Each day, the mass media expends rivers of ink in an effort to portray the
“Religious Right” as villains. The photos of conservative religious leaders
which are published in our daily newspapers are invariably dark and sinister.
Yet the so-called Religious Right represents, in the final analysis, the
traditional values of the American people.
Those whom we may call the “Religious Left” on the other hand, represent the
values of the Liberal elite. Yet it is this same Religious Left who stands in
the public square, lifting its eyes to Heaven for all to see, and proclaiming
itself to be the sole authority on matters of public morality.
But public pronouncements of one’s own morality prove nothing. Character is
very much a matter of private morality. So let us take the briefest look at one
church which has put the theories of the Religious Left into practice.
The ethics of any institution is the ethics of its leadership, and the case
of Trinity Episcopal Church in Tilton, New Hampshire is no different. The church
is under the direction of Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop of
the Episcopal Church.
Gene Robinson, whose full legal name is Vicky Gene Robinson, is now living
with a man, after having divorced his wife, and leaving his two daughters
behind. Trinity Episcopal Church had hired a convicted felon as - of all things
– a youth counselor. This same youth counselor then proceeded to molest two four
year old girls, and to steal $4000 from the food pantry.
This could be dismissed as an unfortunate accident, were it not for that fact
that only last week, the treasurer of the church was arrested and charged with
embezzling more than one-hundred thousand dollars. To complicate matters, the
pastor of the church recently resigned under circumstances which called into
question her competence.
Despite their claim of being the final arbiters of public morality, the
Religious Left is in fact rotten to the core with immorality. Gene Robinson has
spoken often of the need for each individual to determine the “gray” areas of
morality for themselves; and that is exactly what the members of Trinity
Episcopal Church did.
Those who are either unwilling or unable to understand the value of matters
as simple as marriage and innocent unborn life are unlikely to come to any
correct valuation of any other aspect of life. Their exclusive claim to words
like “tolerance” “fairness” and “equality” inevitably rings hollow, because they
have forgotten the first principle of any ethical consideration - righteousness.
The recent remarks of Rev. Vicky Gene Robinson are pertinent in this regard.
Speaking to a representative of Planned Parenthood, he said “Planned Parenthood
is an organization that I have always admired and respected. It does an
extraordinarily fine work, and I am very happy to be associated with it.” Vicky
Gene Robinson was also the featured speaker at a national Planned Parenthood
Interfaith Prayer Breakfast in April of this year.
We in the “Religious Right” are also questioning values these days. We are
beginning to question the value of a mass media which portrays those who stand
for traditional American values as villains, and those who represent the forces
of moral anarchy as saints.
As a great poet once said, “The Devil is all the more devilish for being
respectable.” Surely there can be no greater evil than to portray the proponents
of euthanasia, gay marriage, and partial birth abortion - what Pope John Paul II
lumped together under the rubric of “The Ideology of Evil” - as Angels of