The California Episcopal Election

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on 31 May 2006 0 Comments
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Just read your latest mailing with great delight but
sadly must comment that there are too many educated
people who are still ignorant about the origins of
homosexuality including - sadly - many members of my
medical community. I recently went to a church in New
Mexico where the pastor was a physician as were
several "high rolling" members, who made it quickly
clear to me that they were a branch of the (Episcopal)
church that separated from those who let homosexuals
in. I was both disgusted and amused because, in
looking round me, there were numerous homosexuals in
the church group. As a psychiatrist, I am probably
more aware of this than the "ordinary" member. Had I
been more than visiting, I probably would have made a
loud noise about the whole thing as I have in other
churches. I applaud you for your continuing efforts
to bring reason to society about this issue as many
others of us also do in our own ways.


Thank you for your letter and your witness.
Prejudice dies hard. I am pleased to learn that the
American Psychiatric Council will lend its weight to
gay marriage. We are in a transition between a new
consciousness and old definitions. The new
consciousness will win but as with every human
struggle to emerge from ignorance, there will be
casualties long after the issue is decided.

I hope you will speak out regularly.

John Shelby Spong

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