Elizabeth Kaeton did her usual fine job of "what can we learn from this boys and girls" and Mark Harris weighed in with what may be a nominee for most understated title in blogland: "Things are getting pretty strange in Global South land."
And Fr Jake makes this important point:
There have been condemnations of the declaration that gays are "unfit to live" from all corners of the Episcopal Church. For that we can be thankful. Yet, even in light of these condemnations, this incident has given me cause to wonder if the sentiments expressed by Bp. Orama are really an isolated incident, or are they more broadly accepted, but just not so bluntly stated?
Well, case in point are comments du jour over on titusonenine today, where someone named Alice Linsley opined "I am more likely to be shot in the USA for speaking against homosexual acts than an African is to be killed for being homosexual."
Really? And the statistics to bear that out would be found where? Perhaps Ms. Linsley should walk a mile or two in the shoes of our brother Davis MacIyalla or sojourn with members of Integrity Uganda for a bit. I'd be happy to make the introductions.
Or maybe not. Because then I read further, and Ms. Linsley, not content in taking Bishop Orama's abandonment of the core Christian doctrine of imageo Deo and making it "all about her" takes another step across the line into Literalist LaLa Land and asserts:
I do believe that Bishop Orama’s view is more biblical than TEC’s version of Christianity.
Really, Alice?! Do tell. Denying the humanity of homosexual persons and pronouncing them "unfit to live" is more "biblical" that TEC's commitment to seek and serve Christ in all persons? To reprise my blog from yesterday: This is what we're up against, people! If you hit the "snooze button" on the wake up call here it is again: Alice et al really DO believe that we are less than human and therefore expendible. And truth be told, I'm honestly not even interested in hearing the defense of such an indefensible position. I'm done. And if that makes me closed minded then so be it.
Maybe there are a few things to which the mind SHOULD be closed ... maybe there are some arguments that are just not worth having ... maybe this is where we turn to the Holy Scriptures which actually ARE a lamp unto our feet and actually DO contain for us all things necessary to salvation and check out what the one who IS our Lord and Savior had to say about those who will not hear the Good News of God's healing grace, abundant love and call to love -- not dehumanize -- our neighbors.
Luke 9:1-5. Check it out. I've got to get back to work.