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  • Disaffected Lutherans Constitute New Body

    09/07/2010 12:11:19 PM PDT · by wmfights · 22 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | August 28, 2010 | Audrey Barrick
    Conservative Lutherans began forging the new body just weeks after the ELCA gave the green light in 2009 for non-celibate gays and lesbians to serve as clergy. Over the last year, hundreds of congregations have moved toward severing ties with the ELCA, which is the largest Lutheran denomination in the country with 4.5 million members. The ELCA experienced its biggest-ever drop in membership last year, with 90,000 less members than the year before. The vote on Friday to forge a new body took place during the annual Convocation of Lutheran CORE, a renewal group that seeks the renewal of Lutheran...
  • Homosexual 'weddings' should be celebrated in church, says Chris Bryant...(UK)

    Homosexual "weddings" should be celebrated in churches, a Government minister has said in defiance of religious teaching. Chris Bryant, who once posed in his underpants on a gay dating website, said he wanted clergy to be "much more open" to the idea of treating civil partnership ceremonies like traditional marriages. However, his suggestion goes directly against the rules of the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church, which state that only the union of a man and a woman can be celebrated by a priest in church It comes as the Government is pushing through an Equality Bill that...
  • Court: Christian group can't bar gays, get funding (Christian Legal Society v. Martinez)

    06/28/2010 8:21:47 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 122 replies
    AP ^ | 06/28/2010 | Staff
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says a law school can legally deny recognition to a Christian student group that won't let gays join. The court on Monday turned away an appeal from the Christian Legal Society, which sued to get funding and recognition from the University of California's Hastings College of the Law.
  • Vatican Appoints Strongly Pro-life Bp. Wenski to 'Gay-Friendly' Miami Archdiocese

    04/20/2010 1:50:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 382+ views
    Life Site News ^ | April 20, 2010 | Kathleen Gilbert and John Jalsevac
    VATICAN CITY, April 20, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando, Florida, to become the next metropolitan archbishop of Miami, which has gained a reputation as a "gay-friendly" diocese for hosting homosexualist events.Wenski will replace Archbishop John Favalora, whose resignation was accepted by the Vatican on Tuesday. Although Favalora will not turn 75, the usual age for requesting retirement, until this December, the Vatican did not give a reason for allowing the early resignation. He led the archdiocese for 16 years.Archbishop-elect Wenski, who speaks English, Spanish and Creole and will serve a large Cuban...
  • Gay Activists File Complaints against Dutch Priest over Communion Refusal

    02/25/2010 10:26:44 AM PST · by NYer · 40 replies · 778+ views
    Life Site ^ | February 24, 2010 | Patrick B. Craine
    The Dutch priest who refused Communion on February 13th to his town's openly homosexual Carnival “prince” is now facing police complaints from homosexual activists.The complaints follow a protest by homosexualists at the Catholic parish in Reusel on Sunday, which was held in response to the decision of the pastor, Fr. Luc Buyens, to withhold Communion from Gijs Vermeulen, 24, at the town's traditional Carnival Mass.Fr. Buyens had alerted Vermeulen in advance, stating that he must refuse him Communion because the young man had made a public display of his active homosexuality leading up to the town's Carnival festivities.Anticipating the protest,...
  • Tony Perkins Uninvited to National Prayer Luncheon

    02/25/2010 10:06:27 AM PST · by iowamark · 22 replies · 815+ views
    CBN News ^ | 02/25/2010 | CBN News
    Family Research Council president Tony Perkins was scheduled to give a devotional message Thursday at Andrews Air Force Base for the National Prayer Luncheon. However, CBN News White House Correspondent David Brody has learned that Perkin's invitation was rescinded. After Perkins spoke out against President Barack Obama's plans to lift restrictions on homosexuals serving in the military, Perkins received a letter from chaplain's office at the base. The letter referred to past statement by the council, and read the group is, "incompatible in our role as military members who serve our elected officials and our commander in chief." Perkins appeared...
  • DISGRACED GAY GOVERNOR EMERGES AS PRIEST

