It's a slow couple of days for some in Anglican Blog Land, particularly when the best the Moderator can do is a three line nolo contendere. So maybe that accounts for the two amazingly weird postings on Stand Firm in the past day:
The first concerns an "editorial" spoof by ENS in a story titled "Pittsburgh Bishop declines Presiding Bishop's offer of reconciliation", in which by clicking on a picture of Bishop Robert Duncan (see pic to right) one supposedly gets a picture of the weeping Madonna (see pic to right). That story was published on November 2 at 7:30 PM.
There are several problems: one is that whether or not it was true then it doesn't seem to be true now. That can be because ENS fixed it. What did they fix? A spoof that had a cynical edge? Well, perhaps not. If you go to the following news story, titled, Sobbing with God. There the picture of the weeping Madonna appears as well. It was posted at 2:05 PM, November 2.
So the question: was there a picture behind the picture? Several people claimed to have seen it including Mad Priest. If so, was it deliberate, or a hack job of posting new pictures and not deleting old ones? Or what? At any event the offending pic behind the pic seems not to be there any more.
But that picture mishap is pretty small stuff. If it was a deliberate thing, an apology is in order. If it was a mess up, forgiveness is in order. If it is a Stand Firm playtime event it is out of order.
But the second Stand Firm item is horrid.
SF posted the following article: "Barbara Harris shows her solidarity with Terrorists." The article was lambasted by Fr. Jake and there were many who questioned the resemblance between the picture of the person in San Francisco and Bishop Barbara Harris. Jim Naughton over at Episcopal Cafe, where he has a phone number to call, called Bishop Harris who confirmed that she has not been to San Francisco for several years. Thanks Jim.
Stand Firm has made a miserable attempt to defame both Bishop Harris and the unidentified person in the San Francisco event. Identifying Bishop Harris with terrorists is an editorial jump so filled with hatred that words fail me. Identifying the person in the photograph with Bishop Harris (SF conveniently provided two pictures for comparison) is just possible - both wear glasses, both have short graying hair, both are in some form of religious garb, etc. But the difference are there as well. The hands in particular. The identification is made and for a moment it sticks. But in a blink of an eye it unsticks too. More to the point the identification here relies on the old racist propensity to think that all people of color look alike. If you want that person in San Francisco to be Bishop Barbara Harris, slip on over to racist land where it is unnecessary to ask questions or do investigative work.
We don't know what sort of misery is visited on the person in San Francisco whose photograph is posted here. Perhaps that person is miffed by being confused for Bishop Harris, perhaps honored.
At the close of his hate article, Greg Griffith says this :
"Presentment and defrocking would be too good for you. I'll restrain myself from describing what I think an appropriate punishment would be, but it would start with shipping you to Gaza or the West Bank and seeing how things go for a woman who tries to preach the Christian faith."
What does he think folk there might do? It doesn't matter, he wants it to be bad and fulfill some fantasy of punishing women, or women preachers. Hate takes many forms.
I have always been a believer in paying for services rendered. I once sent a small contribution to Stand Firm for the work they did in bringing several reports through Anglican TV that were useful and several bits of information that backed up what was being reported elsewhere. There are occasions when I have to read Stand Firm just as I have to read Titus One Nine and BabyBlue. But Stand Firm has to clean house soon. They might start by removing this piece of crap, apologizing and sending Greg for some serious counseling.