Bishop Gene Robinson is under siege in London. He has gone there at the invitation of an Anglican church to give a sermon to the faithful. He has gone to London because he was specifically disinvited from the Anglican annual conference at Lambeth due to the controversy surrounding him. He has been invited to preside over a celebratory mass in London where he will address the same issue as the conference is conducted in Lambeth. It should also be noted that there is a firestorm in the Anglican Church both over his elevation to Bishop (as a non celibate gay man in 2003) and recently the approval of women to be Bishops in England.
Gay Anglican Bishop Suffers Death Threats
Bishop Gene Robinson has received death threats in both the United States and since coming to London causing him to hire security and keep the location of his residence a secret. He has publicly said that his concerns are greatest for the anguish of his partner, daughter, and two granddaughters for his safety.
The fundamentalist wing of the church is in full revolt and it seems only a matter of time before they create a formal schism. Even now over one hundred bishops from around the world are not attending the Anglican Conference in Lambeth in protest over the ongoing disagreement that they are enthusiastically referring to as a New Reformation. Some 291 bishops from around the world (but largely from Africa) have already attended an alternative conference in Jerusalem. They are determined to keep women and gay men from having a leadership role in their church. Gene Robinson is not without friends and allies.
Over two hundred churches in the United States are affected by this schism at this point. It is important if you are Anglican to know how your current church stands in this debate as you must support those who do not discriminate against positive gay role models and women. They are disguising their hatred for us in rhetoric suggesting that we are a distraction from their mission to the poor in Africa and building transparent governments there. What are these people doing that they think they have a right to have a say in the control the government of Uganda?