Sunday, July 13, 2008

Protest disrupts bishop's sermon

{BBC News] 13 Jul 2008--Openly gay US bishop Gene Robinson was forced to halt a sermon at a west London church after being heckled.

As Bishop Robinson began his sermon a member of the congregation repeatedly called him a "heretic" and said "repent, repent, repent".

He began his sermon by saying how sad it was that the Anglican Communion was tearing itself apart.

But he was stopped when the man in the congregation shouted that the schism was the bishop's fault.

The man's protest was followed by slow hand-clapping by members of the congregation, and Bishop Robinson halted his sermon while a hymn was sung and the protester was escorted from the church in Putney, south west London.

The man was taken outside and left on a motorbike, but no further action was taken against him by police officers present.

Bravo to the protester. He deserves more than slow applause. He deserves a standing ovation. Would the congregation have stood up and walked out on Robinson.

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