Quote of the Day: Episcopal Bishop Mark Lawrence of South Carolina

(RNS) "Like our colonial forefathers, we are pursuing the freedom to practice our faith as we see fit, not as it is dictated to us by a self-proclaimed religious authority who threatens to take our property unless we relinquish our beliefs."

-- Episcopal Bishop Mark Lawrence of South Carolina, after filing a lawsuit to keep the national Episcopal Church from laying claim to more than $500 million in church property and assets after the diocese disaffiliated itself from the national church.