Sunday, May 1, 2011

OCA Truth Considers Stokoes Homosexuality Newsworthy

Robert F. Kennedy wrote:

"What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents."

I find it utterly reprehensible for those touting the virtue of another to have privately think, publicly state and then have the audacity to publish the comments quoted directly from OCA Truth. This is gossip regardless of the truth as it serves absolutely no other purpose then to embarrass, discredit, hurt and dishonor a person who disagrees with circumstances which are in rightly question.

This writer at OCA Truth who claimed on the one hand to recognize its irrelevancy sees fit to point out every unseemly detail. He speak about Mark's spiritual guide and discounts his commitment to the Great Church. This writer while claiming to be above moral impunity by not giving out the actual street address of  Mark tells everyone how to find his residence and parish. This is sleazy intimidation tactics and it speaks far more to the sinister plots and networking at OCA Truth then Mark.

I do not defend homosexuality or sexual behavior outside of  its blessed space: the marital bed. However I am more concerned with what others are hiding about there own health when they point to the leper in the room as justification for such grotesque finger pointing. The following are the traits and tactics utilized by political extremists. Please see my next entry for an in-depth breakdown.

OCA Truth:
 "Mark Stokoe is openly gay and lives openly with his partner. Both of them are active in their OCA parish, which is pastored by Stokoe’s fellow Metropolitan Council member, Fr. Bobosh. Like many Orthodox Christians, I have known about Stokoe’s domestic arrangement for a while, but declined to make it part of this discussion, partly because I wanted to stay focused on the arguments, and partly because I didn’t want to “out” Stokoe, out of respect for his privacy. In the past week, however, I have learned that he is not in the closet at all."

"It is possible that Stokoe and Brown are living together in chastity, as Orthodox teaching demands, but on public evidence, Stokoe’s own family considers the pair to be married in some sense (“son-in-law”), which does not suggest to me that they’re living like brothers. I could be wrong. But I don’t think I am wrong."

"Furthermore, I’ve confirmed that Stokoe and Steve Brown share a home in Dayton, Ohio. Stokoe’s address (which I’m not going to post here) can be confirmed via There are several Steve Browns in Dayton, none of whom match that address. But if you look at Federal election donation records, which I stumbled across online, you can find a Steve Brown living at that address who gave money to political campaigns, the most recent one in 2010. I’m not going to link to them here, because again, I don’t want to put their address online. If you want to confirm this for yourself, though, you can do so in less than five minutes on the Internet."

"I have a problem with an Orthodox Christian who is so morally compromised working so hard – and so effectively – to conspire to overthrown our Metropolitan. Before Stokoe tries to remove the speck from the Metropolitan’s eye (by, in effect, removing his head!), he should get his own moral situation in order."

"Again, I say this not to judge Stokoe’s private life – which is between him and God and his confessor — but with regard to his public life as an influential lay leader in the OCA. He is on the Metropolitan Council, as is his parish priest, Fr. Bobosh. As an anonymous OCATruth reader wrote in an open letter we published to Fr. Bobosh, who heads the ethics committee of the MC, quoting the MC Handbook: 'It is an honor because an invitation to serve [on the MC] is an affirmation that the Church, whether expressed by the Dioceses or the All-American Council, is willing to entrust a significant part of its future to the judgment, work and resources of the persons elected. The Church can bestow no greater honor than to offer such a trust to an individual it deemed worthy.'"

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