Thursday, June 18, 2009

Louie Crew Weighs In

On the Bishops' Super-Duper-Double-Secret Theology Committee

I have written here recently about my outrage that Bishop Henry Nutt Parsley (Alabama) has appointed a super-secret committee to study same-sex relationships. Today, one conservative from Nashotah came out of the closet and revealed his participation and the name of the committee chair. One wonders why a Nashotah faculty member is sharing information with his community, while Bishop Parsley steadfastly refuses to reveal the names of the committee members.

Louie Crew – God bless him! – has posted a reflection and challenge to Bishop Parsley. With permission, I copy it here:

An Open Letter to Bishop Henry Parsley from Two Named 'Louie Crew'

Bishop Parsley,

In 1911, when his son Erman was only six, the local Klan came in the dark to the home of my grandfather and demanded: "Louie, it is time for you to do your civic duty."

Louie stood them down while Erman watched from behind a window, frightened by the torches and the hoods.

Then to Erman's amazement, Louie called out the name of every hooded man. Erman thought his father had magical skills, not realizing that as president of the local bank, his father had loaned the money used to buy most of the buggies and horses of the vigilantes.

"John! Gary! James! Henry!......" Louie called to the panel before him; "you know that you are up to no Christian good when you have to hide your face to do it."


+Henry, Bishop of Alabama, Ernest and I still pay taxes on Louie's property in Coosa County. You know that you are up to no Christian good when you have to hide the identity of the special panel that you have appointed to study us secretly.

Nor do you treat all parties equally. This week the MISSIONER, published by Nashotah House, identified The Rev. Daniel Westberg, a professor at Nashotah House, as a member of the secret panel and Dr. Ellen Charry, a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, as the panel's chair. (See page 3 of the current issue)

The writer had sufficient knowledge to characterize the theological position of each member of the secret panel.

Why does one of our most conservative seminaries have access to information that you have denied to all who have requested it, including those of us who share fiscal responsbility with you at General Convention?

End the duplicity. Take the hoods off all members of the committee. Let there be transparency and decency.

I have been baptized.

Louie Crew


Blogger Leonardo Ricardo said...

No secrets!

6/19/2009 2:45 PM  
Blogger Göran Koch-Swahne said...

It's very good and most pertinent!

6/19/2009 3:06 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Yep. This is Louie at his best.

6/19/2009 10:20 PM  

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