The Corner


The current controversy in the Episcopalian church is really the business of members of that denomination and for them alone. Nevertheless, it’s revealing to see that these, apparently, were the principal allegations against Gene Robinson:

“Robinson placed one hand on Lewis’ arm and the other on Lewis’ upper back. The exchange took place in full view of the public, and Lewis acknowledged that many who saw it would not have judged it inappropriate. He said Robinson answered his question and didn’t say anything offensive.

In the second exchange, Robinson placed his hands on Lewis’ forearm and back and responded to a comment Lewis made with a comment of his own.

Lewis said the exchanges made him feel that Robinson “presumed a far greater familiarity or intimacy than was the case” between the two men.”

That this non-event even raised a question is a pretty dismal reflection on the state of this debate.


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