Sunday, August 06, 2006
Because she's first?
New York is famous for a lot of things... maybe signs are not at the top of the list, but we do have plenty. This one is from a series called "women we love" from somewhere in lower Manhattan. Supposedly any press is good press, but I don't believe that. This billboard misses the point.
Now tell me, of all the recent photos of Bishop Jefferts-Schori, there must have been a more flattering one to pick. Were they in such a hurry that they couldn't bother to find it? Not that Christina's shot is that great either, but at least she doesn't look hung over. I have to wonder at the pairing. Was it random or planned? We love Christina because she's fierce? What does that mean? She's a pop icon... how fierce can that be? Or are these just f words and someone ran out of ideas?
Of all the reasons to love Katharine Jefferts-Schori (and I do) the last one would be because she's first. She's compassionate and wise. She's got guts and grit. That she's going to be the first woman Presiding Bishop is a testament to a lot of things, some of it politics and some of it common sense. But even Jesus said being first was no big deal.
When she was asked for her comment about the sign, she was gracious enough to say essentially... whatever it takes to spread the gospel. I would have told them where they could put the damn sign.