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Openly Gay Bishop Announces Plans To Retire Due To Public Backlash!

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This is just so unfortunate.

Bishop V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, announced to the Disocese of New Hampshire that he will be stepping down from his position in 2013, due to the public's backlash against him for his sexual preference!

During his announcement in a speech to his congregation on Saturday, he explained:

"The fact is, the last seven years have taken their toll on me, my family and you. Death threats, and the now-worldwide controversy surrounding your election of me as bishop have been a constant strain, not just on me, but on my beloved husband, Mark. New Hampshire is always the place I remain, simply, 'the bishop.' This is the one place on earth where I am not 'the gay bishop.' I believe that you elected me because you believed me to be the right person to lead you at this time. The world has sometimes questioned that, but I hope you never did."

Such an unbelievable shame, but we can understand why that kind of constant hatred and bigotry would be too much for someone - even if he is a bishop!

We're proud of him for being brave enough in the first place to accept the position, and paving the way for other Episcopalians and Anglicans to take on positions of power in the church, despite sexual preference!


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64 comments to “Openly Gay Bishop Announces Plans To Retire Due To Public Backlash!”

  1. 1

    People don't like queers. Deal with it.

  2. 2




  3. 3

    Speaking as an Anglican Episcopalean I was proud when he was elected bishop. I am saddened he is leaving because of the pressure from a bunch of closed minded people.

  4. 4

    The Catholic church belives that homosexuality is an abomination. Therefore, HE SHOULD RESIGN. Period. Goes against company policy. Period.

    SO LONG!

  5. 5

    The Catholic church belives that homosexuality is an abomination. Therefore, HE SHOULD RESIGN. Period. Goes against company policy. Period.

    SO LONG!

  6. 6

    Public backlash from "good loving christians". These people are too ignorant to realize that they hide their hate filled hearts behind God. Sad.

  7. 7

    In the bible, homosexuality is an abomination. It's very very clear on that. The church, as an institution, cannot bend or break god's law by embracing gays. It's really that simple. Given the "word," there SHOULD be controversy about ANY homosexual in ANY christian church. It is what it is, and your sainted gay bishop is caving. Brave? Try weak.
    Re: Mad Dog – True dat. I have no strong feelings about homosexuals either way. I'm not religious, and so don't care what the church teaches or twists. But there are those who don't like gay people, and Perez, you'll just have to learn to live with that.

  8. 8

    Good. He should step down. He should step down and get out now.
    If he were really getting death threats he'd get the hell out of dodge.

  9. 9

    Re: Wild-Guitar – Oh, pa-lease. Most homosexuals I've come into contact with hate ANYTHING to do with God, so shove it up your piehole! You hate God because He hates what you DO!

  10. 10

    ah well, there's this little thing called "THE BIBLE" which this whole "bishop" thing is built around that explicitly forbids homosexual acts and does so in numerous chapters leaving no room for interpretation.

  11. 11

    I do not understand why people act suprised that homosexuality is a sin according to The Holy Bible (among other things of course). This is nothing new. If you are a true believer of Christ and what was done on the cross then you have to be transformed by this. You cannot continue on in your sin and be comfortable with it.

  12. buck says – reply to this


    YES!!! Get these gay guys out from inflitrating the church and get some psychiatric help. P.S. its always cracks me up when a guy talks of his 'beloved husband'

  13. Harv says – reply to this


    Can't be that bad if he's waiting 3 years to retire. Based upon his picture probably should be retiring now.

  14. 14

    HUH? Sexual "PREFERENCE"? Perez, your ghost writers should be taken to task for using that phrase.

    As for all the other comments–people who actually KNOW 'queers' like them very much. People who hate simply don't know anything about people who are gay except for what they like to think about gays–which begs the question, why do haters spend so much time thinking about the most intimate and private aspects of gay people's lives? I know tons of straight people, and the LAST thing I do is imagine what goes in in their sex life….

  15. 15

    "The Bishop" can preach to all the other sodomites when they all go to Hell.

  16. 16

    He has noo business preaching that bible, as matter of fact no Televangelist does, they give Christianity a bad name. I think when the bible speaks of avoiding gossip, I think the television is just one of the sources of gossip they're speaking of.

  17. 17

    I missed that part where "good Christians" were exempt from the 10 commandments (and most of Jesus' teachings)

  18. 18

    Funny how some scholars don't believe that abomination was the same thing it was meant in the time of the bible. Also how many animals practice gay acts, even though I never have I am not going to decide what other people should do. It always kills me all these people getting on their high horse, but the bible also says never to touch the skin of a pig and we have plenty of people who can't wait to get their hands on a football. I guess all those people better plan on burning in hell for that too, those damn sinners.

