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01/10/2008

Wise net brought gold, frankincense, myrrh, and gay bishop

by Jeremy Hooper

Peter LaBarbera has chosen a new subject at which to unleash his queer-unfriendly rage. The target? C-SPAN. The reason? The network aired a speech given by openly gay Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robison twice on Christmas Eve. Read below:

C-SPAN helped homosexual Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire Vicky Gene Robinson — he was named such because his parents wanted a girl — plead his heretical case to America by airing his speech twice on Christmas Eve night. In the speech, Robinson discussed his plan to enter into a “civil union” with his homosexual lover, saying he always wanted to be a “June bride.” The bishop claimed (against all evidence in Scripture) that the Holy Spirit is involved in the crusade for more open homosexuals like him in the clergy. Write C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb (viewer@c-span.org) or call him (202-737-3220) to protest this holiday programming choice that was deeply offensive to Bible-believing Christians. Urge C-SPAN to balance Robinson’s lecture by covering a presentation by evangelical Dr. Michael Brown in Charlotte, North Carolina next month titled, “Can you be gay and Christian?”

Okay, so first off: The network aired almost all of their evening Christmas Eve programs at least two times. Don't believe us? Well here, look at the schedule for yourself: C-SPAN Xmas Eve Schedule. In fact, they ran one program regarding the role of religion in government three different times, giving a platform to right-of-center pastor Peter A. Lillback. So the whole multi-airing thing is moot.

Also, Christmas Eve is a notoriously low time for viewership. Any one who is truly focused on the reverence of the night is not gathered around the television, but is instead gathered with their families, friends, and loved ones celebrating the events at hand. So if anything, Pete should be happy that it was burned off on this night, when only the non-Christian sinners were watching.

Third -- On what grounds does anyone have to protest this!?!?!?!? Honestly, even if you detest homosexuality with a fiery passion, how can you possibly make a case that C-SPAN's airing of a forum on "Gays in the Clergy" -- a hot socio-political issue -- is crossing any lines? The network is designed to air all sides of debate, and they do a very good job at that. If we see them giving a soapbox to someone who stands for everything that we don't, we're not gonna adopt an "Off with their heads" mentality! Instead, we're going to use what we have learned to hopefully challenge their heads! And while we might be wishful thinkers, we'd be willing to bet that even a majority of folks within Pete's own "pro-family" movement would find his protest misguided.

Lastly -- Pete asks that the net trek down to Charlotte to cover Michael Brown's shindig (*You can watch highlights from one of his past events here). We're totally cool with that, if the networks wants to do so. Even though Michael Brown is TOTALLY on the opposite side of the culture war fence from us, we're not at all threatened by these sorts of issues being debated. The problem, however, is not the content, but rather the lack of public interest in Mr. Brown. That's the thing that folks like Peter sometimes forget. It's not always a lack of fairness that leads to what they perceive as biased treatment. Sometimes it's simply about a lack of popularity or merit! Love or hate what he stands for, it can;t be denied that V. Gene Robinson has international interest. And it can't be denied that on the worthy discussion of gays in the clergy, he has a thing or two to add to the subject. If Pete and his pals want national or even international cameras to take notice, then they are going to have to earn a following that would merit the gas expenditure in C-SPAN's budget.

Alright, that's really we have to say on this. If you want to write C-SPAN to thank them for doing us all a service, then have at it.

C-SPAN Airs Speech by Homosexual Bishop Vicky Gene Robinson — on Christmas Eve [AFT]

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