and I wonder what have you done good for the world???
I've seen church helped the homeless and those in need (food, clothes, and place warm to stay, jobs you name it)
please tell us what good have you done for the world more than other religious institutions.
I've seen the Church do just as much good as they've done bad. This is not just personal opinion or bias because I'm an atheist, this is through experiencing some absolutely disgraceful human beings who claim to be Christians (some congregations are like oppressive dictatorships), and unfortunately they've far outweighed the good Christians I've met. I was raised by a Christian who later went to become a Reader and then one of the first women Priests in the UK. The whole Anti-Woman stance in the UK is beyond ridiculous, especially if you go out and meet the clergy with these views - I'd say a good 80% of the men who are against women Priests (and the yet to be passed women Bishops) are closeted homosexuals. Admittedly, like most statistics that is purely speculative, but I have a ridiculous knack for reading people... and it helps when you have a Mother who was in the loop with the rest of the clergy in the country!
I don't know if it is purely survival instincts of being Anti-Women to divert attention from their secret lifestyle or what, but how on earth can you be so devout to the last syllable of a religion... yet you yourself are living in sin according to your precious scripture?! I don't care what colour you are, gender or where and with whom you like to rest your head, but have some human decency and step down from your pedestal of hypocrisy and try practicing some of the other less poisonous parts of your religion.
This is just an example of what I've seen firsthand and not taking into account anything negative that other denominations of Christianity are guilty of, but they are numerous. Concerning the article posted; it really does not surprise me that it's happening, and especially in the USA - what I would like to know is if religious institutions (be it a church, college, school or whatever) in the USA are seen as a pure Religion or if they're subjected to any Business/Employment/Tax regulations?
In the UK the Church of England gets away with some outrageous acts of discrimination, tax avoidance and unpleasant treatment of clergy because they are not seen as a Business by the authorities - hell, they don't even have to legally pay their clergy. Actually, my Mother had to apply for her wage and only got it because I was under the age of 18 at the time she was accepted into training. If I wasn't around or a little bit older, they would have refused her application for stipendiary on the basis she was over 55.
I honestly believe if the CoE had their status changed to reflect that of any other company they would be liquidated within 12 months.