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Heckler Calls Gay Bishop Robinson a 'Heretic' at Sermon in the UK


Gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, who is in the UK defying Anglican leaders who have banned him from the annual Lambeth Conference, was the target of a heckler at a service on Sunday and was forced to stop his sermon. The Daily Mail reports:

"The Right Reverend Gene Robinson, the American churchman whose appointment as Bishop of New Hampshire triggered a devastating split among Anglican leaders, was branded a 'heretic' by the lone protester. Bishop Robinson began his sermon by expressing his sadness that the Anglican Communion was tearing itself apart. The long-haired heckler repeatedly jabbed his finger and shouted 'repent, repent, repent'. He said the bishop 'preached the Gospel but departed from it' and claimed it was he who was behind the schism. The bishop had to halt his sermon as a slow hand-clap by members of the congregation began in response to the heckling. The hymn Thine Be The Glory was sung as the protester was escorted from St Mary's Church in Putney, South-West London. When Bishop Robinson resumed speaking, he asked those present to 'pray for that man'."

See video of the sermon and the heckler (and more on the Anglicans, Robinson, and Lambeth), AFTER THE JUMP...

Robinson was banned from Lambeth so that he would not become a focus of the event. As the AP notes, that strategy has backfired.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu over the weekend pleaded for unity within the Anglican Church, calling it a "mistake" for the Church to exclude Robinson form the conference. Said Tutu: "The Anglican church prides itself - and this is one of its greatest attributes - it prides itself on being the church that is comprehensive, meaning it includes all kinds of points of view. One of the sadnesses about the current crisis is that we seem to be jettisoning this wonderful inclusivity that is a characteristic of our church."

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  1. Yes, pray for that man-to find a decent hairstyle!!

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Jul 14, 2008 8:47:12 AM

  2. Yes, pray for that man-to find a decent hairstyle!!

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Jul 14, 2008 8:48:48 AM

  3. One wonders if this heckler was confusing "heretic" with "hairstyle". Maybe he meant to say "hairstyle".

    Posted by: jason | Jul 14, 2008 9:06:33 AM

  4. It's great to see the BNP keeps its traditions. What a wanker.

    And a packed house? Never in my village!

    Posted by: Gary | Jul 14, 2008 9:10:35 AM

  5. Gene Robinson is a rockstar in my book! The strength of character in that man is truly astounding -- truly a follower of Jesus Christ.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Jul 14, 2008 9:19:33 AM

  6. Back in my days of going to church, you wouldn't wander in wearing a Triumph motorcycle shirt... There used to be some decorum.

    Not surprising though for an asswipe such as this.

    Posted by: what | Jul 14, 2008 9:24:39 AM

  7. Ozzy! Ozzy!

    Posted by: anon | Jul 14, 2008 10:19:05 AM

  8. The heckler is an asshole but the Bishop is a self-serving zealot, deemed a sinner by his own chosen superstitions, who would further deem as sinners all who do not subscribe to the same superstition that condems him.
    The selfishness and flawed logic of that man is bewildering. He really wants to have his cake and eat it but if you eat off a different menu he'll say you're going to hell.
    They've only recently agreed on women priests, they've barely addressed female bishops; that club has rules, he knew what they were when he joined. His authority rests on his membership and his acceptance of those rules to achieve it.
    He's a hypocrite. I think he should resign.

    Posted by: Nonplussed | Jul 14, 2008 10:32:26 AM

  9. The best part about that post is the pic of the Triumph t-shirt. Rock on brother!!!! LOL!!!! Maybe he's just STILL pissed that Rob Halford turned out to be a homo.

    Posted by: JR | Jul 14, 2008 10:36:47 AM

  10. i can't imagine that mr. heckler ever went to mass until he learned that there was a gay priest he could harrass.

    Posted by: alguien | Jul 14, 2008 11:53:18 AM

  11. I don't think Robinson subscribes to an exclusivist creed of christian superiority, nonplussed. (Though I don't really know for sure.) It is all a load of superstitious bullshit, true, but I think the bishop has handled himself extremely well.

    "Self-serving" doesn't describe him at all, in my opinion. He's been honest, shown integrity, and has come out to be a voice for all of us gay folk, christian or not.

    Posted by: Sportin' Life | Jul 14, 2008 12:16:18 PM

  12. When did Meatloaf move to the UK?

    Posted by: Brad Morris | Jul 14, 2008 12:25:35 PM

  13. I don't really get the slow clap. Were there that many people in the audience that agreed with the heckler? Was it a slow clap to get him thrown out?

    Posted by: Brett | Jul 14, 2008 5:03:52 PM

  14. First, fuck you Nonplussed, and not in the good way! On a happier note, coincidentally, I finally got around to renting "For the Bible Tells Me So" over the weekend, which documents much of Bishop Robinson's life, among others, and I urge everyone who has a friend or relative still having trouble making that leap of faith to accept them to buy a copy and send it to them with love.

    While now a happy card carrying athiest, having been reared a Holy Roller I know all too viscerally that there are many whose brains have become so hardwired against us, their hearts turned to stone, that NOTHING will open either. But there are many other believers in the middle who could not help but be touched by this remarkable documentary.

    Robinson's history is particularly fascinating because, contrary to the New England Episcopal A-Gay he now manifests, he came from a small town in Kentucky, the son of very poor and religiously conservative parents who, after making their own long emotional and religous journey, now embrace him entirely. His mother believes God "made him this way" and put him on earth to help lead the progress in the church as he now is, declaring in her Deep South accent, "If anybody's going to Heaven, Gene is."

    His parents did not just attend his induction as a bishop [along with his former wife and two daughters], but together at its height put on him his symbolic new robe. [Underneath it all he was wearing a bulletproof vest due to all the death threats he'd received; many of the written ones shown in the film.]

    Then there's remarkable Jake Reitan and his remarkable parents who, together were arrested stepping onto the property of the rabidly homohating, multimillion dollar "Focus on the Family." Another mother and father who attended the same demonstration, having become religious pro-gay activists after their lesbian daughter— whom they'd denounced based in large part on FOF teaching—committed suicide.

    The BEST gay documentary of the many I've seen.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jul 14, 2008 5:13:20 PM

  15. You may have left the church Bedwell but the church sure hasn't left you, stop living vicariously through the man it's unhealthy.
    His history of serially expedient dishonesty is incompatible with his continuing position as Bishop of the Episcopailian Church.
    I don't doubt that his family love him and I'm sure that his God has personally forgiven him for somewhat misleading the wife and kids, but the man is no hero however smug his piety.

    Posted by: Nonplussed | Jul 15, 2008 5:34:51 AM

  16. F**k the Anglican Church and all it's gay-a**, dyke-a** priests and bishops!!! F**k 'em all in the bunghole with an iron-spiked dildo!!

    Posted by: PDX | Mar 17, 2010 3:21:18 PM

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