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  • Church supports apology to gays

    01/27/2007 7:29:03 PM PST · by Rb ver. 2.0 · 93 replies · 1,618+ views
    news-record. ^ | 1/27/07 | Nancy H. McLaughlin
    GREENSBORO — Episcopalians meeting in Greensboro this week gave strong preliminary support for a resolution apologizing to gays and lesbians for how they’ve been treated by Christians. The resolution, which is expected to go before the full Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina this morning, would also affirm homosexuals as "children of God who have a full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance and pastoral concern and care of the Church." A similar resolution was passed this past summer by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, which has been racked with division since the affirmation...
  • Victory on the Hill Within Reach for Gay Community

    11/28/2006 8:05:01 AM PST · by Sam_Damon · 48 replies · 1,846+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | 28 November 2006 | Josh Gerstein
    The defeat of same-sex marriage in referenda across the country earlier this month left some gays gloomy, but those high-profile fights may have obscured changes in Congress that have, for the first time, put the gay community within reach of victory on its legislative agenda. After languishing for 12 years, a bill to ban employment discrimination against homosexuals is likely to be passed by the House and Senate next year and sent on to President Bush, supporters and opponents of the legislation said yesterday.
  • Reading the Bible the gay-friendly way, A forum offers rare affirmation

    11/27/2006 9:17:55 PM PST · by Coleus · 67 replies · 1,506+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 11.26.06 | Will Kilburn
    In the battle over gay rights and same-sex marriage, those who oppose both often cite Biblical passages which, they believe, clearly state that homosexuality is wrong. Trying to rebut this view is a movement led by people who are both gay and Christian who say that the Bible is on their side. "Most people think that the attitude of gay Christians is, 'Who cares what the Bible says?' when in reality, we care deeply what the Bible says," said the Rev. Jeff Miner , pastor of the Jesus Metropolitan Community Church , a gay-friendly congregation in Indianapolis. He led a...
  • Toys For Tots Program Rejects Talking Jesus Doll

    11/14/2006 9:39:29 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 53 replies · 993+ views
    KCBS 2 ^ | 11.14.06 | AP
    A talking Jesus doll has been turned down by the Marine Reserves' Toys for Tots program. A suburban Los Angeles company offered to donate 4,000 of the foot-tall dolls, which quote Bible verses, for distribution to needy children this holiday season. The battery-powered Jesus is one of several dolls based on Biblical figures and manufactured by one-2-believe, a division of the Valencia-based Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company. The charity balked because of the dolls' religious nature. Vice President Bill Grein of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation says toys are donated to kids based on financial need and the...
  • Tip-toeing to Mary

    10/26/2006 10:54:09 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 1,387+ views
    mgardens ^ | September 2002 | Andrew, Amy and Anna DiMaggio
    Mar 27 2003 - Andrew, Amy and Anna DiMaggio We have heard from so many people world wide about the picture, we still can't believe it. The story about the picture goes like this, my wife took Anna outside to take some pictures of her in her new dress. As she began to take the pictures, the batteries in our digital camera died. They came in and Amy said that they could only get one picture because of the batteries. I told her that we have lots of batteries and replaced them for her while they went back outside....
  • The Truth About Mohammed... From the Book That CAIR Didn't Want to Be Sold!

    09/21/2006 8:24:09 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 73 replies · 3,965+ views
    1912 | Rev. J.L. Menezes
    His [Mohammed's] many and cruel executions, his craftiness in planning and allowing assassinations, his treachery, in his attacks on the unarmed during the sacred months, his insatiable hatred towards Jews and Christians, his raids and highway robberies, distinguish him among the most notorious brigands, and make him a tyrant of no mean degree. His unimaginable cruelty as well as the debauchery of his private life, go to show in him a very great degree of moral degeneracy and height of self-delusion, which are scarcely compatible with the practical wisdom of many of his actions. We find him, after his early...
  • J’lem gay parade called off due to war

    07/21/2006 5:16:55 PM PDT · by Tulsa Ramjet · 24 replies · 750+ views
    Ynet News ^ | 07.21.06, 23:25) | Ynet News
    Open House announces cancellation of parade, which was scheduled for August 10, but says other gay pride events will take place as planned. ‘We are determined to fight for our right to march in Jerusalem this year,’ organization’s director says The Open House Organization announced Friday that the World Pride parade, which was scheduled to take place on August 10 in Jerusalem, has been called off due to the war in Lebanon. However, the other gay pride events will take place as scheduled, the group said in a statement.
  • Stand up, no kneeling, parishioners told

