Here's a curious headline:
Bush's Own Church Has Called For The Withdrawal Of Troops From Iraq
Well, not quite. Rather, 100 United Methodists, among them a retired bishop, protested the war in Iraq and called for Bush to withdraw. But if I understand UMC polity correctly, only the Council of Bishops or the General Conference can claim to speak for the United Methodist Church. A hundred-odd marchers cannot claim such authority, even if a retired bishop is among them.
Nevertheless, much of the Left end of the blogosphere has picked up this misunderstanding and run with it. This mistake does not merit harsh criticism, as one can be easily confused about the governance of a different denomination.
And to the credit of the Methodist anti-war protestors, I saw nothing in the UMNS article to indicate that they claimed to speak for the whole UMC. It's just a misunderstanding that needs to be corrected.