The South Carolina Diocese of the Episcopal Church has filed
suit against the national organization on the basis of freedom of
Carolina Diocese withdrew from the Episcopal Church, which has
a history of suing to obtain ownership of diocese property. South
Carolina has filed an advance
lawsuit claiming ownership of the property valued at more than
a half billion dollars. Diocese canon theologian Kendall Harmon
tells OneNewsNow the diocese predates the Episcopal Church.
"The Diocese of South Carolina was started in 1785," he points
out. "That's four years before nine different dioceses voluntarily
established the Episcopal Church in 1789, so you also have the
protection of our historic standing."
The diocese disassociated because of the National Episcopal
Church's adoption of policies that are contrary to the Bible on
homosexual, lesbian, and transgender issues.
"The key point is not only did they not let us have our view,
but they increasingly pressured us not to have our view," he
explains. "And it was clear that we were going to have no more room
to practice freely in any meaningful sense, and they came after our
bishop on a silly pretext."
He adds that they did that without following their own rules.
Bishop Mark Joseph Lawrence's position has been to stand on the
Bible. Harmon says members have freedom of religion and
association, meaning a constitutionally protected right to depart
with property intact.