In Battle Creek, Mich., 14 women of St. Thomas Episcopal Church – between ages 55 and 82 – actually bared their breasts to raise money for breast cancer research.
Calling themselves The Belles of St. Mary’s, the women bared nearly all in an in-pew photo op at St. Thomas church for a calendar they hope will raise money for research.
But a mother of four, Helen Cook, who attends the parish, was outraged. Cook said she wrote to her rector, the Rev. Joy Rogers, and the parish’s assistant, the Rev. Chris Yaw, saying they would not be returning to St. Thomas, and explaining why:
“I told them both that I found the calendar objectionable, inappropriate and that it ran counter to the morals I am attempting to instill into my children. ‘Mother Joy’, whose name takes on a whole new meaning to me now, never even bothered to answer me. No e-mail, no phone call, nothing. Father Chris answered very briefly, with the argument that there are two sides to everything and that if I reconsidered, to get in touch with him.”
The national Episcopal Church magazine, Episcopal Life, reports religion writer David Virtue features this Playboy-style parish under the headline BARING (ALMOST ALL) FOR THE FAITH.
Additionally hilarious and comic nonsense news is in Baltimore.
Here, lawyers for the Tribune Company in Chicago, which own the Baltimore Sun, have charged the Republican governor of Maryland, Robert Ehrlich, with violating what they termed “free speech protections that guarantee equal treatment for members of the news media.”
This was occasioned because Gov. Ehrlich, after two years of what he recalled as repeatedly hostile, inaccurate or made-up writing by Sun political reporter David Nitkin and columnist Michael Olesker, took action. He directed all of his administration’s press officers to cut off all relations with Nitkin and Olesker (though not with other Sun reporters).
Ehrlich’s press secretary, Greg Massoni, explained:
“This action in no way denies Olesker and Nitkin any freedom to write what they please. But there is no constitutional requirement that we help them!”
If the Tribune Company is so asinine as to sue the governor – and such lawsuit is not immediately hurled out of court in summary judgment – I believe that I should surely go to that same court and file suit against President George W. Bush. For four years he has only once recognized me for a question. (His answer evoked ridicule in Newsweek).
Moreover, when I attended last December’s White House Christmas Party for White House correspondents, Mr. Bush welcomed me by saying:
“Here comes the troublemaker!”
The fact that I was secretly delighted, and the fact that his press secretary, Scott McClellan, always recognizes me for questions at his daily news briefings, I confess, would inhibit me from suing the president.
There is also my great desire not to resemble in any way this latest legal idiocy of the Tribune Company and its property in Baltimore.
Both the Sun and its fellow left-wing daily, the Washington Post, published furiously self-serving editorials “SHOOTING MESSENGERS” and “MR. EHRLICH’S GAG ORDER.”
But Gov. Ehrlich admits, enthusiastically, that he no longer reads either of these papers – like a growing number of his constituents, as evidenced in their current circulation losses.
Instead, the governor regularly appears on talk radio, which, with the Internet, are the New Media, as distinct from the Old Big Media – which gives one 1 percent of its product to public expression, while we give 40 percent.