Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Thought Experiment Regarding Scapegoats

Attempts to purge away difference in a quest for unity almost always end up creating classes and victims other than those initially used as scapegoats. Who do you think of when I say "demand for a scapegoat forces a ranking of goats best-to-least suited for the role of symbolic sacrifice and the "safe" disposal of sin. Wild goats need not apply. Goats that will render sweet milk and soft wool are herded to safety. Best not to waste resources, so those with scapegoat potential are only afforded the nurture that will continue each toward that result. Being without beauty or utility to avoid the distinction means a life of deceit, denial, or closeting, especially when the world the scapegoat will leave believes its resources scarce."
Who fills these roles in your view of the Anglican Communion as it sends away TEC to make itself pure?

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