Sunday, March 16, 2008

Gay Episcopal bishop rejected by own community  

It really shows that we have advanced as a society when we can have an openly gay Bishop. Contrastingly, it really shows how close-minded of a society we can be when said Bishop is reduced to a limited role simply because of his sexuality. Bishop V. Gene Robinson was told that he could not fully participate in the once-a-decade gathering in England, the Lambeth Conference. He could only "be present" and participate in one high-profile event, such as a press conference. Robinson's comments:

"I am dismayed and sickhearted that we can't sit around a table, as brothers and sisters in Christ, and study Scripture together," he said. "It makes me wonder, if we can't sit around a table and study the Bible together, what kind of Communion do we have and what are we trying to save?"

That's a great point. You have to wonder... how much do your "brothers and sisters in Christ" really mean when they're ready to reject you for who you are? And moreover, how in ANY way would Robinson's sexuality affect his ability to pray and dedicate himself to his religion? Consider this: it doesn't!

The spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, didn't invite Robinson to Lambeth, partly to appease theological conservatives, who believe the Bible bars gay relationships. Some had threatened to boycott the meeting if he attended.

Boycotts?!? This makes me so sad. It's not only an issue of these conservatives rejecting him because he's gay, but also the fact that they cannot put aside their differences for the sake of Robinson's feelings and their religious community. If only.

Full story here.

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