[Update: It appears that Bishop Edwards also thinks us “angry.” I am quite sure that we are—Ferociously Angry—and the reason why we don’t feel it is because we have also Repressed Our Negative Feelings. But more painful still than all of our Pawing-Rage and Horn-Shaking and Snout-Snorting-and-Blowing—even more shattering in fact than this sudden realization that we’re all Angry—is that poor Bishop Edwards believes “almost all of our dioceses have adhered to the moratorium on “authorizing same sex blessings” and he furthermore knows “of only one diocese that disavows the moratoria.”]
Bishop Dan Edwards, new bishop of Nevada—“an exciting, creative, trail-blazing diocese” according to Edwards, but a place where he has some work to do—has graciously
let everybody know that he reads denounced StandFirm and offered us some incredibly encouraging words, to boot. He deems us “unsavory.”
Now, it’s true, if Allan Haley, Brad Drell, Tim Fountain, or Kendall Harmon—you know, people whose minds and faith we respected—called us an “unsavory” blog, we’d be sawing on the old veins and pouring the ashes over one another’s heads, not necessarily in that order.
But for someone like Bishop Edwards to call us unsavory—well, it’s high praise indeed and proves that blessings can happen even on Mondays!
Bishop Edwards comes with all of the attributes and graces, character and gifts that one would expect of an Episcopal bishop who thinks StandFirm is unsavory. You see, someone who wishes to “consolidate Bishop Katharine’s achievements” in Nevada and who actually “had a dialogue” with “acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed” in a “remarkable interfaith gesture” . . . well that’s just our sort. This is a man whose values at his previous congregation were “promotes servant leadership, Millennium Development Goals, and racial reconciliation… and enjoys warm friendships with the people of his diverse, inclusive congregation.” This is a man who offered all of his skills—completely savory skills, I’m certain—to “Atlanta’s diocesan Committee on Same Sex Blessings.” His consecration—a model of good taste—included “Episcopal bishops, local interfaith leaders, native American “smudgers” and drummers, choirs and churchgoers from throughout Nevada” and many other luminaries I’m sure.
One can hardly imagine the joy and honor it is to be deemed an “unsavory” blog by the likes of the bishop of Nevada.
My heart leaps within me and sings a new song.
But covering ourselves in glory by getting yet another revisionist Episcopal bishop to deem us unsavory is not the really truly important issue. After all, revisionist Episcopal bishops are a dime a dozen, and while it’s great to be recognized, it’s just not the Central Question that needs to be answered. As I posted over at T19, the really important question—the far more serious one—is this.
I wonder if perhaps the bishop of Nevada might add to his description with some other compliments, some other favorable words.
Is it possible that he could think me . . . The Very Meanest Blogger Ever?
Perhaps he will weigh in on this important issue. All of us have wondered.
I think that if the bishop of Nevada. Or the Buddhist bishop elect. Or Bishop Robinson. Or Bishop Spong. Or choose from any of the bishops participating in Bishop Edwards consecration—all of them shining lights of some-sort-of-religion . . . if any of those worthies might possibly bring himself to offer me that title, my cup of joy would overflow and I should go to my grave happy.
So think about it.
Read a few past posts.
Ponder my comments—Uninclusively Cruel in their direct quotes of foolish “arguments”, Mean-Spirited in their rationales, Deeply Divisive in their constant pointings out of various incoherencies and inconsistencies from our Worthy Opponents . . .
I could be it.
I could be The Very Meanest Blogger Ever.
If the bishop of Nevada could possibly mention me — and make some sort of assertion like that in a public way . . . I would be forever grateful.
Let’s not stop at little old StandFirm—that’s too general and vague anyway—people might not know what you’re talking about—and it’s as indirect as other bishops mentioning “fasting from the Divisive Internets” of a few years ago. It leaves people confused and muddled.
No, let’s get a little more pointed, a little more direct, a little more personal.
Let’s mention . . . The Meanest Most Divisive Most Cruelest Blogger Ever. . . . And I think we all know who that is.
Why not go ahead and
send over the award specify it in a more particular manner.