I’m not going to spend a whole lot of time on this one, but I’d like to at least make the point.
Many of those on the liberal side of our Anglican culture wars complain about not being listened to – that we will not hear their arguments and experiences (in particular listening to the experiences of GBLT Christians). The reality often is that they have been listened to, and the arguments found wanting. Anyway, that’s a whole topic in itself.
The point I want to make is that listening, talking and dialogue to liberals often appear to be verbs with a one-way direction. What they actually mean by them is that you will listen to us. I have seen that happen multiple times on this site: http://www.frjakestopstheworld.blogspot.com/.
When a conservative commenter makes arguments that cut a little too close to the bone they are asked to leave, or just have comments deleted. Note that this is not deletion due to discourtesy, it’s simply due to thoughtcrimes. Apparently some liberal ears are too delicate to hear conservative thoughts. Should you believe that, you’ll believe anything. See this: http://www.haloscan.com/comments/terry137/115873105209107649/#361918 as the latest example.
Fr Jake can do what he likes with his own site; I have no complaints there. However, those actions reveal the hypocrisy behind the whole ‘listening’ thing.
Well anyway, I’ve had my rant. Back to posting what I really wanted to post today….