The Episcopal Bishop of Bethlehem is a troll
July 7, 2007 09:23 PM
I'm using internet lingo, of course, which defines "troll" as follows:
Troll. One who purposely and deliberately (that purpose usually being self-amusement) starts an argument in a manner which attacks others on a forum without in any way listening to the arguments proposed by his or her peers. He will spark of such an argument via the use of ad hominem attacks with no substance or relevance to back them up as well as straw man arguments, which he uses to simply avoid addressing the essence of the issue.
Over at my friend Brad Drell's blog, Paul Marshall has started speaking up in the comments. He's the Episcopal Bishop of Bethlehem, PA. Brad's a fellow attorney, was a fraternity brother of mine at Sewanee, and on the conservative side of things in the Episcopal-Anglican crack-up. Bishop Marshall is not in the same camp.
So guess what Bishop Marshall is saying in Brad's comments section? He accuses Brad of being crazy. He says that there are meds available to cure Brad's condition (conservatism, I guess), and that he hopes Brad's "symptoms are being managed."
And yes, we do know that is THE Bishop of Bethlehem who is posting the comments, not someone doing so under an assumed name. Can you imagine? Granted, Bishop Marshall is best known for recently launching an unhinged attack on the Archbishop of Canterbury, accusing him of coddling conservatives (would that were so!) and destroying the church. So at least Brad's in good company. He's right there on Bishop Marshall's shit list, along with the The Most Rev. Rowan D. Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England, and heir to the throne of St. Augustine. Not bad for a guy from a small town in Louisiana.
But good company aside... isn't it a little bizarre for a Bishop to be accusing members of the laity of being crazy via blog comments? It certainly does makes one wonder who is off their meds. And it doesn't seem to me like it's Brad.