You’ve probably read the Washington Post’s hit piece on Wyoming being stubbornly White and Christian, and the latest efforts to flood the place with Muslim foreigners. One name from the post stood out; here’s some background on the dark forces being pointed at the last, most remote bastion of Heritage America.
I’ll recap that article, cover some biographical information then point out the timeline.
One state has never taken in refugees. Will it welcome Afghans?
By Karin Brulliard, October 2021
CASPER, Wyo. — Jim Shumard, the rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church here, sent the email to his congregation with some trepidation. The plan it announced could be historic — for the parish and for Wyoming. But he knew it could also be divisive.
“Together, we are exploring hosting an Afghan family here in Casper,” the headline said in bold blue letters.
It is not the purpose of a Christian church, to bring in foreign-born, foreign-religion, foreign-EVERYTHING rapefugees into a peaceful and stable community of largely Christian believers. We have nothing to learn from Islam. We have nothing to gain from traitors fleeing retribution by the country they betrayed on behalf of our rulers who busy their days with betraying us.
Whether that will happen, or even be possible, in this deeply conservative Western state remains in question. Wyoming, overwhelmingly White and Christian, has never formally welcomed refugees. Just a few years ago, debate over refugee resettlement spiraled into anti-Islam protests and a Koran-burning, alarming the state’s tiny Muslim population and dashing the hopes of its most prominent refugee advocate.
Well done, Wyoming, although I suspect that your winter also had something to do with their decision to leave. Not a bad thing. Ask Russia.
And this summer, amid a deluge of support for Afghan evacuees spanning political and faith spectra, the leaders of just two states, Wyoming and South Dakota, said they did not want to take in refugees. Wyoming is the only state that has no refugee resettlement program, nor has it ever had one. That makes the Cowboy State, as it is known, an island in a nation where states red and blue have for decades welcomed refugees.
To our destruction. I’m a Commiefornian, ask me how I know. Better yet, ask your neighbor. He’s probably a Commiefornian, too, the way this place is sinking.
Bipartisan enthusiasm for helping Afghans who assisted the U.S. war effort and fled the Taliban takeover has waned somewhat, with Senate Republicans last week attempting to curtail evacuees’ access to aid and identification cards.
Other reasons for waning enthusiasm include arrests for child molestation and coercive rape even before they left military jurisdiction.
Even so, 46 states are now preparing to host the refugees — including Wyoming’s neighbors. Idaho is expecting about 400 in the next year. Utah is welcoming 765 in the coming months. Montana will soon receive 75 Afghans.
It is unclear why Wyoming never established a resettlement program, experts say, but it is fairly clear why it is not doing so now: There is negligible overt support in a state where in 2020, 70 percent of voters cast their ballots for President Donald Trump, who slashed refugee admissions and banned travel from several Muslim-majority nations.
Specifically the terrorist-sponsoring nations. The real pandemic is Trump Derangement Syndrome. Still.
In a sparsely populated state where just 3.4 percent of residents are foreign-born, a go-it-alone ethos, some say, translates into hostility toward refugees who might need help finding housing and jobs.
“There’s honestly a little bit of a fear of the unknown,” said Landon Brown, a Republican state legislator who was one of few to voice support for Afghan resettlement. “They’re afraid of these people coming into Wyoming and living off taxpayer dollars, and maybe the fear of Islam becoming a main portion of our small population.”
“They might need help with housing and food. But for some reason, the locals suspect they’ll end up on welfare instead. And they’re scared of becoming a Muslim-majority society because they bitterly cling to Christ.”
Brown said he is generally wary of refugee resettlement but views the Afghans’ plight differently.
How stupid do you think your constituents are, Mr. Brown? Pro-tip, they haven’t been breeding with either goats OR cousins in recent years.
[Female Allison Duvall, manager for church relations and engagement at Episcopal Migration Ministries] said her office has been flooded with interest from parishes throughout the country that want to assist Afghans — including Shumard’s church and two others in Wyoming.
So, three churches in Wyoming.
And now we get to the man of the post.
