February 2, 2010
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
NPR carried a story this morning about the U.S. military’s finally moving toward eliminating its morally bankrupt “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. It suddenly struck me that Americans did not invent this policy. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” has long been the policy of the Anglican Communion with regard to its bishops. With the consecration of Gene Robinson, The Episcopal Church began the dismantling of the policy in our corner of the Communion. By consenting to the consecration of Mary Glasspool, we have the opportunity to eliminate this particular hypocrisy once and for all in our own church and to become a beacon of light, albeit an unwelcome one, to the rest of the Communion.