Saturday, 3 November 2012

"The more you give them, the more they want.”

"One veteran campaigner for women bishops warned that defeat by a small minority unhappy with concessions would spark “huge anger” among the rank and file. “Too much attention has gone to this 'poor, poor beleaguered minority’,” she said. “They have been pushing this but they are like a spoilt child: the more you give them, the more they want.”
Full report here

What a very strange remark to make by this unnamed 'campaigner', because it is crystal clear that the opponents of women bishops have, in fact, been offered less and less in terms of reliable provision each time this measure has been debated; but I'm afraid her comment is yet another example of language being used as a distraction from reality or, in other words, employed deliberately to mislead: to put it bluntly, it is a downright lie.  
It would seem that there is a certain panic creeping in to the language used by those who are obviously afraid that the Women Bishops Measure before the Church of England's General Synod might fail,  and that the scapegoating of conservative minorities has already begun - another pleasant western liberal trait in today's Anglican Communion.
If the measure fails (and I would be very hesitant indeed about predicting that)  it will be because it is seen to be unfair and unjust to the Anglican tradition itself. 
Discuss, as they say... 


  1. "If the Measure fails................." could failure be the Guidance of the Holy Spirit reminding Synod that it is not fit for purpose?

  2. True, too much attention has gone to this "poor, poor beleaguered minority" but not in a positive sense, only to batter the "small child" into submission. The comment typifies why the measure needs to fail. There is nothing just or fair about the way they have conducted what is basically a secular campaign.

  3. Is anyone else sick to the heart of reading about "concessions?" These are 'concessions' (and minuscule ones at that)both to the historic tradition of Anglicanism and to the united witness of orthodox Christianity, not only of today but of the ages. But, of course, to our opponents these are matters which weigh less than a feather on their scale of priorities. And therein lies our problem - the chimera of an incoherent Anglicanism raises its head once again.


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