    07/15/2006 3:25:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 86 replies · 1,215+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | July 15, 2006 | David Haldane
    At a small Catholic church south of Los Angeles, the pressing moral question comes to this: Does kneeling at the wrong time during worship make you a sinner?Kneeling ''is clearly rebellion, grave disobedience and mortal sin,'' Father Martin Tran, pastor at St. Mary's by the Sea, in Huntington Beach, Calif., told his flock in a recent church bulletin. The Diocese of Orange backs Tran's anti-kneeling edict.While told by the pastor and the archdiocese to stand during certain parts of the Sunday liturgy, a third of the congregation still kneels.`ACT OF ADORATION'''Kneeling is an act of adoration,'' said Judith M. Clark,...
  • Presbyterian church opens door to gay clergy

    06/20/2006 4:14:32 PM PDT · by RDTF · 72 replies · 1,929+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 20, 2006 | Verna Gates
    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - The largest U.S. Presbyterian Church body approved a measure on Tuesday that would open the way for the ordination of gays and lesbians under certain circumstances. The new policy was approved on a vote of 57-43 percent among 500 church representatives at the biennial meeting of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. It gives local church organizations more leeway in deciding if gays can be ordained as lay deacons and elders as well as clergy, provided they are faithful to the church's core values. "It permits local governing bodies to examine candidates on a wider criterion than sexual...
  • Danforth: Ban on gay marriage a silly idea

    04/30/2006 4:25:57 PM PDT · by DBeers · 153 replies · 3,824+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 30, 2006 | Associated Press
    Danforth: Ban on Gay Marriage a Silly Idea WASHINGTON — Former Sen. John Danforth says a conservative push to ban gay marriage through a constitutional amendment is silly, calling it the latest example of how the political influence of evangelical Christians is hurting the GOP. Danforth, a Missouri Republican and an Episcopal priest, made the comments in a speech Saturday night to the Log Cabin Republicans, which support gay rights. He said history has shown that attempts to regulate human behavior with constitutional amendments are misguided. "Once before, the Constitution was amended to try to deal with matters of human...
  • The True Idolatry of Muslim Extremism

    02/25/2006 5:00:43 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies · 713+ views
    Renew America ^ | 02.23.06 | Sam Bridges
    Over the past few weeks, rioting in Europe and the Middle East has been spawned by cartoons depicting Muhammad in an unpleasant, though possibly accurate, manner. Muslim extremists are outraged by this so-called blasphemous "idolatry" of others through caricatures, even though versions of the cartoons were published in Islamic media as well as those that appeared in the Danish press and in other European newspapers. A few questions immediately come to mind, however. If non-Muslims are "infidels," how can these extremists expect the rest of the world to act as if we were Muslim? How can the non-Muslim world be...
  • Couple Claims Jesus Appeared On Pancake

    02/09/2006 1:48:50 PM PST · by fanfan · 113 replies · 1,279+ views
    Local 6.com ^ | February 9, 2006 | local 6 news
    A couple in Ohio claims the image Jesus appeared to them after he whipped up a weekend breakfast of pancakes, according to a Local 6 News report. Mike Thompson said he was making flapjacks for his family over the weekend when an image caught his eye. Upon closer inspection, Thompson noticed what appeared to be the face of Jesus. He showed his wife, who agreed the image appeared to be Jesus. Thompson said he believes the image is a sign from above. The couple is selling the pancake on eBay with an opening bid of $500. Watch Local 6 News...
  • Morality on the Brain

    01/27/2006 11:38:32 AM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies · 1,035+ views
    Reason ^ | January 27, 2006 | Ronald Bailey
    Cerebral scans for right and wrong "Can you name a scientific discovery that has ever added to our understanding of morality?" asked Discovery Institute senior fellow, Wesley Smith, over dinner after our recent debate with science reporter Chris Mooney in New York City. Fortunately, I could. Anyone who has ever taken an undergraduate course in moral philosophy will remember the moral dilemma posed in the "trolley problem": You are standing next to a switch in a trolley track and you notice that a runaway trolley is about to hit a group of five people who are unaware of their danger....
  • VILE “SOUTH PARK” EPISODE PULLED (Catholic League Pres. responds)

