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Hills of the North, Diocese of Atlanta, on “Blinking at reality”

Sunday, April 6, 2008 • 1:18 pm

I also am one of those whose heart was warmed to read that particular blockbuster paragraph by the judge—the entire post is great.

But what was most gratifying was his calling out the Episcopal Church—meaning most especially the Presiding Bishop and her chancellor—for what in essence was a lie. Not just any ol’ white lie, mind you, but a bold, deliberate, calculated lie—and one that insultingly assumed the judge was too stupid or too weak or both to identify it as such.

The lie, of course, was that despite massive departures from the Episcopal Church, and parishes and dioceses leaving, and the Episcopal Church effectively declared out of communion with many of the world’s Anglicans, that there was no “division.” A division, the Episcopal Church asserted with stunning hubris, could only exist if they said it existed—therefore it didn’t exist. The judge begged to differ. He found the case overwhelming that there was in fact a division, and even quoted the use of the word division by the plaintiffs back at them (citing Bishop Lee’s words as but one example).

Of course the judge was too polite to use the L-word. Instead he said “it blinks at reality to characterize the ongoing division within the Diocese, ECUSA, and the Anglican Communion as anything but a division of the first magnitude.”

“Blinking at reality” is perhaps the best expression that anyone’s used to describe the mendacity of Episcopal Church leaders. First, it confirms there is a reality that exists—not just some pluriform truth that is nothing more than a function of clever word use and dictated perception by whomever is in power.

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Here is real evidence of a division… On VOL an article where Bishop Howard, Florida “Fired 22 Priests”  Now that is real division if you don’t think like the liberal management.  Lord have mercy; Christ have mercy.

[1] Posted by Tom Dennis on 04-06-2008 at 01:13 PM • top

One of the most surprising things for me is the total silence about the PBs evidence—there is neither support nor condemnation—just silence, and I wonder what that means. I suppose at bear minimum it means she said nothing pertinent to the case—but could it also mean more?

[2] Posted by MargaretG on 04-06-2008 at 02:32 PM • top

Well, Jeffersonian, if not a lie, then it’s a delusion of the first order.  I think if I were an ECUSAN I would feel very uneasy being lead by someone who was that delusional. wink

[3] Posted by MJD_NV on 04-06-2008 at 03:58 PM • top

I’m not sure it was a lie, per se, insofar as one must be aware of the truth to fabricate something opposed to it.  As we’ve seen on any number of left-liberal TEC blogs, much effort is expended to keep heterodox (read: orthodox) opinions either away or sufficiently neutered as to not disturb the carefully-constructed fantasy world they inhabit. 

Mark Steyn wrote about this phenomenon using the analogy of Churchill and Hitler.  During the Blitz, Churchill used to go out and personally survey the destruction to know what sort of man he was up against.  Der Fuehrer always pulled the curtains in his limo to avoid seeing the damage inflicted by Allied bombers.  Kate Schori is riding around with the curtains drawn…she hasn’t a clue about the truth.

Or, as Jamie Hyneman on Mythbusters says, “I reject your reality and substitute my own.”

[4] Posted by Jeffersonian on 04-06-2008 at 04:06 PM • top

“TEC: Blinking at Reality”
Somebody better be making the T-Shirts! Profits could go to the ADV Defense Fund.

[5] Posted by AnnieCOA on 04-06-2008 at 06:11 PM • top

#5, AnnieCOA, Check ‘em out! Any profits will go to the ADV fund.

My church went to the heretics and all I got was a lousy t-shirt

[6] Posted by Matthew A (formerly mousestalker) on 04-06-2008 at 06:27 PM • top

#6! Mousetalker! Billy!
Omigosh, this is SO beyond fabulous. T-Shirts, boxers, mugs, and more. I’ll make sure Baby Blue knows to put this link on her site, too.

[7] Posted by AnnieCOA on 04-06-2008 at 07:01 PM • top

“BLINKING AT REALITY is perhaps the best expression that anyone’s used to describe the mendacity of Episcopal Church leaders”—-Hills of the North

Good point. I had not previously appreciated how strong and artful this phrase is. My thanks to Hills for spotlighting it.

[8] Posted by Irenaeus on 04-06-2008 at 07:40 PM • top

In using the phrase “blinks at reality,” Judge Bellows was perhaps turning a little rhetorical barb back toward counsel for TEC and the Diocese, who had used that phrase in their own briefing.  See page 16 of the Post-Trial Reply Brief for TEC and the Diocese filed January 17, 2008:  “That just blinks at reality” (characterizing an argument by the congregations and the Attorney General).)

[9] Posted by Mike Watson on 04-06-2008 at 08:38 PM • top

“A nod is as good as a blink to a blind horse.”

[10] Posted by Fr. Carter Croft+ on 04-06-2008 at 09:08 PM • top

Much has been written about Judge Bellows decision, this by far has been my favorite piece yet! grin

[11] Posted by Hosea6:6 on 04-06-2008 at 09:25 PM • top

I had way too much fun commenting on Billy Ockham’s (#6) new line of merchandise. grin

[12] Posted by ToAllTheWorld on 04-07-2008 at 03:59 AM • top

Ok I have to ask. Was the phrase “Blinking at Reality” already on these shirts and such before the judges ruling or is Billy just really fast at marketing an idea?

If before the ruling, was the judge wearing one under his robe as he wrote the ruling. wink

[13] Posted by bob+ on 04-07-2008 at 06:47 AM • top

I’m an American. If there is one thing Americans are really good at, it’s selling commemorative t-shirts at train wrecks and other calamities.

Seriously, Cafe Press is an astonishing business idea. You can design and market tsotchkis in under fifteen minutes.

My church went to the heretics and all I got was a lousy t-shirt

[14] Posted by Matthew A (formerly mousestalker) on 04-07-2008 at 07:53 AM • top

Upon following ToAllTheWorld’s linked comment at #12, I found this smile:

“Personally, I am going to buy a pair of those boxer shorts. Then, when someone asks me what I think of The Episcopal Church’s lawsuits, I am going to unbuckle my belt, drop my trousers, and show ‘em!”

Now that’s the spirit!

[15] Posted by AnnieCOA on 04-07-2008 at 08:36 AM • top

Oh the Horror!  The SHAME!  You VILE people!

How could you disparage such a fine upstanding organization (I can no longer say “church”) such as TEC?

You, MouseStalker have won the Mouse Tidbits Prize of the Month! 


[16] Posted by aggie on 04-07-2008 at 09:41 AM • top

“A nod is as good as a blink to a blind horse.”

A most excellent album by The Faces (Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, et al).

the snarkster

[17] Posted by the snarkster on 04-07-2008 at 04:58 PM • top

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