Smart as Rosin is, she seems to miss the joke: the particular church the Hasslers are attending is the notorious Truro evangelical Episcopal parish, home to Ollie North and Clarence Thomas, and one of the main protagonists of the right-wing movement to pull congregations out of the Church to protest the ordination of a gay bishop, and other offenses to cultural conservatism. Entering mainline Protestant Christianity through Truro is sort of like getting to know African-American opinion by listening to a lot of Armstrong Williams. I noticed looking at the church's calendar that it's featuring a Jews-for-Jesus presentation on Maundy Thursday (the day before Good Friday). That shows a fine sensitivity to Jewish concerns about the supercessionist themes that have so often led to anti-Semitic violence during Holy Week, eh?
The difference between the evangelical world and even a conservative Anglican parish like Truro is about five country miles. Everything from the aesthetics to the centrality of the liturgy to the sense of a hierarchical church. There is a gigantic difference. For the Donkey to conflate the two just because they agree on the ordination of gay priests is a misjudgment. As for the stuff about Jews-for-Jesus and anti-Semitic violence, does the Donkey really think that the Truro parish is sponsoring anti-Semitism? Or that these meetings will result in anti-Semitism? Or that these meetings will cause, somewhere down the line, anti-Semitism from people in and around Truro? I doubt it.
I understand that the Donkey is uncomfortable with the Christian Right, but this by-the-numbers attack is beneath him. (Or is it her? Damn these anonymous blogs!)