    12/30/2005 11:40:04 AM PST · by NYer · 369 replies · 3,837+ views
    Catholic League ^ | December 30, 2005 | Bill Donohue
    “Several news stories today are reporting on the decision by Comedy Central to pull a scheduled rerun of the ‘Bloody Mary’ episode that was  shown on ‘South Park’ on December 7-10.  The decision reflects what I asked for in our news release of December 8.  Therefore, I commend Comedy Central for finally making the right decision.  That it aired in the first place, however, does not speak well for the bigots responsible for creating it.   “In our December 8 news release, I also said, ‘Remember, they chose to insult Our Blessed Mother on the eve of the Immaculate Conception, and...
  • Churchman: Right jolly old elf promotes ‘idol worship’

    12/26/2005 8:14:44 AM PST · by Conservatrix · 63 replies · 1,725+ views
    Lebanon Daily News (Pa) ^ | 12/23/05 | Rory Schuler
    BETHEL — While controversy swirls over a substitute teacher who told first-graders that Santa Claus doesn’t exist, a local dairy farmer and church deacon has put the same message in a very public place. By erecting a sign along the eastbound side of I-78, between the Bethel and Grimes exits, Leonard H. Martin has taken it upon himself to shatter the myth of Santa Claus for any youngster able to read the message from the back seat of a car as their parents drive by. It marks the second consecutive year that Martin has posted what he termed a spiritual...
  • Snoop Dogg laments Williams' execution

    12/21/2005 3:30:08 AM PST · by beaversmom · 66 replies · 1,788+ views
    Seven News ^ | December 21, 2005 | Peter Prengaman
    US celebrities and rights activists have lamented the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams at his funeral. Hundreds of mourners came to the violence-wracked area of Los Angeles where Williams founded the murderous Crips gang three decades ago. Under heavy police presence, a long line of people entered the 1,500-seat Bethel AME Church. Vendors sold T-shirts with Williams' picture, and a large TV set up in the parking lot allowed the overflow crowd to watch the service. Williams was executed on December 13 despite clemency pleas from celebrities and others who said he had rededicated his life to peace. "It's nine-fifteen...
  • Crying Madonna

    12/17/2005 11:59:24 AM PST · by jb6 · 20 replies · 1,702+ views
    AP Photo | 11/28/05
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Red stains are seen running from the left eye of a statue of the Virgin Mary at the Vietnamese Catholic Martyrs Church in Sacramento, Calif. According to Anthony Nguyen, a deacon at the Church, the stains first appeared more than a week ago, but they were wiped away. The stains reappeared a week later. Visitors have been flocking to the church to see what many call "a miracle." (11/28/05 AP photo)
  • Gays defending faith and selves [Openly gay Diocese of Cleveland employee set to join Marianists]

    05/14/2002 9:34:39 PM PDT · by Diago · 106 replies · 1,735+ views
    Akron Beacon Journal ^ | May 13, 2002 | Jim Carney
    Posted on Mon, May. 13, 2002 Homosexuals fear `witch hunt' in backlash of abuse scandal rocking Catholic ChurchGays defending faith and selvesSome say they've been `sacrificed' over sexual orientationBy Jim CarneyBeacon Journal staff writer A cloak of fear hangs over a part of the body of the Roman Catholic Church.``They are on a witch hunt,'' said a gay priest who says Mass for a group of gay Catholics called Dignity meeting at a Congregational Church in downtown Columbus two Sunday evenings a month.He has been a priest for 20 years. But he refuses to give his name over the...
  • Church's statue of Mary appears to cry blood

    11/28/2005 9:03:31 AM PST · by laney · 163 replies · 3,174+ views
    Religion News ^ | Nov 28th, 2005 | Juliet Williams
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Carrying rosary beads and cameras, the faithful have been coming in a steady stream to a church on the outskirts of Sacramento for a glimpse of what some are calling a miracle: A statue of the Virgin Mary they say has begun crying a substance that looks like blood. It was first noticed more than a week ago, when a priest at the Vietnamese Catholic Martyrs Church spotted a stain on the statue's face and wiped it away. Before mass on Nov. 20, people again noticed a reddish substance near the eyes of the white concrete statue...
  • (Vanity) Seen or heard news on a Virgin Mary statue in Califorina crying tears of blood?

