Gene Robinson: ‘Jesus Must Be So Embarrassed’ About Religious-Based Opposition to ENDA

Gay retired Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson rips religious-based opposition to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in a piece in the Huffington Post:

RobinsonFor instance, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is vigorously opposing ENDA, asserting that their right to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity is essential to Catholics' religious liberty. Now stop, and just take that in for a moment. A Church, dedicated to following the man known for his outreach and compassion for the marginalized, petitioning the government to be exempted from the fair treatment of marginalized and vulnerable LGBT people. It takes my breath away.

Can you imagine what Jesus might have said to St. Peter if the disciple had requested an exemption from Jesus' command to "love your enemies?!" What if disciples James and John had argued with Jesus about whether or not "love your neighbor as yourself" actually should apply to them in all cases? What would Jesus have said to the good, religious people of his time when they asked for an exemption to Jesus' command to "love one another as I have loved you," based of course upon their deeply-held, religious beliefs?

I don't know what he would have said. But the shortest verse in all of scripture probably describes what he would have done upon hearing their request: "Jesus wept."


  1. Pete N SFO says

    They’re all celebrating Billy Graham’s 95th birthday, with a release of a film & his ‘last sermon’. Graham was a notorious racist and anti-Semite. His son recently took out a full page ad in the NYT advocating AGAINST the equality of gay people.

    Wouldn’t it be great to have a spiritual leader like Gene Robinson speaking to the nation as a whole?

    Every time I hear from this guy, I appreciate him more.

  2. disgusted american says

    Good article…..can I just say as an Athiest and X-Catholic, I wish this Jesus character existed…..but considering ALL we know and DON’T Know about our Galaxy, and the Vastness and sheer expansion of the Universe……I doubt very much we humans are very important in the size and scope of the Universe….with the TRILLIONS of Stars/planets we actually even matter…….For me, I’ve come to the conclusion, the religiojn in all its MAN-Made Forms…..was indeeed- made by Man, to keep the Sheeple, people, in Line, In FEAR, and those ver flowing Coffers Full….Ka-Ching. Tho, Don’t get me wrong – your concept of a Loving Jesus is wonderful…….if he WAS real, and he supposedly had these Magical Powers…….where the Hell is he?????

  3. Nick says

    Jesus is, pretty much, a failed messiah. Hardly any of his followers understand or practice his message. From this, it is pretty clear that Jesus was not at all divine as a divine being could EASILY make sure he was understood.

  4. JackFknTwist says

    Oh please.
    James the brother of Jesus said he , Jesus, was not the son of God.
    The Jerusalem church led by James was a Jewish sect.
    It was St. Paul who opened it up to Gentiles.
    And Jesus didn’t become ‘divine’ until he was elected as such at the Council of Nicae.

    In those days many were elected / declared divine; most of the Roman Emperors had themselves elected divine too.

    BUT…..divine or not as Holden Caulfield said :
    “Old Jesus would just puke.”

  5. DW says

    @Queer Supremacist: Of course the Christian church’s claims about the historical Jesus are largely hokum, as plenty of reputable scholarship shows. But the book cited in your link is rubbish too. Self-styled/self-promotional “scholar” Joseph Atwill basically claims to have a special magic decoder ring to discover secret messages in old books. “Atwill maintains he can demonstrate that the Roman Caesars left us a kind of puzzle literature that was meant to be solved by future generations, and the solution to that puzzle is ‘We invented Jesus Christ, and we’re proud of it.'”

    You don’t need a Dan Brown-style conspiracy to realize Christianity is bunk.

  6. simon says

    The most recent fabrication by the Catholic Church was the sainthood of Mother Teresa. They still believe in miracles. It is hard to take them seriously.

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