Better Angels

"...all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." ---Abraham Lincoln, First Innaugural Address

Monday, September 13, 2004

IRD Watch

Christian Century Magazine had an interesting tidbit in the 9/7/04 issue:

At the retirement banquet for Bishop C. Joseph Sprague of the Northern Illinois District of the United Methodist Church, guests observed a young man assiduously noting who was present, and photographing and tape-recording every speaker. Sprague recognized the man as John Lomperis, a staffer for the Institute for Religion and Democracy, an organization that regularly assails what it terms the “leftist” stances of mainline Protestant denominations. Lomperis works for Mark Tooley, the director of the IRD department that focuses on United Methodists and that for the past eight years has especially hounded Sprague. When asked why he was attending the event to honor the bishop, Lomperis insisted he had a right to be there because he is a United Methodist. When pressed, however, he said he belongs to an “evangelical ecumenical” church, not a UMC congregation (The Reporter of the Northern Illinois Conference, August 13).

Here's an eyewitness account of the event and here's the IRD's response.

I'd been wondering what those dogs had been up to lately, since they seem to have momentarily stoppped trying to destroy the Episcopal Church from within.