A story in today’s Boston Globe reports that Robinson has now endorsed one candidate for president in the next US election – Barack Obama. The story reads:
The public endorsement of Obama could set off even more uneasiness within the church, which has not been overtly involved in electoral politics.
No doubt. Will the Globe editorial board now vent it’s spleen over separation of church from politics? When a few Catholic bishops made noises in 2004 about denying the sacrament of communion to John Kerry, the Globe editors sternly warned them:
The church and its leaders have every right to join in political debate as long as they don't effectively endorse specific candidates, jeopardizing their tax-exempt status.
Gene Robinson has placed himself much farther into politics than did these bishops. Will the Globe editors show consistency and give Robinson the same tongue lashing that would be applied if the endorser was a Catholic bishop like Cardinal Sean O’Malley?