    11/25/2005 5:48:28 PM PST · by Rosary · 339 replies · 5,007+ views
    What's the story on this anyone have a link on this?
  • Court clears school of pushing religion with lesson on Islam

    11/19/2005 8:57:21 PM PST · by freespirited · 32 replies · 814+ views
    San Francisco Chroncile ^ | 11/18/05 | Bob Egelko
    A Contra Costa County school was educating seventh-graders about Islam, not indoctrinating them, in role-playing sessions in which students used Muslim names and recited language from prayers, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a lawsuit by two Christian students and their parents, who accused the Byron Union School District of unconstitutionally endorsing a religious practice. "The Islam program activities were not overt religious exercises that raise Establishment Clause concerns,'' the three-judge panel said, referring to the First Amendment ban on government sanctioning a religion. During the history course at Excelsior School in...
  • Gays push to recast marriage on morals

    11/12/2005 4:07:04 PM PST · by dvan · 51 replies · 1,198+ views
    Reuters ^ | Reuters | Duncan Martell
    By 1 hour, 10 minutes ago OAKLAND, California (Reuters) - As U.S. gays and lesbians prepare to battle a raft of state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage that will likely be on the ballot next fall, activists are recasting the issue as one that needs to be fought on moral rather than political grounds. That is the message Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the oldest and leading U.S. grass-roots gay and lesbian coalition, has taken to more than 2,500 gay rights organizers at its annual conference held in Oakland this week. "What I...
  • Episcopal group plots takeover

    10/23/2005 10:36:47 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 67 replies · 1,832+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 10/23/5 | Tony LaRussa
    An Episcopal group has a doomsday plan that calls for ousting conservative bishops and seizing church property if they attempt to break from the denomination over its increasingly liberal position on homosexuality. The so-called "Day After" plan could kick in as early as June, when the Episcopal Church USA holds its General Convention in Columbus, Ohio, according to minutes from a closed steering committee meeting of the group Via Media. Joan Gunderson of Aspinwall, who served as recording secretary for committee meeting in late September, said nothing from the strategy session has been approved by the group's leadership. "The minutes...
  • Communists will hold mass protests if Lenin is buried - Zyuganov

    10/23/2005 9:20:27 PM PDT · by jb6 · 23 replies · 518+ views
    Interfax ^ | 05 October 2005
    Moscow, October 5, Interfax - The russian communists will organize mass protests if authorities go ahead with a decision to bury Lenin and tear down the Mausoleum near the Kremlin wall. "We will hold actions of civic disobedience and will not let such things happen," Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov said at a press conference. Zyuganov said that the communists are holding a referendum on the issue and have already gathered 4,5 Mln signatures. Zyuganov said that 26 public organizations back the Communists'' statement against any eventual burial of Lenin''s body. "We have enough wisdom and will to defend our history...
  • Church's Anti-Halloween Flier Upsets Family

    10/20/2005 11:09:48 AM PDT · by Millee · 441 replies · 6,683+ views
    IBS ^ | October 20, 2005 | Staff
    An Ellettsville family whose home is decorated for Halloween contacted police after someone placed on its porch a flier that suggests Halloween praises the devil. Dalene Gully told Indianapolis television station WRTV that she took offense to the flier, which was placed outside her home by the House of Prayer Church of Bloomington. "I started reading it, and I was very, very upset by it. I found it very accusatory and very threatening," Gully said. The church's pastor, Larry Mitchell, said the people who left the flier would have preferred to talk with Gully, but she wasn't there. Mitchell said...
  • The Abortion Debate No One Wants to Have

    10/18/2005 3:12:23 AM PDT · by Quaker · 154 replies · 2,696+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/18/2005 | Patricia E. Bauer
    ... Whenever I am out with Margaret, I'm conscious that she represents a group whose ranks are shrinking because of the wide availability of prenatal testing and abortion. I don't know how many pregnancies are terminated because of prenatal diagnoses of Down syndrome, but some studies estimate 80 to 90 percent. Imagine. As Margaret bounces through life, especially out here in the land of the perfect body, I see the way people look at her: curious, surprised, sometimes wary, occasionally disapproving or alarmed. I know that most women of childbearing age that we may encounter have judged her and her...
  • Time Magazine, School Event Expose Massive Cultural Campaign to Promote Homosexuality to Kids