    11/16/2009 11:09:24 AM PST · by Tamar Rush · 34 replies · 2,086+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | November 16, 2009 | The Last Crusade
    Out of the Closet; Into the Church Homo McGreevey Finds Higher Calling thelastcrusade.org What does a gay governor do after he resigns from political office in disgrace? He becomes an Episcopalian and enters the priesthood. Jim McGreevey, the former New Jersey love gov, has gone from Turnpike truck stops to All Saints Church in Hoboken, where he is known as “Father Jim.” Last Sunday, the ex governor administered the sacrament of baptism to a bevy of babies, blessed the Eucharist, and carried the cross during the processional. In 2004, Mr. McGreevey resigned as Governor of New Jersey after revealing...
  • Transsexual virgins in new Madrid Lay Calendar [Sacrilegious Mockery of BVM] (Ecumenical)

    10/27/2009 9:38:36 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 28 replies · 1,409+ views
    Typically Spanish ^ | 10/17/2009 | n/a
    The calendar has been produced by the Madrid Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual collective COGAM Controversy in Madrid with the launch of a 2010 lay calendar which shows images of ‘transsexual virgins’ recreating religious scenes decorated with crowns, condoms and phallic symbols. The lay calendar takes the religion out of the dates of the year, so Christmas Day becomes the day you eat the traditional Spanish turron to mark International Democracy Day, for example. The images are all based on famous Catholic images and iconography. The Venezuelan photographer who assembled the calendar, Juan Antinoo, had been commissioned by COGAM, the...
  • Gay' sex morally good, says Obama pick- Tapped to head Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

    10/05/2009 12:58:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies · 1,659+ views
    WND ^ | 10/5/09 | staff
    "Gay" sex is morally good and is as "wonderful" as heterosexual relations, according to Chai Feldblum, President Obama's nominee to become commissioner for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. "Gay sex is morally good," she said. "Now you may think that might be a little crazy to go out there and say gay sex is good. But think a second. Society definitely believes that heterosexual sex is good. Right. Heterosexual sex within a certain framework – marriage – I mean, you can't get more dewy-eyed and romantic in this society about how wonderful that is."
  • AP Source: Obama to speak to gay audience

    10/05/2009 10:25:05 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 78 replies · 1,851+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 4, 2009 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama plans to address the nation's largest gay rights group this weekend, a person familiar with his schedule said Monday, trying to mollify an uneasy Democratic constituency. Obama plans to address Saturday's Human Rights Campaign fundraising dinner gala, said the person, an individual familiar with the president's plans. This person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the White House had not yet announced Obama's plans. The dinner falls on the eve of the National Equality March, expected to draw thousands of gay and lesbian activists to the National Mall.
  • Teddy Kennedy Catholic funeral embraces LGBT Community

    08/31/2009 6:40:14 PM PDT · by narses · 21 replies · 1,056+ views
    End of an Era I was four years old when Ted Kennedy’s brother, Senator John Kennedy was elected President…the first President I was really aware of. I was seven when President Kennedy was shot, a traumatizing event for our family and the whole country. The news reels of that assassination are burned into my brain. I remember Bobby Kennedy’s inspirational run for President and the shocking news, and news coverage, of his assassination. Ted Kennedy, entered the Senate when I was six and has been there for most of my life. Since I was born, one of the three Kennedy...
  • Homosexuality is Not a Civil Right, Quit Forcing it on me

    08/06/2009 8:40:25 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 21 replies · 1,197+ views
    notoriouslyconservative.com ^ | 08 06 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    My philosophy on homosexuality is, love the sinner, not the sin. I don't have a single thread of negativity for those that proclaim themselves to be homosexual, it doesn't bother me at all. What bothers me, are the acts involved in homosexuality, and the idea being forced on us, that those acts are a human rights, morally ok, and we should all be accepting of it. I don't believe that gays should be discriminated against, but I also don't believe that homosexual activities should be accepted by society, and no, those two ideas are not mutually exclusive. It is...
  • CA Public School District Will Force All 1st Graders Curriculum That Normalizes Same-Sex Unions

