The United Methodists have announced plans to split over the issue of same-sex marriage.
Leaders of the United Methodist Church, the second-largest Protestant domination in the nation, announced on Friday a plan that would formally split the church after years of division over same-sex marriage.
Under the plan, which would sunder a denomination with 13 million members worldwide, a new “traditionalist Methodist” denomination would be created, and would continue to ban same-sex marriage as well as the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy.
Ho-hum. It’s been clear for a long time that there is no middle ground on the issue of gay marriage and all of the major denominations would inevitably split over it. Even the Southern Baptists, the most resolutely backward-looking and simpleminded of the major denominations, will eventually have to confront the irreconcilable differences.
Good. The more divided and fractured the Pious are, the less easily they can organize to do harm to those who do no harm to them.