The Reverend Richard Kirker of the Anglican Church in England has been waging a fight for many decades to recognize the rights of gays and lesbians, but has decided to retire and allow others to continue the struggle for equal rights for fellow Christians. He has endeavored to promote torance and respect for gays and lesbians while directing the Gay and Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement. The Anglican Church has been torn apart by the fanatic anti-gay stance of Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria who has become a world wide leader in the movement to suppress any gay rights in the church. Even Rowan Williams, the Archlbishop of Canterbury, has come out against the ordination by American Episcopalians of a gay bishop.
Anyone who engaged in such ongoing struggles for human rights is bound to become weary and a bit pessimistic as the forces of intolerance marshall their forces in pursuit of hatred. A fatigued Kirker noted: “The situation is appalling. Life for gay priests is immeasureably worse than when I s tarted doing this job because of the obsessive scrutiny of those who hate us.” We suspect he underestimates the success that has been achieved over the past twenty years in pursuit of gay and lesbian rights. At least now, there are gay bishops and the Anglican Church is finally confronting the issue. Silence m ay be golden and peaceful, but it never results in action.