Where Child Abuse Hides and How It Might Heal, Sunday or Not

17 08 2008

Here’s the church and here’s the steeple. Open the doors, and here’s all the people!

“A lot of survivors won’t go inside a church,” she said.
“So we wanted something that wouldn’t make people go inside.”

Odd and troubling power of story for a nursery rhyme with finger play, now that I stop to think about it. Doors work both ways, right? People flow out as well as in, back and forth freely without restraint? But my fingers don’t and can’t do that, they literally are of One Body — so those thumb-made church doors we played with as children weren’t really open at all, and all those funny little “people” I was delighted to see swaying together “inside” the church, were eternally attached to their seats inside. There wasn’t a single person outside and there never could be!

So the singsong rhyme taught us tangible, obvious truth that was a monstrous lie.

If you don’t remember that nursery rhyme, try an old-fashioned riddle.
How is Big School like Big Church?
People on the outside are leery of going in because they’ve learned one way of the other that people on the inside wish they’d either come in and shut the door behind them, or shut up and go away. Plenty of people both inside and outside resent the hell out of it all.

People wherever they are don’t all think and feel the same way. But most people in or out, for any reason, are able to remember that all people are well, still people!

I think it’s quite the metaphor for our most wrenching public policy concerns and contentions. I watched Rick Warren’s entire Saddleback event with McCain and Obama live last night, in his megachurch changing politics, and just marveled at how different people approach the same Big Questions, and how different observers hear their answers. . .

Here’s the haven deep and wide. Open the doors — and there’s no outside!
Here are the children full of feeling. Open the doors and let’s call it healing.

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17 08 2008
JJ

Did you realize that once-Republican, now-Libertarian Bob Barr suddenly “got religion” on why Church and State really do need to be carefully kept separate?
Now that he’s on the outside looking in, I mean . . .

And naturally as a big law-and-order conservative, he believes US laws and US courts should back him up and force church influence to either stay out of political campaigning or else be subject to its secular equal protections– too bad all three branches have already been coopted so thoroughly by rhetoric, policies and politicians you supported in the past, oh nooooo Mister Bob!

Barr’s campaign went to court on Friday to ask a federal judge to stop the event, which it says violates campaign finance laws. As of 8 p.m. Friday, the judge was still deliberating, according to Barr spokesman Steve Sinton. (UPDATE: Barr’s court challenge was rejected Friday night, and the program with McCain and Obama will proceed as planned Saturday evening.)

Barr wasn’t invited to the Saddleback forum. In the injunction filed against the church, Barr’s campaign said that because Obama and McCain stand to benefit from the event’s media exposure, it should be considered a non-monetary campaign contribution. That, Barr’s lawyers said, is an illegal in-kind contribution.

17 08 2008
JJ

And btw, as I ranted recently about the Catholicism of a majority of the US Supreme Court, 5 of 9 (but less than one in four Americans is Catholic) even I had not taken the next logical step. Now I have — did you realize those five Catholic SCOTUS justices are the exact same five who comprise the new paternalistic, anti-privacy, anti-individual — completely Catholic! — majority of the discouraging 5-4 split we’re being force-fed on a regular basis now? Gee, wonder if there’s a connection?

A comment I added to this Culture Kitchen blogpost two years ago:
“Love, Know Thy Neighbor More Sin Than Salvation”

. . .former nun and religious historian Karen Armstrong describes humans as “meaning-seeking creatures” who despair when we fail to find significance and value in our lives.

She says monotheism and the “militant piety” we call fundamentalism is “only one manifestation of our postmodern search for enlightenment,” one we’re all unlikely to survive if not overcome by spiritual compassion. Doctrine isn’t faith at all; it just gets in the way.

A person’s theological beliefs were a matter of total indifference to. . .the Buddha. Some sages steadfastly refused to even discuss theology, claiming that it was distracting and damaging. Others argued that it was immature, unrealistic and perverse to look for the kind of absolute certainty that many people expect religion to provide.

17 08 2008
JJ

A very tough-minded homeschool dad just pointed out on our parent-directed education list, how the Catholic child abuse survivor garden could have clearer and more powerful power of story:

I might take this sort of thing seriously if the hierarchy came by on a
pilgrimage to weed it, and if perpetrators worked in it after their release.

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