1477 posts categorized "Religion"

April 28, 2016

Tennessee governor signs "religious freedom" bill enabling counselors to decline to treat LGBT patients

April 27, 2016

White House: LGBT editor's murder in Bangladesh 'a heinous crime'

April 24, 2016

WATCH: Michelle Obama Denounces New Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom’ Law

Secrets of a gay Jehovah’s Witness: how I escaped the religion and rebuilt my life

April 23, 2016

Westboro's protest of a school's gender-neutral restroom turns violent

Virginia Senate fails to override religious freedom bill veto

Good for Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

April 19, 2016

Israeli court convicts #JerusalemPride attacker of murder

April 15, 2016

Tennessee governor vetoes bill making Bible the official state book

Aside from the First Amendment principle of church-state separation, it escapes me why some people think it serves their faith to get the government involved. But it's not really about faith. It's about dominance and control, for which religion is a marker.

April 14, 2016

LGBT Jewish group holds D.C. events

Our late friend and colleague Barrett Brick led the World Congress for six years a quarter century ago. Glad to see them in town.

April 08, 2016

Inside Pope Francis’ statement on the family

Our friend Peter Tatchell writes from London:

Pope Francis has failed LGBT people
Gentler words do not assuage Vatican opposition to gay equality

"The Pope promised reform but has reconfirmed traditional Catholic doctrine on same-sex relationships. He has ignored submissions and appeals by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics. Gentler words do not assuage Vatican opposition to gay equality. Joy of Love offers a change of tone, not of substance,” said LGBT and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.

Continue reading "Inside Pope Francis’ statement on the family" »

April 07, 2016

Tony Perkins: Stop Mocking Our PayPal Button

France abandons plan to have a gay diplomat in Vatican City

The Vatican's behavior in this matter has been despicable, but sadly not surprising.

March 30, 2016

Republican Senate candidate with lesbian daughter continues to oppose same-sex marriage

He opposes our marriage rights, but somehow we're the intolerant ones. And America's Founders were intolerant of King George.

March 29, 2016

Louisiana governor to rescind Jindal's anti-gay 'religious freedom' order

Thank you, Governor.

Capitol Shooter Shouted 'I'm a Prophet of God' Inside the US House Last Year

Your week in cray.

Georgia Governor Vetoes Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Bill

March 24, 2016

NYC mayor and police commissioner slam Cruz over anti-Muslim demagoguery

Bravo to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for their comments excoriating Ted Cruz over his hateful and utterly counterproductive demagoguery.

March 23, 2016

Kansas Governor Signs Anti-Gay 'Religious Liberty' Bill Into Law

Civil rights leaders condemn ‘religious freedom’ bills

March 19, 2016

NFL Warns Georgia: Anti-Gay Bill Could Mean No Super Bowl

March 18, 2016

Kansas bill for 'religious freedom' in schools against LGBT students reaches governor

The battle over religious supremacy laws continues. And that's what they are. Religious freedom does not include the right to impose your faith dictates on others in unrelated commerce.

Malaysia's religious police clamping down on LGBTI Muslims sparks off online debate

March 17, 2016

Cardinal who said gay marriage would cause incest accused of covering up pedophilia

Another hypocritical anti-gay prelate. Sigh.

March 09, 2016

Catholic cardinal is upset that Georgetown student group invited Cecile Richards

Multiple choice. Who wrote this: "For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it."

A. Cardinal Donald Wuerl on Georgetown University
B. The Founder of Trump University
C. Thomas Jefferson on the University of Virginia
D. The host of Romper Room

February 24, 2016

Pastor is Sleeping Outside in the Cold to Represent His Church Excluding LGBT People

The Daily Show Talks To Bankrupt 'Starbucks Semen' Pastor, And The LGBT Group Bidding For His Church

Just watch.

February 17, 2016

Va. House approves 'Kim Davis' religious freedom bill

Freedom only for people who agree with her. Freedom to deny equal protection of the law to people she doesn't like. Nothing could be more blatantly unconstitutional.

February 15, 2016

Heads Of The Catholic And Russian Orthodox Churches Use Historic Meeting To Bash Gays

What a shocker.

February 12, 2016

Catholic Bishops Not Obliged to Report Clerical Child Abuse, Vatican Says

February 09, 2016

LGBTIs and Christian hate: Welby and the Anglican Church need to pick a side

I couldn't agree more. There is a de facto schism in the Anglican Communion. Pandering to bigots will not and cannot help matters. If Welby is going to pretend otherwise, he should step down.

February 04, 2016

President Obama Speaks at National Prayer Breakfast

The President Speaks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore

President Obama was right to speak at an American mosque, as Jeb Bush agreed.

January 31, 2016

Bolivian Feminists Revolt Against Christianity

(Hat tip: Craig Howell)

January 30, 2016

Since Mormon church enacted anti-gay policy, 32 young LGBTI people have killed themselves

January 29, 2016

Former Australia PM to anti-gay group: Marriage must be kept 'undamaged'

Oh, so he's opposed to adultery and divorce? Nah, he's just against us. Phooey.

January 27, 2016

'An Eye For An Eye': Trump Shows How He Would Govern – Goes Old Testament On Fox Over

Indiana Senate Committee Kills Anti-Gay 'RFRA On Steroids' Bill

Five years later, Uganda's LGBT groups on David Kato’s murder

January 26 was the fifth anniversary of the brutal murder of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato. His colleagues have carried on with great courage and remarkable grace. Below is video from Kato's funeral in 2011, where his friends carried his coffin themselves.

January 25, 2016

Pope Francis reiterates opposition to same-sex marriage

Dear gay Catholics, His Holiness is not that into you.

January 18, 2016

A hazardous challenge at the heart of eloquence

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Republicans praise him even as they work relentlessly to dismantle the social safety net. Their Martin is just a source of noble sentiments, safely emasculated and safely dead. But he did not get a national holiday and a national monument by being safe. He had to connect, yes, and his brilliance as an orator was evident the moment he stepped into the pulpit of Holt Street Baptist Church for a mass meeting of the Montgomery Improvement Association on Dec. 5, 1955 to launch a bus boycott.

But key to his power and greatness was his challenge to the nation, evident in these words from that speech, which many in power took as a threat worth killing over. Only by taking up that challenge do we properly honor him.

My friends, I want it to be known that we're going to work with grim and bold determination to gain justice on the buses in this city.

And we are not wrong; we are not wrong in what we are doing. If we are wrong, the Supreme Court of this nation is wrong. If we are wrong, the Constitution of the United States is wrong. If we are wrong, God Almighty is wrong. If we are wrong, Jesus of Nazareth was merely a utopian dreamer that never came down to Earth. If we are wrong, justice is a lie, love has no meaning. And we are determined here in Montgomery to work and fight until justice runs down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.

Imagine being that brilliant at age 26. It never ceases to provoke awe.