    06/09/2009 9:02:33 AM PDT · by kellynla · 79 replies · 1,936+ views
    cnsnews.com ^ | June 09, 2009 | Adam Brickley
    The Alameda, Calif., public schools are adopting a curriculum that will require first graders to read literature that equates same-sex unions with a family made up of a mother, father and child. Parents will not be allowed to opt their first graders out of the curriculum. Members of the Alameda United School District (AUSD) school board voted 3 to 2 last week to implement the “Safe Schools” curriculum, which supporters say is aimed at stopping anti-homosexual bullying in schools. The program includes a between one and four lessons each year between grades 1 and 5 to introduce students to “LGBT”...
  • Ex-Archbishop Speaks About Catholic Church and Homosexuality [Weakland]

    05/15/2009 8:44:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies · 1,214+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 5/14/09 | Laurie Goodstein
    In spring 2002, as the scandal over sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests was escalating, the long career of Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland of Milwaukee, one of the church’s most venerable voices for change, went up in flames one May morning. On the ABC program “Good Morning America,” the archbishop watched a man he had fallen in love with 23 years earlier say in an interview that the Milwaukee archdiocese had paid him $450,000 years before to keep quiet about his affair with the archbishop — an affair the man was now calling date rape. The next day, the Vatican...
  • Openly Homosexual Phoenix Priest Who Endorsed "Naked Boys Singing" Movie Excommunicated

    05/07/2009 12:54:59 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 39 replies · 1,553+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/7/09 | Kathleen Gilbert
    PHOENIX, Arizona, May 7, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An openly homosexual Roman Catholic priest of the diocese of Phoenix, who once endorsed a pornographic film entitled "Naked Boys Singing" for a homosexualist paper, has been excommunicated by Bishop Thomas Olmsted.The excommunication of Fr. Chris Carpenter, who has long been publicly opposed to the Church's condemnation of active homosexuality, was issued last month but only made public on Monday.  After Bishop Olmsted repeatedly chastised him for his homosexual activism, Carpenter precipitated the excommunication by joining the "Reformed Catholic Church," an offshoot religious group that endorses homosexuality, homosexual priests, and women priests. While Carpenter...
  • D.C. Council Votes to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Performed in Other States

    05/05/2009 9:02:07 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 95 replies · 5,074+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 5., 2009 | Tim Craig
    Washington Post reporter Tim Craig relays that the D.C. Council has voted 13-0, without debate, to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Watch D.C. Wire for updates.
  • Young Evangelicals Break From Old on Gay Unions

    04/30/2009 10:32:47 AM PDT · by steve-b · 78 replies · 2,810+ views
    CQPolitics ^ | 4/25/09 | Ben Weyl
    Within just a few days this month, the push for gay marriage found a wave of fresh momentum. A unanimous state Supreme Court decision legalized the practice in Iowa. The state legislature overrode a gubernatorial veto and instituted the practice in Vermont. And Democratic Gov. David A. Paterson announced plans to push legislation that would open the door to the practice in New York. Beyond the political and legal arguments on the issue, however, are demographic shifts indicating that the controversy over same-sex unions may eventually fade altogether. Younger Americans are far more supportive of civil unions and gay marriage...
  • Miss California Sparks Furor With Gay Marriage Comments on Miss USA Telecast

    04/20/2009 8:18:07 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 137 replies · 5,574+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 20, 2009
    Miss North Carolina Kristen Dalton was crowned Miss USA on Sunday, but the big story to come out of the normally politics-free telecast was Miss California's comments regarding gay marriage. When asked by judge Perez Hilton, whether she believed in gay marriage, Miss California, Carrie Prejean, said "We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite. And you know what, I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised...
  • Proudly gay and proudly Catholic

    04/14/2009 8:51:10 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 75 replies · 1,751+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | Friday 10 April 2009 | Martin Pendergast
    Two days after the 1999 Soho pub bomb, monthly Masses were launched at a Catholic convent in London, welcoming lesbian and gay Catholics, their parents and families. Unable to find a central London Catholic church, after the convent's closure, LGBT Catholics found hospitality at Soho's Anglican parish church. Increasing numbers resulted in the Masses being held twice a month. While the Diocese of Westminster might have believed that the group would fade away, it recognised that real pastoral needs were being met, converts to Catholicism were being made, and a vibrant community could offer something to the local church. In...
  • Obama appoints open homosexual to faith-based office