    10/09/2005 10:45:43 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 147 replies · 3,957+ views
    Concerned Women for America ^ | October 7, 2005 | Robert Knight and Benjamin Frichtl
    A TIME magazine cover story and a recent pro-homosexual school event should leave no doubt that homosexual activists are recruiting kids into homosexual sex and a “gay” identity, using “tolerance” as a ruse. The TIME October 10 piece, “The Battle Over Gay Teens,” which includes not a single reference to the extremely dangerous medical consequences of homosexual behavior, especially for boys, includes these details: • A cocktail party in Manhattan with billionaire liquor magnate Edgar Bronfman, Sr. and Clinton political strategist David Mixner was held in May to raise money for the Point Foundation, a scholarship program to turn “gay”...
  • Wicca, the pagan temptation for youth increases followers

    09/21/2005 5:32:58 PM PDT · by Coleus · 116 replies · 2,901+ views
    Florida Baptist Witness ^ | 09.08.05 | ALAN BRANCH
    Wicca, the pagan temptation for youth increases followers By ALAN BRANCH Baptist Press Published September 8, 2005 I recently had the opportunity to meet with several youth ministers from Southern Baptist churches here in Missouri. Each impressed me as having a deep commitment to biblical authority and personal passion for Jesus Christ. As we discussed the challenges facing current youth ministers, a concern all shared was the fact that many youth, including youth in evangelical churches, are dabbling in Wicca. So, what is Wicca? The word “wicca” was an old English word which meant “shaman.” The word was reintroduced into...
  • NYT: Observance in NYC (No, not 9/11: A Wiccans Fest)

    09/21/2005 5:40:01 AM PDT · by OESY · 38 replies · 657+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 21, 2005 | JAMES ESTRIN
    Wiccans encircle an altar of fruit and bread as day turns to night in Central Park. The lush strains of a nearby performance of Puccini's "Turandot" blend with the prayers of an ancient Celtic harvest festival. Wicca is a modern reconstruction of the pre-Christian nature-based religions of Europe. "There is an exquisite, ecstatic sense of the sacred," said Phyllis Curott, lawyer, author and the priestess of the Temple of Ara. "You literally feel your heart open. Being in the circle is like being in the womb of the great Goddess."
  • Pagans Plan Pride Day To Ease Misgivings

    08/19/2005 2:42:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 83 replies · 2,309+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | August 19, 2005 | CHRISTIAN M. WADE cwade@tampatrib.com
    NEW PORT RICHEY - Pagans are coming out of the closet. After years of being labeled as devil worshippers who sacrifice animals under a full moon, the modern-day followers of ancient beliefs want to be part of the community. In Pasco County, they're planning the first Pagan Pride Day in a popular city park. ``People think paganism is evil,'' said Robert Crom, regional coordinator for Pasco Pagans. ``Some people, especially among mainstream religions, feel threatened by us.'' Crom, 25, said he wants to clear up public misconceptions about pagan religions. The group, formed a couple of years ago by transplants...
  • Pastor denies membership to homosexual, placed on leave

    07/30/2005 12:27:38 PM PDT · by BRUMama · 66 replies · 1,493+ views
    United Methodist Church News ^ | July 26, 2005 | Linda Green
    A United Methodist pastor in Virginia has been placed on "involuntary leave of absence" for refusing to allow a homosexual to become a member of his congregation. The Rev. Edward Johnson was placed on a yearlong involuntary leave of absence, effective July 1, by action of the clergy of the denomination's Virginia Annual (regional) Conference on June 13. He will receive medical benefits but no salary. The clergyman, pastor of South Hill (Va.) United Methodist Church for six years, could be reinstated as a United Methodist pastor in good standing if he fulfills recommendations from the conference's board of ordained...
  • Harry Potter and the Lavender Brigade

    07/23/2005 6:56:25 AM PDT · by ppaul · 452 replies · 9,582+ views
    VisionForum ^ | 7/23/05 | Douglas Phillips
    As well as being extraordinarily popular, the [Harry Potter] books have encouraged millions of children to start reading for the first time.... For those who have a problem with the idea of fantasy and alternative universes alongside ours, we need to recognize that almost all children play imaginative games in their minds starting at a very young age and have no difficulty whatsoever in distinguishing between fantasy and reality.... Additionally, the Harry Potter books send a strong message about moral order. There are beautiful and enjoyable human relationships among the characters, and there is a depth of commitment and service...
  • The Episcopal Church Self-Destructs over Homosexuality

