First of all, many thanks to all the priests below for giving me something to post. There’s one thing you can always count on from the church–we will find a way to be absolutely absurd, stupid, violent, and ridiculous. So, again, many thanks. (And you thought priests were ‘sissies’.)
My only take on the situation is this, Why is everyone so surprised? These same priests, bishops, monks and all the higher (and lower) ups have been endorsing violence for centuries. Kill your enemy. Destroy your enemy. Silence your enemy. Throw stones (and brooms) at your enemy . . . this is simply who they are and who they have been since, oh, approximately the early to middle part of the 4th century–so, why is this even surprising?
Damn. Now Dick Dawkins has even more ammo (as if he needed it).
About the Author
Tripp York teaches religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the author of more than half a dozen books including, Third Way Allegiance, The Purple Crown, and Living on Hope While Living in Babylon. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming three-volume collection called the Peaceable Kingdom Series. An actor and a lighting designer, Tripp also surfs and spends his weekends shoveling elephant and giraffe poop.