    04/07/2009 1:05:39 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 65 replies · 2,048+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 4/7/2009 | Jim Brown and Jody Brown
    The head of a conservative activist group says President Obama's appointment of a leading homosexual activist to his faith-based council is an ominous sign that he may enforce a "pro-homosexuality orthodoxy" on religious groups receiving federal funds, which is itself a form of bigotry. Barack Obama has appointed outspoken homosexual activist Harry Knox to the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Knox, who is the director of the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Religion and Faith program, will serve a one-year term on the 25-member Council. Two years ago during an appearance on MSNBC, Knox argued that scientific...
  • Catholics Similar to Mainstream on Abortion, Stem Cells

    03/31/2009 1:21:25 PM PDT · by prismsinc · 61 replies · 1,471+ views
    Gallup ^ | 03-31-09 | Frank Newport
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Despite the Roman Catholic Church's official opposition to abortion and embryonic stem-cell research, a Gallup analysis finds almost no difference between rank-and-file American Catholics and American non-Catholics in terms of finding the two issues morally acceptable.
  • Denominations make doctrinal compromises..(More Apostasy hits the church!)

    02/24/2009 10:16:27 AM PST · by TaraP · 29 replies · 1,002+ views
    Two mainline denominations have announced decisions indicating a further move away from Bible-based Christianity. In Michigan, the new bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan is an ordained Zen Buddhist. Northern Michigan's Episcopal congregations and delegates overwhelmingly elected the Rev. Kevin Thew Forrester at their convention on Saturday. The diocesan website says Thew Forrester "has practiced Zen meditation for almost a decade," and the Buddhist community welcomed his commitment by granting him "lay ordination." The website also says Northern Michigan's new bishop "resonates deeply" with "his own interfaith dialogue with Buddhism and meditative practice." Meanwhile, Presbyterian Church (USA) representatives...
  • Firefighters forced to participate in ‘gay pride’ parade win lawsuit

    02/20/2009 10:43:36 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 1,432+ views
    CNA ^ | February 19, 2009
    San Diego, Calif., Feb 19, 2009 / 09:45 pm (CNA).- A California jury found on Tuesday that four firefighters, who were ordered by their superiors to participate in the city’s “gay pride” parade were sexually harassed, and awarded them monetary damages from the city. The case dates back to July 2007 when four San Diego firefighters were informed by their superiors that they would be participating in San Diego’s annual “Gay Pride” parade.  Though the four men protested, they were ordered to dress up in full uniform and ride on the fire engine along the parade route. During the...
  • St Mary's priest will take his flock with him

    01/13/2009 1:20:29 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies · 880+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 9th January 2009 | Trent Dalton
    MAVERICK priest Father Peter Kennedy says he will lead a breakaway congregation if Brisbane's catholic Archbishop forces him to leave St Mary's Church. There are fears that exclusion from the historic South Brisbane property will be the final act in a long-running dispute that has reached the Vatican. Is Father Kennedy right? Have your say. The dispute has attracted national and international attention because it represents the battle between conservative and less traditional forces within the Catholic Church. There are more Roman Catholics in Australia than any other religious group. Each week, St Mary's attracts large congregations while many more...
  • Homosexual New Hampshire Bishop Asked to Pray at Inaugural Event

    01/12/2009 12:43:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 41 replies · 1,400+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | January 12, 2009 | NA
    Associated Press Concord, N.H. (AP) - The first openly gay Episcopal bishop will offer a prayer at the Lincoln Memorial at an inaugural event for President-elect Barack Obama. The selection of New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson for Sunday's event follows weeks of criticism from gay-rights groups over Obama's decision to have the Rev. Rick Warren give the invocation at his Jan. 20 inauguration. Warren backed the ban on same-sex marriage that passed in his home state of California on the November ballot. Robinson said last month the choice of Warren was like a slap in the face. In an...
  • Vatican Nuncio to the Netherlands Called to Defend Church Teaching on Sexuality by Dutch Foreign ..

