Friday, August 25, 2006

ECUSA's bête noire

I refer, of course, to the Archbishop of Nigeria, Peter Akinola. The Episcopal Majority has a new post up griping about Akinola's consecration of Martyn Minns as bishop to the new Anglican missionary territory of the United States. Among their many complaints is this one:
He continues to insist (1) that the consecration of the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson was "traumatic" (when in fact it was the Archbishop who belatedly chose to be offended)
So the Archbishop CHOSE to be offended! So we don't have to take him seriously! Now, even such a hard-bitten, insensitive case as myself never thought of that wheeze. All that wailing and lamenting by homosexuals after General Convention - pay no attention. They just CHOSE to be upset. Let's not get into the matter of all those other situations where "choice" is an unassailable right and mark of integrity. And what's with the "belatedly"? On June 19, when the Fort Worth delegation announced on the convention floor that they were seeking APO, they were criticized for being too prompt and precipitate; good thing they didn't bother waiting a few weeks, or they'd have been criticized for acting "belatedly".

Another complaint is
that the Episcopal Church had failed to "turn back" to the Windsor Report (when in fact our church made every effort at our General Convention to establish a moratorium as asked by the report)
I'm used to the "good effort" category when it comes to my children's report cards. But in important matters, among adults, it doesn't seem to turn up that often. "Really, I made every effort to get that runner out at home base; it's very unfair of you to count that as a run against our side." These are essentially unserious people.

The final flourish of malice is almost hallucinatory:
Archbishop Akinola and his cohorts may continue to pursue this radical campaign to remake the Anglican Communion into their own image. This ideologically motivated campaign so redolent of Paul's description of the "principalities and powers" (Ephesians 6:12) must be resisted; we must uphold the gospel in the face of these threats.
That passage, with the one before it, reads "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." So Archbishop Akinola is allied with the Devil, it seems. I know liberals who are so exquisitely sensitive, they worry that confessing a liking for watermelon could somehow be construed as anti-black, and yet here are wealthy, white Episcopalians who aren't ashamed to label an African clergyman as one of "the rulers of the darkness of this world."

Through all the seething I hear the cry, "Will no one rid us of this uppity ni--- uh, Nigerian?"


Blogger Ellie M said...

Have you noticed how these revisionist types just looooove St Paul when they can use a particular passage he wrote -- and yet at the same time damn him for supposedly being misogynist, homophobic and slaver-friendly?

Consistency ain't their middle name.

11:27 am  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

Yes, they do this sort of thing all the time, and not just with Paul. They only ever quote Jesus when it sounds like he's saying "Come on, come all!", as if that's all there is to it. They never mention his stricter sayings, like the wedding feast where the unprepared man was kicked out, or the wise and foolish virgins, where half the people had the door shut in their faces and were left in the darkness. And what about "I never knew you," to people who thought they were believers? I think Paul gets a bad rap - he's much more hopeful about everyone being able to make it. Jesus is very stern at times, and there's enough in his sayings to fill any heart with fear that *I'll* end up being the one standing outside the door, deluded to the last. But there you go - he didn't say anything about homosexuals, and that's all that counts to liberals.

9:14 am  

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