Well, the news crews were clearly out in force for the Robinson Elevation, which gave his supporters opportunity for some cheap shots. From the NYT:
Stephanie Spellers, who attended the consecration with a group of fellow students from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., said: "Especially for me as an African-American, I am pretty sensitive to people saying you don't have a place in the church. God makes holy what people shove away, and I'm here just to celebrate that."
Right. How many times do you imagine Ms. Sellers has been told that, because of her race, she doesn't have a place in the Church?
The Guardian (U.K.) cites an equally disingenous remark from ECUSA Bishop Barbara Harris:
"This is a power struggle as to who is going to run the church, the white boys who have always run it, or some different kinds of people. White men see their church being changed and they don't like it."
The NYT story includes this pious vignette for those who might still fail to see who the Good Guys are in this morality play.
Outside the arena, a small group of antigay protesters who held signs that said "God Hates Fags" faced off against a far larger crowd of supporters, among them many students and members of other churches.
I don't doubt there are folks whose attitudes are expressed by such slogans, but their presence at Robinson's consecration is just a little too bad to be true. I'll give long odds that the people who carried "God Hates Fags" signs were shills -- i.e., gay activists posing as demonstrators for the cameras, so the networks had some red-in-tooth-and-claw religious bigotry to relay to the folks back home. After all, what's the fun of dressing up as a Freedom Rider unless someone else dresses up as a Klansman?
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Posted by: Sterling -
Nov. 05, 2003 9:42 PM ET USA
Oh, I wouldn't be at all surprised if those unhappy souls with the "fag" signs were indeed shills of some ilk or other. It's the first thing I thought of when I saw them on TV. Funny how the ruthlessly investigating press always takes these loons at face value. It's a lot of fun to thinking of ways to use the same ploy ourselves - showing up somewhere pretending to be liberals while carrying obnoxious signs. Ah, but we take the Eighth Commandment seriously.
Posted by: John J Plick -
Nov. 04, 2003 5:56 PM ET USA
The only One Who should "run" any church is God, and let's pray that He does.
Posted by: -
Nov. 03, 2003 1:24 PM ET USA
"This is a power struggle as to who is going to run the church, the white boys who have always run it, or some different kinds of people. White men see their church being changed and they don't like it." From what I could see it was the "white boys" who were simulating the ordination of a sexual deviant, whereas it was the African and Asian "boys" who were the principle players trying to stop the change coming about.
Posted by: RC -
Nov. 03, 2003 11:31 AM ET USA
I think Diogenes' suspicion about 'shills' is off-base this time. Hasn't he ever heard of the Kansas Baptist Rev. Fred Phelps who goes around protesting at churches that support homosexuality? This first-person account by conservative Anglican commentator David Virtue mentions his group: http://listserv.episcopalian.org/scripts/wa.exe?A2=ind0311a&L=virtuosity&D=1&H=1&O=D&F=&S=&P=1762