Yesterday, someone over on HOB/D (House of Bishops/Deputies Listserv) wrote something absolutely hateful about homosexuality being a 'disorder'.
He later tried to back paddle by saying that he believed 'all of creation was disordered' after The Fall.
Yeah, that's a really helpful dodge. Take a swing even farther to the Right until you move right out of the traditional Spirit of Anglicanism and run smack-dab into Calvinism.
A few polite-white liberals then tried to rationalize reasons for this behavior.
You know me. I had to speak up. A few folk wrote to tell me they thought what I wrote was important enough to have a wider audience.
Given the defeat of Marriage Equality yesterday in New York State Senate, I suspect they might be right.
When will people get over the fact that this is not an 'issue', it is about people's lives? Men, women and children? American citizens. Taxpayers. People from all walks of life?
Here's what I said:
It's not that I don't appreciate the irenic tone of the posts here regarding the "disorder" of creation with regards to homosexuality. I do.
It's just that, when you talk about that "disorder" you are talking about me. Me. Elizabeth. Elizabeth Kaeton. And, hundreds of thousands of Episcopalians. And, millions and millions of LGBT people around the world.
It's not just a theo-cultural, political construct, see? There is a human face in the box with the label you have applied.
Behind that face beats the heart and mind and soul of a child of God.
You can't see that if you keep us carefully wrapped up in a box with a nice, important sounding label.
You can't hear that if you fill up the air space with theo-political rhetoric.
You can neither see nor hear the fullness of the human condition or the enterprise of being human if you continue to put yourself above it all (and others) while standing safely in your theological pulpit or cultural, political soap box.
We are told by St. Paul that, in baptism, Christ is alive in us. You can't see the Christ in me - and it's hard to see the Christ in you - if you don't let the Light of Christ shine past labels and language and rhetoric.
Whenever I find myself running to my head and using Very Big, Important Sounding words, or labeling people in order not to deal with something that is distressing to me, it's usually an indication that my heart is afraid.
There's a saying in 12-Step Programs that if you run into more than two "idiots" (well, that's not the exact word, but we're in polite company) in the course of a day, it's time to look in the mirror.
Actually, and sadly, I think all your labels, your persistent, antiquated and incorrect correlation between homosexuality and addiction, and your rhetorical/theological flourishes say more about you than anything I know God believes about me.
I would remind you of this: In the words of the great collect in the BCP (p. 214) for the Second Sunday after Christmas Day, we pray:
"O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature, Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity . . . ."Think about those words before you next pray them.
If there is any truth to your words that "my understanding of the doctrine of the fall is that all creation was and continues to be disordered," then I suggest you skip this prayer on that day.
Maybe Calvin has written one that better expresses your theology. Then again, he wasn't Anglican, was he? Ah, more's the pity for you, I suppose.
You may believe that 'The Fall' permanently tarnished the wonderful creation and creatures of God. I believe that, whatever it was that happened in The Garden, the dignity of ALL human nature was 'yet more wonderfully restored' by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
No matter. We believe differently. As Anglicans, we have the glorious freedom to use our intellect and reason in the living out of our religious and spiritual lives, and yet still be one in Christ.
Just remember that there is a person - a 'wonderfully created' child of God who has been 'even more wonderfully restored' in Christ - with a heart and soul and mind that is deeply offended and hurt by your language.
Well, there it is. For whatever it's worth. I personally think that New York State Senator, Diane Sovino, said it much better.
Here, have a listen. It's a seven minute video, but she really starts to rock about a minute and a half into it.
Somebody cue Peter, Paul and Mary and ask them to sing, "Where have all the flowers gone?"
When will they ever learn?