January 1, 2007 01:36 PM
Over at The Kraalspace, NBS fave Dr. Mabuse has a post up about the new Episcopal Presiding Bishop's repeated use of the word "shalom," even though she ain't Jewish:
I must be the only one who really hates all this "shalom" stuff. I must be, because I haven't read anyone else complain about it. And yet it gets right up my nose every time I read it. It's not that I don't like Judaism - on the contrary, I love it. I love it so much, I regard it as a free-standing religion with its own dignity and coherence, just like my own. I do NOT regard it as Christianity's storage basement, into which we can burrow to drag up sparkly little nuggets to ornament our own tradition whenever we get bored with it.
Indeed. "Shalom" has become the new P.B.'s favorite word, for inexplicable reasons. You'd think she'd be trying to shore up her Christian credentials, but instead it's shalom this, shalom that. It's practically in every sermon, asinine op-ed piece about defeating global poverty, or war-denouncing missive she sends out. Shalom is a wonderful word, but it's not one that should be co-opted by an entirely different religion. Enough with the Epishaloms!