Wednesday, 22 October 2003

conservative viewpoints

I’ve been looking at the websites of conservative lobbying organizations, and I am confused as to how many separate bodies there really are.

The Anglican Communion Institute which despite its name has no official status but appears to be based in Colorado, USA has published this statement and this brief analysis. This is the body which lists George Carey as a director. Then there is also the Anglican Institute also based in Colorado, and seems to overlap the above. And then there is Communion Parishes which clearly has close links with the first of these at least.

The American Anglican Council, which organised the recent Texas meeting has published this interview [sorry, broken link] with Emmanuel Kolini, Archbishop of Rwanda. And then there is this letter from David Anderson and David Roseberry.
Anglican Mainstream seems to have mostly repeats of AAC statements about the primates meeting, apart from this one.

Maybe someone closer to these groups can explain to us.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Wednesday, 22 October 2003 at 11:25am BST | TrackBack
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_This post and its comments got accidentally deleted from the blog and has been reconstituted. Two comments were originally posted which are reproduced below:_

Some of it is puffery. If you have enough different organizations, then your cause looks like it has more support.

But the real answer is that American Conservatives have learned to fragment their organizations. Jack Taylor of Dallas has been documenting some of the relationships between the AAC and First Promise (which became the Anglican Mission in America). The documents show that First Promise was to take the aggressive actions so that the ECUSA bishops in the ACC could be protected from the fallout.

Another reason for fragmentation is for focus. The Anglican Communion Institute seems to be a pseudo-scholarly think tank. The Anglican Mainstream organization is primarially for non-Americans and the AAC is currently taking the lead for a second province in the US. By formong different organizations, they can tailor their message for different groups and say things to each one that they don't want to say publically though one of their other mouths. The think tank can sponsor George Carey to speak in South Carolina to the ACC and AMiA supporters without giving the appearance that the former Archbishop endorses the ACC or the AMiA.

The result is a web of deception which makes one wonder whether they are on Christ's side at all.

Posted by: *Roy Murphy* on Thursday, 23 October 2003 at 1:49 PM GMT

Oh brother, I really expected more than this!
The AMIA is its own organization, separate from TEC and recognized as such. ACI is a new organization, a merger of the Anglican Institute and SEAD. To describe it as a "pseudo-scholarly think tank" is simply nonsense given the people involved and the chracter of their work.
Rowan Williams has praised a number of their contributors quite publically and George Carey would never have joined the board if it were true.

The "web of deception" comment is a similar accusation hurled into the air without evidence.
This post is so full of other misinformation it is simply sad ("AAC is currently taking the lead for a second province in the US" untrue;-etc,). Perhaps if you took the time to speak to the people involved and researched the evidence carefully you might come to different conclusions.
As a chemistry major I want at least to hope for that.
Posted by: *kendall Harmon* on Saturday, 25 October 2003 at 11:10 PM GMT

Posted by: Simon Sarmiento on Wednesday, 4 August 2004 at 12:05am BST