Friday, July 25, 2008

The Episcopal Church talking points memo

From Cherie Wetzel at Anglicans United [boldface mine]:

. . . How is your indaba group? “Well, the funny thing is,” began one bishop, “The Americans here have this cheat sheet that they use in our group. It has statements on it that justify their decisions in the last two conventions that led to the consecration of Gene Robinson and same-sex marriage. It is a prioritized list of talking points and the one in our group reads off this thing every day.

It was as if someone dropped a bomb in the room. Was I surprised that my church would utilize a tactic of this nature to persuade the rest of the Communion? No, I was not. Was I surprised that one of those same bishops would bring the document and read from it in a forum such as the Indaba group? No, I was not. Was I surprised by the strong counter reaction of the other bishops in the room, who considered this to be almost treachery? Yes. . .

Given a few minutes on the Internet I found a story by Ruth Gledhill, intrepid reporter from the London Times, whose pieces I frequently use on the website. Her story is equally revealing. Titled, “Rival Strategies Revealed,” the story gave links to the document in .pdf format.

First thing this morning, I emailed the press folks from TEC and asked for confirmation that this document does exist and then requested a copy of the document. Neva Rae Fox, who is part of the Presiding Bishop’s office responded that the document does exist and that we can discuss it later in the press room. OK, no copy. . .

As a body, the Episcopal Church is not to be congratulated for coming here with a primary political agenda of convincing the rest of the Communion and utilizing the talking point concept that any political campaign issues on a daily basis, geared to that day’s audience. . .

I would stress to add that not all of our bishops are using this paper and not all are dim enough to bring it to their indaba group and read aloud from it. Some have actually come with the intention of cooperating with the Archbishop, listening to their fellow bishops and then begging God to speak clearly and concisely to each and every one here. . .

And here is the memo, posted also at The Times (you might be able to see it better there):
TEC Lambeth talking points page 1
TEC Lambeth talking points page 2
TEC Lambeth talking points page 3
Check it out.

1 comment:

sandiegoanglicans.com said...

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha a Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha...

...kerplunk.

(that, of course, is the sound of someone laughing their head off).

Reading aloud from the talking points document at an Indaba session. What a riot! Absolutely the most hilarious thing a bishop has done in decades. Maybe the sherry started early that day. TEC really is too smart for it's own good.