Read Bishop Robinson’s Interview in Outsmart Magazine

On Liberty, Unity, and Keeping His Cool

[ 0 ]September 1, 2013 | 
Spirited: former New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop in the global Anglican fellowship, smiles after announcing his retirement at the 2010 diocesan convention in Concord, New Hampshire.

Bishop Gene Robinson’s passion for the separation of church and state. by Neil Ellis Orts Photo by Mary Schwalm When Gene Robinson became the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire in 2004, the fact that he was in a long-term relationship with another man made him a hero to some, an enemy to others. While LGBT Episcopalians (and their supporters) celebrated, death threats came in. Robinson was consecrated as bishop while wearing a bulletproof vest under his robes. Now, nearly ten years later, Bishop Robinson has retired from his duties as bishop and taken up a part-time position as senior fellow with the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington DC. He was asked to join CAP by founder John Podesta, to be “. . . a moral voice to various issues that face us as a nation.” Robinson notes, “It’s really an amazing thing because, historically, liberal think tanks have run screaming in the opposite direction, away from religion.” The Houston chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State is bringing Bishop Robinson to Houston for a speaking engagement on October 3 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. In this interview, he gives us a preview of his presentation, as well as his thoughts about the documentary Love Free or Die, now available on DVD. To read the rest of the interview, go to: