Sunday, May 23, 2021

Turnings (III)

This will be close to my last post as the "Anglican Curmudgeon". While I maintain my curmudgeonly skepticism toward today's idols (religious and otherwise), I can no longer claim the moniker "Anglican".  I do not presume to speak for others, but only for myself. And the objective truth is that I am no longer a member (or adherent) of the Anglican Communion, whatever grouping of denominations may lay claim to that name. 

Your Curmudgeon has followed the example of G.K. Chesterton, who came in time to realize that the grand Protestant experiment, without a magisterium, could do nothing but splinter into further denominational fragments, regardless of their claimed heritage. Like my model G. K., I have been received into the Roman Catholic Church. (See the first post in this series for more background.) 

It was one thing to criticize from the inside looking out, but it is not the same from the outside looking in. Removing myself from ECUSA made me indifferent to its fate.  Whether the Anglican Communion is on a different downward path may still be an open question, but the ECUSA-led schism in its ranks no longer attracts my attention -- so I am ceasing to write on that subject, as well. Quod scripsi, scripsi -- I will leave this blog up for the time being, so that the Guide can serve as a quick locator for specific topics.

The blog will therefore become a sculpture in amber of ECUSA's inexorable decline, chiefly the consequence of its flouting of its own and this country's laws for its leaders' short-term purposes.

The desultory legal contests ECUSA engaged in are now, thankfully, entirely resolved, with the exception of the final battle in the Supreme Court of South Carolina. For the sake of completeness, I will reserve my final post(s) on this blog to comment on how that battle turns out.  Until then, the reader can choose from among its more than 1,300 posts to date, indexed topically by the Guide. (There is, alas, no index to the almost 7,000 comments, but if you know the commenter's name, you can use the blog's search engine to find whatever that commenter wrote.)

I have no regrets either on leaving the Anglican Communion, which also (along with its parent, the Church of England) now shows signs of the further splintering envisioned in the links indexed in this post, and in this one. The "Communion" of its title is now honored more in the breach than in the observance, and I remain pessimistic about the capability of its current leadership to welcome back into the fold those it has effectively spurned by embracing the Zeitgeist in derogation of its scriptural heritage. 

In short, what previously made me an Anglican -- the belief that while rejecting the authority of the Magisterium we as Anglicans could yet remain true to Christ's teachings as handed down to us from the saints -- has become impossible to sustain, thanks to the vacillation and inconstancy of our overseers (Greek: episkopoi). Nothing "episcopal" remains of the Episcopal Church (USA), because its bishops have deserted their posts, while in the process expelling from their ranks all who rejected their ad hoc interpretations of Holy Scripture. 

This site was never limited just to Anglican / Episcopalian topics -- there was a lot of leavening thrown in, as its motto says, "for good measure." For leavening to be of any use, there has to be dough, and I have not decided yet how best to keep baking content. Fortunately (or unfortunately), the political scene in these so-called United States is so dispiriting that I have no desire to add to the general cacophony. The trend may self-correct before long, but if not, the priority should be protecting one's family from the disintegration taking place before our eyes. 

As Margaret Thatcher once observed: "The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money" -- and although closer to that point than ever before, we are not there yet.   


Monday, February 22, 2021

Dennis Canon Dead in Texas

 With its denial of certiorari (review) this morning to two of the Episcopal Church in the USA's ("ECUSA's") groups in Fort Worth, Texas, the United States Supreme Court has put to rest the multiple adverse claims made for the last twelve years against the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth.  All of those various claims, and the stages of their ups and downs, have been chronicled on this blog, which began just before the legal disputes emerged. It is gratifying, therefore, to report that this blog has managed to outlive, along with (retired) Bishop Jack Iker and his faithful flock, the Machiavellian intrigues of the schemers at 815 Second Avenue to hound and intimidate them into surrender of their properties.

Denial of review of the May 2020 decision by the Texas Supreme Court puts finally to rest ECUSA's dogged attempts to enforce its notorious and one-sided Dennis Canon in Texas. The brazenness of that Canon, which attempted unilaterally to impose (after the fact) an enforceable, perpetual trust everywhere on all the parish properties of its members in ECUSA's favor, ran directly into long-standing Texas trust law, which requires the consent of a property's owner to place it into a trust, and which also requires express language to make a trust irrevocable. The Dennis Canon failed the test on both of those grounds.

