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  • Dissenting Priest Defies Church of England's Teaching on Marriage, 'Marries' his Homosexual Paramour

    04/15/2014 8:04:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    A practicing homosexual priest has defied the Church of England's ban on homosexual and lesbian clergy marrying by wedding his longtime male homosexual companion. The 58-year-old Canon Jeremy Pemberton, a divorced hospital chaplain, wed his long-term homosexual paramour, 51-year-old Laurence Cunnington, this past weekend. A leading member of the church's faithful wing has called for discipline of any clergy seen to be veering from Christian orthodoxy concerning marriage and warned of a "crisis" if the leadership failed to take action.LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The couple predict that they will be the first of many homosexual clergy to marry....
  • Washington Post: gay marriage is new test for Catholic Church

    04/07/2014 4:12:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 47 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | 4/6/2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Details:   Having worked in Catholic church music ministry for nearly 40 years — basically his entire adult life — Mike McMahon thought he knew the landscape and his place in it. As a gay person, all was fine as long as he was “discreet.”And that worked for him even in the conservative Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Va., where he was employed for about 30 of those years as music director at several parishes. In that time, McMahon, who has three graduate degrees in theology, also served as president of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the national body for...
  • Charlotte fallout: nun cancels all speaking engagements, takes leave from teaching

    04/05/2014 1:56:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 94 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | April 5, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From The Catholic Herald: The Dominican sister who gave a presentation on sexuality to students at Charlotte Catholic High School that sparked controversy among students and parents last month is taking a sabbatical from teaching and canceling her other speaking engagements.The presentation March 21 by Dominican Sister Jane Dominic Laurel of Nashville, Tenn., entitled “Masculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift,” drew the ire of hundreds of students and parents over the past two weeks, and their emotions boiled over during a parents meeting with school and diocesan leaders Wednesday night.Sister Jane has a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical...
  • World Vision Board Member Resigns Over Gay Uproar

    04/03/2014 12:58:09 PM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    AP ^ | April 3, 2014 | Staff
    World Vision board member has resigned in protest after the Christian aid group quickly reversed its decision to hire employees in same-sex marriages. Jacquelline Fuller, director of corporate giving for Google Inc., said in an email Wednesday to The Associated Press that she remains a "huge fan" of the group's work on behalf of the poor, but she resigned Friday "as I disagreed with the decision to exclude gay employees who marry."
  • Boy Scouts of America ban troop leader who came out as homosexual on NBC News

    04/02/2014 4:04:25 PM PDT · by topher · 39 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed Apr 02, 2014 17:23 EST | by Kirsten Andersen
    SEATTLE, WA, April 2, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have removed a Seattle-area troop leader and banned him from the organization for going public with his homosexuality, in what is thought to be the first such case since the BSA voted to allow openly homosexual youth, but not adults, to join. Scoutmaster Geoff McGrath, 49, a former Eagle Scout and leader of Troop 98 in Rainier Beach, had his BSA membership revoked Monday after an NBC News reporter contacted the organization seeking comment for a profile the network was doing on “the first openly gay Scoutmaster...
  • Court rules lesbian chef is owed $1.6M after boss prayed to 'cure her of her sexuality'

    04/01/2014 6:54:50 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 69 replies
    upi ^ | March 31, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    A New York appeals court has affirmed a lower court’s 2012 ruling that a lesbian chef is owed $1.6 million for being forced to attend weekly prayer meetings where her boss would regularly warn that "gay people" were "going to go to hell." Mirella Salemi sued Gloria's Tribeca Inc., Gloria's Tribecamex and principal owner Edward Globokar for violations of the New York City Human Rights Law after a string of incidents that occurred between 2004 and 2007. Gloria's Tribeca is a Mexican restaurant. Salemi was awarded $400,000 in compensatory damages and $1.2 million in punitive damages in what her lawyer,...
  • EDITORIAL: 20/20 hindsight at World Vision