    07/15/2005 8:04:10 AM PDT · by Dane · 145 replies · 3,547+ views
    VirtueonLine ^ | 7/15/05 | Allan Dobras
    The Episcopal Church Self-Destructs over Homosexuality Episcopalians Defend the Consecration of a "Gay" Bishop By Allan Dobras The Episcopal Church has been flirting with a disastrous schism for the last thirty-five years, and now a formal breakup seems inevitable following an unapologetic June 17–22, 2005, appearance before the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) in Nottingham, England. The purpose of the meeting was to hear the church's defense of its consecration of "gay" Bishop V. Gene Robinson. Over the years, the denomination continued to hang together as it blundered through several divisive issues while causing its rolls to plummet by about 1.3...
  • California to Push Same-Sex Marriage Again

    07/11/2005 4:41:32 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies · 520+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/11/05 | Carl Limbacher
    Using an end run around a previous vote against a bill authorizing same-sex marriage, a California legislator is seeking to revive the issue believed dead for this session in a parliamentary maneuver known as "gut-and-amend." The original bill, AB19, authored by San Francisco Assemblyman Mark Leno, fell four votes short in the Assembly last month because seven of his Democrat colleagues failed to vote on the measure when the roll was called, a practice known as "taking a walk," according to an editorial in today's San Francisco Chronicle. Unable to reintroduce his original bill, Leno deleted the language of a...
  • Protestant Church Endorses Gay Marriage

    07/04/2005 3:34:46 PM PDT · by Zender500 · 49 replies · 1,341+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 04, 2005
    The United Church of Christ's rule-making body voted overwhelmingly Monday to approve a resolution that endorses same-sex marriage (search), making it the largest Christian denomination to do so. The vote is not binding on individual churches, but could cause some churches to leave the fold. Roughly 80 percent of the members of the church's General Synod voted to approve the resolution. They debated for about an hour before voting. On Sunday, a committee of about 50 United Church of Christ (search) representatives gave nearly unanimous approval to the resolution, recommending that the General Synod approve it. It was supported by...
  • A church's struggle over gay marriage

    06/30/2005 5:00:39 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 38 replies · 825+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 01, 2005 | Jane Lapman
    The United Church of Christ - famous for setting precedent - considers backing same-sex marriage at its national synod. As a federal constitutional amendment on marriage garners growing public support, one American Protestant church could soon go against the grain. During its national synod, which begins Friday in Atlanta, the United Church of Christ (UCC) will debate three marriage resolutions - one backing "full marriage equality" for same-sex couples, one defining marriage as between a man and a woman, and a third proposing further study of the issue. No one is predicting the outcome, but the UCC - a union...
  • CATHOLIC PRIESTS PERFORM COMMITTMENT CEREMONIES FOR HOMOSEXUALS

    06/27/2005 3:24:15 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 83 replies · 1,845+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 26,2005 | NYTimes
    Rodney Harder and Tony Gray Rodney D. Harder and Ray B. Gray Jr., artists and art teachers in New York, celebrated their partnership yesterday. The Rev. David A. Murphy, a priest of the American Catholic Church in the United States, led the ceremony at the couple's home in Cooks Falls, N.Y. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/26/fashion/weddings/26hard.html http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/26/fashion/weddings/26DAWS.html?pagewanted=all John Daws and Lance Erickson John Thomas Daws, the son of Fay Tomlinson Daws of Dillon, S.C., and the late John T. Daws, is to celebrate his partnership today with Lance Michael Erickson, the son of Joan Tracey Erickson and Granville Erickson of Brooklyn Heights. The Rev....
  • National Council of Churches(NCC: Celebrate July 4th by Slamming the War, Caving to the Jihadists

    06/26/2005 7:28:40 PM PDT · by ChallengetheChristianLeft · 26 replies · 1,160+ views
    The National Council of Churches USA ^ | For Release on July 4, 2005 | Governing Board of the NCC
    National Council of Churches(NCC): Celebrate July 4th by Slamming the War, Calling for Withdrawal, Caving to the Jihadists From the NCC website: The Governing Board of the National Council of Churches USA invites you to join them in this call to pursue peace and justice in Iraq. A Call to Speak Out. July 4, 2005 This year our nation is at war as we observe the 4th of July, a day that honors those founders who spoke out for independence from tyranny. Today in Iraq a cruel dictator has been deposed, yet the suffering of the Iraqi people continues. Mandated...
  • American Churches Shown Door as Gay Row Deepens

