MADPRIEST’S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Inclusiveness can only be 100%. You cannot be partly inclusive, that would be a contradiction in terms. Yet those who proclaim themselves to be part of an inclusive church tend to be very choosy about who they include in reality. But if you are truly inclusive you welcome the paranoid schizophrenic as eagerly as the high functioning, cute kid with autism. You don't wait until after the Synod vote before deciding whether or not to speak out for a particular oppressed group.

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  1. One time, a mentally-ill man on the NYC subway asked me (female in my 20s then, and pretty damn cute!) for a kiss.

    I gave it to him. [My then-fiance was, when I told him about the incident, predictably horrified.]

    I don’t think I could be “inclusive” as to welcome him demanding a kiss of EVERY female on the subway though.

    Finding the right balance of welcome to/protection from the mentally ill is not an easy subject, IMHO.

    • People only need protection from a very small percentage of the mentally ill. But because of prejudice and ignorance they treat us all the same.

    • Perhaps in some “Minority Report”-type future, we would easily know which was which (I’m not sure that’s desirable). At any rate, until then it’s difficult.