Rev. Peter J Gomes, openly gay pastor who preached tolerance and refuted literal interpretations of the Bible, has passed away.

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    Mar 02, 2011 5:05 AM GMT
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/02/us/02gomes.html?_r=1


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    "I now have an unambiguous vocation — a mission — to address the religious causes and roots of homophobia,” he told The Washington Post months later. “I will devote the rest of my life to addressing the ‘religious case’ against gays.”

    He was true to his word. His sermons and lectures, always well attended, were packed in Cambridge and around the country as he embarked on a campaign to rebut literal and fundamentalist interpretations of the Bible. He also wrote extensively on intolerance.

    “Religious fundamentalism is dangerous because it cannot accept ambiguity and diversity and is therefore inherently intolerant,” he declared in an Op-Ed article in The New York Times in 1992. “Such intolerance, in the name of virtue, is ruthless and uses political power to destroy what it cannot convert."

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    Mar 02, 2011 6:22 AM GMT
    If only he could have lived to see the day when the Republican party will be shamed and forced by public opinion to STOP using it's "political power" to hate on gay Americans to try to gain votes.
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    Mar 02, 2011 9:10 AM GMT
    Thanks for posting this... What an amazing life. "When the cheers faded, there were expressions of surprise from the Establishment, and a few calls for his resignation, which were ignored." I think he would be interesting to meet.

    I thought that his parents were a strange pairing, and it now makes me wonder where they met... I can't see them in the same social circles. "His father, born in the Cape Verde Islands off Africa’s west coast, was a cranberry bog worker. His mother was a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music."

    On a side note, after delivering a eulogy for my grandfather last Friday, I had 4 people tell me individually that I should consider a career in the ministry. Apparently, I come across as compassionate (which I don't think I am), a good public speaker (which I actually am) and straight (I know for a fact that all of them dislike gays.)icon_rolleyes.gif