Sunday, November 05, 2006

Bottom-Feeders Strike Again

Sometimes I wonder when the reactionary right will ever give up their tired old inquisition games. Probably never.

Those of you who have been following events for more than three years will recall the tactic that David Virtue and his minions attempted during General Convention 2003, when the consent to Gene Robinson's consecration was pending. The right-wingers found that then-Bishop-elect Robinson had supported a website . . . which linked to a website . . . which linked to a website . . . that seemed to espouse pornography. His detractors tried to scuttle his consent on the basis of those thin threads. But sensible heads recognized that one cannot be hanged for some guilt-at-third remove. The investigative group appointed by General Convention reconized that +Robinson had never espoused the goals of that third-remove website. They recognized the nefarious agenda of the people who were trying to paint him with that brush.

So tonight it has amused to me to see one of the reactionary right-wing sites trying to do the same thing to The Episcopal Majority.

A great many of the right-wing sites and their commenters hide under cloaks of secrecy and anonymity. They operate in the darkness; and we know what other cosmic power seeks to hide in the darkness. By contrast, The Episcopal Majority has posted the names of its sponsors and supporters from the first. From the beginning, we have worked in the light of day.

Today, one of those reactionary sites has painted us with the "heretic" brush, because one person who signed-on as a supporter to our site is -- in the high-and-mighty view of these right-wingers -- a supposed heretic. And so they bring out that tired old saw yet again: that all of us are heretics. It's so pitiable.

I can't decide whether this makes me laugh at the pitiful excesses of the schismatic right or should make me want to do a dope-slap at them.

Which one of us could not be found to be in some third-degree connection to a heretic or criminal or other scofflaw?

And I cannot help but observe that those people on the supposed "right" seem increasingly desperate to lob pot-shots at those of us who are walking in the light. I wonder what underlies their increasing desperation.

As long as I am blogmaster of The Episcopal Majority, I will continue to post the name of every person who sends me an e-mail saying he or she supports the goals of The Episcopal Majority. I will not subject them to an inquisition or litmus test. I will not decide who is or who is not "worthy" to sign-on to our goals. I will welcome all who want to support the "big tent" we are constructing over there.

If the schismatics want to perform an inquisition into every person who wants his or her name posted at The Episcopal Majority, let them do so. The more they do so, the more it reveals the petty hypocrisy behind their venture.

By their fruits, we shall know them.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


You evil bastards. No wonder the Church is falling to pices.

11/05/2006 7:19 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

That's right Lisa. It would literally be impossible for you or for anyone to totally know the heart and mind of every person supporting the Episcopal Majority.

But, I know of this priest they are speaking about. She professes her faith in Christ. It maybe that her whole concern has been to reach out to the pagan community as well as in having a genuine interest in Celtic spirituality.

If there are some deeper problems and issues here, we're not helping anyone by having a harsh judgemental spirit, or by pushing them away. We need to be loving and accepting of each other no matter what, and in that context expressing concerns and engaging the conversation.

I'm so grieved by this "gotcha" kind of mentality that's out there in the church today.

11/05/2006 4:02 PM  
Blogger Saint Pat said...

Well, don't let the turkey buzzards get you down!

Thank God there are no litmus tests for Episcopal Majority. Somehow I can't see Jesus grilling the 5,000.

11/05/2006 7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let them rant. Pray for them. And let's get on with the work of the church.


11/05/2006 10:42 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Grace, thanks for your typically gracious comments. I don't know this person personally. But it does sicken me to see how those on the supposed "right" love to demonize certain people and seem to mistake persons for dartboards. I wonder which part of Jesus' command to "love thy neighbor as thyself" they missed. You're right: it's sad indeed.

11/05/2006 10:58 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Grandmere, I appreciate the sentiment, but please moderate your comments. Remember, we are trying to have a family blog here.

11/05/2006 11:00 PM  

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