by Fr. John Whiteford
One could make a career of responding to all of the nonsense that “Public Orthodoxy” spews on a regular basis.
Recently, Ashley Purpura has made the unlikely argument that the services of the Church somehow promote gender fluidity, in her [dare I presume her binary gender?] article: “Beyond the Binary: Hymnographic Constructions of Orthodox Gender,”which begins with the manifestly ridiculous assertion:
“Much like gender itself, Orthodox understandings of gender span a spectrum of diverse views.”
Of course, anyone with any concern for the truth who actually knows anything about the Orthodox Church knows that this is not even slightly true. There is not the most microbial fragment of a basis for such an absurd claim. Not even the remotest hint of such a microbial fragment….
But how does this presumably intelligent and educated woman come to make such a baseless statement? One has to be extremely mal-educated to ignore all of the evidence to the contrary of her thesis. [Continue reading]