Nor could ECUSA succeed by giving its successor group the same name as Bishop Iker's Diocese, and then pretending to assume its identity. The Texas Supreme Court saw through those machinations, and held that the majority controlling the Diocesan corporation, and not ECUSA's minority faction, were the true successors under Texas corporate law to the group that founded the original Diocese in 1983. In that respect, the Texas courts were far more perspicacious than the feckless courts in California, New York, Pennsylvania and elsewhere who simply allowed ECUSA's attorneys to pull the wool over their eyes, and pretend that the newest kid on the block was actually the oldest, who (they claimed) had been there the whole time.

Those on the losing side reacted with predictable assurances that life will go on as before.

I am not certain about this, but the Supreme Court's denial of review may now make it finally possible for Bishop Ryan Reed (Bishop Iker's successor) and his Diocese to have a Texas court call a halt to the ECUSA group's impersonation of that Diocese's identity, by using the same words to describe itself (see the previous link).

The success in Texas leaves just one long-standing ECUSA dispute still festering: its pursuit of Bishop Mark Lawrence and his Diocese of South Carolina. For the reasons articulated in this post, your Curmudgeon has hopes that that litigation, too, will finally resolve itself before too much longer in favor of Bishop Lawrence and his withdrawing Diocese, notwithstanding ECUSA's machinations to the contrary (and that almost carried the day).

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

What You Aren't Hearing about Election Fraud [UPDATED: Now They Are Openly Bragging]

What would you say is the prevailing opinion in the media about fraud in the 2020 presidential election? 

Is it that many lawsuits were brought, in all the disputed States, and none showed any evidence of fraud?

Or is it that while fraud may have occurred, it was on a local and very small scale?

Or is it just that all claims of election fraud have been debunked?

That is what the mainstream media have wanted you to believe -- because they will never aid in circulating any news to the contrary. But now, three months after the election, a different picture is emerging -- just not in the major media.

Here is a well-sourced and very detailed summary of the abundant evidence of result-changing fraud in all the various key States that showed anomalous results. In turn, it links to other compilations, such as this definitive list of the outcome of all 79 cases to have been brought in the various courts challenging local and State tallies as reported. The article links to another at the same Website, which has still more links to mathematical evidence of widespread fraud, as well as to this comprehensive survey of the evidence.

As the compilation shows, only 19 of the 79 cases brought to date were decided on their merits, i.e., based on a review of the actual evidence offered. Another 37 cases were disposed of on technical grounds that allowed the courts to avoid reviewing any evidence -- such as deciding that challenges brought before Election Day were "premature", so that the plaintiffs "lacked standing" because "no injury had yet occurred." 

Or, for those suits brought after Election Day, the evading courts found that the complaints were "too late", and the plaintiffs were guilty of "laches" (prejudicial delay) by waiting too long to challenge the rules by which the election was conducted. Thus did many courts play "Catch-22" with the various challengers.

But of the 19 cases that went to trial on the merits, the compilation linked above shows that the Trump team (or his allies, as plaintiffs) has won twelve of them, i.e., almost two thirds of the cases brought resulted in findings of improper procedures or illegality in voting.

And there are still are another 23 active cases yet to be decided. 

So how do those documented facts tally with the memes circulated in the media? Answer: Hardly at all.

According to the media's talking points, Trump (or his supporters) lost all of his challenges, and failed to prove any of his claims of election fraud. But twelve cases already decided prove that claim wrong, and another twenty-three cases await a final decision. 

Your Curmudgeon holds that many out there are like him in suspecting that all was not right with the tallies in the 2020 presidential election. The din of the media panning that idea has to date drowned out the dissenting voices.

But perhaps that will not be the case for much longer. May the truth emerge -- as eventually it can do no other.

[UPDATED 02/05/2021: Truer words than my last paragraph above were never written. Now we have it from the horse's mouth: the Left is openly bragging about how they carried off the biggest election fraud of all time.  No doubt the Department of Justice, under their new leadership, will postpone all prior recreations in pursuing the Capitol rioters on RICO charges to launch new RICO proceedings against those who have brazenly admitted participation in this unparalleled theft and scandal against democracy.]