One of the many inherent inconsistencies within liberalism in general and theological revisionism in particular is the self-ascribed vanity, embraced universally amongst the “anointed ones”, that liberals “speak truth to power,” stand up for the poor and impoverished, befriend the outcasts, and work tirelessly on their behalf.
This self-image is zealously guarded and maintained…it seems a psychological necessity—in the face of cold hard facts that belie it—namely that the “poor” are generally quite conservative…especially when it comes to religion. Few things irk the liberal soul more than this glaring truth. They deal with it in a variety of ways. The emphasis on “awareness” and “sensitivity training” among liberals is, I think, one outgrowth of this concern. The problem, they persuade themselves, is not that liberalism/revisionism is bankrupt and unworkable (and therefore unpopular), it is just that people are “uneducated”...they have yet to be enlightened…they still are too ignorant to “get it” but once they do we can take our proper roles as the people’s vanguard.
The thrust of this particular vanity tends to run headlong into just the sort of paternalism, racial and otherwise, that they claim to despise and oppose…bearing in many ways a quite distinct similarity with the infamous “white man’s burden”...
But what happens when those who “stoop low” to help the “uneducated” find that the “ignorant” masses reject the lessons of their betters? What happens when, say, the minority vote makes up a large percentage of the voting electorate that defeated Proposition 8 in California?
Rage. Blinding, ugly, disgusting rage.
I warn you that when you follow this PDF link or if you choose to continue reading you will find words (one in particular) with regard to African Americans written by a Church of England priest, Fr. Jonathan of St. Francis parish at Newcastle upon Tyne, that will and should offend you.
In the comments Fr. Jonathan defends his post by suggesting that its not that African Americans are inherently inferior, it’s just that they’re stupid.
Because they are uneducated…without a “good education” after-all they cannot be taught to reason like other humans:
” if they don’t have a good education they are not going to have have good reasoning skills.
So the reason these African Americans do not agree with Bishops Bruno, Andrus, Mathes, et al, is that they are incapable of exercising the faculty of reason unless, that is, they are helped along…because surely if they were capable of reasoning, they would come to the same conclusion as the obviously wise, benevolent, and quite white bishops
But, of course, even if they are incapable of reason…at the very least they should, out of a sense of gratitude, support their betters…what is this world coming to when patrons are no longer respected by their peasants?
This is not the only time we’ve called attention to this particular “liberal” priest nor is his language in this particular post out of character (which is why we’ve decided not to link him). Fr. Jonathan’s blog is featured prominently on Jim Naughton’s “Episcopal Cafe” (a group blog sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington) among the top tiered “favorite” blogs. Fr. Jonathan is also linked (and regularly quoted) by Fr. Mark Harris, a member of TEC’s Executive Council, one of our old friends, Lisa, from “My Manner of Life”, the “Friends of Jake” blog (many contributing writers on this blog comment on Fr. Jonathan’s post above) and, finally, the Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Kaeton’s “Telling Secrets” who often refers to Fr. Jonathan as her dear “maddie” after his nom-de-plum “Mad Priest”...thankfully she seems to have distanced herself from his words...while, at the same time, maintaining her link to his blog.
His is not an obscure off-beat alley-way, but a prominent destination and a frequently cited writer among revisionist bloggers and readers.
In fact two of the bloggers above, while eschewing Fr. Jonathan’s demeaning language, echo the thrust of his argument. The “Friends of Jake” write:
We even lost LA county. African-Americans voted overwhelmingly in favor of Prop8, thus the history-making vote for Obama hurt us badly. Why is it that one oppressed group is so ready to oppress the ones behind them in line?
And Lisa, from “My Manner of Life” accuses:
While I celebrate Obama’s election, it is difficult to avoid lashing out at the oppressed people who should be our allies. I am reminded of those lily-white students who went into the Deep South in the ‘60s to join the Civil Rights movement. And now…? Now they screwed us. I can’t find a kind way to say that.
I would say that it is surprising that so many good liberals link, promote, and frequent Fr. Jonathan’s blog…but it’s not. And I won’t be surprised when they yawn, laugh at his latest “antics”, and continue to support him with their time, links, comments, and references..after-all, not only do many of them appear to agree with Fr. Jonathan—those “poor” people of color they purport to love and represent are, if Fr. Jonathan is to be believed, probably too ignorant, uneducated and unaware to notice…