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Thursday, November 08, 2007

What is the Chicken Dinner Theory?

The chicken dinner theory is a conspiracy theory first posited at the Lambeth Conference of 1998 as to why Global South bishops seem to support biblically traditionalist Anglicans in the U.S. The theory essentially surmises that the reason for the support of these bishops for traditionalism could not possibly be education or faithfulness, and therefore must be money.

Well, the chicken dinner theory has reared its ugly head again, this time as American liberals bemoan the intervention of Archbishop Gregory Venables in U.S. dioceses under fire. "Fr. Jake" writes:
The Southern Cone has about 20,000 communicants. My point is that the lack of churches suggests that this is a very poor Province. I cannot help but wonder if the temptation to pick up a few wealthy congregations, and now entire Dioceses, to the north is not fueling some of the outrage we are hearing from PB Venables.
When I posted in the comments that this theory is both racist and offensive, my comment was deleted and I was banned from further commenting. Ah, how I love the smell of raw fascism!