    04/01/2014 6:01:16 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    wash times ^ | 4/1/14
    World Vision, an evangelical Christian charity that does good work the world over, stunned its donors last week with the announcement that henceforth it would employ the parties in a same-sex marriage. Not entirely surprising, two days later the policy was canceled. Call it World Vision’s 20/20 epiphany. World Vision is perhaps best known for recruiting sponsors for poor children overseas, and its supporters were shocked by its abandoning traditional and Christian values. They overwhelmed the switchboard with telephone calls and flooded the World Vision inbox with emails. They got results and an apology. “We have listened to you and...
  • Street preacher after he told two gay men homosexuality is a sin paid compensation

    03/31/2014 8:52:28 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09:43 EST, 31 March 2014 | MARTIN ROBINSON
    A Christian preacher arrested and imprisoned without food and water after he told two gay teenagers the Bible says homosexuality is a sin, has won Ł13,000 in compensation for poor treatment by police. John Craven, 57, says he was held by Greater Manchester Police after he told the couple 'God hates sin, but he loves the sinner'. The young men then kissed in front of him and approached a police officer and claimed Mr Craven's comments were 'insulting' and had caused them 'harassment and distress.' Mr Craven said he was 'grabbed roughly by the arm' on suspicion of public order...
  • The Apostasy of World Vision

    Last June, World Vision U.S president Richard Stearns stated that, “No one ever died of gay marriage,” thereby trivializing the importance of the issue, as if it contrasted with the organization’s mission of providing tangible relief to suffering humanity. Today, he went much further, claiming that this radical, unbiblical move is actually a “very narrow policy change” that should be viewed as “symbolic not of compromise but of [Christian] unity.” What? World Vision redefines the nature of marriage – the most fundamental institution of society, ordained by God in Genesis 2 as the lifelong union of a man and a...
  • Jesus loves kidnappers, too...

    03/19/2014 5:48:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    FideCogitActio: "Omnis per gratiam" ^ | March 19, 2014 | Codgitator
    “5 Now the end of the commandment is charity, from a pure heart, and a good conscience, and an unfeigned faith. 6 From which things some going astray, are turned aside unto vain babbling: 7 Desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither the things they say, nor whereof they affirm. 8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully: 9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for the just man, but for the unjust and disobedient, for the ungodly, and for sinners, for the wicked and defiled, for murderers of...
  • Millionaire gay couple is suing to force a church to hold their wedding

    03/18/2014 3:00:21 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 67 replies
    http://thelibertarianrepublic.com ^ | march 18, 2014 | faith braverman
    A wealthy gay couple has decided to launch a lawsuit to force their church to perform their wedding. The Drewitt-Barlows, a millionaire couple from the U.K, stated, “We’ve launched a challenge to the government’s decision to allow some religious groups to opt out of marrying same-sex couples.” Both attend St. John the Baptist church, a branch of the Church of England, and have been in a civil partnership since 2006. Barrie Drewitt-Barlow said that he and his partner Tony, “feel we have the right as parishioners in our village to utilize the church we attend to get married. “It is no...
  • Erin Go Bye: Two Beer Makers Exit St. Patrick's Parades

    03/14/2014 6:57:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 150 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/14/14 | AP
    The makers of Sam Adams and Heineken beer say they are withdrawing their sponsorship of St. Patrick's Day parades because organizers exclude gay groups. Boston Beer Co., Sam Adam's brewer, said in a statement Friday that it is disappointed that an agreement couldn't be reached between the gay rights advocacy group MassEquality and Boston parade organizers that would have allowed gay veterans to march. Meanwhile, Heineken USA said it was withdrawing from the New York City parade, and told CNBC on Friday: "We believe in equality for all. We are no longer a sponsor of Monday's parade." The decisions came...
  • Murdering the name of Jesus

    02/26/2014 12:02:37 PM PST · by fabian · 61 replies
    me, myseld, and I | 02/26/14 | fabian
    I have been quite appalled at how so very lost the supposed leaders of most of the churches of today are. They purport to represent Jesus' teachings, yet their is outright denial of the very powerful message that satan's grip on us to cause us to sin, is indeed broken. No, rather the ministers of today all over teach a watered down and lying ministry that Jesus merely has saved us from the aweful results of going to hell. Yet, in one simple sentence and act with Mary, when he told her to go and sin no more, he proved...
  • First Presbyterian narrowly votes to stay with denomination.

