Rod Dreher, aka Crunchy Con, featured blogger for Beliefnet, doesn't like clowning clergy . Well...a lot of people don't, including me. I'm sorry, but if I knew an upcoming service at my church was going to be a clown service, I'd probably drive 50 miles down the road to the nearest high-up-the-candle Episcopal parish. I just don't like clowns; with the exception of Krusty the Clown, they've creeped me out ever since I was little and watched The Greatest Show on Earth.
So while I find Dreher's hyperbolic anti-clown rant a little over the top -- evidently he not only dislikes clown clergy but wishes the ones from the Woodstock generation would die off quickly (I always find it droll when self-appointed guardians of traditional family values respond to people they don't like by wanting to kill them) -- I am not entirely unsympathetic to his sentiments.
On the other hand...down in the comment section, someone bearing the screen name "Ignorant Redneck" suggests that clowns are -- get this -- a gay plot. All the clowing clergy he's ever encountered, he says, are flamboyantly, aggressively gay.
You know -- after awhile you get used to being blamed for STDs, for the breakdown of the nuke-u-lur family, for the decay of morality in the arts and entertainment...but for cripe's sake, do the haters have to blame us for clown worship services too? Is there nothing they won't blame upon the gay community?