Every week, I intend to try to bring forth some of the unbelievable stuff that spews from the mouths of so-called "liberals."
Yeah, I know that would be a full-time job for a dozen people (at least), but I don't make enough money to quit my job and hire 11 folks to help me gather all the inanity/insanity.
The topper of the week beats anything that our dear friends north of the 49th parallel have been coming up with. It comes instead from the first openly gay Episcopal bishop in the US of A, Rev. Gene V. Robinson. From the Washington Times' Jon Ward comes this report:
Planned Parenthood should target "people of faith" to promote abortion rights and comprehensive sex education, the Episcopal Church's first openly homosexual bishop told a gathering in the District yesterday.
"In this last election we see what the ultimate result of divorce from communities of faith will do to us," New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson said during Planned Parenthood's fifth annual prayer breakfast.
"Our defense against religious people has to be a religious defense. ... We must use people of faith to counter the faith-based arguments against us," he said. ...
And there's more:
"We have allowed the Bible to be taken hostage, and it is being wielded by folks who would use it to hit us over the head. We have to take back those Scriptures," he said.
And more yet:
"We need to teach people about nuance, about holding things in tension, that this can be true and that can be true, and somewhere between is the right answer. It's a very adult way of living, you know.
"What an unimaginative God it would be if God only put one meaning in any verse of Scripture," he said.
For the whole story, here's the link: http://insider.washingtontimes.com/articles/normal.php?StoryID=20050415-102359-6226r
Now, the Irrev. Mr. Robinson appears to be at odds with his church's teaching on abortion, which is not as severe as the Roman Catholic ban, but stresses that it should be used only in "extreme circumstances."
And his attempt to define God as having an ambiguous message looks a lot more like an act of self-service than a faithful description of the Almighty.
It seems to me -- someone who is not a Biblical scholar by any means -- that God had this thing about ambiguity. It wasn't part of his vocabulary. Shades of grey? Hardly.
In fact, in most of the pronouncements attributed to God in the Bible, the statements tend to make the blatantly obvious perfectly clear. Nuance? Is that anything like an old ance?
Is it any wonder that much of the rest of Episcopaldom is at odds with their North American brethren?