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Posted By CNN: 10:57 AM ET
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My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Kelly James. I pray for the other two and for the rescuers who truly risk their lives for the benefit of someone else.
Posted By Anonymous Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 11:38 AM ET
I suppose we are always going to get opposing views about women and gays having leadership roles within the church. If I understand it correctly, only seven out of the 111 dioceses of the US Episcopal Church are voting to secede (about 6%). Are they setting a trend for other Christian religions to follow? Only time will tell. As much as we talk about diversity these days, it does not seem to be taking hold when it comes to religion.
Posted By Anonymous Jolene, St. Joseph, MI : 12:15 PM ET
Here we go again! Another church wasting valuable time and energy over the subject of homosexuality. The many divisions in the Episcopal Church has kept it on unsteady ground for many years over issues like homosexuality and women in the church, I am not surprised that some of the parishes have broken off to join the Anglican Church. However, what Nigerian archbishop Peter Akinola is proposing is akin to resurrecting the old "Jim Crow" laws. If these frightening proposals are accepted by any religion in any country what's next? Although I am not gay, as a woman I understand the depth of discrimination, and I will never tolerate it. For these big and powerful religions, it's all about exclusion not inclusion.

After listening to religious leaders like Rev. Russell Johnson and Archbishop Peter Akinola, Jim and Tammy's son Jay Bakker sounds like the only pragmatic voice in the group!
Posted By Anonymous Jo Ann Matese, North Royalton, Ohio : 12:34 PM ET
How can things go so wrong, whether it is looking for the Kims, or the Katrina Disaster? Are the ones in charge not take their jobs that seriously when it affects others? Is it so bad to ask for help when the job that you are give to do is beyond your capabilities?
Posted By Anonymous Cathy, Watsonville, CA : 12:49 PM ET
My prayers are with everyone involved in the tragedy on Mt. Hood.

Yesterday a friend e-mailed me the article about the pull out of the Episcopal parishes. It's interesting. I have been Episcopal at heart for years. I finally a little over a month ago was received into the Episcopal Church from Roman Catholicism. I changed over officially because the majority of the Episcopal Church was more open about women and gays in the priesthood (we have a woman as Presiding Bishop), alllowed clergy to marry, and practiced the true meaning of Catholic-all are welcome. Their theology is in line with what I believe and want to teach to any children I may have one day. Apparently, not all parishes feel all are welcome. Maybe they should join Rome instead of Nigeria. They sound more Roman Catholic than Episcopal to me...
Posted By Anonymous TA Cheramie, Berwick, LA : 1:05 PM ET
Hey AC: my thoughts and prayers are family of Mr. James and with the 2 others who still hope for the best. Must be a horrible but peaceful way to leave this world. Knowing that after a while and freezing to death that the enavitable is coming that you won't be able to reach anyone you love but reassured (if they are christians) that God is greeting for them with open arms...Peace be with them and with the rescuers...Good luck! Josee
Posted By Anonymous Josee (Montreal, Quebec) : 1:20 PM ET
From Mt. Hood to the Kim's to Katrina we have looked to the military for great strength in many areas. Many of the volunteers have skills that they learned while serving, which gets us to Gates as SECDEF. Hopefully, Gates brings some experience in realizing that 'covert operations' outside what is considered 'legal' are not the long term answer but a quick fix that is very costly. I also hope that someone, Gates for one, starts rebuilding the strength of the US Military which is so vital to core of our nation.

I would also hope that Gates reaccesses the feasibility of training up Iraqi troops. This has been the one of the core failures of our Iraqi strategy. Some plans just need to go into the trash.
Posted By Anonymous linda, bella vista,ar : 3:14 PM ET
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