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Mark Steyn on the gay "Bishop" Robinson

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Aug 11, 2003

Syndicated columnist Mark Steyn discusses in a recent column the Episcopal church's newest bishop, V. Gene Robinson, and the narcissism involved in his election. Steyn sees the election of, not just a gay bishop, but a bishop who "celebrates his sexuality" by saying that gay sex is a sacrament and see it as an attempt by the fading Episcopal church to carve out a new niche and demographic for its survival.

As Mark points out and I mentioned last week, Robinson and his supporters seem not have the virtue of humility either because he's presented to us as the Second Coming of Christ over and over.

But those were soon dismissed and the bishop was elected, and, as he pointed out, this wasn't the first two-day dramatic turnaround the Church has known. ''God has once again brought an Easter out of Good Friday,'' he declared.

Got that? If he's not the Second Coming, he's the next best thing. As the Washington Post's Caryle Murphy reported on Thursday, ''Yesterday's gospel reading on the Transfiguration of Jesus was about the mysterious transformation of Christ that caused such fear and trembling, but also joy, in his believers. For the group attending the noontime Eucharist service at St. John's Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, the reading could not have been more pertinent ...'' Yes, indeed. For, just like Christ, Bishop Robinson causes fear and trembling but also joy in his believers.

I almost can't believe my eyes. They (and Robinson himself) make it clear that what makes Robinson so Christ-like is the fact that is a practicing homosexual. Gay sex isn't just a right to these people anymore, but a virtue, something God wants them to do. In our sex-soaked, sex-crazed culture is it any surprise. I've often said that the only sin recognized by our culture is the denial of pleasure in whatever means you seek it, or the disapproval thereof. And Robinson isn't shy about saying it, elevating gay sex among the sacraments.
''I believe that God gave us the gift of sexuality so that we might express with our bodies the love that's in our hearts,'' he announced to his fellow bishops. ''I just need to tell you that I experience that with my partner. In the time that we have, I can't go into all the theology around it, but what I can tell you is that in my relationship with my partner, I am able to express the deep love that's in my heart, and in his unfailing and unquestioning love of me, I experience just a little bit of the kind of never-ending, never-failing love that God has for me. So it's sacramental for me.''
That's right, a sacrament. And they say the Catholic Church is obsessed with sex.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 12, 2003 10:19 AM ET USA

    I still can't get over how so many people support this man. He's gay, divorsed and living in sin with another individual. All that and were told he's a man to be admired. Why do these people even go to church? They obviously have no regard for Gods will. Is it really just a big liberal hang out or something?? Bruce

  • Posted by: - Aug. 11, 2003 5:31 PM ET USA

    It is interesting that in the original column it was called "Anglicans seem to take a sacrament as whatever turns you on" instead of "Episcopal Church endorses narcissism" as in the Chicago newspaper. It is also slightl different in that it removes a reference to Clinton "I didn't impale" and some other changes. I wonder ifMark Steyn rewrote the piece to be more palatable for some papers?

  • Posted by: - Aug. 11, 2003 12:03 PM ET USA

    I wonder what they do with the hundreds of Saints who over the centuries expressed their love in chaste and contenent ways. Saints who understood sanctity and therefore expressed sexuality in ways in keeping with sanctity. Or, what do they do with Jesus who expressed his love with his body nailed to a cross? It all reminds me of the letter to the Romans: because they suppressed the knowledge of God in unrighteousness God gave them over to the darkness of their passions.