The battle over homosexuality in the Episcopal Church is over......Of course the problem with this for some is that Spong said it! So the other side won't hear it.
I rejoice in this for many reasons. First, it is right. Homosexuality is not a choice anymore than heterosexuality is. It is part of our human individual identity just like skin color, ethnic background, gender and right or left-handedness. The discrimination of the past has been the result of prejudice based on ignorance. Second, it brings honesty to this church. We have blessed gay and lesbian unions for decades, but only secretly. We have had countless gay clergy and gay bishops, but pretended that this was not so. It was one of our worst kept secrets. .....Dishonesty has eaten at the soul of this church's integrity, as indeed it still does in those churches where dishonesty still reigns supreme.....
The Archbishop's argument that this step is improper because the whole communion is not ready to move as a whole is a tragic misreading of history. The whole church was not ready to end slavery, apartheid or segregation, but significant part of it were not willing to continue these practices until their prejudices were finally overcome. In a similar manner parts of the church today will not postpone justice for homosexual persons until all of the homophobic and prejudiced-based ignorance is finally gone. That is not the way prejudice and ignorance ever die.
I am proud of the Episcopal Church ....I want my church united in truth. I do not want to be part of a church united in homophobia or one that pretends it can preserve unity by excluding any group of human beings.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Bp Spong, bête noir, speaks out
From the WaPo (Hat tip Grandmere Mimi)