So Why, Gene Robinsion, Are You a Bishop?

He poses the problem:

“Let’s be honest, most of the discrimination … has come at the hands of religious people, and the greatest single hindrance to the achievement of full civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people can be laid at the doorstep of the three Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Judaism and Islam,” Robinson said in Atlanta at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion.

But he has no solution.  Or, more precisely, he isn’t a part of the solution.

If he really believes this, he should be a pagan, or an atheist or something–anything, but a bishop in a church that represents itself as Christian.

That’s what’s always bothered me about people like Gene Robinson.  He rejects many basic tenets of Christianity–and in some ways the remark quoted above is an acknowledgement of that rejection–but he still wants to be a part of a church.  This has never made sense to me, except perhaps that the pay is good, the work isn’t too hard and, for someone who was raised in this tradition, the surroundings are familiar.

If things keep going in the West the way they are, it won’t be too long before we will be able to say that the greatest hindrance for members of the three Abrahamic faiths to practice their religion in freedom is the LGBT community, but such is the way of revolutions.

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