Update: this article is inaccurate and out of date. See updated article here.
Dear USA Today…you are dumb.
USA Today has ran an erroneous story about the United Methodist Church and the state of the amendments. Here’s what its lead says:
United Methodists have defeated amendments that would have made church membership open to all Christians regardless of sexual orientation and furthered the creation of a new, U.S.-only governing body, according to the denomination’s news service.
But the original UMNS article, which USA Today based its source on, clearly says this:
United Methodists in the U.S. have largely voted against 23 proposed amendments that would change the structure of the church, but voting is ongoing in Africa, Europe and the Philippines…
The church has 73 conferences in Africa, the Philippines and Europe. Since they hold their annual meetings at different times throughout the year, the final outcome of the voting won’t be known until spring 2010.
So no, there are 73 conferences that have yet to vote, more than half of the total number of conferences. So no, the voting is not done yet.
But don’t feel bad. Even a fact-checking religious service Get Religion didn’t check the original article either. And other pastors seem to point to UMNS instead of realizing that it was USA Today that got it wrong.
But on the bright side…alongside the erroneous facts is a quote by the Institute on Religion and Democracy. So thank you for again linking bad facts with the IRD…they are bedfellows after all.