This blog is not a written record of restless mental peregrinations bubbling up from the murky depths of boredom, nor is it an attempt to prove the premise that to err is human and to kvetch is divine.
Real issues are involved here, despite the obvious feeling of some that they alone walk (sanctimoniously) in the true path. When a church member only wishes to have a matter discussed or to ask that a church executive board hear him out with an open mind on his honest reservations or disagreement about a course of action, he has every right to be listened to politely and respectfully and given an honest and forthright answer. Instead, the supplicant sometimes feels he is being treated like an uncouth buccaneer intent on rape, pillage, and the defiling of the church.
One might think from the hysterical reactions to some entries of this blog that anyone who shares even some of the thoughts expressed here is probably a desperado who just might show up squiffed at a church service or is some crazy constantly demanding that S&H Green Stamps be offered for purchases made at the Reading Room. Whatever happened to practicing the Golden Rule or humbly accepting the horrifying possibility that this member might have a valid argument or honest and well-founded basis for disagreement?
It seems where Boston is concerned that anything but fawning support and effusive encomiums is viewed as outrageous disloyalty and treachery. On two or three occasions when The Mother Church was written about some unpleasant developments (and no answers were asked for) the replies were little more than duplicitous, prevaricating, disingenuous blather, reading like some leftover lines from the screenplay for "Plan 9 From Outer Space". An honest question or disagreement from a loyal church member deserves better than that.
The secular drift of the Christian Science Church seems to many undeniable and troubling. The alert Scientist not only has a right, but a duty, to inform fellow members of his discovery of a weedy infestation on the church grounds which needs to be uprooted or treated. When a letter to the executive board of a church informing them that this barnyard grass is getting a foothold isn't even given the courtesy of a response, what recourse remains but to object to such treatment?
This blog has never advocated, or even contemplated, active dissent or the establishment of some counter-movement. Nothing has ever been asked for here but strict and loving adherence to the inspired Word of the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy. We should be deeply suspicious of anyone who has a problem with that and still calls himself a Christian Scientist.
Note: The title is a line spoken by Eddy (Walter Brennan) in "To Have and Have Not". He may have said was instead of were, and the relation to the entry is admittedly tenuous.