There might be a sliver of truth to the allegations that there was some sort of sexual misconduct by Rev. Gene Robinson. But I can’t help but find the last minute announcement as somewhat suspicious. Did the Episcopal Church not investigate and vet this guy before they nominated him to become the first openly gay bishop? His diocese in New Hampshire selected him and according to CNN article, “The House of Deputies — a body of clergy and lay members of the Episcopal Church — voted Sunday to approve Robinson’s candidacy.” I don’t want to discount the victim’s side (if there really is a victim here), but this announcement smacks of desperation on the part of someone who doesn’t want the vote to take place. As an active member of a Methodist church a few years ago, I saw how “the gay issue” had the potential to split the church. As the discussions raged on whether or not to become a reconciling congregation, the debate got heated and ugly. I was amazed, disgusted and turned off by how some so called christians were treating one another. Quite a few including myself ultimately left the church. I left not because I opposed open recognition for gays in the church, but I became so appalled with how some of the members treated one another on this issue, that it was hard to see people in the same light again; and even after taking a sabbatical, I just couldn’t go back. I now regularly attend a Presbyterian Church which is also wrestling with this issue. I just don’t understand why people can’t just live and let live.
August 4, 2003 at 11:05 pm
Ack. Obviously I was baptized and confirmed as an Episcopal. Then I became an ex-Episcopal/g.-v. heathen. Somewhere in there, I guess I became ex-familiar with the English language. 😉
August 4, 2003 at 10:35 pm
Many people are invested in not living and letting others live. I guess those folks’ lives don’t provide them enough stimulation and challenge.
(Full disclosure: I was baptized and confirmed as an ex-Episcopal myself; now I’m just a garden-variety heathen.)