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At the Episcopal Churchs General Convention in August 2003 the two houses of the church government the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies made a highly controversial decision that has threatened to split the church in half They voted to elect Gene Robinson an openly gay man as bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire I do not believe that this was the right decision for several reasons Gene Robinson divorced his wife and moved in with another man thirteen years ago Since that time he has been living in a sexual relationship with that man outside the bounds of marriage If he had been living in the same type of relationship with a woman there is no way he would have been elected I do not think that the church should compromise its beliefs and principles to satisfy a minority group I have no problem with Gene Robinson being a member of the Episcopal Church however I do not believe that it is appropriate for him to be in a leadership position in the church The bishop of a diocese in the Episcopal Church is a very important office A bishop is responsible for all of the priests and churches in the diocese and while many people say that Gene Robinson is qualified for the position his lifestyle goes against the teachings of the Bible I do not believe that he should be the spiritual leader of this group of people The doctrines of the Episcopal Church say that the church stands on three pillars scripture reason and tradition In my opinion the election of Gene Robinson goes against all three and therefore against everything the church stands for I cannot understand how the leaders of the church could make a decision that they knew would shatter the unity of the Anglican community The group of people who supported Gene Robinsons candidacy and election argue that the parts of the Bible that
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