The shadows continue to grow and it is particularly troubling when part of that gloom is aimed at a friend, Professor Robert Gagnon and a familiar church, Sunrise CommunityChurch in Fair Oaks California. I am very troubled that one Presbyterian, Teaching Elder, Tom Eggebeen, would do this to a colleague. I will explain.I often go to a page entitled The pcusa Daily. It is a daily news site spin off from the twitters of Presbyterians which I often read. Every so often if I have the hashtag (#) PCUSA on a twitter which links to my newest blog posting it will appear on the site which changes daily. It is, I think, mostly an individually run site and I don’t really understand how it works or who, at the moment, is claiming to be the publisher. There are many such sites for various entities. This site seems to be mostly progressive but now and then a few of the orthodox make it through. In fact, today there were several orthodox postings, including mine.
However, there is this:
Tom Eggebeen who has in the past blogged for the Presbyterian Outlook tweeted an article from a place called, Joe. My. God. It is a gay blog of some sort. When Eggebeen tweeted the link, he said this:
More about Prof. Gagnon at Pittsburgh: http://bit.ly/RGTsP9This is what Eggebeen linked to, NOM Speaker Robert Gagnon To Keynote "Ex-Gay" Brainwashing Conference"—which includes a picture of my friend Professor Robert Gagnon and a small article which begins:
#pcusa #ga220 I find his virulence over the top.
Virulently anti-gay nutcase Robert "Gay Is Worse Than Incest" Gagnon, who regularly speaks at NOM affiliated events, will keynote the September "ex-gay" conference by the brand spanking new Restored Hope Network, which was apparently formed in reaction to Exodus International's recent rejection of brainwashing and torture.
The comments below the article are awful and at least one should be reported to some authority. It is, “To hell with circular logic. What they need is a circular firing squad.”
When one tweets an article to go on Twitter and puts either a #PCUSA hashtag and/or a #ga2010 hashtag it is clear that you intend for all those who look for those hashtags to find the article. Eggebeen wanted Gagnon to be abused and made fun of by other progressive Presbyterians.
This is really getting out of hand and it is my hope and prayer that some of the leadership in the PCUSA will take a stand against teaching and ruling elders harassing in this manner. It would have been acceptable for Eggebeen to disagree with Gagnon’s faith and teaching and explain why. But what he did instead is verbal persecution. Gagnon is after all a Professor in one of our Presbyterian Theological seminaries and he is a faithful Christian. He is also a brother in the Lord.