I understand that disappointed and frustrated conservatives in the Episcopal Church USA might withdraw their financial support from the institution in the aftermath of the consecration of the openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson. But this is going too far:
Orphans in Honduras may have become political pawns in a dispute within the Episcopal Church over the recent appointment of a gay bishop in New Hampshire.
Bishop Leo Frade said this week that a girls mission founded by his wife has “taken a big financial hit” after some conservative parishioners withdrew their financial support for the program to retaliate against him for voting to confirm Gene Robinson, who became the first openly gay Episcopal bishop last August.
Since September 2003, the mission has lost $30,000 in donations, which is about 12 percent of its revenues, Diana Frade said. Several people called or sent e-mails specifically saying that they were withdrawing their support because of Bishop Frade’s vote to confirm Robinson, she said.
“Some of them said they could no longer support a ministry whose chairman was ‘going against the word of God,’” Diana Frade said.
“One person wrote a letter saying he would continue to pray for the child but would not send any more money. As if the child could eat the prayers. It was shocking that someone who was supposedly praying and supporting a child would then withdraw their support out of retaliation and anger, without really thinking of the consequences.”
Look, I don't like the Salvation Army's stance on gays and lesbians. But I also know that the Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to reach the marginalized, and so I give them money regularly. Sheesh.
The name of the Frade's fine charity is
Our Little Roses
P.O. Box 464, Somerset, VA 22972.
Yes, you can give online.