The recent brouhaha over retired Archbishop Drexel Gomez’s participation at a recent PLP rally raised important issues of the involvement of clerics in politics, and the relationship between church and state (more of which at a later date).
Unfortunately, these and related issues were obscured by all manner of uncritical thinking. This included slipshod editorializing byt he Guardian, which weighed into the debate with rushed judgement and little historical context, seemingly making judgements based on a simplistic reading of the daily headlines rather than a closer reading of history.
The editorial was a textbook example of making poor analogies. It attempted to support its sloppy conclusion by equating and forcing a false equivalence between the involvement of Rev. Frederick McAlpine in politics and the attendance of Mrs. Delores Ingraham at political events on the one hand, with Bishop Gomez’s participation at the PLP rally on the other.