1508 posts categorized "Religion"

August 24, 2016

Attack of the Closeted Church Queens

Preach, Sampson!

August 18, 2016

Flood destroys home of hate preacher who claims God sends floods to punish gay people

I do not believe in divine punishment, since I don't believe in a divinity. But Tony Perkins does believe in it, or so one conclude from what he says.

August 10, 2016

Viewpoint: Trump, the Curious Christian Choice

My column this week looks at the odd alliance between the religious right and the utterly heathenish Trump.

August 04, 2016

LGBT groups criticize Pope Francis over gender comments

Pope Francis does not know what he is talking about. This is but the latest reminder that his pastoral gifts do not change the fact that he is a conservative.

July 31, 2016

Answering Trump Supporters

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Wayne Grudem, a Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Arizona, writes at the conservative website Townhall.com about why he supports Donald Trump. His article, "Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice," acknowledges several of Trump's character and behavioral flaws and then says it doesn't matter if the alternative is worse. He goes into a long list of issues on which he claims that Trump is better than Hillary Clinton.

I could not disagree more with Professor Grudem, so here I will respond to several of them. Given the enormous gulf between the candidates with regard to experience and qualifications, this election should not be close. The fact that the race is close should be a stark reminder not to treat the frightening prospect of a Trump presidency as something to dismiss lightly. Perhaps you may find some of my arguments useful in making the case to friends and family members who are sticking with Trump despite his almost daily barrage of appalling statements. Here goes, for what it's worth.

Abortion. I am sick of the religious bullying on this issue. The utter contempt for people making different choices in this area is very disturbing. I am personally troubled by abortion, and think that the ideal situation is for unwanted pregnancies to be prevented through contraception. But the question of whether to continue or end a pregnancy is not my decision. It is up to the woman. You can say a thousand times that this makes me pro-abortion, but that is not true. Respecting people's right to make a different choice than mine does not mean I agree with that choice. The point is that IT IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS.

As for contraception, the Catholic Church, in which I was raised, is stoutly opposed to it. A leading anti-choicer, former senator Rick Santorum, has made it clear that he does not just want to overturn Roe v. Wade, but also Griswold v. Connecticut, which legalized contraception for married couples, and Eisenstadt v. Baird, which did the same for single women. I find it stunning that people in this day and age are willing, much less determined, to mind their neighbors' business in such an intrusive way. The constitutional separation of church and state protects everyone by prohibiting us from imposing our religious dictates on one another.

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July 29, 2016

Khizr Khan at DNC 2016 slams Trump's Islamophobia

A powerful rebuke of Donald Trump's Islamophobia by the father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who died in service to this country.

Reverend William Barber shakes the rafters at Democratic Convention

Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP and leader of the Moral Mondays movement, gave a powerful speech Thursday evening at the Democratic National Convention. He is a strong ally of LGBT equality.

July 25, 2016

Trump's GOP Inherits the Wind: Time to turn back a fascist mob

My new Blade column gapes at Trump's fascist rally in Cleveland, as well as the growing scandal over Russian interference in the American election. And I examine the sharp contrast between the two parties' vice presidential candidates. Have a gander while you watch self-defeating leftists trying to sabotage the proceedings in Philadelphia.

July 20, 2016

Ben Carson doubles down on Satan-Clinton connection

Seriously, Uncle Ben last night linked Hillary Clinton to Lucifer. What a sad spectacle he has made of himself, wrecking a once-shining reputation. But keep talking, Doctor. Don't pivot to the general election. Keep the crazy on display.

Look at the company gay Republicans are keeping

Pamela Geller? Geert Wilders? Fine company you are keeping, Chris Barron.

July 13, 2016

LGBT rights vs. 'religious freedom' on full display at hearing

More on Tuesday's anti-gay FADA hearing on Capitol Hill.

Florida driver praying with her eyes closed crashes into house

Our friend Joel writes, "She was praying for a house."

Barney Frank testifies against anti-gay 'religious freedom' bill

A fine performance by the former congressman at yesterday's disgraceful hearing on the anti-LGBT, so-called First Amendment Defense Act, which is simply a continued attack on gay families waged under a new (and false) banner.

July 06, 2016

Philly Archbishop: No communion for sexually active gays

July 02, 2016

North Carolina governor protects HB2 bill with $500,000 taken from disaster relief fund

July 01, 2016

Federal judge strikes down MS so-called "religious freedom" law

Bravo to Judge Reeves, and congrats to Robbie Kaplan.

June 28, 2016

The 2016 anti-LGBT March for Marriage was a complete flop

June 27, 2016

Breaking: Federal Judge Rules Clerks Cannot Cite Religion to Recuse From Issuing Marriage Licenses

Pope Francis: Church should 'ask forgiveness' from gay people

Mike Huckabee pays $25,500 for using Eye of the Tiger at Kim Davis rally

June 22, 2016

Hateful pastor who lauded Orlando shooting asked by landlord to move out

The so-called Christian pastor who celebrated and encouraged anti-gay mass murder loses his lease.

June 14, 2016

Thousands attend #Orlando memorial service for victims of the #PulseNightclub massacre

June 11, 2016

Trump seeks to warm up conservatives at anti-LGBT confab

June 05, 2016

Ali: "Why is Jesus white?"

I fell in love with this guy when I was 8. This is one of my favorite clips. Profound defiance delivered in the most amicable tone. His voice was lost to Parkinson's Disease years ago, but it lives on in recordings and in our memories. He is still remarkable. He risked everything to stand up for his beliefs and to resist serving in the Vietnam War. That made him a hero to me and many others, even as it stirred hate in some people and brought the wrath of American government down upon him. He was ultimately vindicated. His unique voice carried his influence far beyond the precincts of boxing.

President Obama's statement on Ali is here.

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May 26, 2016

Gays being attacked in Ghana

Stoked by religious leaders.

House Democrats Succeed in Reversing Anti-LGBT Attack On Rights for Federal Contractors

Andy Towle's take is here.

Update: The bill has now been killed. Here's an update from Andy Towle.

May 25, 2016

Desmond Tutu’s daughter married a woman, and was forced out of the South African clergy

May 19, 2016

Lawmakers aim to curb anti-LGBTI 'religious freedom' bills in US

May 18, 2016

Billy Graham's daughter slams trans rights, claims God sends terror attacks "to show us that we need him"

I'm sorry, but why doesn't this noxious family get on a bus and drive off a cliff? In God's mercy.

May 13, 2016

Mr Gay Syria stands defiant against extremists who beheaded his boyfriend

May 09, 2016

Pass the popcorn, Jesus!

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(Hat tip: Craig Howell)

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.