We’re talking about the PC(USA) here, obviously, as opposed to the fringe conservative sects of the Presbyterian Church. John Shore has a piece up today about Scott Anderson, the first openly gay man to be ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church. Thing is, Anderson was an ordained minister years ago until he was outed by his church and essentially forced out. After over a decade of working in different organizations and on different issues, he found himself back on the front lines fighting for a change in the Presbyterian ordination rules, which did eventually come around, allowing openly gay and lesbian people to serve as pastors in their churches. So this weekend he will be ordained.
Regardless of whether or not you’re a believer, news like this happening within the Church is important, because it draws the line ever clearer between those in that world that hate us and those who do not, and every new development like this from within helps to further marginalize the religion-motivated bigots, both inside the church and also in the public square.