    02/23/2014 11:28:04 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 23, 2014 | Mike Tolson |
    A hard-fought effort to move one of Houston's iconic Christian churches from its long-standing denomination to a new, more conservative group narrowly failed Sunday, with the congregation voting heavily in favor of the move but falling short of the supermajority needed for approval. The leadership of First Presbyterian Church, which was established shortly after Houston's founding, had unanimously endorsed the move from Presbyterian Church USA to the breakaway denomination called ECO, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. The senior pastor, his staff, and the elected leaders from the congregation argued that PCUSA, the nation's largest Presbyterian body, had become too...
  • Former Black Diamond Officer, Husband Say Chief Used Gay Slurs

    02/21/2014 10:39:49 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    k=KIRO ^ | David Ham
    Scott Oak and his husband, Jamie Smith, said they heard Black Diamond Police Chief Jamey Kiblinger use the word "fag" repeatedly. "Cops can talk rough, and I understand things like that, but she used it to personally attack me," said Oak, who was a Black Diamond police officer. He left in 2012. His husband said that he heard Kiblinger use the slur in front of them at a work-related party back in 2011. "When she said that, other officers looked around, and she looked around and she put her hand over her mouth like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ She knew she...
  • Christian Rapper Responds To Macklemore’s “Same Love”, Gets Death Threats From LGBT Community

    02/17/2014 7:05:43 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 89 replies
    therightscoop.com ^ | 2/16/14 | therightscoop
    Admittedly I don’t listen to Christian rap or rap of any kind for that matter, but after watching this news report I had to hear Bizzle’s new song which is a well thought out response from a Christian perspective to Macklemore’s song “Same Love.”- (the song the played at the Grammys for the big gay wedding.) And let me say Bizzle’s new song doesn’t pull any punches at all. It treads in love but it doesn’t tread lightly. It’s quite powerful actually. But first, watch this news report by KHOU on how Bizzle’s life is being threatened because of his...
  • Team Obama's Topsy-Turvy Rhetoric Escalates the War on Faith

    02/05/2014 1:52:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    A favorite tactic of this Administration is to engage in outrageous behavior, and then – with the support of its allies – put its opponents on the defensive by accusing them of engaging in the conduct of which it is in fact guilty. So, for example, the Obama Administration takes far-out positions on social issues— then labels as “extreme” anyone who stands up for mainstream values. The White House promotes monetary policies that destroy jobs– and then attacks the business community for driving “income inequality.” The latest example of this “jujitsu” maneuver involves the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate...
  • De Blasio won’t be in NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    02/04/2014 2:44:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2014 5:24 PM EST | Jonathan Lemire
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will not be marching in the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade, deciding to skip one of his city’s signature celebrations because the event organizers refuse to let participants carry pro-gay signs.De Blasio will become the first mayor in decades to sit out the traditional march along Fifth Avenue. “I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city,” said de Blasio on Tuesday during an unrelated press conference at City Hall. “But I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade.” …
  • Yes, Homosexual Movement IS After Your God-Given Rights

    02/03/2014 4:56:43 PM PST · by WXRGina · 31 replies
    Renew America ^ | February 3, 2014 | Gina Miller
    Listen to an audio version of this column We have repeatedly warned you that the radical homosexual movement's goal is nothing less than the obliteration of the rights of those who oppose it. Homosexual activists parrot their lying talking points, constantly denying that this is the case. I can't tell you how many countless times these people have screeched and wailed at me in comments sections of my columns that homosexual "rights" will never affect Christians or any others who oppose them. This is a damnable lie. Homosexual "rights" and the free exercise of religion cannot coexist. They are mutually...
  • Christian bakery guilty of violating civil rights of lesbian couple