That is the hope of Bishop Paul-Gordon Chandler, who leads the Episcopal Church in Wyoming, the state’s 50-parish diocese. He arrived last year in Casper, a city of 59,000 that rises from windswept grasslands and rock outcroppings, with a decidedly internationalist résumé. Previously a rector in Qatar, he grew up in Senegal and has worked in North Africa and Europe.
Qatar? Seriously? What does a… Qatari… know about Wyoming?
Wyoming, he said, became an interest when an arts nonprofit he founded, Caravan, brought an exhibition of Muslim, Jewish and Christian artists to the state in 2016. The state, Chandler said, has welcomed him more warmly than any other place he has lived.
That’s a lie. You cannot convince me that the people of Wyoming had any interest in viewing Judeo-Islamic artwork from the United Arab Emirates. I agree with their critics, that they are not what anybody would call sophisticated.
“The people here loved experiencing foreign cultures! I will help them overcome their jihad-hesitancy!”
Chandler insists he is undaunted by past uproar over refugees, though he acknowledges that buy-in will require being “strategic.”
Translation, he will have to betray and deceive us. Because he sure ain’t listening to us, now is he?
But he says he is confident the Episcopal Church, with its long history in the state, can play a unique role as a bridge. This month, the diocese is hosting a talk on the refugee issue by an Afghan who served as a combat interpreter alongside U.S. and Afghan forces.
The MIC would totally go for that. But them Jesus freaks still have hang-ups about Muslims and loving the livestock.
“One family, two families, three families — whatever it is, it’s not a lot,” Chandler said. “But I think it makes a bigger statement as to what we should be doing both as a church and as a people, as Americans, in this kind of distinct moment.”
Chandler said he had spoken to Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon (R), an Episcopalian. Gordon, he said, listened but did not commit to any particular action.
Gordon declined to be interviewed, but there are signs his view has shifted. In mid-August, his spokesman told Cowboy State Daily that Gordon had “no interest” in accepting Afghans. In an email to The Washington Post last week, the spokesman said Gordon was exploring the process through which Wyoming faith groups might host evacuees and would work with the legislature to craft a program if necessary.
Somebody is putting pressure on Gov. Gordon. Somebody new to the scene, perhaps?
That’s enough for our purposes today. So, what brings Africa-born Chandler to the heartland of America? And just in time to resettle Muslims in a very Christian land, against the repeatedly stated will of the Christians?
“FROM THE MIDDLE EAST TO THE WILD WEST”
The Episcopal Church in Wyoming reaches all the way to the Middle East for their new Bishop
Laramie, February 14, 2021: The Rt. Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, who was elected on September 19, 2020, was ordained and consecrated as the 10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Laramie, Wyoming.
Chandler, who grew up in West Africa, hails most recently from Doha, Qatar, in the Arabian Gulf, where he was the rector of the Anglican Church in Qatar, a church that hosts approximately 20,000 Christians each weekend from over 85 faith communities of varying traditions. An authority on the Middle East and Africa, Chandler is also an art curator, having founded CARAVAN, an international non-profit affiliated with The Episcopal Church that is recognized as a global leader in using the arts to further our quest for a more harmonious future, both with each other and with the earth, and which has held several strategic interreligious art exhibitions throughout Wyoming over the last several years. Chandler has spent much of his life focused on building bridges between the Abrahamic faith traditions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
That is treason against Christ. There is no bridge between Christ and the Jews. Ask a Jew. There is no bridge between Christ and the Muslim. They deny that Christ was anything but a prophet.
He studied Theological/Biblical Studies at Wheaton College and at Chichester Theological College in West Sussex, England, and French at the Alliance Française in Paris, France. He is married to Lynne Chandler and together they have two grown married children.
The author of four books, Chandler’s most recent book is titled “IN SEARCH OF A PROPHET: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran,” which focuses on the all-embracing spirituality of the early 20th century Lebanese born poet-artist and mystic, Kahlil Gibran, the author of the best-selling book The Prophet.
Gibran is new to me, but he identified as a universalist and is popular with many lost souls.
