Shuck and Jive

Monday, June 23, 2008

Sundry Anomalies

Kudos to Professor Patrick Evans for catching Parker Williamson, editor emeritus of the LayMAN, revealing his theology of contempt. Here is the letter to the editor published today (June 23):

Editor Emeritus Williamson writes:

"Proclaiming itself a champion of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered and other sundry anomalies, the Covenant Network ..."

Really? Could you be more specific about who the "sundry anomalies" are? To which children of a loving, redeeming, sustaining God do you refer?

Is there any place in supposedly Christian journalism for this kind of language?


Jesus would describe any of us as sundry anomalies, or be pleased that supposed followers who claim His name would?

Patrick Evans
Associate Professor in the Practice of Sacred Music
Yale Divinity School and Institute of Sacred Music


  1. Amen, Patrick. By the way, where's the letter printed? I couldn't find in at the Layman--surprise, surprise.

  2. Some words from Jesus:

    "It is not fit to take bread from the children and give it to the dogs."
    -Matthew 15:26

    "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like whitewashed graves, clean on the outside but inside full of dead men's bones and all manner of corruption." -Matthew 23:27

    "You are from your father the devil, and you choose to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because the truth is not in him." -John 8:43-44

    A few words spoken by Jesus about children of a loving, redeeming, sustaining God.

  3. Hey Adam, welcome! It is there under letters to editor for June 23.

  4. Well, I've been called many things in my day, but this is a first for "sundry anomaly".

  5. Meh, I've heard worse. The grannies and fusspots over at the Layman need a new dictionary.

  6. Ah Parker Williamson.

    He is a real piece of work. He is getting worse too. You could use his writings in a class on propaganda and cognitive linguistics. But he is becoming more obvious and careless about it since he "retired".

    Maybe it is because he thinks he won, but it just fills him with more venom and spite.