Social Justice cannot afford to wait for consensus


From a transcription of a sermon that Bishop Gene Robinson of the Episcopal church recently preached at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena:

A little while ago, in the only time that the Archbishop of Canterbury ever deigned to see me, we were having a little "chat", and at one point in our conversation, he was explaining to me that, actually what the Episcopal church should have done prior to electing and consecrating me, was that we should have figured all this out theologically and intellectually... We should have come to a common mind, and then passed canons and and then done this thing. And I said to him with as much respect as I could, "Your Grace, it seems to me that all of the great steps that has taken, have been as a result of our doing the right thing, and only then, "thinking" our way to what we did. It's not the other way around. I mean, if we had waited for instance in this country for everyone to have been on the same page about civil rights, there would still be separate drinking fountains, wouldn't there? And if we had waited until women were valued as equal and full members of society and the human race for goodness sakes, all of that discrimination would still exist.
Two things come to mind as I ponder that quote. First, the Archbishop of Canterbury is a moron. And second, social justice cannot afford to wait for consensus.


MadPriest said...

My goodness, no wonder the Grand Tufti hates Gene. There's nothing an academic hates more than being bested by somebody with a bit of common sense. It sort of shows them up as being redundant.

Jan said...

My mother always said that education doesn't matter as much as common sense--there are too many "educated fools" running around-->the Grand Tufti?

Mystical Seeker said...

Regarding the name "Grand Tufti", all I can say is that the Mad One has a way with words. :)

Cynthia said...

ABC should record his conversations for quality assurance, i.e., listen to what he actually says that he may be aware of his moronic rhetoric.