Wednesday, March 2, 2011


The Rev. Peter J. Gomes, a Harvard minister, theologian and author who announced that he was gay a generation ago and became one of America’s most prominent spiritual voices against intolerance, died on Monday in Boston. He was 68.

The cause was complications of a stroke, Harvard said. His death, which was first reported by The Harvard Crimson, was confirmed by Emily Lemiska, a spokeswoman at Massachusetts General Hospital, where Mr. Gomes had recently been treated. He lived in Cambridge and Plymouth, Mass.

One can read into the Bible almost any interpretation of morality, Mr. Gomes liked to say after coming out, for its passages had been used to defend slavery and the liberation of slaves, to support racism, anti-Semitism and patriotism, to enshrine a dominance of men over women, and to condemn homosexuality as immoral.... 1991, he appeared before an angry crowd of students, faculty members and administrators protesting homophobic articles in a conservative campus magazine whose distribution had led to a spate of harassment and slurs against gay men and lesbians on campus. Mr. Gomes, putting his reputation and career on the line, announced that he was “a Christian who happens as well to be gay.”

[For the full article, see here.]

He was a superb orator and Bible expositor who helped show the liberating nature of the Bible. His books: "The Good Book: Reading the Bible With Mind and Heart," and "The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus," are essential reading for those who want to live authentically and in freedom from bondage to other people's prejudices and distorted views of the Bible.

This very literate, civilized scholar and human being will be sorely missed!
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We lose a powerful Christian voice for Gay Rights like Peter J. Gomes and what do we have left? Shameless (and shameful) self-aggrandizing groups like Queer Rising, who block traffic in wigs and high heels "on behalf" of marriage equality. What's to become of the Gay Rights movement?

genevieve said...

I have read and heard much about Rev.Gomes. He was the genuine article from what I see. I'll have to read his books. The title 'The Good Book:Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart" has been something I have tried to do ever since I became a Christian 38 years ago.

Well done, Rev.Gomes.

Jerry Maneker said...

What's become of most of "activism" is a crying shame, Don Charles. Assertiveness must be coupled with dignity and the serious demand for the very same full and equal rights that heterosexuals enjoy. To in any way burlesque or affirm the destructive stereotypes that homophobes use to woo potential Straight allies to their cause is nothing short of betrayal of this crucial civil rights struggle. Best wishes, Jerry.