For some people, religion doesn’t mean love, acceptance, and helping others find and celebrate and celebrate meaning.
Bishop Gene Robinson explains the recent tragic suicides of gay teenagers in the context of religion:
Despite the progress we’re making on achieving equality under the law and acceptance in society for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, why this rash of bullying, paired with self-loathing, ending in suicide? With humility and heartfelt repentance I assert that religion — and its general rejection of homosexuality — plays a crucial role in this crisis.
He doesn’t stop at calling out right-wing, conservative churches, denominations, and groups for hateful and disrespectful views; he also encourages liberals and progessives to be louder, more conscientious advocates.
Beyond that, Bishop Robinson buries the lead in the last line: “Nothing short of changing our theology of human sexuality will save these young and precious lives.”
The Christian community needs to acknowledge that commonly taught ideas, traditions, and attitudes about human sexuality are based on logical fallacies and antiquated scientific assumptions that do not align with modern understanding, and that these do not actively affirm the concerns, contexts, and orientations of parishioners.
Historically, patriarchal religions have, if not persecuted, than marginalized and condemned, LGBTQ persons. Conservative traditions are still doing it. Liberal traditions could do better. Feeling more tolerant, accepting, and positive to LGBT persons is not activism.
Update: Bishop Gene Robinson is retiring. Thank goodness his advocacy will continue.
In his resignation speech in New Hampshire, Bishop Robinson said: “This is the one place on earth where I am not ‘the gay bishop.’ I believe that you elected me because you believed me to be the right person to lead you at this time. The world has sometimes questioned that, but I hope you never did.”
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