Rev. Gretta Vosper is an ordained United Church of Canada minister. She is also an hardcore atheist. This article tells us “she is prepared to fight an unprecedented attempt to boot her from the pulpit for her beliefs.” Poor Vosper. The narrative sets her up like she is a victim, right?
In an interview at her West Hill church, Rev. Gretta Vosper said congregants support her view that how you live is more important than what you believe in.
“I don’t believe in…the god called God,” Vosper said. “Using the word gets in the way of sharing what I want to share.”
How does Vosper live? Well, it’s all about Vosper. “I don’t believe.” “I want to share.” Apparently, Vosper’s notion of how to live is to place Self on the Throne. So Vosper decided to stir up some trouble by imposing her atheism on the congregation:
Vosper, 57, who was ordained in 1993 and joined her east-end church in 1997, said the idea of an interventionist, supernatural being on which so much church doctrine is based belongs to an outdated world view.
What’s important, she says, is that her views hearken to Christianity’s beginnings, before the focus shifted from how one lived to doctrinal belief in God, Jesus and the Bible.
“Is the Bible really the word of God? Was Jesus a person?” she said.
“It’s mythology. We build a faith tradition upon it which shifted to find belief more important than how we lived.”
Vosper made her views clear as far back as a Sunday sermon in 2001 but her congregation stood behind her until a decision to do away with the Lord’s Prayer in 2008 prompted about 100 of the 150 members to leave. The rest backed her.
Her congregation actually stood behind her for seven years and how does she repay them? By stabbing them in the back and banning the Lord’s Prayer in church! How selfish can a person be? Rather than serve those 100 congregants, she drove them away with her need to censor any mention of God from a church service.
Apparently, Vosper was no longer satisfied with “sharing” her wisdom with 50 people, so she decided to speak to a larger audience by targeting the church’s leaders with the hateful rhetoric of the New Atheist movement:
Things came to a head this year after she wrote an open letter to the church’s spiritual leader pointing out that belief in God can motivate bad things — a reference to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.
For as we all know, Charlie Hebdo-type massacres have been a real problem for the United Church of Canada. 😉
It would seem Vosper’s selfish needs cannot be satisfied. She wants to be both an atheist and a minister in a Christian church. She wants to ban God talk from church. She wants to ban the Lord’s Prayer from being said in church. She wants the church’s spiritual leader to accept partial responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.
Look, to me it is rather obvious that the open letter was a publicity stunt. Vosper’s desire for attention and fame is growing. Notice how the article ends:
In the interim, Vosper said she and those who support her will continue to hold true to her humanistic views.
“If the cost of that is that we are no longer welcome within that denomination, it will be because that denomination has defined us out of it, not because we have defined ourselves out of it.”
Vosper is trying to set herself up as a victim. If she is booted out of the church for banning the Lord’s Prayer and blaming Christians for the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, it’s because the “denomination has defined us out of it.” In other words, she is threatening to blame others for the trouble caused by her own censorship and pernicious innuendo. She probably knows there is a very receptive audience for this lucrative victim message in the world of atheist conferences.
Hats off to Greta Vosper for showing us what modern day atheism teaches about “how we shall live” – approach the world from the vantage point of selfishness, betray those who support you, and demand the right to impose militant atheism inside the walls of a church.