Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Openly gay bishop Gene Robinson

My friend Arnold was able to attend a talk last night by the openly gay bishop Gene Robinson over at Emory University. He gives a good recap to the evening including many quotes from the bishop. Here's one of Arnold's concluding thoughts:
"One thing I listened carefully for, and didn't hear, is any suggestion that whether we're gay or straight, we're called to be continent (i.e., celibate) until marriage or something roughly equivalent. Robinson himself is in a committed relationship and has a "spouse," but at no time did he suggest that spousal fidelity should be normative. He'd lose a lot of gay supporters if he were to advocate such a position, and I still wouldn't agree with him, but I think his position would be much easier to defend. As it is, it comes across more like, 'People should be free to do what they want to do, as long as it's loving (and not child abuse or other things I don't think are OK).' That position is intellectual mush, no matter how palatable you make it."
Read the whole thing.

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