In what is sure to be an event of historical prevelance (I love that word, prevelance, such a good word), the angelican american and canadian churches are facing expulsion- after being suspended- for their tolerant stance on gay marriage. The american delegation appealed to the Bible, to charity, to openness and inclusiveness, while the nigerian delegation pushed for their expulsion from the fellowship. I found that interesting because it's something that i am starting to notice about christianity and its rapidly changing face. Christianity historically, more or less, has mostly been a predominantely white religion, with the majority of their memebrs based in western countries. This is no longer the case. Faced with the declining participation and faith in the western countries (again the US is the exception here), more and more churches-regardless of denominations- seem to be focusing their efforts on Latin and African countries, as if giving up on their old markets and seeking new ones. This is casuing the powerbase of christianity to shift away from the hands of the white patriarchs towards those of other ethnicities (remember the calls for a black or latin pope?) in order to appeal more to those new religious recruits. Not that there is anything wrong with that. It's just a random observation. On a more disturbing note, a polygamous sect in Utah threw out almost 1000 of its young male members in order to make more young women available for older men. Those who got casted out - some as young as 13- were simply dumped on the side of the road and told by the other church members that they will never see their families again or go to Heaven. This makes sense according to their rules, because the sect believes that a member has to marry at least 3 women or they won't get to go to heaven. I am not quite sure what the point behind this belief is, but it's almost like saying that the act of marrying women is some sort of trial of faith or a necessary evil that must be endured in order to purify one's soul from its sins and go to heaven. If that is truly the case, then marrying at least 3 women seems like a cruel and unnecessary punishment. I mean, sharing a bathroom with 3 women for a year in itself enough to test anyone's faith (I know from experience, trust me), let alone for the rest of your life. Also keep in mind that 3 is the minimum and not the maximum number of wives that you should have, so the extra faithfull might really chalk up 5 or 6 wives in order to really gurantee going to heaven. I can see how that could be a punishment and a way to atone for your sins; Hell, the nagging alone would probably do the trick( Just kidding. I am, Really!)! The women probably go to Heaven by being obedient to their husbands and not mind participating when he likes to play "the Sultan and his nymphomaniac bisexual harem" in the bedroom. Now that's my kind of religion! In other news, the Southern Baptists have ended their eight year boycott to Disney, which was news to me because i wasn't even aware that such a boycott was in effect or that southern Baptists actually adhered to it(the ones i knew sure didn't!). The article is unclear on the reasons of the boycott, but i have always felt that disney was evil and i am positive that the movies The little Mermaid and Aladdin had something to do with it, you know, with the former's Phallic shaped Palace Speres and Princess Jasmine being a big Harlot. We live in a fun fun world!