1317 posts categorized "Religion"

August 01, 2015

Rallies for victims of Jerusalem stabbing held in major Israeli cities

Also: Aeyal Gross in Haaretz on Why the Israeli government’s condemnation of Jerusalem Gay Pride attack is hollow.

July 31, 2015

Jewish Extremists Suspected in West Bank Arson That Killed Palestinian Toddler

If you are an American taxpayer, your tax dollars are helping to subsidize the West Bank occupation (now in its 49th year) that perpetuates this.

Interview with #JerusalemPride organizer who witnessed attack

July 30, 2015

Could the Vatican be ready to back civil unions?

I confess I am caring less and less what the Vatican does.

July 28, 2015

What does Islam say about being gay?

Mustafa Akyol writes in NYT.

This just in: evangelist bigot objects to exporting immorality

Franklin Graham, who profiteered off the charity Samaritan's Purse, thinks people who agree with his noxious views should have a monopoly to talking overseas.

Bishop comes out as gay after a 'lifetime of denying' the truth

Bishop Kevin Kanouse of the Evangelical Lutheran Church plans to remain married to his wife. Just a guess, but it sounds as if his coming out is not quite done. But best wishes to him and his wife.

Georgia pastor has no time for anti-LGBT hypocrites

Pastor went all the way there.

Mormon Church may leave the Boy Scouts over end of ban on gay leaders

I was going to just say buh-bye, but the fact is that this will hurt kids and help no one. A lovely approach to religion.

Gay and transgender Catholics seek meeting with @Pontifex in September

July 23, 2015

Betty Bowers: Charity scams belong to religion!

America's Best Christian strikes again.

Unmasking the religious right war on gay America

Alvin McEwen exposes the lies behind the First Amendment Freedom Act.

Gov. Beshear to county clerks: do your job or resign

Thank you, Governor.

July 14, 2015

Rev. Cedric Harmon testifies for Death with Dignity Act

Our friend Rev. Cedric A. Harmon, who was on the steering committee for D.C. Clergy United for Marriage Equality, and is co-director of Many Voices, testified on July 10 in support of the Death with Dignity Act of 2015. Thanks to him.

Philadelphia Archbishop calls firing of lesbian teacher 'common sense'

Dear @Pontifex, if this what we can expect from your archbishops, the Roman Catholic Church will slide further and further into irrelevance in the West. Despite your manifest pastoral gifts, I note your conservative history and doubt that you have any intention to change Church doctrine on women or homosexuality. I am prepared to have my mind changed, but not from wishful thinking. This isn't cutting it.

July 13, 2015

Scott Walker says his presidential run is God's plan

So a voice in Scott Walker's head told him to run for president. This guy was twice elected governor of Wisconsin. First, thank you cheeseheads. Second, could the GOP get any worse? I'm sure the answer will come any day now.

Santorum calls for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage

This is the disconnect of fanatics like Santorum. He cannot accept the fact that a growing majority of Americans support marriage equality. How does he expect to pass the amendment? He really doesn't understand that he lives in a republic, and that he lost the argument.

July 10, 2015

You can just feel the pastoral care

If there is a God and this is what He demands from His followers, then He already knows that I am His sworn enemy. How anyone can believe this contemptible rubbish escapes me.

GLAA testifies for Death with Dignity Act

Today at a hearing of the D.C. Council Committee on Health and Human Services, I will testify for GLAA in support of Councilmember Mary Cheh's Death with Dignity Act. I will be accompanied by former GLAA president Craig Howell, who drafted our testimony. Here's a passage from the ending:

The Humanist magazine reported last December that Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu publicly "declared himself in favor of assisted dying should he ever find himself terminally ill or in a situation of unbearable suffering." Stephen Hawking, probably the most famous differently-abled person in the world, has said he too might one day want to exercise his right to die: "To keep someone alive against their wishes is the ultimate indignity."

The openly gay retired Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, writes, "There is nothing innately good about allowing 'nature' to take its course in a prolonged and painful journey to an inevitable death. It doesn't make you a better person because you endured the indignity and trauma of it."

Contrary to Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, this legislation is not based on a "eugenic philosophy" but on compassion and respect. We urge its passage.

The bill is based on a 1997 Oregon statute, and includes appropriate safeguards to prevent coercion or other abuses. The experience in Oregon and other right-to-die states should allay concerns in this regard. Read GLAA's testimony here.

July 09, 2015

Anti-gay priest caught lying over hidden spy camera in men’s bathroom

Another clerical moralist exposed as a hypocrite and predator.

American Muslims are helping black churches rebuild after outbreak of fires

Admirable.

(Hat tip: Mark Thompson, Make It Plain)

Dead-ender tries to pray away marriage equality

Wingnut Janet Porter thinks she can pray away the SCOTUS ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

July 03, 2015

Nutty fundie lady wants you to stop getting married right now!

This car wreck of a viral video demonstrates the craziness of believing you own God's truth. This lady, Becky Wegner Rommel (who some say is from Michigan and some from Indiana), cannot stand the fact that even a majority of Christians supports marriage equality. They can't be Christian! Because she says so! A nice touch is when she quotes a non-existent biblical passage while rebuking us for not reading the Bible, which for some reason she seems to think holds unquestionable authority over our lives. A mind is a terribly thing to waste.

July 02, 2015

The Worst Reactions to Marriage Equality

Matt Baume at AFER looks at our 'winger friends who are losing their heads over the marriage equality victory.

Episcopal Church allows weddings for same-sex couples

Congrats to Bishop Gene Robinson and all who worked to achieve this.

