer grew up among Mennonites, and thus has a warm feeling for the Amish community in Lancaster County. It’s also true that your humble writer thinks animal cruelty is perpetrated by bullies and other low-down types. So you can imagine how your humble writer feels about news that a horse was killed Monday night in a drive-by shooting that targeted an Amish buggy.

Pretty cranky, is how.

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31 PA Pastors Go Against Church to Perform Same-Sex Marriage

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A few weeks ago I told you about Lebanon, Pa., Pastor Frank Schaefer (pictured, above), who was in hot water with his congregation after officiating a gay wedding in Massachusetts. Schaefer faces possibility of dismissal from his post, but, in a show of protest and solidarity, 31 of his Methodist colleagues have agreed to jointly preside over a same-sex wedding, despite the risk it poses to their careers. The San Francisco Chronicle has more on the story:

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This Year, Thanksgiving Is Ruined For Millions Of Jews

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I’m really annoyed with God.

Of course this isn’t the first time. God has let me down tons of times over my life.  He lets wars and famines and pestilence happen all across the world.  He sits idly by while dictators and religious fanatics kill innocent people.  He turns a blind eye to earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes.  He refuses to intervene in catastrophic wars.  He did nothing to help the Phillies get past the Cardinals in the 2011 NLDS.  Worst of all, he let Duck Dynasty happen.  God has a lot of answering to do.

And now he’s just gone too far.

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