“The hardest thing about being in a [conservative Catholic university] isn’t the folks who are obviously bigoted and mean-spirited—it’s the false security. It’s only through my ability to love and forgive that I have been able to come out of this den of wolves alive.”
Now, here’s a real discussion about values. In his new book, Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis, former president Jimmy Carter argues that those on the far right have hijacked the country: They have tried to squash privacy rights and the separation of church and state. They are also using LGBT rights and other controversial issues to accomplish their goals. And his tome is a best seller.
Our Person of the Year for 2003, V. Gene Robinson, the out Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, finally got the one meeting he’s been eager to schedule: face time in England with Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, head of the Anglican Communion. Robinson is mum about the details of their talk, but he sees progress in the direction of the church’s inclusion of gay men and lesbians.