But I do keep one eye on the wacko Nut Jobs of the Faux Anglican Communion, 'cause it's part of my job to patrol the perimeter. And this one today really ticked me off.
Elizabeth Kaeton posted a long, thoughtful piece that started by talking about what her granddaugher might grow up to be, then cycled into broader thoughts about feminism. Elizabeth is the mother of I-dunno-how-many children. (I lost count, but I recall it's a bunch!) Some of them are hers by birth, and many are children she adopted – children whom nobody else might adopt because they had "special needs." In the midst of her long thoughtful post, she had one paragraph where she alluded to another woman's blog. I had never seen nor heard of this woman's blog. But it turns out that woman is the wife of one of the Wackadoo Right Wingers. So guess what? The Harpies zoomed in – making it a feature article that (as of this moment) has 280 comments. You're shocked, right? Shocked?!
The Harpies have now descended on her. They are urging all their devotees to write to Elizabeth's bishop, her Standing Committee, and her vestry … and they will not rest until she is stripped of her collar. In that feature article, every now and then, the discussion takes a turn away from the "Burn Elizabeth" [a.k.a. "burn the witch!"] theme. And when it does, Greg Griffith turns the discussion back to the point: "Write to her bishop." "Write to her Standing Committee." Clearly, he is out for blood.
Could "hate" possibly be spelled any more clearly?
They despise her.
It is visceral.
Mind you, this gang is smelling blood after stoking up a feeding frenzy over that priest in Washington who thought she could be a Christian and Muslim. [Groan! I disagreed with her – vehemently disagreed! and I didn't see how she could continue to be a priest in our church -- but I didn't feel a need to witness a public pillory.] They managed to create such a media frenzy that she has now been inhibited on the front pages of newspapers. It should have been handled quietly, but they succeeded in making it a public spectacle. Yes, they succeeded magnificently. And they are exulting in that victory.
They succeeded. They held that woman up for public ridicule. And they got the sacrifice of flesh that they demanded in their orgy. And they danced in glee at what they believe was her humiliation. (Incidentally, Father Andrew Gerns has some perceptive comments on this whole dust-up; click here to read his commentary.)
But that was last week's news. Now they want Elizabeth's flesh.
As I held my nose and read their comments, a couple of images kept coming to my mind. I read this "Greg" character whipping-up his devotees to "get Elizabeth." Fresh from what the StandFirm crowd views as a "kill" with the priest in Washington, they have the heady smell of blood in their nostrils, and it's the best aphrodisiac possible for their kind. It's a bit hyperbolic, but I hear echoes of that horrific scene in The Accused, where one of the more impotent guys eggs-on his buddies to rape the character played by Jodie Foster. Or of the killing frenzy in Platoon. It is all about power and control. An uppity woman is terrifying to some people. She must be destroyed!
They are going after Elizabeth now with a vengeance. Meanwhile, she is flying to Belize early tomorrow on a mission trip.
The "leaders" at StandFirm are the impotents urging rapacious violence. It would be funny if it were not so sickening.
Father Jake called it correctly when he posted over there:
You don’t give a damn who you hurt, whose reputation you trash, as long as you get to throw a little more mud on the Episcopal Church. People are expendable if they can be used to further your cause.I used the term a very long time ago: "Bottom feeders" would be embarrassed by what some of these so-called "Christians" are doing in the name of their self-proclaimed sanctity. This is nothing but character assassination.
If you're so inclined, go over to Elizabeth's blog and tell her you agree this kind of garbage must stop. Just remember she's on a mission trip in Belize, and can't post any comments on her blog 'til she returns July 14 or 15.
Update 07/10/07. Leave it to MadPriest (a.k.a. God's Gift to the Anglican Communion) and his MadParishioners to provide truly delightful commentary on this situation. Hie thyself across the pond and read that.