For Bishop John Shelby Spong the time has come. Fed up with the hateful messaging and distortions coming from some religious institutions, this retired Bishop has drawn a line in the sand with a new manifesto. His words speak for themselves:
I make these statements because it is time to move on. The battle is over. The victory has been won. There is no reasonable doubt as to what the final outcome of this struggle will be. Homosexual people will be accepted as equal, full human beings, who have a legitimate claim on every right that both church and society have to offer any of us.
Inequality for gay and lesbian people is no longer a debatable issue in either church or state. Therefore, I will from this moment on refuse to dignify the continued public expression of ignorant prejudice by engaging it. I do not tolerate racism or sexism any longer. From this moment on, I will no longer tolerate our culture’s various forms of homophobia.
Isn’t it time you started working on your own personal Manifesto? I’ve already started writing mine.