Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Statement by Bishop Bruno on Prop 8

[received via email]

I call upon Californians who supported Proposition 8 to make an honest and dedicated effort to learn more about the lives and experiences of lesbian and gay humanity whose constitutional rights are unfairly targeted by this measure. Look carefully at scriptural interpretations, and remember that the Bible was once used to justify slavery, among other forms of oppression.

It is important that we understand that we are a state that lives with freedom of religion – and freedom from religious oppression.

In my view, and in that of many Episcopalians, Proposition 8 is a lamentable expression of fear-based discrimination that attempts to deny the constitutional rights of some Californians on the basis of sexual orientation. It is only a matter of time before its narrow constraints are ultimately nullified by the courts and our citizens’ own increasing knowledge about the diversity of God’s creation.

Too often the road to justice is made deeply painful by setbacks such as Proposition 8, which nearly half of California voters rejected. But as our new President-elect has said, “…let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other.”


Leonard said...

Bishop Bruno hits another homerun...we´re not going anywhere, we´re called upon to keep our eye on the ball.

Billy said...

How can we [the church] be eragant to the point of lecturing the electrant about discrimination when our leaders [bishops] within the church denounce gay and lsbian...

LGMarshall said...

Bishop Bruno - The Bible NEVER teaches that slavery was good (God provided a way out!), the Bible never teaches that Polygamy is good, (God's judgement was severe), the Bible never teaches that same-sex relations are good, (dire consequences!). If you succeed in getting 'your' way re Gay Marriage, you will not experience any Peace here or in the afterlife. You remind me of Adam in the Garden, who just HAD to HAVE that 1 Thing! God provides so many things for us to experience & enjoy in our lives, but he does have parameters on our sexual behavior- it's His perogative. If you believe that the Father in Heaven, truly is the God of the Universe, then why so keen to disobey your Father?