The Most Rev. Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, said, “Bishop Paul-Gordon really brings remarkable gifts and graces to join in this new partnership in the Gospel. As you read and learn his story and get to know him, you will discover a person of deep faith, with profound and wide experience of living that faith in a variety of contexts always centered in Jesus and his way of love. I simply can’t wait to see and experience what this new partnership of the Holy Spirit, the clergy and people of Wyoming and Bishop Paul-Gordon will do. Our world needs you. And God has called you, bishop and people, together for this moment, ‘for such a time as this,’ as the Bible says. God love you, God bless you, and may God hold us all in those almighty hands of love.”
During the service, Chandler was entrusted with the historic Diocesan Crozier by the Rt. Rev. John S. Smylie, whom he has succeeded. The service incorporated the languages of Arapaho and Shoshone, and creatively reflected the uniqueness of Wyoming – from visual imagery of the state’s beauty to highlighting its distinct diversity. Shoshone and Arapaho drum circles and cedaring were also part of the service, as well as a diocesan virtual choir.
Chandler rejected the concept of a white America from the moment of his installation. I wonder if there were any ‘native prayer rituals’. *checks*
[From Chandler’s speech:] As this service was developed, it was especially meaningful to be able to honor the spiritual traditions of our Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho sisters and brothers.
Those were not Christian traditions. They certainly were not Episcopal traditions. Getting away with it is the biggest thrill.
The Chief Consecrator was The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Bishop Jefferts Schori says, “We look forward to the ministry of Bishop Paul-Gordon Chandler, expecting that his abundant multicultural experience will bring fresh insights and ways of contextualizing the gospel in Wyoming. His focus on the arts offers yet another way of understanding the good news of God in Christ and should bless this diocese in an expanding ability to love and serve ALL neighbors. The Diocese of Wyoming has had a deeply gifted series of bishops, and Paul-Gordon will build on those well-laid foundations.”
That’s Missus Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori. Just last post, I was talking about how female leadership can destroy a government, if not civilization itself. And here we are, in the midst of catty feral women ordaining a Deceiver so arrogant that he flaunted paganism during his acceptance ceremony.
You go, girls.
Artists Melissa Strickler of Lander and Shirley J. Sanderson-Stephens of Cody had been commissioned to produce artwork for the service that formed an installation titled “Christ of the Frontier.” During the service, Chandler was presented symbols of the Office of Bishop that had been crafted to reflect Wyoming, including a beaded stole made by the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho peoples that incorporates their sacred symbols, a crozier in the shape of the staffs used by the early Basque shepherds in the state, and a cope and mitre with embroidered symbols of Native American spiritual traditions which were designed and constructed by Ecclesiastical fabric artist Phyllis Lehmberg.
Reflecting Chandler’s years in West Africa and the Middle East, he was given a silver pectoral cross made by Tuareg nomads in the Sahara, and a ring handcrafted in Cairo, Egypt. The service also included the languages of Arabic, Hebrew and Aramaic. Due to the pandemic lockdown in the UK, the sermon of The Rev. Dr. Samuel Wells, the vicar of the historic church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields on London’s Trafalgar Square, was live-streamed.
Bishops from around the region were in attendance, as well as The Rt. Rev. Bob G. Jones, the former Bishop of Wyoming for 20 years, from 1977 to 1997. All visiting bishops participated in the act of consecration of Bishop Chandler.
Following the consecration, Bishop Paul-Gordon says, “I am profoundly humbled to serve with the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming. I look forward to building on the excellent foundation that exists and the unique history of the diocese. I believe the Episcopal Church in Wyoming is uniquely positioned for a visionary future, and I look forward to all that God has in store for us together as we discover how ‘Christ walks the Wyoming Road.’”
I also look forward to seeing the Almighty show up with spurs, a twelve-gauge and a squint that would put the fear of God in Chuck Norris himself. There be no shortage of claim jumpers on this field of souls.
Lambeth Award recognizes CARAVAN president for interreligious peacebuilding
By Episcopal News Service Staff, 30 June 2020
The Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, an Episcopal Church mission partner serving in Qatar, is among this year’s recipients of the prestigious Lambeth Awards for outstanding contributions to the church and wider society.
The Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation was awarded to Chandler “for his distinct and exceptional contribution in using the arts for interreligious peacebuilding around the world,” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said in announcing a total of 32 awards recognizing significant contributions in fields such as evangelism, safeguarding, ecumenism, theology and interfaith relations.
Chandler is the founder and president of CARAVAN, a nonprofit initiative affiliated with The Episcopal Church that uses the arts to build bridges between different cultures and religions around the world. The initiative is now in its 11th year of touring the world with peacebuilding exhibitions that showcase art.
Modern art is practically synonymous with money laundering. I don’t have any specifics in this particular case; I’m just saying that Chandler might have more in common with Hunter Biden than a museum.
Chandler “has spent his life focusing strategically on the role of the arts in the context of interfaith peacebuilding, toward building bridges of understanding, respect and friendship between the Abrahamic faiths,” the Lambeth Awards citation noted.
Currently serving as senior Anglican priest of the Church of the Epiphany and the Anglican Centre in Doha, Qatar, Chandler told ENS that he is “deeply honored to receive this award which seeks to inspire us to realize what is possible, and how we can each play an important role in shaping our world into one where understanding, respect and compassion are valued above all – regardless of faith, cultural, or ethnic backgrounds.”
There can be no doubt whatsoever than Chandler’s religion is globalism, not Christ.
Bishop Chandler is a false priest.
ABOUT CARAVAN: Transformation through the Arts
CARAVAN, an international arts NGO/non-profit that is recognized as a leader in using the arts to further our global quest for a more harmonious future, both with each other and with the earth. Our mission is based on the belief that the arts can be one of the most effective mediums to heal our world and to creatively foster peace, harmony, wholeness and health in all its forms.
Hello, climate change agenda. You’ll be missing that propane come February, Bishop of Wyoming. You ain’t in Qatar no more.
The nomadic “caravan” theme comes out of the founding vision to encourage and facilitate those from diverse backgrounds and worldviews to “journey together through the arts.” While CARAVAN’s mission is global in focus, we maintain an ongoing program emphasis on the Middle East due to our founding.
Let’s discuss the other candidate for the Bishopric, when it became available last year.
Two Candidates Announced in Wyoming
21 May 2020
The Diocese of Wyoming has announced a slate of two candidates to become the X Bishop of Wyoming. Alphabetically:
Chandler grew up in Senegal in West Africa and has lived and worked around the world in leadership roles with the Episcopal Church, faith-based publishing, the arts and Christian relief and development agencies. He is also the founding president of Caravan, an international peace-building nonprofit closely associated with the Episcopal Church that uses the arts to build sustainable peace around the world, and which has held several strategic interreligious art exhibitions throughout Wyoming.
Duprey grew up in Connecticut and was ordained to the diaconate and the priesthood in Wyoming, in 1988 and 1989. He served in the diocese for 20 years, first as vicar for four years of St. John the Baptist in Big Piney, then as rector of St. Peter’s in Sheridan until 2008, when he answered the call to become a Navy chaplain.
The search committee named three finalists, but one withdrew from consideration.
Duprey belongs in Wyoming. Nobody can dispute that. His background is solid. By contrast, Chandler is a Christ-hating globalist foreigner even at first glance. He does not belong in this hemisphere. I cannot believe that Duprey was rejected for any reason except that the Powers That Be want Wyoming to be forcibly Converged. To his eternal glory, the devil’s servants rejected Duprey as a potential anti-Christian.
Let’s recap the timeline:
May 2020 Chandler is nominated for the Wyoming Bishopric out of nowhere… Qatari art industry nowhere.
June 2020 Chandler is given the prestigious Lambeth Award.
September 2020 Ordained as Wyoming Bishop. Immediately holds an indigenous-pagan worship service.
That is a seriously scary level of globalist cooperation. But it’s also the sort of thing that one would expect a One World Government to be capable of. Chandler sets off nearly every alarm for false Christianity then gets confirmed to a very high-level position despite it. Whoever is running the Episcopal Church, it isn’t the pussies in the fancy bathrobes.
The Christians of Wyoming now face an existential threat.