I will willingly agree with those readers--probably now erstwhile readers--who said in effect that far too many zeros and ones have been wasted on the Planet Waves brouhaha. By now I may only be writing to myself and maybe Concerned until he/she extracts his pound of flesh. However, it does at last appear plausible that Concerned's arguments may have some legs, but Ms. Asher's delayed and various "Rashoman"-like explanations and "apologies" still seem like game but lame attempts to get the toothpaste back in the tube. If the sphinx at the center of this had chosen, like Garbo, to finally speak, it would never I suspect have amounted to a cat's meow. The question still remains, if it was untrue why didn't Ms. Trammell land on it within hours in outraged indignation? I also see no evidence that Concerned and other stout defenders of Ms. Trammell today uttered a whisper in her defense then. Does the Church no longer have a COP? Ms. Asher is (or was, she seems to have vanished without a trace) hardly a person in whose mouth or on whose web site one would like to find his good name. You can verify this for yourself on some old information on the Planet Waves site.
I regret having been guilty, like Toyotas, of some "unexpected acceleration" of my own. I had my foot on the accelerator when it should probably have been firmly on the brake. Shame on me. Nevertheless something noteworthy has been brought to light once again by this dustup: the unchristian treatment meted out to anyone with the temerity to raise any unpleasant issue or who has an honest disagreement with or question to ask of the self-righteous and infallible pontificate in Boston. Check wih Elaine Natale (now Davidson, I think), "Matters of Conscience", or the three obviously Christly and highly-respected teachers of "Speaking the Truth in Love". I know of others as well. The typical tactic used against such as these, no matter how heart-felt and sincere their petitions, is to treat them like troublesome and disloyal vermin and eradicate them professionally.
In yesterday's Wall Street Journal there was an article on the effect of budget cuts on police forces in cities. The article focussed on Tulsa, Oklahoma. An incident was described where only one officer was dispatched to a shooting at a fast food place. There was an angry mob there which was beyond the ability of one officer to cope with adequately, but the part of the story that caught my eye was the description of "patrons" of the place casually and callously stepping over the shooting victim (who was in fact dying) in their hurry to get their fast food and go. What I fear is that long-time, loyal members of the Mother Church, like me, have become inexcusably indifferent to and completely apathetic about what has gone on for years at the Mother Church. It is precisely this situation (or my perception of the situation) which motivated "The Broken Net". The Church of my childhood and much of my adulthood is going, going, if not already long gone. Permanently? Not if we loyal and dedicated Scientists get busy.