Spong on the Listening Process: “I Refuse to Listen”

October 20th, 2009 Posted in HomosexualityNews |

by David Ould

Hat Tip: Stand-Firm

As has been widely reported, Jack Spong has had enough. What’s his problem? Well, we just won’t agree with him and so he sees little point to even having the conversation any more…

“Life moves on. As the poet James Russell Lowell once put it more than a century ago: “New occasions teach new duties, Time makes ancient good uncouth.” I am ready now to claim the victory. I will from now on assume it and live into it. I am unwilling to argue about it or to discuss it as if there are two equally valid, competing positions any longer. The day for that mentality has simply gone forever.

This is my manifesto and my creed. I proclaim it today. I invite others to join me in this public declaration. I believe that such a public outpouring will help cleanse both the church and this nation of its own distorting past. It will restore integrity and honor to both church and state. It will signal that a new day has dawned and we are ready not just to embrace it, but also to rejoice in it and to celebrate it.”

But Jack, surely we should keep talking? After all, isn’t that what relationship is all about?

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