    01/12/2009 9:28:39 AM PST · by GonzoII · 18 replies · 783+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | AMSTERDAM, January 9, 2009 | By Hilary White
    Friday January 9, 2009 Vatican Nuncio to the Netherlands Called to Defend Church Teaching on Sexuality by Dutch Foreign Minister By Hilary White   AMSTERDAM, January 9, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Vatican envoy to the Netherlands has been called to a meeting to defend the Catholic teaching on sexuality and marriage by the Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister. At the request of homosexualist activist groups, Maxime Verhagen, a Christian Democrat, has demanded that the Papal Nuncio to the Netherlands, Monsignor François Bacqué, respond to accusations that the Church opposes “gay rights.”   Verhagen said, “The Netherlands is unpleasantly surprised by...
  • Bishop Gene Robinson gets inaugural role

    01/12/2009 7:44:55 AM PST · by Fractal Trader · 43 replies · 2,264+ views
    Boston.com ^ | 12 January 2009 | Michael Paulson
    Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, the only openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, has been asked to give the invocation at the first official inaugural activity, a welcome event with the president-elect on Sunday afternoon on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Robinson had been critical of president-elect Barack Obama for asking Rick Warren, the evangelical pastor who encouraged voters to overturn same-sex marriage in California, to deliver the invocation at the inauguration. Episcopal Cafe has an e-mail from Robinson: "I am writing to tell you that President-Elect Obama and the Inaugural Committee have invited me to...
  • Rorschach Exegesis: the Bible as Gay Manifesto (response to Newsweek's cover story)

    12/10/2008 10:36:20 AM PST · by NYer · 22 replies · 1,062+ views
    Off The Record ^ | December 10, 2008 | Diogenes
    The current Newsweek has an article by Lisa Miller pretending to take seriously the idea that the Bible looks favorably upon homosexual love and is properly used in support rather than rejection of same-sex marriage.  Here's the final paragraph. My friend the priest James Martin says his favorite Scripture relating to the question of homosexuality is Psalm 139, a song that praises the beauty and imperfection in all of us and that glorifies God’s knowledge of our most secret selves: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” And then he adds that in his heart he believes that...
  • Newsweek trashes the Bible in support of homosexual marriage

    12/08/2008 3:19:42 PM PST · by Rennes Templar · 35 replies · 3,817+ views
    email | Dec. 8, 2008 | Donald E.Wildmon AFA
    Donald E. Wildmon Founder and Chairman American Family Association December 8, 2008 Newsweek magazine has published a lengthy article (http://www.newsweek.com/id/172653) stating that the Bible supports homosexual marriage. The article was written by Lisa Miller, Newsweek religion editor. Miller's article is one of the most biased and distorted pieces concerning homosexual marriage ever published by any major news organization. The article is much too long for this e-mail. Dr. Albert Mohler has offered a response to the Newsweek article. I suggest you read Mohler’s article (http://www.albertmohler.com/blog_read.php?id=2881) and then read Miller's Newsweek article. Mohler made a significant point in his response: "The...
  • Jack Black, Jesus, and Prop 8

    12/05/2008 7:33:52 AM PST · by dbz77 · 21 replies · 1,264+ views
    TownHall ^ | December 4, 2008 | Frank Pastore
    This week, the creative minds behind “Hairspray,” composer Marc Shaiman and director Adam Shankman, opened their “Prop 8: The Musical” with an all-star studded cast that includes Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris and John C. Reilly at Sacramento Community College. You can watch it here. The point of the production is to shame the voting public for passing Proposition 8 a month ago, which simply defined marriage in California as between a man and a woman. The musical is clearly intended to spark more “public outrage.” No doubt, more protests, more storming of Mormon temples and Catholic churches and more...
  • New 'Bible': Heterosexuality is sin 'There are many different versions;

    12/03/2008 7:58:55 AM PST · by TaraP · 75 replies · 1,410+ views
    WND ^ | Dec 3rd, 2008
    A filmmaker who recently released an independent project about a formula that turns all heterosexuals into "gays" now has announced he's working on "The Princess Diana Bible" in which "God" ordains homosexuality as the better lifestyle. "There are many different versions of the Bible; I don't see why we can't have one," stated Max Mitchell in a statement on a website for his new project. The "gay Bible," produced by the New Mexico-based Revision Studios, states God instructs "it is better to be gay than straight." Mitchell said he developed the idea for the "Bible" from his new movie project,...
  • Christianists Ramp Up Obama Birth Certificate Attacks