    06/26/2005 6:51:40 PM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 31 replies · 1,253+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | June 23, 2005 | Ruth Gledhill
    THE Anglican Church moved closer to schism yesterday when members of its central administrative council formally asked the Churches of Canada and the US to go. Unconvinced by the justifications offered by both Churches on Tuesday for their actions in ordaining an openly homo- sexual bishop and authorising same-sex blessings, members of the Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Nottingham asked them to leave the council and its central finance and standing committees. Although the motion invites the Churches to withdraw voluntarily, it amounts in effect to a punishing expulsion. The debate was held behind closed doors at Nottingham Univers-ity yesterday,...
  • Gay voters rally against Texas marriage amendment

    06/25/2005 1:23:26 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 45 replies · 847+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 6/25/05 | Kristen Mack
    Bruce Smith and and Tony Carroll have been together for 10 years. They've been married for two. "We were as married as people could be," Carroll said, so they didn't expect their relationship to change once they tied the knot in Canada. "But it did feel different having the validation of a whole country." In November, Texas voters will be asked to validate the opposite idea as they consider a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage. Smith and Carroll plan to be active in the campaign against the amendment. And Houston is emerging as a focal point for both sides. Carroll...
  • Scientology's Nut Job Founder

    06/24/2005 11:39:38 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 157 replies · 4,952+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | June 24, 2005
    Scientology's Nut Job Founder Cruise a kook? Check out these gems from L. Ron's FBI file JUNE 24--As Tom Cruise and his Scientology cohorts show Katie Holmes the religion's ropes, they surely won't be spending any time focusing on L. Ron Hubbard's wonderfully entertaining FBI file. Which, of course, is TSG's job. This Hubbard guy, the bureau documents reveal, was quite a raving lunatic (who could have imagined?). When he wasn't diming out a supposed Nazi, beefing about his wife, or complaining about being harassed by Cuban commies, Hubbard wrote to the FBI about a bizarre home invasion. Hubbard,...
  • S.F. sex conference tackles reigning 'moral panic': marriage (Barf Alert!)

    06/24/2005 7:47:21 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 29 replies · 633+ views
    The Oakland Tribune ^ | 6/22/05 | Rebecca Vesely
    SAN FRANCISCO — Gay marriage, runaway brides, abortion, sex education and AIDS all have one thing in common, say sexuality researchers. They're examples of ''moral panics" — a topic that's the focus of an international sexuality conference being held this week at San Francisco State University. "Moral panics are a kind of sexual scapegoating," said Gilbert Herdt, director of the National Sexuality Resource Center at San Francisco State. "They're collective eruptions of deeply felt emotions such as fear, rage, disgust, loathing, shame." In the 1980s, homosexuals and hemophiliacs were made into scapegoats for spreading the AIDS virus. Earlier this century,...
  • CABLE NETWORKS TO OFFER HOMOSEXUAL PROGRAMS 24/7

    06/21/2005 8:46:10 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 103 replies · 1,408+ views
    By AFA Journal ^ | By AFA Journal
    Three major cable providers are buying into the launch of two new homosexual cable networks that will air homosexual programming around the clock for the first time in U.S. television history. In April, Comcast and Cox Communications agreed to offer the homosexual network "Here," put out by Regent Entertainment through their video-on-demand offerings. Viacom will offer its own advertiser-supported homosexual network, "LOGO," as a basic cable channel starting on June 30. "I don't think most parents want their children flipping channels on their way to the Cartoon Network and running across a scene of two men kissing in bed on...
  • Calif gay marriage bill to be revived

    06/20/2005 7:52:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 358+ views
    AP ^ | 6/20/5 | LISA LEFF
    San Francisco -- Less than three weeks after a bill to legalize same-sex marriage died in the California Assembly, a Democratic lawmaker said Monday that he plans to revive the measure this session by attaching it to legislation already pending in the state Senate. Assemblyman Mark Leno, one of six openly gay members of the Legislature, said he has decided to employ a legislative maneuver known as "gut and amend" to resurrect the bill that on June 2 fell four votes shy of gaining the simple majority it needed to pass the 80-member house. "My hope is that we will...
  • Gay advocates fight churches' charity status (Canada's culture war)

