Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to V. Gene Robinson. In 2004, Robinson became the first openly gay Episcopal Bishop. I applaud Robinson’s courage to be so visible within the Christian community during a time when many right wing purported “Christians” vilified people in the LGBT community. I find it particularly sad, and very telling, that Robinson’s installation as Bishop has caused a great schism within the Episcopal church.
It is also quite telling that the silence from the Archbishop of Canterbury has been deafening. Archbishop Rowan Williams, who holds great power and influence, has done little to support the LGBT community and shown a lack of leadership. In 2010, in regards to gay bishops and marriage equality, Williams said:
There’s no problem about a gay person who’s a bishop. It’s about the fact that there are traditionally, historically, standards that the clergy are expected to observe… I think because the scriptural and traditional approach to this doesn’t give much ground for being positive about it.
I would call this a true lack of leadership and lack of dedication to human rights–rather shameful for a clergyman. In a delightful contrast, Robinson demonstrates amazing courage and devotion to humanity, human rights, and teaching love.