It is with a heavy heart that we here at TheReligiousLeft.org mark the passing of the Rev. Peter J. Gomes, the acclaimed minister, theologian, and author who not only touched the lives of so many students at Harvard, but who risked his own career and reputation when he outed himself in 1991 during a wave of anti-gay sentiment on campus. In the two decades since, Rev. Gomes assumed a prominent role in challenging literal and fundamentalist interpretations of the Bible, calling on Christians to avoid the sort of narrow interpretations of scripture that continue to be used to justify racism, anti-Semitism, and sexism, and to attack homosexuality and abortion.
Rev. Gomes' courage was matched by his humility and characteristic Yankee wit (on display in such magnificent fashion during his appearance on The Colbert Report), and it was the combination of these factors that made the man such an indomitable force for tolerance, acceptance, and truly moral Christian morality.
Rev. Gomes, you will be sorely missed.