He had scarcely gone a short league, when Fortune, that was conducting his affairs from good to better, discovered to him the road, where he also espied an Inn. Sancho positively maintained it was an Inn, and his master that it was a castle; and the dispute lasted so long that they arrived there before it was determined.  Miguel Cervantes, Don Quixote

Since WordAlone and Lutheran CORE share headquarters in New Brighton, Minnesota, one wonders if the two are really one, especially since both camps reek of the same anti-ELCA manure.  The separate websites of the two organizations exhibit significant cross-fertilization.

Tell me thy company, and I will tell thee what thou art.

The latest stink comes in a WordAlone blog post from Pastor Steven King who is listed as WordAlone’s Education Director, but his articles also appear on CORE’s website.  In his post, King accuses certain ELCA bishops of “non-constitutional policies”, “heavy-handed attempt”, “misleading congregations”, “misconduct”, and “unconstitutional meetings”.  He urges those who promote congregational ELCA exit votes to prepare for legal proceedings in the event they lose at the ballot box.

Fear has many eyes.

And what is this egregious misconduct of the bishops that warrants harsh condemnation and is grounds for legal action, according to King?  It seems certain busy bishops have the temerity to send a representative (bishops’ assistant?, synod staff?) instead of appearing personally for consultations with congregations in the midst of the process of withdrawal.

Once a literalist, always a literalist.  Once a legalist, always a legalist.

Don Quixote: Dost not see? A monstrous giant of infamous repute whom I intend to encounter.

Sancho Panza: It’s a windmill.

Don Quixote: A giant. Canst thou not see the four great arms whirling at his back?

Sancho Panza: A giant?

Don Quixote: Exactly.

From the Man of La Mancha