  19. 19

    Love him or hate him for being gay, but the fact remains that he chose to become involved in a particular religion that doesn't root for the gay/gay lifestyle. There are other religions close to his that do permit gay persons to lead. Should he now look to them for guidance.

  20. 20

    Re: A Voice of Sanity

    Love you!!!!!!!!

  21. 21

    Re: A Voice of Sanity

    voice of reason - FINALLY!!!

  22. 22

    I'm not biased against gays but I sure am biased against bishops. Dude should be stoned for promulgating that bilge.

  23. 23

    well at least this one admits it… most priests don't accept they are either gay or pedofiles

  24. 24

    I use bible pages to wipe my ass. Fuck Christian fairytales, they're nothing but shitty revisions of paganism.

  25. 25

    As a bible believing Christ-Follower I dont beleive gay men or women should be in positions of leadership in the church. Regardless, we are called to love above all else. We can love someone without loving their sin.period.

  26. 26

    As an Episcopalian, I am ashamed this man felt the need to retire. We need more mel like him brining this to the forefront and educating people. I wish him the best though.

  27. scpk says – reply to this


    Ok, to all the commenters who are using the Bible as a tool to spread hate, prejudice, and pretty much distort what Jesus and more so God are about? You will have the first class seats on that long black train.

    These people twist and turn the translation of text from beyond 3000 years ago to spread their own message while conveniently forgetting the other points the book makes. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Judge not lest ye be judge. Love thy neighbor as thyself." Anyone remember those quotes? No, apparently the haters out there seem to have skipped over those parts.

  28. 28

    too bad there are enough ignorant folk in the world to cause something like this to happen. as for all this "the bible says" shit, do you really believe that book is god's words? surely you must have enough smarts to know that men wrote this book many years after jesus died, many never knew him !!!! wake up. and re: voice of sanity —
    the whole catholic church is an abomination! not to mention a hiding place for many gay men too scared to come out and live in the real world. must suck to be you and that stupid

  29. scpk says – reply to this


    Re: scpk – The LGBTQ community do not want acceptance or tolerance. They want respect. The same respect that women and countless minorities have fought for. You do not have to like what gay people do or say and that is not the issue here. The issue is the violence, hate, and bullying of fellow human beings that are different. The LGBTQ community is a part of God since they were made by God as they are.

    If anything God is up their smacking his palm against his forehead saying, "They just don't get it."

    Personally I like to think the creator of all life and existence has a bit more depth, understanding, compassion, and love than the simple minded tunnel visioned zealots that seem to think they know what the real message is, but are sadly and terrible mistaken.

  30. scpk says – reply to this


    Re: scpk – God is more than just what the Bible says. How arrogant are those to limit God's ability and being to just what one book contains. Granted, a book created by the hierarchy of a religion that did so to condense countless other stories into one text.

    Please read the book: What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality by Daniel Helminiak, get some perspective and bit more educated, before you all decide to start chucking stones.

  31. scpk says – reply to this


    Re: scpkRe: scpk – To the retiring bishop I say you are not alone and there are many people gay, straight, and purple people eaters out here that support you and hope you will find peace. The world needs more hearts like your's to speak out and I sincerely hope you will continue your ministry above all else, to those who are lost and need help finding their way.

  32. scpk says – reply to this


    Re: ms trudy – AMEN! Thank you for some real common sense!

  33. 33

    So unfortunate. He spoke at my church in Cleveland, Ohio, and he was uplifting, positive and inspirational. The blind hate in the world is so depressing. I mean, how could anyone make death threats to someone they don't know just because they are different?

  34. 34

    Why should an Episcopalian step down because of what the Catholic Church believes? Also, the Bible says eating pork and shellfish are abominations. Want me to threaten to kill you over that? I am a vegetarian, not because of what they Bible says though. The Bible says many things that appear ridiculous in a modern light, and were the result of the writers' of the Bible's less developed understanding. For instance, there was no definition of "homosexuality" the way we know it today, and the translations are imperfect. Something else was meant other than modern-day homosexuality although we can't be sure what. And Leviticus was a set of instructions to keep the Jewish tribe intact while they were exiled in the desert. Therefore, if you are not a member of a Jewish tribe exiled in the desert, Leviticus is irrelevant.

  35. Linny says – reply to this


    Perez-you are gay and still called it a PREFERENCE? You, of all people should know better.
    It isn't a preference because if it were,most people would PREFER to be straight because life is a heck of a lot easier for straight people!
    It's just like I can't help that my fave color is blue, gay people can't help that they are attracted to the same sex, and straight people can't help being attracted to the opposite sex.
    And all you people commenting are just horrible, spewing all your hate. The God I know is a god of love, not hate. He made all of us, his children, not just some & loves us all unconditionally. Even all you hateful a-holes!

