Friday, November 12, 2010

Quote of the day

This nearly breaks my heart. And it's true:

It's an amazing thing and I often say it in speeches: you can preach a judgmental and punitive God and no one seems to mind, but if you preach a God who is too merciful, too forgiving, too loving, then there are all kinds of awful consequences.

-- Bishop Gene Robinson

Gene Robinson, as perhaps you know, is the first openly gay and partnered Episcopal bishop. The conservative reaction to his election and subsequent consecration sent the worldwide Anglican Communion into a crisis from which it has not yet even begun to recover.

Bishop Robinson is retiring early after a seven year episcopacy. Among other stresses of the job, he has received regular death threats throughout these past seven years.

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