[Vision2020] Probably why the Merkles' don't really want to be my friend

Rosemary Huskey donaldrose at cpcinternet.com
Mon Aug 3 12:57:06 PDT 2015

Ordinarily, I would not have posted this response to the Merkle's on-line.
I'm told that Heather Wilson shared her sister-in-law's email to me on-line
so I offer this rebuttal for Vision 2020's delight/disgust as well.  Then,
for me, this matter is closed.  All anyone need remember, when it comes to
the Wilson's, is the old chestnut "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree"
- which is as sad a truism as I have ever uttered.

Good morning Dr. and Mrs. Merkle,

Thank you both for taking the time to respond to my note.  Apparently, you
were surprised that I sent it to your husband rather than to you, Mrs.
Merkle.  The reasons for that two fold and are quite aside from my head of
household remark which carries weight within the dynamics of CREC marriage.

Firstly, I believe that private blogs, Femina Girls
<http://www.feminagirls.com/>  or Blog and Mablog <http://dougwils.com/>
for example, are places where the blog owner(s) should enjoy the peaceful
right of his or her free speech.  In my mind a blog is the equivalent of
one's intellectual home.  While I feel a moral obligation to confront the
racist, sexist, and homophobic expressions of your father, I certainly would
not knock on the door of his home on North Polk, step inside without an
invitation (or, come to that, with an invitation) and decry his hateful
rhetoric.  His home should indeed be his castle on-line and in actuality.
Therefore, I always tackle my issues with him in public and sign my name in
order to take responsibility for my remarks.

Secondly, I had no idea how to contact you directly but Dr. Merkle has an
email address on the church website.  Of course I am aware of your skillful
wordsmithy, Mrs. Merkle; the spirited defense of your daddy
-bras.html>  after remarks made by Rachel Held Evans comes to mind. However,
in this instance, there is a simple and straight forward explanation for my
email address choice which has nothing to do with a more exciting or complex
personal agenda, I just didn't know your personal email address.

The genealogical history of the Merkle and Wilson family is, as you both
should know, a straw man argument. It does not explain nor is it a defense
for two distinctly inaccurate statements in Mrs. Merkle's piece Victims and
Perpetrators. I need hardly mention that Dr. Merkle's academic training
(which I wish I had) or the fact that Jewish guests were served pork nudge,
nudge, wink, wink, those silly old dietary rules, in your Oxford home  does
not excuse or justify the egregious offense of blaming the victim.  Your
claims, Mrs. Merkle that "it was those Jewish leaders who forced their own
people into slave labor" and "The Jews of Poland were betrayed by their own"
are ludicrous, insulting and are chilling reminiscent similar to the blood
libel made up by devout Christians argument to excuse the unholy
segregation, isolation, and abuse of Jews throughout the centuries. 

Are you willing to also blame the kidnapped men, women and children stolen
from their African homeland for the centuries of mistreatment they received
at the hands of the slave holding owners and more recently the Jim Crow laws
of the old Confederate states?  Do you share your daddy's published claim

"Slavery as it existed in the South was not an adversarial relationship with
pervasive racial animosity. Because of its dominantly patriarchal character,
it was a relationship based upon mutual affection and confidence. There has
never been a multi-racial society which has existed with such mutual
intimacy and harmony in the history of the world."

It seems to me that you might have learned to blame the victim and shield
the perpetrator at your daddy's knee.

Do you also believe that the dozens of young victims of Steven Sitler's
repulsive behavior are to blame for being used as his sexual toys?  Your
father remains curiously silent on that issue although he and Ed Iverson
played very important roles in lobbying for and conducting the corrupt
travesty of his marriage.  

Theological disputes are fraught with danger since they rely on personal
understanding of scripture.  Your understanding is no more infallible than
mine. Your belief that at the moment of conception fetal tissue becomes a
human being with a soul is not shared by everyone.  Reasonable, decent, and
moral people can disagree, and do, on that issue.  Neither of us have the
title of Her Royal Highness, Ethical Arbitrator of the Universe.  But, I do
have the distinct impression that although you are uncrowned in my eyes,
your birth privilege and pride of place as a minister's wife may leave you
feeling a special kinship with the Almighty that the rest of us don't enjoy.
Perhaps it is the sense of being Elect before birth that cloaks you in
spiritual ermine and silk.  (Quaker's don't get special treatment from God,
plain old ordinary cotton (not dyed in indigo thank you very much) suffices
for us.) 

Mordecai Chaim Rumkowski, in my opinion, was a thuggish, sociopathic, moron
which has absolutely nothing to do with being Jewish. That was the reason I
suggested the ironic name Chaim was clearly at odds with his behavior.
Other historians, far better educated than I, have a different perspective
on his actions.  Sadly, all ethnicities and religious (or not) affiliations
on this earth contain some really rotten, sinful folk.  But, that does not
mean that Jews were responsible for the Holocaust, or that all Kirkers think
Steven Sitler or Jamin Wright are fine fellows and would make great
babysitters or husbands.

Thanks for your kind offer, Dr. Merkle to discuss your dissertation with me.
I would like to read it, is it on-line? I would be uncomfortable wasting
your time with my limited knowledge of your field so I'll not follow up on
the generous offer for a tutorial (sans my half assed jackassery of course).

As always you remain in my prayers (although unlike your lot I don't think
imprecatory prayers <http://dougwils.com/books/a-prayer-of-imprecation.html>
are ever appropriate.)
As ever and always, Amen.
Rose Huskey

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