1295 posts categorized "Religion"

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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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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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.

Vatican indicts ex-ambassador for sex abuse

It's about time.

Guam Archbishop: Marriage Equality the 'Road to a Totalitarian System'

For a Roman Catholic archbishop to stoke fears of totalitarianism is pretty rich, the idiocy of the remark aside.

June 15, 2015

Archbishop Wesolowski to stand trial for sex abuse

June 12, 2015

Rachel Maddow - Franklin Graham's anti-gay banking protest backfires

Warning to silly leftists: this video has something nice about a bank.

A shameful moment for North Carolina

This action will not long stand, given the likely upcoming ruling by SCOTUS; but it shows the level of irrationality to which some people cling.

June 10, 2015

Franklin Graham moves accounts from one LGBT-friendly bank to another

That'll show 'em!

June 05, 2015

Catholic Archdiocese in Minnesota Charged Over Sex Abuse by Priest

May 29, 2015

D.C. Metro suspends issue-oriented ads; Pam Geller cries 'Sharia!'

Pam Geller decries the DC Metro's decision to suspend all issue-oriented ads on Metro trains and buses. She says, "It's sharia law!" Actually, no. Metro isn't obligated to take ads; it just cannot pick and choose among them based on their message. Past cases suggest that if they run any such ads, they have to run her incendiary Islamophobic ones. I think it is better for other groups to place competing ads than for Metro to suspend all such ads.

I wrote about censorship and Metro in the Blade in 2003.

May 27, 2015

If you have no moral authority, maybe stop moralizing

(Hat tip: Stephen Fry)

May 26, 2015

Vatican deplores marriage vote in Ireland

We are so shocked. Go ahead, Rome. Keep trying to hold back the tide. I left Mother Church 45 years ago. Come on in, folks, the water's fine.

An anti-gay preachment I bet you haven't heard before

This bit of nonsense made me think of the scene below from Guillermo del Toro's 2006 film Pan's Labyrinth.

A kiss too far for Bryan Fischer

Bryan Fischer has a low threshold for male affection. Not a great shock coming from this hate-crested nuthatch.

Geller brings her bile to D.C. Metro

Ugh. If anyone has a pile of dough and wants to spend it on more enlightened and tolerant messages to counter Pam Geller, please step forward.

May 22, 2015

Boy Scouts president calls for end to ban on adult gay leaders

Gates talks about letting local chapters determine their own policy, a nod to the fact that churches with anti-gay doctrines run many chapters. So this would not be a uniform change across the country, but it would allow chapters who want to allow gay leaders to do so. It is a big step forward.

May 20, 2015

Meet this anti-gay pastor and his Grindr profile

The closet makes us stupid.

What Miss Bliss said

May 19, 2015

Backlash, Bullies, and Victory Blindness

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My latest Blade column is about continuing the fight for equality amid the far right's increasingly hysterical backlash. Here is an excerpt:

On behalf of my friend Dorothy Gale, I wish to apologize for gay tornados.

Lately, "the gays" have been blamed for a long list of ills, both real and imagined. The looming prospect of nationwide marriage equality has sent some social conservatives around the bend. It is not just twisters for which we are on the hook. The catalog of cataclysms includes droughts, hurricanes, autism, ebola, economic recession, 9/11, the Amtrak wreck, 900,000 abortions, wiping out Christianity, even the Rapture.

As Rev. Jerry Falwell said after 9/11, "You helped this happen."

The nuns at St. Catherine's, who were always punishing us unjustly, told us unearned suffering was redemptive. So in a spirit of Christian fellowship, and to avoid the national trauma of a long trial, I have started confessing to everything anyone blames on LGBT people. I answer each idiotic charge with an abject apology: "There I go again. What was I thinking? I am so sorry."

I fear St. Dominic Savio, patron of the falsely accused, would weep at my irreverence. Forgive me. As Mae West said, "I used to be Snow White, but I drifted."

Read the whole thing here.

A message to Pope Francis on respecting gay families

Priests Defy Bishops To Support Marriage Equality In Ireland

May 16, 2015

Church of Scotland allows ministers in same-sex relationships

Excellent news from Scotland.

May 15, 2015

Buried in Baltimore: unraveling an old cover-up of child rape and murder

A conspiracy by police and clergy to cover up child rapes and a murder by a Baltimore high school chaplain is unraveled decades later by alumna of the school.

May 14, 2015

D.C. organizations write to Congress opposing school vouchers

GLAA is proud to be part of a diverse coalition of DC-based organizations that wrote on Wednesday to the chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee opposing congressional imposition of private school vouchers on the District of Columbia.

The letter begins:

Dear Chairman Chaffetz and Ranking Member Cummings:

As organizations that represent residents of the District of Columbia, we write to express our opposition to the DC private school voucher program, which was implemented by Congress as part of the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act.

Our organizations represent a diverse cross section of the residents of Washington, DC, with a wide variety of interests and concerns. We are united, however, in opposing this voucher program, which was imposed upon us by a Congress in which we have no voting representation. Some of the undersigned groups oppose the DC voucher because the program is ineffective and lacks accountability; others because the program offends the notion of home rule; and still others because the program allows private schools to receive federal funds and educate our students while they maintain exemptions from federal and District of Columbia civil rights protections.

Organizations signing the letter are ACLU of the Nation's Capital; Anti-Defamation League, Washington, DC Region; DC Vote; Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C.; Jews United for Justice; National Organization for Women, DC Chapter; and Washington Teachers' Union.

Read the full letter here.