GAFCON is the “Global Anglican Futures” Conference in Jerusalem, a break-away group which has almost completed the splitting of Anglican communion, mostly over the issue of homosexuality. With leadership from Peter Jensen and a host of other conservative US Episcopalians, this group has succeeded in mobilising third-world Anglicans to break away from the leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
“The Religion Report” on ABC Radio National this week contained a report on one of the characters seen at GAFCON, who is thought to be a source of funding for these groups. Howard F Ahmanson Jr (pictured above with wife Roberta) funds the “Discovery Institute” – home of Intelligent Design, and is a member of the “Council for National Policy” with many prominent neo-cons and theo-cons. Ahmanson belongs to a parish which has put itself under the authority of a Ugandan Bishop.
Ahmanson subscribes to a theology which advocates bringing back Old-Testament law as the law of the land and hence he advocated stoning of homosexuals, whipping recalcitrant children etc.
Are the liberals the ones who are causing the schism, as Peter Jensen claims, or are there political and financial forces at work here playing out power-agendas? And if so, is it fair for these rich first-world Christians to be using poor third-world churches, and oppressed homosexuals to further their ends?