    11/26/2008 9:36:13 AM PST · by pissant · 72 replies · 2,759+ views
    Joe.my.god ^ | Poofer
    The right-wing just won't let go of their "Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen" bit of nonsense. Today the Christiantist site World Net Daily is asking their readers to FedEx letters to the Supreme Court demanding they hold a hearing on the subject. They also want letters sent to Republican members of Congress saying, "Please hold congressional hearings to investigate whether Barack Obama meets the basic constitutional requirements for the highest office of the land." They are also demanding that the members of the Electoral College prove Obama's citizenship before their December 15th vote that will officially make him...
  • Christians and Gays Behaving Badly

    11/20/2008 11:07:17 AM PST · by AJKauf · 53 replies · 1,332+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 19, 2008 | Elizabeth Scalia
    There is a video making the rounds that shows an angry mob of California gays confronting and intimidating Christians over the passage of Proposition 8, which outlawed gay marriage in that state. Michelle Malkin has a narrative of the event that sounds worse than the tape, which already sounds pretty bad. Reportedly the Christians met once a week to pray and sing on the public corner. Whether they’re hoping to “straighten out” gays or simply trying to facilitate encounters with Christ is unclear, but their method is problematic; it’s not how Jesus would do it. In the wake of Proposition...
  • Same-Sex Couples Can Obtain Marriage Licenses Today

    11/12/2008 6:43:30 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 37 replies · 816+ views
    Connecticut begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples today, a historic milestone that gays and lesbians will celebrate and social conservatives will grieve.
  • Gay Choir Director Fired

    09/17/2008 10:11:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies · 655+ views
    CMR ^ | September 17, 2008 | matthew archbold
    According to TwinCities.com,After decades of honing his musical skills, Charles Philyaw landed his dream job in 2004 as the full-time director of music liturgy at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Verona. The church, with 1,643 adult members, was more than just a place to work for Philyaw. He and his partner, James Mulder-Philyaw, joined the parish and participated fully in the religious community. Then in June, it all collapsed. Philyaw said he was told by the parish priest, the Rev. Dave Timmerman, that he would no longer be retained because he was living an openly gay life. He was given...
  • Sister Paula the Transgendered Tele-Evangelist (Technicolor Projectile Barf Alert)

    08/06/2008 1:20:57 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 25 replies · 115+ views
    From the Sister Paula Website: Paula Nielsen is a true pioneer. She has lived as a transgendered woman since 1963, in the days when she had to carry around a letter from a prominent physician to avoid arrest. She worked as church secretary in the early years of Portland Metropolitan Community Church. She wrote for some of Portland’s first gay newspapers in the 1970’s. During the ‘80’s and much of the ‘90’s she had a regular nightclub act at the legendary Portland venue Darcelle XV. In 1987 Paula began broadcasting her public access cable show. She has since made appearances...
  • Canadian ministry fined over $23,000 for firing employee actively engaged in lesbian relationship.

    05/02/2008 8:41:17 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 6 replies · 105+ views
    Jeff Johnson - OneNewsNow ^ | 5/1/2008 12:00:00 PM | daniel hamilton
    The group requires all employees to sign a contract agreeing to abstain from all sexual immorality, including homosexuality. When Christian Horizons fired a female employee who became involved with another woman, she complained to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, which fined the ministry $23,000 and two years back pay.
  • Artist hit for refusal on beliefs

    02/24/2008 10:05:22 PM PST · by GratianGasparri · 21 replies · 132+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 25, 2008 | Pete Vere
    An evangelical Christian photographer was brought before the New Mexico Human Rights Commission after she declined for religious reasons to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony. When Elaine Huguenin of Albuquerque, N.M., declined in September 2006 an e-mail request from a lesbian couple to photograph their ceremony, one of the lesbians responded by lodging a human rights complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Division, the state agency charged with enforcing state anti-discrimination laws and sending cases to the commission to be adjudicated.
  • What Paul's rebuke of Peter should teach Jimmy

