Stop the Stoning
But, on more serious things, Amy the Fair asks a very pertinent question:
If Clark was liberal, would our reaction to this alleged situation be the same? That's all I'm askin'.As I said last night, this whole thing is just damn sad -- not to mention a real distraction from the important work which actually is the church's mission.
But this is what happens when everyone gets their rocks off being the morality police; the big things get lost because it's just as human (and wrong) to be distracted by the tawdry news as it is to fall into the abyss. "Let he who is without sin...." Right?
A lot of combox people out there are looking to tie Gene Clark to a tree and whip the bejesus outta him, because he let their team down. And that reaction is, in itself, scary -- let alone un-Christian. "Let he who is without sin..." Right?
Look, the guy stepped down, we still don't know what happened, he didn't get a depressive co-ed drunk and go wild (that would be Mr. Deal), he didn't abuse the altar boys (that was Geoghan, Shanley, Stanley White, Jim Brzyski, et. al, et. al., et. al.), etc. etc. If anything, he had a long-term relationship that was consensual. She was married, but still.... It could be much worse and you all know it.
As they say of Rome, "They can handle issues when a male's involved...." Bad, bad double standard there, and Clark -- and especially McCarthy -- has suffered more for that bad double standard than others in very many cases you'll never see nor know. Think about it.
Bottom line: get off the old man, people. Let him be at peace.
I got an e.mail earlier that speaks to the sad truth of a dominant attitude of this day. Think about it for a bit:
"I guess when I was baptized... I was being baptized in a Church that wasn't really about forgiveness."And it's that impression which is the saddest thing of all.