John M. Becker

Gene Robinson: Religious Conservatives Aren't Victims

Filed By John M. Becker | March 31, 2014 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Episcopal Church, Gene Robinson, persecution complex, privilege tantrums, victimization

"Here's what victimization looks like: every day, especially in some places, LGBT people face the real possibility of violence because of their orientation or gender identity. Young people jump off bridges or hang themselves on playground swing sets because of the bullying and discrimination they face...

"Compare that to the very painful realization that one's view of something like homosexuality is in the minority after countless centuries of being in the majority. It may feel like victimization to hang a shingle out to sell something or provide some service to the public, only to find that the "public" includes people one disagrees with or finds immoral in some way. It may feel like it has happened practically overnight, when it has actually been changing over a period of decades. Being pressed to conform to such a change in majority opinion must feel like victimization. But as a society, we would do well to distinguish between real victimization and the also-very-real discouragement felt by those who now find themselves in the minority."

-- Retired Bishop Gene Robinson, the ninth Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire and the first openly gay person to be consecrated as bishop. In an op-ed for the Daily Beast, Robinson tells anti-LGBT religious conservatives with a victimhood complex to get some perspective.


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