    06/12/2005 2:41:46 PM PDT · by GMMAC · 25 replies · 969+ views
    Ottawa Citizen - Canada ^ | Sunday, June 12, 2005 | Alex Hutchinson
    Gay advocates fight churches' charity status Institutions fear losing tax breaks if they oppose same-sex unions; Rightly so, gay-rights group says Alex Hutchinson The Ottawa Citizen Sunday, June 12, 2005 Churches that oppose same-sex marriage legislation have good reason to fear for their charitable status, a leading gay-rights advocate is warning. "If you are at the public trough, if you are collecting taxpayers' money, you should be following taxpayers' laws. And that means adhering to the Charter," says Kevin Bourassa, who in 2001 married Joe Varnell in one of Canada's first gay weddings, and is behind www.equalmarriage.ca. "We have...
  • Gay parade today in Mormon city

    06/12/2005 9:28:57 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 49 replies · 1,578+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | June 12, 2005 | AP Wire
    SALT LAKE CITY -- David Johnson stopped believing in the Mormon church about three years ago, when he came out of the closet. At 24, he is ignoring strict principles of a church that teaches that homosexuality is a serious sin by living the life of a gay man. But he chooses to live here, in the capital of one of the nation's most conservative states, which is shadowed by the worldwide headquarters of a church that suffuses nearly every aspect of life in Utah. The Mormon church, one of the world's fastest growing faiths with about 12 million members...
  • Comcast "Proudly Supports" Fresno Gay Pride Parade? (FREEP!)

    06/11/2005 11:10:14 PM PDT · by panther33 · 38 replies · 1,699+ views
    I recently saw this on TV: a commercial for a Fresno "Gay Pride" parade. Get this: after encouraging everybody to come out and showing videos of "Gay Pride" demonstrators and featuring more rainbow colors than a hippie music video, the commercial finishes with the statement, "Comcast proudly supports Fresno's Gay Pride Parade..." What? How far have we come as a society, if a company as reputable as Comcast openly endorses homosexual "pride" gatherings, especially in such a conservative area as this, without any fear of reprisal? And they aren't going to get bad press for this, they aren't going to...
  • Hiltons at gay pride parade

    06/11/2005 2:46:06 PM PDT · by missyme · 14 replies · 492+ views
    CNN ^ | June 11th, 2005
    WEST HOLLYWOOD, California (AP) -- Paris Hilton and her mother, Kathy, will be grand marshals for the annual gay pride parade, one of the city's biggest celebrations. They will greet tens of thousands of people expected Sunday at the Los Angeles Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual & Transgender Pride Parade. Paris Hilton, the 24-year-old star of television's "The Simple Life" reality show, provoked controversy recently by appearing scantily clad in a Carl's Jr. burger commercial. The hotel heiress is engaged to Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis, a grandson of John Latsis, the last of Greece's shipping billionaires from the postwar boom years,...
  • Clashes as gay paraders defy ban by Warsaw mayor

    06/11/2005 1:12:26 PM PDT · by lizol · 67 replies · 2,155+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | June 11, 2005
    Clashes as gay paraders defy ban by Warsaw mayor 2 hours. WARSAW (AFP) - A march by more than 2,000 homosexuals through the Polish capital in defiance of a ban by the mayor degenerated into violence as marchers clashed with right-wing extremists. The clashes, in which at least three people were injured including a policeman and about 10 arrested, occured towards the end of the gay parade through Warsaw, for which police were out in force, an AFP correspondent at the scene said. Warsaw's right-wing Mayor Lech Kaczynski had banned the parade on Friday, on the grounds that the application...
  • Church Wades Deeper into Gay Politics (WI, Op/Ed)

    06/11/2005 5:37:53 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 112 replies · 1,584+ views
    Madison.com ^ | June 10, 205 | Bill Wineke
    The question of how to treat gay and lesbian people seems about to start causing even more division between church people. The Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will recommend to the Churchwide Assembly that the ELCA permit gays and lesbians in committed relationships to be ordained. The General Synod of the United Church of Christ will debate competing resolutions at its national meeting in July. One would endorse the concept of same-sex marriage; the other would have the church affirm that marriage should be only between a man and a woman. What these resolutions, plus...