Saturday, December 8, 2007

Arbitrary Geography

One of two things happened in Fresno today.

If you are a "conservative," then Fresno, California and the surrounding five counties became, canonically, part of the southernest bit of South America.

If you are not a "conservative" (for example, if you are a mainstream conservative - see below my explanation about the quotation marks), then the Episcopal Bishop of San Joaquin has abandoned the ministry of the Episcopal Church, taking a majority of the diocesan clergy and some not insignificant number of lay people of the diocese with him.

I'm a bit of a geographical fundamentalist. Fresno, California and the surrounding five counties are in (oddly enough) in California. They are manifestly not in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay or Peru.

Therefore, I believe the second option.

Some "conservatives" will view today's events as a victory.

I fail to see how any authentic Christian - even an authentically conservative Christian - can view them as anything but a tragedy.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am glad to see that you regard some things as fundamental, even if it is simply geography.