leanderharding in General July 12, 2012 18 Words Practicing Non-Violence: The Ethics of Winning This is a link to my op ed piece in The Living Church Anticipating the decision on Same-Sex-Blessings. Related
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Dr. Harding, your article seems to ignore those times and persons who over the past nine years saw themselves as the holier than thou winners in this on-going issue of same gender blessings. While a Cleric in Central Florida who happened to be pro-same- gender blessings, I was judged, threatened, vilified and victimized by other clergy of that Diocese who held the opposing point of view. Strange I did not see you writing an article targeting them to “practice nonviolence”. Wouldn’t even you have to agree that is more than a bit hypocritical? My personal experience has shown the opponents of same gender blessings to be much meaner and agressive than any of the proponents I have known or met. At least stop trying to sound unbiased. You clearly are not or else you are a poor researcher. Either way your words strike me as to late, too little, too one sided.
Scorn and contempt are sub-Christian wherever they are found.
My experience has been the exact opposite: those who favor same-gender blessings threaten, vilify, and belittle those of us on the other side. Perhaps “the eye of the beholder” applies for both of us?