When the term oxymoron is generous: atheist clergySeptember 22, 2016
Judges who lack judgement, clergy who lack faith and doctors who kill. The term oxymoron seems generous.
To say we live in an age of confusion seems so patently obvious and yet the confusion is so thorough we need to point it out. Case in point: openly atheist clergy who are ordained and paid by historically Christian denominations.
The latest heretic seeking to retain her credentials is Gretta Vosper. She says she’s not alone but in fact, “This story is about that group of people, because clergy who don’t believe are all over the place, they just don’t have a community that allows them to speak honestly about their beliefs.” How is it possible this statement was not deemed too nonsensical for The Toronto Star to print?
Trying to make sense of the nonsensical, let’s get this straight: the atheist pastor alleges there are many clergy who don’t believe what they’ve professed to believe, and now they need a community, which will allow them to speak honestly about their beliefs? Yes, Alice, we have gone down the rabbit hole.
When Ms. Vosper talks about the need for a community that allows her to speak honestly about her beliefs (which are the beliefs of the church are make-believe), how does she imagine the churches that have been subject to those clergy are going to respond? Does she realize the treachery of trust she is exposing?
The Bible addresses the issue of false teachers and suffice it say, the verdict upon them isn’t kindly. One wonders if Ms. Vosper – who wants to retain her credentials and her position in the United Church of Canada, her payment and her benefits even as an unbelieving cleric – recognizes the harm she has done. What recourse does a person have who has been duped by a charlatan?
Is there a law against fraud against the faithful? Is there a statute to protect the people from pastoral imposters? At a minimum, Ms. Vosper has been committing tax evasion by presenting herself as something she is not: a representative of a God in whom she does not believe.
If the United Church of Canada allows this deception to continue then one imagines the identification of a class of Canadians who were baptized, married or had loved ones buried by this, and now allegedly many other, deceivers.