Posted on | September 21, 2011 | 49 Comments
Names are curious things. Sometimes I have to explain what should be obvious, that the name of this blog is “The Other McCain” because I did not support my distant cousin John’s candidacy in the 2008 GOP primary campaign. (Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for Bob Barr!) And when people ask, “Should I call you Bob? Rob? What?” I explain that I’ve always been Stacy McCain, but learned early in my journalism career to use my full name as my byline, because otherwise newspaper readers would call the office and ask to speak to her.
This kind of “Boy Named Sue” situation is something I’ve lived with since childhood — “My fists got hard and my wits got keen,” as the Man in Black said — and so I’ve learned to shrug off such things as the 2003 Fountains of Wayne song, “Stacy’s Mom.” Which brings us, by a roundabout route, to my friend Lisa Graas and her friend whom we’ll have to call The Other Stacy.
Stacy Trasancos is a married mother of seven who lives in Worcester, Massachusetts. A twice-divorced former Texas Baptist, she converted to Catholicism, quit her job as a research chemist and became a full-time mom and homemaker. She blogs at Accepting Abundance.
You may well wonder why Mrs. Trasancos would be targeted by trolls who leave comments like this:
The answer to that mystery — but it’s really no mystery, is it? — is that Mrs. Trasancos wrote something that offended the Left, which responded with the Civility™ for which the Left is so famous. Her offense was to write an Aug. 26 post called “Can’t Even Go to the Park,” which described her reaction to everyday circumstances of public life in the
Bay Gay State:
The same people who say I shouldn’t impose my morality on them, are imposing immorality on me and my children to the point that I literally have a hard time even leaving my home anymore to do something as simple as visit the park. And this is freedom?
Within a matter of hours, Mrs. Trasancos’s maternal complaint had drawn the attention of those Advocates of Tolerance whose common parlance is obscene epithet-laden expressions of misogynystic hatred, otherwise known as The Gay Community. My friend Lisa Graas urged her fellow Catholics to support Mrs. Trasancos against “the tactics of the ‘gay rights’ movement against people of faith,” but Lisa is wrong about one thing: Hate isn’t merely their “tactic.”
Hate is their identity. Hate is who they are and hate is what they do.
What else but hate should any Christian expect from those who mock virtue, despise righteousness, and celebrate sin? And didn’t I warn you? Weren’t you paying attention to what I wrote about “Gay Rights, Gay Rage” in November 2008?
Gay activists do not construe their “rights” in terms of liberty, but in terms of radical and absolute equality. . . . Eliminate the Creator from discussion, and it becomes impossible to refute the activists’ indignant demand for equality.
My many warnings about the menace to liberty inherent in the crusade for equality were ignored, or even condemned by some who claim to be conservatives.
Yet now it has pleased God to lift up The Other Stacy, to use her for His own purposes, and it is fair to say that Mrs. Trasancos is now on the verge of becoming the World’s Most Famous Christian Mother. She was targeted by the vicious misogynist Perez Hilton who said, “The world doesn’t need such misplaced hatred walking the streets.” Yesterday a writer at the British Guardian newspaper attacked her as “stupid and vile . . . improbably evil . . . confused . . . inhumane” — and included those descriptions while attempting to defend Mrs. Trasancos!
True love is right there in front of all of us, ready to be grasped, and that love is found in Christ. . . . [T]he overwhelming outpouring of love . . . has been an unexpected and glorious gift. If I can give something back, let it be this: Evangelize without fear.
God is known by many names, and names are curious things. The Christian is a servant of The Lord of Hosts, and we too often forget what this means, for God commands an innumerable army of angels.
Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
— I Samuel 17:45 (KJV)
Just as the blaspheming Philistine did not understand what the shepherd boy meant by “the Lord of hosts,” thinking only that he referred to the flesh-and-blood “armies of Israel.” Goliath did not understand that this young boy had been chosen by God, called by God, and summoned to do battle in the name of God, so that the glory of God should be made manifest in David’s miraculous destruction of the Philistine who had so terrified the mighty warriors of Israel.
God chooses whom He will, and he chose Stacy Trasancos as His witness, a choice in its own way as improbable as the choice of David to fight Goliath. Because if anyone has bothered to read her testimony, Trasancos is not merely twice divorced — divorce and re-marriage being a sin sternly condemned by Catholics — but once worked as a stripper.
A most unusual witness, you will agree, to be called forth to testify on behalf of morality and decency in public life. But the choice is not hers, no more than it was David’s choice to face the giant in the valley of Elah.
We tremble to imagine what evil her enemies may yet work against Stacy Trasancos, for they have clearly set their wicked minds on her destruction. Yet she serves the Lord of Hosts, and we must pray that His angels will protect her, because it seems she has been called to do some important work in this world, to vindicate the name of the God of Israel whom these latter-day Philistines have defied.
Her testimony will be heard, and more will know her name, so that she may tell them the name of the God who has called her to His service. Selah.