The Methodists Are Revolting!

And remember, Chimpy currently claims to be a Methodist.

A group of Methodist ministers from across the nation launched an online petition drive Thursday urging Southern Methodist University to stop trying to land George W. Bush’s presidential library.

The petition, on a newly created Web site says that “as United Methodists, we believe that the linking of his presidency with a university bearing the Methodist name is utterly inappropriate.”

“Methodists have a long history of social conscience, so questions about the conduct of this president are very concerning,” said one of the petition’s organizers, the Rev. Andrew J. Weaver of New York, who graduated from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology.

-Holden

8 thoughts on “The Methodists Are Revolting!

  1. Gw’s claim to have a religion is HILARIOUS.
    Jehovah’s claim to be in control of the earth is HILARIOUS.
    But early attacks on the Methodist movement DO sound like Gw’s style:
    “…it was “the natural Tendency of their Behaviour, in Voice and Gesture and horrid Expressions, to make People mad.” In one of his prints, William Hogarth likewise attacked Methodists as “enthusiasts” full of “Credulity, Superstition and Fanaticism.” –wikipedia
    Credulity, Superstition and Fanaticism?
    Minor sins compared to Bushco treason, warcrimes, torture, abduction, and criminal negligence.
    Methodists believe everyone can be saved. They are clearly wrong, though maybe a few believe in the spiritual use of ROPE to save the soul, if not the body, of a Sinner.

  2. I signed their petitition as a fellow citizen of the US, and noted that it’s not going to be much of a library, filled as it will be with redacted documents and denials of requests for documents.

  3. Unpleasant yes, but I wouldn’t say revolting. 😉
    Seriously, the modern-day Methodists are a quite middle of the road bunch of folks. (Back at the time of John Wesley they were quite the enthusiasts, but thats 200 years ago).
    And colleges like money / endowments / prestige. The fact that SMU is having questions about the Bush shrine is quite telling on how far out on the extreme he is.

  4. There was a movement before the 2004 election among true Methodists to have him censured.
    He doesn’t follow the Discipline, so it’s laughable that he claims a Methodist mantle.
    Amongst Christian churches — as opposed to Krystyunist ones — the United Methodists are actually a pretty levelheaded and progressive group, whose social conscience includes “stewardship of the earth” (yeah, they’re pro-ecology!!). The church helps folks learn to reduce, reuse, recycle, and advocates “living simply so others may simply live”.

  5. it’s worth noting that there’s a lot of faculty at SMU who don’t want it there either. In particular, faculty and students of the Perkins School of Theology there have spoken out against it, and wrote a leter of protest to their board president.

  6. “advocates “living simply so others may simply live”.”
    Oh, well — where’s the PROFIT in that?
    The closest Gw EVER came to reading was following a white line with a straw.

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