Sunday, March 23, 2008

Trendier Than Thou

The Episcopal Church has appointed Saturday, October 4, as a “Day of Repentance for Slavery.”   Her Most Reverend Trendiness, the Episcopal Presiding Bishop, will lead a special service for the occasion.

A quick survey of my new blogging colleagues here on Mustard Street discloses a stunning coincidence.   None of us has ever owned slaves.   (Lucy looks a lot like Scarlett O'Hara, though.)

Therefore, being without sin in this regard, we’re allowed to cast the first stone.

However, in the spirit of the Christian faith, which some lay members of "main line" churches may still remember even if their clergy don't, I'm inclined to respond to the "Day of Repentance for Slavery" by asking, for the Presiding Bishop and for the trendier-than-thou everywhere, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

For Her Total Hipness the Presiding Bishop, our advice is:   by all means free your slaves (including the diocese of San Joaquin), and repent on October 4.   You need to.

As for me, my blogging colleagues and I will mark that morning with a big pitcher of Bloody Marys and a toast to the clean, slave-free, life here on Mustard Street.   Then, to our very happening, totally au courant, episco pal the Presiding Bishop, we'll lift a glass and say, "Cheers, Baby."

That counts toward loving thy neighbor, doesn't it?
Leroy Yentuar

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