Don't forget, California has lots of conservatives:
Very conservative, at that. In the central part of the state. Story
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The U.S. Episcopal Church faces major tumult this week when an entire California diocese with more than 9,000 members decides whether to secede in an unprecedented protest over gay issues.
The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, based in Fresno and consisting of nearly 50 churches in 14 counties, would be the first diocese to bolt from the U.S. branch of the 77-million-member global Anglican Communion if Saturday's final vote passes.
The U.S. church and Anglicanism generally have been in upheaval since 2003 when the Episcopal Church consecrated Gene Robinson of New Hampshire as the first bishop known to be in an openly gay relationship in more than four centuries of church history.
Might be the first in the nation. How about that?
This can get ugly. I imagine that most church rules are set up saying that in tthe event of a split, the property- the physical churches stay in the hands of the parent church- as in-you split from us, then get the hell out and find your own buildings.
The schism in the Episcopal Church is being enflamed by the usual Rightist big mouths and big money. One big mouth is Fred Barnes. Some of the big money comes from Howard Ahmanson.
Central? What about the two parishes that broke away from the Los Angeles diocese. The haters are everywhere.