Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson retired not long ago from his position. However, that does not mean that he is keeping out of the public spotlight. Last night, Robinson appeared on The Colbert Report in order to discuss how religion has become more accepting of LGBT people.
At one point, Robinson explained that “we’re asking: did the Church–did the synagogue–get it wrong about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people? I think the answer is yes.”
Robinson makes many good points, including the fact that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, intersexual, and so forth are not choices, but realities of how each of us is put together. If you will, it is our Goddess or God ordained lot in live to be as we are.
The view that homosexuality is wrong has not always been the view of society. In its early days, Christianity apparently had many priests who would marry same-sex couples, and was open to transsexual and transgender individuals. The ban on homosexuality came out of a variety of different positions within the Bible that actually do not ban homosexuality, per se.
Bishop Robinson was the first Episcopal bishop to be openly gay. His appointment to his position caused a great deal of problems within the Anglican Communion and lead to a ban on the further ordination of openly gay or lesbian bishops.