Saturday, March 04, 2006

Switch-hitting Episcopal bishop back in news

The Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson has checked himself into alcohol rehab, on the advice of his "partner," stating in a letter to his diocese that he is "dealing with...a disease over which my particular body simply has no control."

Robinson's assistant, the Rev. Tim Rich, acknowledged the bishop had been an alcoholic for years, but, "We did not see it in any way impact his ministry in the diocese."

Scott Ott writes satirically on behalf of the "American Drunkards Association" (ADA), "Bishop Robinson has reinforced the stereotype that being a drunk is some kind of medical condition that needs a cure. Alcoholism isn't a disease, it's who we are. We want to be accepted for who we are. The bishop has done irreparable harm to drunken clerics everywhere, not to mention the damage done to millions of lay-drunkards. The ADA lobbies lawmakers to gain equal rights for alcoholics—a large and growing group of Americans who face discrimination daily, especially from the department of motor vehicles. Imagine not being allowed to drive just because of who you are." Ott interpreted Robinson's letter to say, "My life sends a refreshing message to our parishioners of redemption without repentance. It's a real improvement on old-fashioned Biblical principles."

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