  36. 36

    So sad that someone who is talented at spreading the word of God has been driven away from that profession. I am a passionate Christian, and I love my gay Christian brothers and sisters!

  37. 37

    "Preference" implies a choice Perez! Did you choose your sexuality? Come on, your readers expect more from you, maybe try "sexual identity" next time. xx

  38. 38

    it's not bigotry…the bible very clearly denounces homosexuality…face it…that's never going to change. i don't know how anybody expected that to go over smoothly with ANY church (other than scientology). homosexuality is an "abomination", no other sin is described that way, so that's the one people feel the most intense about….found another church that's not bible-based or get over it…it's still sad tho

  39. 39

    Re: scpk – if i use a DIRECT quote from the bible, how am i judging…i didn't make "abomination" up…and ppl LOVE that judge quote when they don't know what it means..it does not mean don't judge..it means however you judge someone else, you will also be judged

  40. 40

    i met him like a month ago and i loved his little church speech thing i mean im 16 and i actually paid attention he is super charismatic and funny and i really didnt even know he was gay which goes to show that sexuality doesnt make a person or in this case a great bishop.

  41. 41

    Perez, Is there a way we can get messages of positive support to Bishop Robinson? Perhaps you could include that info in an update for Folks that want to communicate some well needed loving words. It's a true shame, with all the things in this World we should actually be fighting against, that people are still being openly persecuted for who they choose to Love. I would ask anyone that feels justified spreading a message of intolerance & hate to consider for an honest moment how 'they' would feel if the world at large condemned them for whom they loved in their heart of hearts? How would *you* feel if you were forced out of your job because of that *love*?? We're better than all this tiresome hatred! For the record, I whole heartedly support Bishop Robinsons right to serve his elected position within the Episcopalian Church, free of vituperative harassment & villification! Quiet Blessings..

  42. scpk says – reply to this


    Re: i'mNEVERwrong Sorry, but you are referring to something that has been translated and re-translated over a millennia or more. I realize what I have quoted could be brought into contention as well. However, it is based on a book from the Jewish faith I would think they would have a closer understand of what that text means than the Christian theologians twisting it to mean what they want. As I understand it, the text refers to a man that took strangers into his home as guests and was assaulted and raped for his hospitality. The "abomination" referred to is the act of violence and abuse that the host suffered at the hands of his guest. As for taking such things literally I suppose men have the right to kill their wives for being disobedient and a child for throwing a tantrum too? These are also quotes from the very same text that calls what so many have assumed to be homosexuality an "abomination". If that is true, then why is one phrase considered the "word of God" and the others are called abuse? That's called a double standard and is by no means the will of God.

  43. 43

    Isn't it God's job to judge people?
    These so called "loving Christians" who demanded he stepped down need to look in the fucking mirror.

  44. 44

    Re: scpk – There you go…take verses out of context. Try going to church this Sunday. You might learn something.

  45. 45

    Considering this tool doesn't even believe in, in fact, he directly contradicts his faith's prohibitions…

  46. 46

    You deleted my comment?

  47. 47

    You pulled my comment quickly, you piece of shit. I saw it posted there and within seconds you pulled it. Obviously you are familiar with my name. Should I tweet what a censoring pile of filth you are?

  48. 48

    That's right post the comments, you useless vagina, even the ones you don't like or don't agree with.

  49. 49

    I see you failed to post my reply to La Garse. Why don't you try to be iintellectually honest? I know that's difficult for a libtard like you but it can actually be very freeing.

  50. 50

    Folks, it's the CHURCH OF ENGLAND, not the Roman Cartholic Church!!!
    The Episcopalians were tearing the church apart because their actions were totally abhorrent to the majority in Africa and Asia. I think pressure was put on him to resign in the interest of the unity of the majority. The Bible speaks against homosexuality, so who is right?

  51. 51

    "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Judge not lest ye be judge. "

    LMAO, the ONLY verses in the bible that libtards seem to know. And they really have no clue what they really mean.

  52. 52

    He shouldn't have accepted the position in the first place. He shouldn't be gay either but then again… that is his choice. Don't get mad at others because they have a voice and chose not to accept his choice.

  53. 53

    This is very sad!
    Unfortunately Bishop V. Gene Robinson is doing the right thing.
    It is sad that he feels the need to resign.
    The world sadly improves with bay steps only.

