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December 8, 2012

Everybody Look At Ed Bacon And Susan Russell

Last week in a Huffington Post piece, Susan Russell was yammering on about receiving “hate mail” and “threats” in response to All Saint Pasadena’s decision to host the annual convention of MPAC - the Muslim Public Affairs Council - at the church.

MPAC, as Andrew McCarthy at National Review Online has pointed out - is a terrorist-sympathizing organization formed by followers of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hezbollah,

Why hosting this group at a church that calls itself Christian would raise eyebrows is beyond Bacon and Russell. They just can’t understand it. It’s a mystery.

Furthermore, Russell wants you to know that All Saints has received THREATS!™ from the usual assortment of right-wing bigots and extremists who are just too hateful and Islamophobic and hateful to understand that… well, I’m not entirely sure. I kept expecting some kind of explanation, some kind of effort to clear up the misunderstanding about what MPAC actually is, but so far… nothing.

Not “MPAC is being confused with another group that goes by an identical acronym,” or even “MPAC has issued a series of unambiguous statements denouncing terrorism and the groups it once maintained relations with who engage in it.”

But no. Nothing.

Nothing but “We got all this hate mail and THREATS!™ from bigoted right-wing haters.”

I was going to suggest that Russell borrow Gene Robinson’s bulletproof vest, when I learned that Ed Bacon admitted that, yeah, we didn’t get any actual THREATS!™:

At the church press conference, nobody really dealt with the MPAC’s controversial past. Instead the church’s associate pastor complained of the “hateful, vitriolic, demonization of Islam.” The Rev. Susan Russell specifically had in mind 50 offensive emails the church says it has received complaining about the MPAC conference. In a Huffington Post story, she had claimed the emails included “threats” against the church. But at the press conference the senior pastor, Rev. Bacon, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times, admitted there were no actual threats.

So that claim of threats? FAKE.

Fake… but accurate, says Russell:

Yet the emails and the complaints against the church expose the “underbelly of Islamaphobia in this country,” Rev. Russell insisted. “It gives us an amazing teachable moment to demonstrate what it looks like when people of faith refuse to be polarized by our differences.”

“Differences,” Mother Susan, are when one religion worships Jesus as Lord and Savior, while another one refers to him only as a prophet.

What we are talking about with MPAC, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, and the rest of these savages, is more than “differences.” For example… oh, look here - didn’t have to go far. Here’s something right there in HuffPo, from a mere six days ago:

Suspected Islamist fighters went on the rampage in northeast Nigeria overnight, killing 10 Christians with guns and machetes and burning down their houses, witnesses said on Sunday.

The attack happened in a village called Chibok, in a remote part of northeastern Borno state, at the heart of an insurgency led by Islamist sect Boko Haram.

“Suspected Boko Haram came at night and set people’s houses on fire before killing their victims,” said Nuhu Clark, a former local councillor of the village who escaped the attack.

He said he counted ten bodies afterwards.

But Ed Bacon knows what the problem really is:

[Bacon] cited the controversy in his sermon, faulting a “toxic narrative that too many of our religions have promulgated and that is, that in order to become a part of my religion, you have to hate someone else in another religion or you have to hate somebody else in another category.”

I’m pretty sure Bacon wasn’t referring to Muslims.

And yet…

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The more things change, the more they stay the same, like “That Party at Lenny’s.”


[1] Posted by Jeffersonian on 12-8-2012 at 07:24 PM · [top]

Stuff like this is meat and drink to people like Fast Eddie and Susie Russ.


The kinds of people who like nothing better than to thank Vague, Ambiguous, Infinitely-Malleable, Inclusive, Affirming, Open-Minded And Tolerant Deity Concept that they are not as other men/women/etc. are.

[2] Posted by Christopher Johnson on 12-8-2012 at 07:41 PM · [top]

Well, I think the title pretty much nails the psychology of this.  Having participated in the destruction of a once-meaningful organization in order to receive a faux blessing on her sexual activities, I expect she’s feeling a loss of . . . well . . . meaning, significance, and the thrill of “scandalous, subversion” . . . ; > )

And that’s really what I expect this is all about.

[3] Posted by Sarah on 12-8-2012 at 10:04 PM · [top]

ARE THOSE REAL MUSLIMS?  After all, would they want to be in a church (or do they recognize it is not one, really, just a social organization that supports homosexuals? ...wait, a minute) with a woman (nobody’s transgendered yet) and a Bacon (I thought there was a prohibition on pork products)?

Somebody’s bona fides need to be checked, beyond Susan’s outright lie.

Now wait a minute!  Did Susan lie about threats or did Bacon lie about not threats?

[4] Posted by dwstroudmd+ on 12-9-2012 at 12:12 AM · [top]

Threats aren’t really threats, they just make Ed and Susan feel bad about coddling terrorists, so it’s just a “threat” to their self-esteem.  What precious delicate flowers they are.

[5] Posted by Bill2 on 12-9-2012 at 12:17 AM · [top]

Right, so… Susan Russell is a paranoid dill who thrives on self-generated publicity.  Is that right?

[6] Posted by MichaelA on 12-9-2012 at 03:58 AM · [top]

There is a payoff for those who are contentious; for those who continually insist on going against the grain. The payoff is notoriety. At it’s core, there is an insatiable narcissism.

[7] Posted by Fr. Dale on 12-9-2012 at 09:49 AM · [top]

I fully anticipate that within 25 years, TEC will exceed the Unitarians in their lack of creedal faith.

[8] Posted by elanor on 12-9-2012 at 06:49 PM · [top]

#8. elanor,
Related to that, I expect the Nicene Creed will be moved to the historical documents section of the BCP.

[9] Posted by Fr. Dale on 12-9-2012 at 07:53 PM · [top]

In other words, people are actually rather tolerant of raging, noisy oikophobes like Ed Bacon And Susan Russell. 

How offensive.


[10] Posted by tired on 12-10-2012 at 08:32 AM · [top]

This is exactly why “dialog” with these people (the Susan Russells of the church) is impossible.

[11] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 12-10-2012 at 09:54 AM · [top]

In order to have a dialog, there has to be common ground…not one side in particular having a narrow agenda to the exclusion of everything else, including common sense, decency and Holy Scripture…

[12] Posted by B. Hunter on 12-10-2012 at 12:10 PM · [top]


I believe that Threats™ is an incorrect usage. The correct form would more likely be either Threats© or Threats®.

Pax et bonum,
Keith Töpfer

[13] Posted by Militaris Artifex on 1-4-2013 at 03:52 PM · [top]

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