You've had a good run, Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll. You've called out James Dobson for being a homoerotic pussy (which, I mean, come on, the man has always been so soft on LGBT people you just know that something's up). You've engaged in a 140-page discussion of how to de-pussify Christianity (including not portraying Jesus as some kind of homo). And sure, we all agree that mainline Christianity has historically been way too nice to the queers.
But now there's trouble in paradise. Not content with belittling gays, women, and men who act like either gays or women, you've started mistreating humans. From the Times:
"He was really important — in the Internet age, Mark Driscoll definitely built up the evangelical movement enormously," said Timothy Keller, the senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York and one of the most widely respected evangelical intellectuals in the United States. "But the brashness and the arrogance and the rudeness in personal relationships — which he himself has confessed repeatedly — was obvious to many from the earliest days, and he has definitely now disillusioned quite a lot of people."
Don't get us wrong, Brother Mark: you've done wonders keeping women in their place and making sure that your conservative Evangelical followers don't fall into the trap of being feminized—which we all know is a distinct possibility—but you can't just be brash with people who matter.
Still, while many of his friends have abandoned him—as happened to our Lord—Driscoll still has some supporters:
"We've seen how he has changed so many lives, and to see him treated this way is just sad," said Rachel Harris, a Mars Hill member who created a Facebook group made up of supporters of Mr. Driscoll. "There's positive stuff about our church that's not being heard, and it feels like a family member is getting bullied."
Powerful stuff. Still, I can't help but think that Ms. Harris's testimony would be more powerful if only there was some kind of metaphor for someone who gets belittled and pushed around for being who they are.
Nope, I've got nothing.