Thursday, November 15, 2012
Interfaith Council of Margaretville Bullied into Accepting Gay Church
Why should they be ashamed? It's because there is a tiny gay church in a town called Halcottsville (it's such a small town you can't find it). The pastors there are gay and they adopt children with HIV. They want to be a member of the Interfaith Council, and are trying to force their way in through terrifying the voting body but the Interfaith Council isn't letting them in fast enough.
The tiny church at Halcottville is Catholic or in some kind of a split-off from Catholicism that started in Brazil in the 1940s. It's called Holy Innocents. This church is something of a splinter group. The Pope in Rome won't accept this bunch. I have some friends who go there, and know a heterosexual but very radical female pastor who split with the Episcopalians to join that church.
Holy Innocents demand that they be included in the Interfaith Council in Margaretville, a group of churches that is dragging its feet to allow them entry. Or maybe they've just been slow to act. It seems they have lots of saving homes and giving out turkeys to do, and may not be terribly aware that the Holy Innocents are knocking upon their door. If they are hoping the Holy Innocents are going to go away peacefully if they are ignored long enough, they don't know much about the aggressiveness of the left. I have been reading about this and wondering whether the Interfaith Council will cave, meanwhile gay journals and blogs are upping the ante to force their brethrens' way into the Council. If you look around the internet gay journals and blogs are piling on, and screeching like cicadas that the Holy Innocents must be included or else the terrorism is just beginning.
This kind of bullying is everywhere now. It's more Saul Alinsky than St. Paul, but it's been quite effective. My wonder is whether this can be considered Christian behavior.
If a group wants to exclude me, I would never force my way in. Using shaming and humiliation and calling the churches "Philistines" seems extremely childish and rude and intemperate. If I feel that other people are rude, I just avoid them. But that's me. I don't go to football games and yell, "Why don't you try reading my poems!" I just write poems, although few people read them.
This kind of behavior however works well in the left and has been steadily successful in knocking down walls. It's not Gandhi, or rather, it's Gandhi goes Terrorist. I'm quite used to it, and it's one thing that's driven me out of the left. I think people should be allowed to use their own conscience. Consciousness-raising today is often just social terrorism. I find this use of social force appalling.
I assume the Interfaith Council will truckle and allow the intruders (called Holy Innocents) in, and then slowly disband, because their conscience won't allow them to sanction the unBiblical behavior or mannerisms of those they would have politely wished to exclude. To be a Christian is to be at odds with the general secularizing nature of the culture, and in particular with its growing acceptance of any and every kind of sexual enactment from gay to masochist to sadist to serial monogamy to orgies and bestiality and eating excrement or even pissing on each other while listening to Bach.
It's a problem everywhere in these days of political correctness if you aren't inclusive of every extreme. Did St. Paul use tactics to bully people into belief? He did when he was Saul, but not when he was Paul. It's a Saul Alinsky tactic. While Marxism is a kind of Christian heresy, Alinsky was also aligned with gangsters to the right, and the Amish to the left. Psychological warfare was what he learned from the Amish. Shunning works. But is it peace? Psychological warfare is effective. But it's not so much community organizing as community take-over and community terrorizing. It denies freedom of conscience to others. In essence it's the Marxism of Stalin and Pol Pot arrived in a somewhat wolfish guise of sheepishness. Almost everyone is cowed. I find it fishy. I find it gets my goat. It turns everything into a Diet of Worms.
I personally am not much of a joiner. I like what Groucho Marx said. "I would not like to be a member of any club that would accept me." I think to some extent Christians are meant to remain as outsiders. I think we should accept that stance. Jesus was born in Bethlehem and was an outsider. He fled to Egypt and upon his return He was slaughtered and hung out to dry. I can relate to that. Holy Innocents in Halcottsville instead has a different tactic. "We will force everyone to accept us, and we will therefore be more powerful." That would seem to be their motto. This seems somewhat opposite to Christianity. Instead of outsiders forcing their way into a group that doesn't want them, it should be outsiders refusing to be part of anything that would have them. Christians don't call themselves Holy Innocents. They call themselves Guilty as Charged and therefore unworthy of any group, and any acceptance, and yet accepted nevertheless by God (for reasons only He understands).