    02/20/2008 7:42:29 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies · 168+ views
    Florida Baptist Witness ^ | February 21, 2008 | JAMES A. SMITH SR.
    Former president Jimmy Carter convened a large assembly of moderate and liberal Baptists in Atlanta a few weeks ago, meeting under the banner of a "Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant," seeking unity for social action across racial and theological boundaries among 30 different Baptist denominations. Ironically, President Carter's appeal to the first century dispute between Paul and Peter as an example of why Christians today should seek unity in spite of theological differences is actually a vivid illustration of the theological danger ahead for this effort and why Southern Baptists cannot be involved. Conspicuously absent from the gathering was...
  • In defense of Catholic teaching on homosexuality

    02/12/2008 5:29:53 PM PST · by Zender500 · 46 replies · 180+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 02/11/2008 | PAT PHILLIPS
    In concluding her Jan. 30 column about homosexuality and the Catholic Church ("It's not a mortal sin to work for justice"), Mary Jean Smith writes: "The archbishop and others are wrong on this issue. I am not guilty of mortal sin. It is not a sin to love my daughter and work for justice on her behalf." Here is what Archbishop John Nienstedt actually said: "Those who actively encourage or promote homosexual acts or such activity within a homosexual lifestyle formally cooperate in a grave evil and, if they do so knowingly and willingly, are guilty of mortal sin," he...
  • Obama's Gay Gold Mine -- A new breed of power broker is staking out the White House.

    01/31/2008 12:02:13 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 4,053+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 5:58 pm | PATRICK RANGE MCDONALD
    Jeremy Bernard thinks he has been sucked into a time warp. Only five months ago, he was sitting shoulder to shoulder with U.S. Senator Barack Obama in the back of a black SUV, speeding through West Hollywood on Santa Monica Boulevard, talking about the fine points of gay and lesbian federal legislation. An hour later, the Democratic presidential candidate was hitting every detail they had discussed in the car, but this time on network television. For Bernard, it was mind-blowing. The key fund-raiser for the Obama campaign was seeing his issues dramatically migrate from a personal chat to the national...
  • UK Minister Says "Homophobic Abuse" Same as "Racist Abuse"

    07/10/2007 8:30:35 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 33 replies · 1,047+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | July 10, 2007 | Peter J. Smith
    LONDON, July 10, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - "Gay", "queer", and any other words or behaviours offensive to homosexuals must be stamped out among schoolchildren in the United Kingdom says the new Children's Minister. Children's Minister Kevin Brennan told the homosexual advocacy group Stonewall that the government will require teachers to treat "homophobic abuse" just the same as "racist abuse." Brennan promised new regulations this autumn that would require teachers to act on name-calling such as "gay" and "queer" or be guilty of colluding in "homophobia," even when the words are being used as synonyms for "lame" or "bad.""This is too often...
  • Defrocked pastor becomes unlikely hero { Schmeling }

    06/24/2007 9:08:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 456+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 6/23/7 | GREG BLUESTEIN, Associated Press Writer
    ATLANTA - The tattered cloth scraps started arriving at St. John's Lutheran Church shortly after the Rev. Bradley Schmeling took his stand against the church hierarchy, each with an embroidered or drawn message of support. "God is with you. Make fire in Atlanta," reads one of the hundreds of prayer cloths. "All love is holy," says another. Schmeling's refusal last year to resign after telling a church bishop he was in a gay relationship has earned him quite a following. More than 1,000 supporters joined an online prayer vigil to back Schmeling while a disciplinary committee was making its decision...
  • Obama's liberal church under the microscope

    06/21/2007 6:30:34 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 12 replies · 636+ views
    Presidential hopeful Barack Obama belongs to the United Church of Christ, one of the country's most racially diverse and liberal Protestant denominations -- the first to ordain an openly gay minister and to call for equal marriage rights for all people, regardless of gender. The UCC prides itself as being "out front" on social justice issues, battling civil rights, women's rights and gay rights ahead of the mainstream. One Sunday hymnal equally celebrates male and female images of God.
  • PC(USA) Rebuts Dissident Presbyterians on Controversial Issues