    01/22/2014 6:41:31 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 101 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 1/21/14 | Todd Starnes
    The owners of a Christian bakery who refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple are facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines after they were found guilty of violating the couple’s civil rights. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said they found “substantial evidence” that Sweet Cakes by Melissa discriminated against the lesbian couple and violated the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, a law that protects the rights of the LGBT community. Last year, the bakery’s owners refused to make a wedding cake for Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, of Portland, citing their Christian beliefs....
  • VIPs join T-shirt protest of Russia's anti-gay law

    11/04/2013 9:57:30 AM PST · by klpt · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 4, 2013 | ABC News
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) Actors Jonah Hill, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kristen Bell are among a batch of celebrities donning Russian-language "Love Conquers Hate" T-shirts to show support for gays in Russia alarmed by a new law banning pro-gay "propaganda."</p> <p>It's part of an initiative launched Monday by the Human Rights Campaign, the largest U.S. gay-rights group.</p>
  • Two men married at West Point chapel for first time

    11/03/2013 7:58:18 AM PST · by Phinneous · 45 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/3/2013 | AP
    WEST POINT — Two West Point graduates were married Saturday in the military academy’s first wedding between two men...
  • Kansas waiter not tipped because he's gay

    10/26/2013 8:01:41 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 155 replies
    KSN news ^ | 10/26/13 | KSN staff
    OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (KCTV) - What a customer left behind for a waiter in Kansas has ignited a social media firestorm. The server found a message written on a credit card receipt telling him he would get no tip because he was gay. When Dr. Marvin Baker heard about a gay waiter who had been wronged by a customer at the Carrabba's restaurant at 107th and Metcalf, Baker and his homosexual partner showed up for lunch to do their part to make things right. "I was angry," said Baker. "I said this is not Christian as I know it." "I...
  • No Conscience Clause for Mayors in Same-Sex Marriage, Says French Court

    10/24/2013 6:16:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    French Catholics criticised a constitutional court judgment denying local officials the right to opt out of conducting same-sex marriages. Antoine Renard, president of France’s National Federation of Catholic Family Associations, charged that the court was operating under political pressure in issuing its decision. “This ruling could have dramatic consequences for religious freedom both here and abroad,” he said. “It also suggests the French Constitution is old-fashioned and needs verification.” Renard’s comments came as representatives of 20,000 French mayors prepared a series of appeals against the court’s judgment on October 18 that, in effect, rejected calls for a conscience clause to...
  • Military Thought Police: Can’t Say Homosexual Behavior is a Sin

    08/06/2013 6:50:55 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 53 replies
    American Clarion ^ | August 6, 2013 | Bob Ellis
    Once more we learn of military personnel being punished for causing homosexuals in the military to feel bad. From Fox News: An Army chaplain’s assistant said she was accused of creating a “hostile and antagonistic” environment after she posted a message on her personal Facebook page calling homosexuality a sin. The soldier, who asked not to be identified, said her commander ordered her to either remove the Facebook message or face a reduction in rank and pay. “I haven’t taken it down and I won’t take it down,” she told Fox News. “It is frustrating that people are trying to...
  • How Liberalism Makes It Easier to Sin

    07/29/2013 10:47:26 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 7-30-13 | Dennis Prager
    There are many liberals who lead thoroughly decent lives. And there are conservatives who do not. But that is not the whole issue. There is something about liberalism that is not nearly as true about conservatism. The further left one goes, the more one finds that the ideology provides moral cover for a life that is not moral. While many people left of center lead fine personal lives, many do not. And left-wing ideals enable a person to do that much more than conservative ideals do. There is an easy way to demonstrate this. If a married — or even...
  • Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu would rather go to hell than worship a homophobic God

    07/27/2013 11:15:05 AM PDT · by F15Eagle · 78 replies
    News.Com.Au ^ | July 27, 2013 5:20AM | AAP
    <p>SOUTH African peace icon Desmond Tutu says he would rather go to hell than worship a homophobic God, likening the fight against gay prejudice to the anti-apartheid struggle.</p> <p>"I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place," the retired archbishop said at the launch of a United Nations gay equality campaign in Cape Town yesterday.</p>
  • Episcopal Church Weighs Ban on Straight White Males