  54. scpk says – reply to this


    Re: Mr. Strat – Not sure what you mean by me taking verses out of context. What do you call it when the one portion of something is said to be something acceptable and then other parts of the same text are considered inappropriate? It could easily be said that the people who take the verse regarding the violent act of rape that the host suffered at the hands of his guests is being taken out of context. Obviously no one has the right to rape someone else hetero or homosexual. But, is it condemning homosexuality or rape? Hmmm…I'm gonna go with rape.

    As for the comments on there being a choice, well, medical and psychological tests have proven that homosexuality is not a choice at all. It's no more a choice than a child being born male or female, or having brown or blue eyes. I doubt anyone saw a check-list while in that process of being created that said, "Gay or Straight?"

  55. scpk says – reply to this


    Re: Mr. Strat – As for me going to church, I do and have been for a very long time. The nay sayers are as much entitled to their opinion as I am so I realize what I say will not make a bit of sense to them. So, I respectfully agree to disagree with you. As for the LGBTQ community, all I can say is this, "Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." and "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."

  56. 56

    Re: scpk – and the story of sodom and gomorrah is very different than what you are confused with. God sent down angels, and they stayed at Lots house were the men of Sodom try to have Lot hand them over to them so they can rape them. While many are quick to the point that sodom and gomorrahs sin was homosexuality it was actually bad hospitality. In every refference to sodom and gomorrah that is made after the incident all across the bible, what the speaker talks about is bad hospitality, not homosexuality. Go look at any old religion you want and see that all of them share this sentiment that bad hospitality is the greatest sin for you could be dealing with a god (in this case angels). If you look at greek tradition zeus was the god of hospitality and he was the major god

  57. scpk says – reply to this


    Re: hcoboy – Thank you for your clarification and further shedding of light on the subject. As I said, what I quoted could easily be brought into contention as with all the other people shouting out that homosexuality was the subject of the story. Correct me if I am wrong but in "What the Bible Says About Homosexuality" does it not explain what "abomination" really meant and how that meaning has changed from that time to now? Either way, the fact that a person speaking out for LGBTQ people is being chastised for his service in the church is sad. I have heard both hetero and homosexual ministers speak and do not feel their sexuality had anything to do with their delivery of the word of God or the conveying of Jesus' love. There are so many real evils out there in the world that seek the division of man and the ruin of humanity's soul. It is subjects like this that are being used as a distraction from the real dangers out there waiting to destroy us all. The suicides of all the gay teens is just one of many cries of reality to get the grown ups to stop our bickering and focus on the youth of our world. We need to listen.

  58. 58

    This makes me really sad that he feels he needs to retire because of all the hate. As an Episcopalian I am very proud of the fact that the church is accepting of homosexuality and does not believe it is a sin. They have held this view for years and I am glad that I was exposed to a loving and accepting view of Christianity. I will never understand why anyone cares or feels it is any of their business what goes on in other people's bedrooms. Anyway I'm sure it is hard for him dealiing with all this pressure and I wish him the best.

  59. 59

    Re: scpk – idk i have not read the book your talking about but i do know what abomination meant, and i posted ONE BIG post that i had to divide into 2..and apparently it got taken down idk how it was offensive in any way….the ancient word abomination was translated for meant unsanitary or unhealthy, and that sheds a little more light on why also eating shellfish was an "abomination" cook it wrong and u got good old food poisoning….wtf perez why did u throw away a post were i explained this?

  60. 60

    all those that backlashed clearly have not read the bible. The reason he was allowed to become a bishop is because bishop's must remain celibate. The law in the bible only states that a man must not 'lie' i.e 'have relations' with another man as he does a woman. So in being celibate he no longer is commiting a sin. And also on the plus side the bible is also very clear about the difference between men and women and NOWHERE does it state that a woman cannot lie with another woman. Which means lesbians are in the free and clear! GIRL POWER!

  61. 61

    Re: hcoboy – also says we shouldn't eat pig. you know how hard it is not to eat pig. it's really really hard. i managed it for a month, until someone cooked me dinner which was pork and i felt bad so i ate it. Still going strong on the shellfish though!

  62. 62

    Re: A Voice of Sanity – he's anglican. There's a difference between the two. The anglican church was created because they didn't agree with the catholic church. He is ANGLICAN.

  63. 63

    Re: La Garse – it uses the same language on the importance of not eating swine. had bacon lately?

  64. 64

    Re: cmednc – i actually dont eat pig…its kinda of gross and people i know have passed away because it was badly cooked…that is true the bible is very specific about women, fuck its lets not like its very SEXIST on women…but it doesnt mention that so its all good in the hood for them.