    06/19/2007 1:47:09 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 24 replies · 489+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | Jun. 17 2007 | Lillian Kwon
    Leading officials from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) say a report by a conservative group of Presbyterians "mischaracterizes" the denomination's positions on controversial matters. The PC(USA)’s stated clerk, the Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick, and its General Assembly Council executive director, Linda Valentine, addressed a letter to leaders within the denomination clarifying the church's stance on biblical authority, the singular saving Lordship of Jesus Christ, and the Trinity among other issues. The letter, dated June 12, and an attached document deals with a February strategy report released by the New Wineskins Association of Churches (NWAC) – a network of dissident Presbyterians in the...
  • Fort Lauderdale church faces furor for starting gay congregation in Jamaica

    05/30/2007 8:10:06 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies · 717+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | May 29, 2007 | Alva James-Johnson
    The Rev. Grant Lynn Ford appeared on a recent Caribbean radio program hoping to improve relations between Jamaicans in South Florida and the gay and lesbian community. Instead, the pastor from Sunshine Cathedral, which recently started a gay and lesbian congregation in Jamaica, endured a hostile radio audience. Jamaican callers chastised him for promoting homosexuality in their country. One caller said Ford would get a bullet through his head if he set foot on the island.
  • Mark Lewis, Dennis Winslow [gay priests wed each other]

    05/27/2007 12:28:25 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 61 replies · 1,503+ views
    The Rev. Mark Alan Lewis and the Rev. K. Dennis Winslow, Episcopal priests, were joined in civil union on Tuesday. The Rev. Tim S. Hall, also an Episcopal priest, officiated at the couple’s home in Union City, N.J., assisted by his wife, the Rev. Jacqueline Schmidt. Mr. Lewis (above, left), 47, is the vicar at the Episcopal Church of our Saviour in Secaucus, N.J. Mr. Winslow, 57, is the rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in New York. [snip] The couple met 15 years ago this week, shortly after Mr. Lewis moved to New Jersey. Mr. Lewis didn’t find the...
  • 'Redneck Riviera' home to large gay Memorial Day bash

    05/26/2007 7:00:50 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 58 replies · 3,517+ views
    orlandosentinel.com ^ | 05/26/07 | MELISSA NELSON
    PENSACOLA BEACH -- Souvenir shops that line this sugary white Panhandle beach display Confederate flag beach towels, window decals and T-shirts. Hooters and other bars fly POW-MIA, Marine and Navy flags and cater to the sailors and Marines from the nearby base. Vacationing Southern families usually fill the hotels and condominiums in this slice of paradise long nicknamed "The Redneck Riviera." But every Memorial Day they mostly stay away as this Florida Panhandle town becomes more like trendy Miami Beach -- 700 miles and a world away. Starting in the mid-1980s, gay men from New Orleans and other nearby cities...
  • The Sad Legacy Of Jerry Falwell (Bill Press)

    05/20/2007 6:59:44 PM PDT · by NotchJohnson · 101 replies · 2,616+ views
    Bill Press ^ | 05/17/07 | Bill Press
    The nation’s leading Christian conservative is dead. On CNN’s “Crossfire” and other shows, I debated Jerry Falwell many times. I’m still trying to recover from that fact that he once called me “his favorite liberal.” But I will say: He was a true gentleman, always tough, and always fair. Jerry Falwell was a true believer. It’s too bad his brand of Christianity was so narrow and so negative. As a Christian myself, listening to Falwell, I often wondered if he and I had read the same Scripture. Certainly the Gospel of Jerry Falwell was not the Gospel of Jesus Christ....
  • N.H. advances civil unions, Bishop Robinson says he wants one.

    04/28/2007 8:52:25 PM PDT · by freedomdefender · 26 replies · 946+ views
    Boston Globe - AP ^ | April 27, 2007 | Beverley Wang
    Concord, NH -- Shortly after a civil unions bill cleared its last hurdle Thursday, the state's best-known gay resident said he will use it. "Absolutely. My partner and I look forward to taking full advantage of the new law," Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson told The Associated Press. The Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Union of which it is part are still dealing with repercussions from Robinson's 2003 consecration as bishop of New Hampshire.