    07/13/2013 11:03:47 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 58 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 7-13-13 | David W. Virtue
    Episcopal Church gays and lesbians are weighing a resolution to be put forward at the next General Convention making it illegal for straight white males to be admitted to the priesthood. LA Bishop Mary Glasspool, an avowed lesbian and one of many lesbians and gays supporting the "no white males resolution", crafted her resolution after hearing a straight white male preaching a sermon condemning homosexual behavior last month. "I was shocked, stunned, blown away and mortified. I have never heard such homophobia coming from a pulpit. That was my moment to say enough is enough. "This comes down to a...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Sodom and Gomorrah" (1962)

    06/30/2013 11:33:26 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1962 | Robert Aldrich
  • Gay player could score big

    04/27/2013 9:39:08 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | April 28, 2013 | Marie Szaniszlo
    The first openly gay man in a major American team sport may turn out to be former Middle Tennessee State kicker Alan Gendreau, who hopes to get a shot at the NFL this year. And, if he’s successful, that could translate into millions of dollars in endorsements and speaking engagements, experts say. Whether it’s the Sun Belt Conference’s leading scorer or someone else, the athlete who makes sports history by coming out will likely be sought after by companies that want to appeal to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population, whose annual buying power last year was estimated at...
  • High School Fires Teacher After Her Partner's Name Appeared In Her Mother's Obituary

    04/24/2013 10:38:05 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 130 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | April 24, 2013 | Sarah Karlan
    Carla Hale, a teacher in Clintonville, Ohio, was fired just days after an anonymous parent informed the school that her partner's name had appeared in her mother's obituary. Update- April 24, Hale's grievance has been denied.
  • Pope stands firm on reforming "radical feminist" U.S. nuns

    04/15/2013 6:36:13 PM PDT · by Plainsman · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 15, 2013 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Vatican's criticism of a body that represents U.S. nuns which the Church said was tainted by "radical" feminism, dashing hopes he might take a softer stand with the sisters. Francis's predecessor, Benedict, decreed that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), a group that represents more than 80 percent of the 57,000 Catholic nuns in the United States, must change its ways, a ruling which the Vatican said on Monday still applied. Last year, a Vatican report said the LCWR had "serious doctrinal problems" and promoted "radical feminist themes incompatible with...
  • Ben Carson Steps Down as Johns Hopkins Commencement Speaker

    04/11/2013 11:41:42 AM PDT · by kaehurowing · 80 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | April 11, 2013 | Leonardo Blair
    Citing the recent controversy over his comments on same-sex marriage, neurosurgeon and rising conservative star Dr. Benjamin Carson has voluntarily stepped down as commencement speaker at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The Baltimore Sun reported that Carson, who heads the department of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, informed medical school Dean Paul B. Rothman in a letter that he didn't want to "distract from the celebratory nature of the day." "Given all the national media surrounding my statements as to my belief in traditional marriage, I believe it would be in the best interest of the students for...
  • Ben Carson Issues ‘Sincere and Heartfelt Apology’

    04/06/2013 8:37:40 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 62 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | April 5, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Dr. Ben Carson on Friday apologized to Johns Hopkins University for “poorly chosen” comments he made last week in which he seemed to compare gay relationships to pedophilia and bestiality. The pediatric neurosurgeon’s message to the Hopkins community came after a top university official issued a statement calling Carson’s words “offensive” and saying he would meet with students who want Carson removed as commencement speaker.
  • Ben Carson: ‘I apologize’ for gay remark

    03/29/2013 2:41:28 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 109 replies
    politico ^ | 3/29/13 | BREANNA EDWARDS
    Neurosurgeon Ben Carson apologized Friday for comments he made about gay marriage on Sean Hannity’s TV show earlier this week. “I think in terms of what was said on Sean Hannity’s show, that was taken completely out of context and completely misunderstood in terms of what I was trying to say,” Carson told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “As a Christian, I have a duty to love all people and that includes people who have other sexual orientations, and I certainly do, and never had any intention of offending anyone… If anyone was offended, I apologize to you.” The John Hopkins doctor...
  • Tennessee Church Raises Money for University’s Sex Week

