Aurora response shows addictive personality of liberal protestantism
I’ve known enough 12-Step participants to know the challenge they throw down to an addict in denial: “Fill a table with your favorite (booze, food, drugs, whatever) and see if you can walk away.”
The Episcopal News Service just can’t walk away from a table full of ideological platitudes. Their coverage of the church response to the shootings in Aurora, Colorado shows the addictive personality at the core of liberal protestantism.
The article starts out well enough. There are several paragraphs of moving and worthwhile Christian reporting,
The Rev. Gary R. Brower, an Episcopal priest and university chaplain at the University of Denver, told Episcopal News Service via e-mail June 20 that “given the deep wounds of Columbine [school shooting in 1999], this particular tragedy hits us all pretty hard. And, of course, we’ve been reeling from the loss of hundreds of homes in recent forest fires. This has been a difficult summer.”
...Brower, who lives several miles from the movie theater, said he is not sure yet if anyone his family knows or anyone connected with the university was affected by the shootings. However, “given the number of faculty, staff and students who live in Aurora, I can’t imagine that ‘six degrees of separation’ will describe the impact,” he said.
But that’s too sane and sober a response for the Episcopal personality. So they dive onto their table of delights:
The Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade, interim dean of Washington National Cathedral, said that ...“This empty evil adds to a series of violent acts that weigh heavily on the national consciousness, acts that must surely occasion focused discussion on the interplay of violence and the availability of guns,” he said. “This moment also calls for prayer. Our prayers at the National Cathedral today will mourn the fallen — and we will continue to remember those injured, along with their communities, as we renew our calls for healing and peace.”
If one taste feels that good, imagine what two might do:
Meanwhile, Kathryn Lohre, the president of the National Council of Churches…called upon elected officials at every level of government to “seek policies that will foster greater peace in our communities and throughout this country.”
No, really, they’re just social thinkers. They can quit anytime they want:
At its recently concluded 77th General Convention, the Episcopal Church continued its opposition to gun violence by approving Resolution D003, which “requests every parish and every diocesan place of work to declare their establishments as Gun Free Zones.”
The resolution’s explanation notes that some states allow people to bring weapons into churches under varying conditions, while others have outlawed the practice.
“Laws vary from state to state, but posting Gun Free Zone decals is one way for parishes and dioceses to exercise private property rights on behalf of community safety,” the explanation said.
“Posting of this status shall be easily visible for parishioners, staff and visitors to see as they enter the building.”
The church’s stance dates to at least 1976 when General Convention called on Congress to adopt effective hand gun legislation “as promptly as possible.”
In 2000 the convention passed Resolution D004, which expressed its “deep concern about the repeated use of easily available hand guns and assault weapons by and against children.” The resolution called upon Episcopalians to “seek ways to develop community strategies and create sanctuaries for our children, so that all may come to identify and value themselves and others as the precious children of God that they are, and that they may come to know peace in their lives and to create peace for future generations.”
Also in 2000 the convention passed a resolution (B007) that called upon all members of the church to “work intentionally in their several committees, legislatures, and institutions toward the removal of handguns and assault weapons from our homes, other residential communities, and vehicles.”
I love the way the piece finally lunged into that orgy of ideological chugging, chomping and moaning.
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