Christian Today is one media outley among many carrying a Gay bishop Gene Robinson divides opinion at Greenbelt Festival headline, more or less lifting the story from the local newspaper.
Controversial Anglican bishop Gene Robinson divided opinion at the Greenbelt Festival this year as he delivered three addresses to listeners.
The first openly gay bishop in the US Episcopal Church split opinion at the Christian festival as much as he did within the worldwide Anglican Communion, which has been fiercely divided by Bishop Robinson’s ordination in 2003.
I dare say there were some at the festival who did not approve of the Bishop’s presence. And of course, some might have stayed away because he was there.
But to say he “divided opinion” is arrant nonsense. I’ve no idea what the capacity of the venue was, but I can tell you it was a lot. And at the end of the lectures I attended, at least 75% of those present were on their feet feet applauding with enthusiasm.
“Christians welcome homosexual bishop” might not be an attention-grabbing headline. But that’s what happened at Greenbelt.
(Incidentally, I’ve put a few of my pictures of the event here.