    03/25/2013 3:56:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    College Insurrection ^ | March 25, 2013 | Leslie Eastman
    One student recently decried the fact that universities are participating in the degradation of their students with the continued focus on sex.Now, it being reported that a church in now helping fund the sexual scholarship at one school: The University of Tennessee’s controversial and explicit sex week plans were in jeopardy after campus leaders recently announced they were pulling about $11,000 in funding for the event, so a church near the campus has decided to raise money for the cause.WATE reports: Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church is located just down the street from UT’s campus, and during their services Sunday...
  • Rob Bell, Homosexuality, and the New Cultural Acceptance

    03/23/2013 2:11:02 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 99 replies
    With that said and meant, this shift is altogether unsurprising. The new mark of being culturally acceptable is affirming homosexuality as virtuous (not merely okay, but virtuous, even exemplary). This is the litmus test. I don’t think many of us expected that it would so quickly fill this role, but it has. The mark of being a progressive, kind, socially courageous person today is simply this: affirming same-sex marriage. There are other cardinal virtues of a contemporary au courant identity, but this is the lodestar, the one that hangs one’s personal moon. This shows us that the cultural middle is...
  • 'Love Wins' Author Rob Bell Supports Gay Marriage

    03/19/2013 8:35:22 PM PDT · by robowombat · 22 replies
    CBNNews ^ | Tuesday, March 19, 2013
    'Love Wins' Author Rob Bell Supports Gay Marriage CBNNews.com Tuesday, March 19, 2013 Rob Bell, the former "rock star" pastor of Michigan's Mars Hill Bible Church, has come out in support of same-sex marriage. Speaking during a forum at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral Monday, Bell said the ship of traditional marriage "has sailed." "Yes, I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it's a man and woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man," he said. "I think this is the world we are living in and we need to affirm people...
  • NBC Chief Medical Editor Demands Catholic Church Support Contraception

    03/18/2013 1:38:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | March 18, 2013 | Kyle Drennan
    Appearing on Monday's NBC Today as part of the Today's Professionals panel discussion, the network's chief medical editor Nancy Snyderman urged the Catholic Church to abandon its opposition to contraception: "Here's one thing I really would implore the Catholic Church to do on a global issue.... poverty without birth control begets more poverty....So this is a chance to take the humility and the poverty and say now we're really going to talk about this in a civilized way and move it forward." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Advertising executive Donny Deutsch chimed in: "Well...
  • Pro-choice pastor: Churches must “lead charge” against abortion stigma

    02/04/2013 5:17:46 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    Many times in my ministry, a conversation with abortion clinic staffers that began with talking about the spiritual needs of patients ends on a far more personal note…. An office manager told a colleague of mine that she braces herself every time she checks the mail, wondering how many hate letters she’ll come across, and wants a sacred community to turn to for support. One clinic counselor said she misses the rituals and music of her faith community, and often thinks about trying to find a church, but worries about being judged or shunned when small talk leads to questions...
  • Chris Culliver will undergo sensitivity training, work with in-crisis youth, after anti-gay remarks

    02/03/2013 9:27:08 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 31 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 2, 2013 | Doug Farrar
    NEW ORLEANS -- San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver created quite the ruckus this week when he intimated that anyone with a homosexual predilection would not be welcome on his team. Now, he's doing everything he can to get past that. According to his publicist, Theodore Palmer, Culliver will be working with "The Trevor Project," an organization that provides crisis and suicide intervention to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. "He's so passionate about youth and people being comfortable with who they are and accepted by all," Palmer said in a phone interview with the Associated Press on Saturday. "He's...
  • Obama Administration: We Will Still Force Christians to Act Against Their Faith

    02/01/2013 1:09:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    CNSNews ^ | February 1, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday set the stage for a massive showdown between the federal government of the United States and American Christians who believe the government has no right to force them to act against their faith by mandating that they buy, provide or facilitate health-care coverage that includes sterilizations, contraception, or abortion-inducing drugs. HHS released a new proposed regulation under the Obamacare law that the department presented as an accommodation to religious “organizations” that object to providing sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans. However, the proposal does not...
  • Openly Gay, and Openly Welcomed in Congress

