Gay Anglican Bishop Gene Robinson’s upcoming nuptials get more press this morning. While we’ve all heard about Robinson’s plans, fresh new stories offers some more insight about why he planned the event for June, right before the Anglican Communion’s Lambeth Conference:
He planned his civil union for June, he said, because he wanted to provide some legal protection to his partner and his children before he left for England for the conference. Bishop Robinson has received death threats, and he wore a bulletproof vest under his vestments at his consecration in 2003.
Robinson has not been invited to the conference, for his gay ways have caused quite a drama in the movement, but will set up shop in a market place adjacent to Lambeth HQ.
Robinson says he hopes that his presence will help dispel myths.
My hope is that even some of the more negative bishops will be encouraged by the American participants to come with them and to see that I don’t have horns, or I don’t wear a dress or I don’t fit any of the stereotypes that are often held by people who don’t really know gay people, and in fact will see how normal I am, and to hear about the incredibly normal life I have as a bishop in my diocese.
And flashing a wedding band won’t hurt, either.
He’s doing the best he can locked in that supernatural mythological box, but it is troubling that he is APA to the American Psychological Association symposium on May 5th in D.C. along with alot of other Christianists.
APA should realize that debate is over. It’s imperical science that we are born gay. Religion shouldn’t enter in to the argument.
troubling that he was invited to the APA symposium
I don’t see Gene’s participation at the APA symposium as troubling at all. Those providing counseling services should be very aware of the nature of the internal and external conflict of glbt individuals who have grown up in conservative faith settings.
The term “Christianist” is typically reserved for those who take a scorched earth approach to their faith. Most Episcopalians, though having a belief in the creeds of the church, take a more live and let live approach. Most Christianists would avoid presenting to the APA, as they would see that organization as too “humanistic.”
AJ they also have invited Mohler, head of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Association.
Why should god be entering a psychological symposium, any more than Santa Clause or the tooth fairy? There is a report on TruthWinsOut.org. Most psychologist, including Wayne Besen are troubled by it’s existence.
The job of the APA is to bring about healthy reasonable thought based on sound science, away from superstitious belief
which has caused mental illness in so many over the span of history.
I’m sticking with the fun part of the news!
GAY WEDDING! FUN!
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I’m with Charley: if the APA wants to explore the impact of baseless, irrational beliefs in invisible people on human sexuality, they should call it that. Otherwise, there’s no room for religion in science.
Well said. I don’t mean to be dumping on Robinson, but just look at the photo and wardrobe. Does this look like a sane person in the year 2008, or some relic in a time warp from Henry VIII’s time. (1500-1600AD)
Wait, did he say he [i]doesn’t[/i] wear a dress? Cuz I beg to differ.
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