A Greeting from the TEC Bishop of Atlanta

Good afternoon. Greetings to you in the name of Yahweh the Almighty, in the name of Allah the beneficent and merciful. Greetings to you in the name of the Eternal One who gave the Buddha his great enlightenment, and in the name of the Hindus’ Supreme Being that orders the cosmos.

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16 comments on “A Greeting from the TEC Bishop of Atlanta

  1. Ad Orientem says:


  2. dwstroudmd+ says:

    The breadth and depth and height of ignorance here revealed is nearly unbelievable except that it comes from TE”c”. May the Holy and Undivided Trinity have mercy on him and deliver him from darkness.

  3. David Keller says:

    Every time I read one of these usual TEC stories I rejoice. I rejoice that I had the good fortune of being given St. Paul’s Greenville, SC. PEARUSA.

  4. Palatino says:

    I can’t help but wonder what Muslims think about a Christian bringing greetings in the name of their God. I thought liberals were the most ecumenically sensitive of us all. To extend such a greeting seems, among other things, as insensitive and presumptuous as an American ambassador speaking in France and bringing greetings in the name of Thailand.

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  6. Sarah says:

    But I’m sure he felt oh so clever and sophisticated belching forth that kind of idiocy. ; > )

  7. Sarah says:

    Oh TJ . . . [b]you should be ashamed of yourself.[/b]


    Where are the elves?

    Shouldn’t TJ be banished for Rude, Coarse, Vulgar, Accurate Speech?

  8. Katherine says:

    I think of how Christians in Egypt struggle and work to hold and live the faith. They always talk of “our Triune God,” and no other. It’s one thing to greet Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu friends, but not to pretend that their ideas of God or not-God are equivalent to Christian belief.

  9. Jim the Puritan says:

    I literally just got back from a funeral service in which the Episcopal priestess said in her homily she doesn’t believe in the 23rd Psalm because it is “too gloomy.” So today is an Episcopal Twofer for me.

  10. Ad Orientem says:

    Re # 9
    Kyrie eleison!

  11. Fr Nathan says:

    To faithful Jews referring to G_d in the way this “bishop” did would be scandalous. So pretentious of him to think that he in any way was being ecumenical. Rather he was being offensive- and not just to Christians.

  12. Pageantmaster Ù† says:

    May the Force be with you too Bishop.

  13. Frances Scott says:

    #4 Only those who truly believe in the god/God they claim to worship can be “ecumenically sensitive” because only they have any sense of the deep mental/emotional commitment of the true believer.
    Generally, people of other religions honor the Christian who lives the Christian life in word and deed. Because of this, they are more likely to listen to the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  14. Terry Tee says:

    # 11 is absolutely right. The sacred tetragrammaton was never spoken out loud, and strictly orthodox Jews today refer to Ha Shem meaning ‘the [divine] Name’, a circumlocution designed to protect the Holy One from being named lightly, as if God were one more object in the universe. Likewise the comments about Allah, the standard Arabic word for God, being linked to the Trinity: to Muslims unthinkable, to us, essential. As for Buddhists, I tread warily outside my area, but I always believed that most Buddhists were strictly speaking atheists, so how could an eternal being enlighten the Buddha? It’s all so depressing and reminds me of the exchange earlier between myself and PM about how it is impossible to satirize TEC because soon it starts doing or saying exactly the unthinkable that you dreamed up as a lampoon.

  15. Jim the Puritan says:

    #14–Another example of Johnson’s First Law of Episcopal Thermodynamics.

  16. Dan Crawford says:

    I am surprised he didn’t greet in the name of Baal.