Truth be told, the parson didn't duck the designation.
Meeting over, it happened. The parson got stuck in a group that began a discussion the parson would have rather not been part of. He kept quiet and listened, determined not to make a comment.
“I tell you, Fred,” said Herman Sylvester, pastor of the Spirit-Filled Church of the Triumphant Procession of the Doubly Redeemed, “I'm really proud of that publishing company for standing up for principle. It's refreshing.”
“What are you talking about?” asked Fred Abbott, pastor of the Pentecostal Brethren of the Gifts of the Spirit.
Herman quickly began to educate. “I'm talking about Rachel Held Evans' last book.”
“What's the name of the book?” asked Fred.
“I don't know the name of the book,” said Herman. “That's not important.”
The parson couldn't resist. “The name of the Book is: A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How A Liberated Woman Found Herself On Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband 'Master.'”
“Well, glory be,” said Sam Peterson, “the parson reads evangelical books.”
“I do from time to time,” the parson replied.
“So, what's the issue with the book?” asked Fred.
Herman continued his education. “The issue with the book, Fred, is the way she was going to include the term ...” Herman looked about the room as if to determine if it were safe to continue. “... Well, she used a term to describe a woman's female parts.”
The parson smiled. He waited. The silence was deafening. Finally Paul Prentiss, pastor of the Redeemed Church of the Holy Sanctified Baptized in the Holy Spirit, asked, “What term was it?”
Again Herman looked around. He lowered his voice. “The term was 'vagina'.”
“What?” asked Fred.
“'Vagina.' I said the word was 'vagina'. She wanted the church publishing company to print a book with the word 'vagina' in it. Thank goodness the publishers informed her that no matter how popular her books were they were not going to publish a blatant reference to sex as is that.”
Heads nodded. Murmurs of agreement bounced around the group.
Then there was silence for a moment. Afterward the parson rose to leave. Herman challenged him. “So, Parson, would you agree it was a bold thing for that publishing house to refuse to publish a book with that kind of reference in it?”
“Oh, I'm not qualified to comment on that, Herman,” said the parson. “I'm just worried about you folks.”
“What do you mean?” asked Sam.
“Well,” the parson remarked, “if your publishing company won't print books with references to sexual parts and/or acts in it, where are you folks going to buy your Bibles?”