Get the joke? You see, that ornate silver shepherd’s crook is actually called a crosier (or “crozier”), not a “crow’s ear.”What's not so amusing is that the New York Times is currently claiming that the Epistle to the Romans advocates the execution of gay people. That's so wrong that it's criminal. The problem is, as with the social justice enthusiasts who clog my e-mail account with false accusations, there are more than enough people dumb enough to believe this. After all, it's in the NYT.
Sometimes I check in on this April 4, 2005 piece to see if the Times has gotten around to correcting it. As of today, they have not! Sometimes I hope they never will.
But crozier mistakes are understandable. Less understandable? Saying Jesus is buried in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, that Easter marks Jesus’ “resurrection into heaven,” that St. Patrick is known for banishing slaves from Ireland, or that William Butler Yeats is the author of the Book of Hebrews.
I hope that the many Episcopalians in Connecticut who dutifully read The Times, including all of our ordained leadership, have an opportunity to drop a line to them and point this out.
Goodness, I'm fatigued with all of this. It is an uncomfortable feeling to discover that the political class that you've supported, and the periodicals that you have paid for and read through the decades, mis-characterize and hate you because of your religion. It's very sobering, indeed.
“Homophobia” is not an invention of Christians or any of the Abrahamic faiths. Gay rights activists and smug self-righteous atheists can stop with the smear campaign now.
As someone who has supported gay rights going back to the 1980s, back when there was some real social scorn associated with having gay friends, I have noticed in recent years that a lot of gays and other “gay rights” activists have become terrific bullies of religious people. They particularly like to scapegoat Christians, and portray the Gay Rights Struggle as a long struggle against repressive religious forces. A particular focus of their ire is often Catholics, followed closely by organized, mainline Protestantism (Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, etc.).
This is ironic considering what you see when you look at the attitudes of religious Americans....