Get this. A gay Episcopalian Bishop is accusing African bishops of acting like racist slaveholders. I know. You can’t make this stuff up.
Here’s the particulars: Gay American bishop Gene Robinson on Tuesday gave this wonderful quote:
“It’s very painful for me. Coming out of the experience of the United States, where we treated people from Africa as less than human, where we used scripture to justify their slavery and their continued bondage … it’s very very painful to have those people in Africa in some sense using the same thinking against gay and lesbian people and against me.”
I think it’s the “against me” part that really has Robinson mad.
Robinson, oddly enough, is planning a wedding to his boyfriend of 18 years to take place just weeks before the upcoming Lambeth conference. 18 years together and the wedding is planned for right before the conference? There have been reports that fully 6 of 10 Bishops might boycott next year’s conference unless there is an unequivocal common covenant that the bishops will not authorise any Rite of Blessing for same-sex unions.
Robinson insists the two have nothing to do with each other. And if you disbelieve him that means you’re a racist slaveholder. If you do believe him that probably means you’re an idiot.