The brouhaha over l'affaire Trammell has deflected attention from a puzzle and what may be a serious, unspoken trouble. Ms Asher, as readers doubtless know by now, has nobly fallen on her sword and issued a statement/comment on the previous entry stating that now she does not even know Ms Trammell and that the whole matter is just a bit of tomfoolery gone awry. Is it remotely conceivable that the reporting of a meeting with Ms Trammell at a lesbian bar in NYC and some giddy enthusiasm by Ms Trammell over an eriscope by someone Ms Trammell doesn't even know would elicit no known denial or comment from Ms Trammell, even after two plus months? Instead she has apparently been as silent as a toadstool serenely preoccupied with the production of spores.
One simply doesn't josh like that or parody someone he doesn't know. A parody (the early denial) necessitates a fairly intimate knowledge of the subject. My sincere apologies to Ms Asher, by the way, for the careless and supercilious designation of Meow Mix as a sex club. According to her it is a lesbian bar. A little alarm went off as the former was being written, but it was inexcusably ignored. Nevertheless, where is Ms Trammell's indignation at being so misused? Or is there, rather, nothing to deny? Silence has by now become tacit acceptance of the whole story.
All this is just what The Mother Church didn't need. But if there is no something there, why not say so? My strong suspicion now is that the Asher article which spawned all of this accidentally, unthinkingly, or carelessly let a cat or two or three out of the bag and that as a kind of damage control and apology Ms Asher is hoping her denial that any of it ever occurred will swab the decks clean of any problems. But the time for a denial was two months ago, before we had a parody. Next she may be getting help from Mr. Tweedy's gnomes ("Chicken Run").
The Mother Church has admitted that membership is declining, that nothing they have done has had much effect on the decline, and that they need to return to basics, healing for example. But as Hamlet said "ay, there's the rub", for at the root of this may be a bugaboo which has stalked the Church for years and which should never have been permitted a legitimizing seat at the Christian Science table: homosexuality. When a deplorable compromise in standards is made it will eventually need to be confronted honestly and dealt with courageously in accordance with the standards Christ Jesus, Paul, and Mary Baker Eddy established. The displeasure of some, or even many, does not change what is right. Neither Christianity nor Christian Science is the plaything of secular convenience, self-righteous belligerence, or an arrogant majority. Until this issue is squarely faced and dealt with, it will continue to plague and hobble the Church. Unfortunately, it has now become a bellicose, card-carying dragon let loose in the pews and board rooms of our churches.