By Diogenes ( articles ) | Nov 03, 2003
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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