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Bishop Gene Robinson


As I was surfing around this evening, looking for right-wing absurdities to comment on, I found a catchy headline on Worldnetdaily:

Rev. Gene Robinson: Jesus 'might be 'gay''
1st openly 'out' Anglican bishop sparks outrage with queer idea


Now, it happens that I am Episcopalian, as is Gene Robinson. It further happens that Bishop Robinson was confirmed by the delegates of the National Convention at my church in Minneapolis, in 2003. It even further happens that I have heard Bishop Robinson speak, and I immediately knew that this was horseshit.

The "Anglican" description comes from the Telegraph article that Worldnetdaily plagiarized. Yes, they plagiarized it. It's a dumbed-down cut-and-paste job with no attribution. Must not be a sin, like homosexuality is.

The "quote" in both of their headlines isn't really a quote at all. He didn't say that. In fact, this is what he said, according to WND's (and the Telegraph's) own article:
""Interestingly enough, in this day of traditional family values, this man that we follow was single, as far as we know, traveled with a bunch of men, had a disciple who was known as 'the one whom Jesus loved' and said my family is not my mother and father, my family is those who do the will of God. None of us likes those harsh words. That's who Jesus is, that's who he was at heart, in his earthly life.

"Those who would posit the nuclear family as the be all and end all of God's creation probably don't find that much in the gospels to support it,"
So where's the part about Jesus being gay? Well, you know where it is, but if you're like me, you probably don't want to shove your hand up WND or the Telegraph's nether regions to retrieve it. These far-right propaganda outlets are truly despicable; worthy of a book, not just a blog post.

What Bishop Robinson speaks of here, is that Jesus was not part of a conventional, nuclear family. This is news? Let's see; immaculate conception (to put it delicately), Mary Magdalene, lepers, fishermen, roughing up money changers...we're not exactly talking about Leave It To Beaver, folks. But, to the wingnuts, because Bishop Robinson is openly gay, everything he says must be about "the hidden homosexual agenda".

Here is something else Bishop Robinson said, (read the whole sermon here; I recommend it) referring to the gospel of Matthew 13:24-43:
... You might be thinking that this parable is about evil in the world. It is. And God sends the rain on the just and the unjust – no matter how much it drives us crazy or how unfair it seems. You might be thinking this parable is about the cause of evil in the world. Which it is. And although I have a hard time imagining the devil, I know that evil can become so big, and so present, that it’s hard not to posit an evil mastermind behind it.

But for me, this parable, spoken by our Lord two millennia ago, is about arrogance and humility. Too much arrogance and too little humility in our lives as individuals, too much arrogance and too little humility in the Church, and too much arrogance and too little humility in America..."
No wonder the right hates him so much.

 
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