July 01, 2015

The President Sings of Grace

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(David Goldman/AP Photo)

My latest column looks at the momentous events of last week and at how justice comes from recognition, as the president put it, of ourselves in each other. Here's a portion:

President Obama had the best week of his career last week, with victories on trade, fair housing, healthcare and marriage equality that cemented his legacy. But instead of taking a victory lap, he capped his week with a eulogy in the form of a sermon on grace.

Black churches have figured prominently in my thoughts lately. On Stonewall Sunday, going through my Twitter feed, I found a joint Father's Day sermon delivered the week before by the Revs. Otis Moss II and III at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. In addition to being LGBT-affirming, Trinity is famous for its tradition of prophetic preaching, thanks to video loops of its previous pastor, Jeremiah Wright, that roiled the 2008 presidential campaign.

Near the close of Justice Anthony Kennedy's marriage opinion, he gave a nod to Jim Obergefell: "As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death." Outside the court, Obergefell held a photo of his late husband and took a call from the president. The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington sang "The Star-Spangled Banner," tacitly embracing the words above the court's entrance: "Equal Justice Under Law."

The act of domestic terror that took the president to South Carolina later that day was intended by its perpetrator to start a race war. As Obama noted, however, when Dylann Roof murdered pastor and state senator Clementa Pinckney and eight other members of Charleston's Emanuel A.M.E. Church at a Bible study meeting, he did not account for the power of grace.

Read the whole thing here.

June 30, 2015

What Mother Church needs is not nicer words but change in doctrine

It would be nice if the bishops had the grace to use that text. But what is needed is doctrinal change, and there is no evidence that the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church have any intention of budging. Life is just too short.

A county clerk who needs to lose her public paycheck

Dear Ms. Lang, take a hike.

Bristol Palin, abstinence evangelist, preggers with second baby out-of-wedlock

Inquisitr reports. I would show you a pic of Ms. Palin, but it just seems distasteful.

Our friend Charlie Rounds writes on FB:

This is the face of the gay haters - a woman who has lied over and over again about "abstinence" while having sex with multiple partners and then saying that gay people are disgusting. She is the face of the child-raping, multiple divorce, inter-racial gay hating Republicans and I am tired of all of you! As Margaret would say "Let's feed the poor" Clarence Thomas.

The wishful thinking of David Brooks

I see no evidence that this claim by David Brooks is more than wishful thinking: "Social conservatives are well equipped to repair this fabric, and to serve as messengers of love, dignity, commitment, communion and grace." There is nothing loving, dignified, nor graceful in their anti-gay slanders. Nor do I recognize my community in the description by Brooks.

June 26, 2015

Bonfire of the homophobes

It looks like some folks are getting ready to start a bonfire. Time to break out the marshmallows and weenies! But don't get too close to the fire. We don't want to get Santorum on our marshmallows, and certainly not on our weenies.

President Obama's eulogy for Clementa Pinckney

Beautiful.

June 25, 2015

The definition of 'traditional marriage'

Matt Baume of AFER explains it all for you.

Anti-gay conservatives threaten secession, civil war and civil disobedience over marriage equality

The Devil made me do it.

June 22, 2015

Strange pew mates

Activist DeRay Mckesson found himself sitting next to former senator Rick Santorum on Sunday in Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston at the first service since the massacre of nine people at last Wednesday's Bible Study. Speaking of which, here's a tweet from DeRay:

And this:

June 21, 2015

Hillary Clinton at her best

I have heard Mrs. Clinton speak this well once before, when she went to Geneva as our Secretary of State to announce an LGBT global initiative. Here she is in San Francisco talking to the 2015 U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Clementa C. Pinckney, 1973 - 2015

The Senator from Jasper spoke recently about the murder of Walter Scott, of Doubting Thomases, and of the need for body cameras on police. The pleasure of listening to this gifted speaker is now mixed with sorrow, compounded on this Father's Day by the thought of his widow Jennifer and his daughters Malana and Eliana. His chair at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church was draped in black today. Yet still he speaks. Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

June 19, 2015

An awesome display of faith amid grief

It was awesome and humbling today to hear the families of the murdered church folk in Charleston expressing forgiveness at Dylann Roof's bond hearing. There is no better display of a community's unconquerable strength than these people, in their grief, reaching into the heart of their faith as they spoke to a young mass killer twisted by evil and made it clear that despite their bottomless sorrow, he could not defeat them.

June 18, 2015

9 people including pastor killed by white gunman in historic Charleston church

R.I.P. Rev. Clementa Pinckney of historic Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston and the other eight victims of this act of domestic terrorism. ‪#‎StopHate‬

June 16, 2015

New Ways addresses pope’s message of ‘complementarity’

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(Photo by Associated Press)

Francis DeBernardo at New Ways Ministry writes:

Pope Francis supported heterosexual complementarity in a speech on Sunday given to 25,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s Square for a pastoral conference for the Diocese of Rome.

Though he did not mention lesbian and gay couples, the timing of the speech seemed significant to some since it came a day after tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of the Eternal City to celebrate LGBT Pride and to call for marriage equality in Italy....

It has become part of Francis’ rhetorical style not to criticize lesbian and gay couples directly, but to indirectly cast judgement on them by effusively praising heterosexual complementarity. Yet, his remarks cast aspersions on more than lesbian and gay couples. In praising heterosexual complementarity as the preferred norm for marriage and child-rearing, he is also sending harmful messages to those in heterosexual marriages where abuse occurs, as well as to single-parent families.

Francis’ remark that gender differences are “an integral part of being human” ignores the fact that decades of scientific and social scientific research has shown that what people consider “natural” gender differences are actually the result of cultural biases and stereotypes.

As GayChristian101 points out, the idea of complementarity comes from Plato, who included same-sex couples.