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04/19/2007


Gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson Leads Prayer at White House Easter Breakfast

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Gay Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson received an unexpected surprise at the end of Monday's White House Easter prayer breakfast when President Obama unexpectedly chose him to close the meal with prayer.

 


Gene Robinson: Religious Conservatives Are Not the Victims of Bullying They Claim to Be

In a terrific column over at The Daily Beast, Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson rips apart the victimization rhetoric of religious conservative who claim providing public services and accommodations to gay people is a violation of their freedom of religion, saying "[it's] time we called out our religious brothers and sisters for misunderstanding their recently-acquired status as members of a shrinking minority as victims." 

Writes Robinson:

Gene robinsonAppeals to the courts are being made for “relief” for this violation of the service providers’ “freedom of religion” and “religious liberty,” claiming that forced compliance with such anti-discrimination laws is a violation of the providers’ free practice of their religion. Indeed, the language used in defiance of these anti-discrimination laws takes on the language of victimization. These providers feel as though they are victims of discrimination themselves based on their religious beliefs.

But I have to ask: are religious conservatives confusing the pain of finding oneself “suddenly” in the minority with actually being a victim? Both feel uncomfortable, even painful, and are fraught with anxiety. But they’re very different.

Here’s what victimization looks like: every day, especially in some places, LGBT people face the real possibility of violence because of their orientation or gender identity. Young people jump off bridges or hang themselves on playground swing sets because of the bullying and discrimination they face. In 29 states, one can be fired from one’s job simply for being gay, with no recourse to the courts. In most places, we cannot legally marry the one we love. Some of us have been kicked out of the house when we come out to our parents, and many young LGBT people find themselves homeless and on the streets because of the attitudes of their religious parents toward their LGBT children. And did I mention the everyday threat of violence?

Robinson goes on to say that “as a society, we would do well to distinguish between real victimization and the also-very-real discouragement felt by those who now find themselves in the minority”

You can read the full column HERE


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."


Zach Wahls, Ella Robinson, and Other Kids with Gay Parents Speak Out in New Video: WATCH

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A new video is out from the Family Equality Council for its program The Outspoken Generation, which empowers young adults with LGBT parents to speak out about their families. These kids are proof that so-called "family values" belong to everyone.

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Stephen Colbert Interviews Gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson About Leviticus, Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Stephen Colbert grills Bishop Gene Robinson, the Episcopal church's first gay bishop, saying that he finds the 'schism' Robinson created within the church "delicious." Colbert also quibbles with the signs sprinkled about every town that say "The Episcopal Church Welcomes You", adding, "It doesn't seem exclusive that way. It doesn't seem that cool of a club if anyone could be part of it."

Also on the table: Leviticus and gay marriage. Robinson has a new book out, God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage.

Robinson: "We're asking did the church get it wrong about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. I think the answer is yes."

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Gay Bishop Gene Robinson Prepares For Retirement

RobinsonAfter 27 years with the Episcopal Dioscese in New Hampshire, openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson is set to officially retire on January 5th, bringing to the end a career that helped break homophobic barriers within the Anglican church here in the States.

And as he prepares himself for the next step in his life, Robinson says he's in awe of the rapid progress his religion has made in the nine years since he first became bishop.

"I'd been given this really remarkable opportunity and it would be selfish of me not to be the best steward of that opportunity," he told the Associated Press.

"We went from my consecration, which set off this international controversy, to nine years later seeing gay, lesbian and transgender congregants welcome at all levels of the church, including bishop."

The AP also reminds readers of one of Robinson's bravest acts: standing up against the international Anglican Communion for not inviting him to their once-a-decade Lambeth Conference in 2008:

He was publicly shunned by church elders, targeted with death threats and says he struggled to strike a balance between being the "good bishop" and the "gay bishop." In the end, he says, they became one and the same.

He is a self-described "off-the-end-of-the-scale extrovert" who bounds across stages and television studios, whether promoting causes or his new book, God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage.

Robinson said it pained him deeply to be excluded in 2008 from [the Lambeth] gathering... He said it was the first time since 1867 that a bishop had not been invited.

He traveled to England despite the snub to make his presence known and minister to anyone who wanted his counsel.

As for his relationship to New Hampshire, where he's lived since the mid-70s, Robinson said, "New Hampshire was the one place where I wasn't the gay bishop. I'm just the bishop. That's been terrific and kind of lifesaving in way."


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