    01/26/2013 10:49:04 AM PST · by darrellmaurina · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 1/26/2013 | Jeremy W. Peters
    WASHINGTON — When Mark Takano ran unsuccessfully for Congress twice in the early 1990s, his opponents tried to smear him as a “homosexual liberal” and a “nutzoid.” One of them even had pink fliers printed that asked, “A Congressman for Riverside ... Or San Francisco?” When he ran again last year, he won by almost 20 points. “Flash forward 18 years,” Mr. Takano said recently, “and the very macho building tradesmen are behind me. I’m getting pictures with them in their hard hats.” For decades, the words “gay” and “Congress” were usually seen together only in stories of scandal and...
  • Has President Obama Suddenly Gotten Religion?

    01/22/2013 11:02:41 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 34 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | January 22, 2013 | JP
    President Obama began his Inauguration Day by attending worship services at St. John’s Episcopal Church in the Nation’s Capital along with his wife Michelle and their daughters Sasha and Malia. It was a rare church appearance for the First Family. During, during their first four years residing in the White House, they found time for the Lord not even half as many times as they managed to get away for family vacays. After services yesterday at St. Johns, during which the president stood to receive a blessing from Bishop Vashti McKenzie, the First Family’s next stop was the U.S. Capitol,...
  • My Gay Roommate

    01/21/2013 11:12:50 AM PST · by rhema · 26 replies
    Patheos ^ | 11/28/12 | Eric Teetsel
    Tim and I met a few years ago at a 24 watch party. His natural intelligence, unabashed geekiness, and “Snaps” skills made us quick friends. Plus, he managed a Starbucks so there was free coffee in it for me. Before long, I needed a new place to live and so did he. With a third friend, we rented a house together. Our friendship grew. Soon, I discovered that Tim is a serious Christian whose poignant reflections on faith and life set him apart from the pack. He was an usher in my wedding. One day, Tim told me that he...
  • Churches 'Could be Sued for Refusing to Agree to Gay Marriages'

    01/16/2013 9:15:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/15/13 | Telegraph Reporters
    The Prime Minister’s plans for gay marriage could leave churches facing legal action unless they agree to same-sex unions, it emerged today.Legal advice reportedly sent to David Cameron warns that church could be sued under human rights legislation if they refuse to allow the services to proceed. Exemption granted to the Church of England by the Coalition Bill to prevent it having to conduct gay marriages is “eminently challenge-able” in the European Court of Human Rights. It also warns that the Government's insistence that protections put in place for other religious groups who don't want to marry homosexuals could be...
  • More Catholics Seek ‘De-Baptism’ Over Pope’s Gay Marriage Remarks

    01/02/2013 10:59:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12-28-12 | By Audrey Barrick
    Following Pope Benedict XVI's repeated messages denouncing same-sex marriage, more Dutch Catholics are seeking ways to leave the Catholic Church. And one website is helping people to "de-baptize" themselves. According to Reuters, the website ontdopen.nl ("de-baptize.nl") has gained significant traffic this month after the pope took the time in his Christmas speech to the Vatican bureaucracy to condemn gay marriage. "They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves," he said. "The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man's...
  • Illinois clergy endorse gay marriage bill

    12/28/2012 5:11:18 AM PST · by 1010RD · 84 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 24, 2012 | Manya A. Brachear
    <p>More than 250 Illinois clergy — most of them in the Chicago area — have endorsed a gay marriage bill that could come up for a vote in Springfield before Jan. 9.</p> <p>On Sunday, rabbis and pastors from denominations that support gay rights in varying degrees unveiled a declaration supporting equality for same-sex couples. Fostering faith, justice and compassion is a key component of their jobs, they said.</p>
  • ‘Straight, Christian’ Pretended to be Gay For a Year

    10/16/2012 7:56:47 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 30 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 16, 2012 | JP
    I don’t believe Timothy Kurek. He’s the alleged Christian, alleged heterosexual who told ABC News he spent a year “pretending” to be gay. Why did the 26-year-old Nashville man, a graduate of Liberty University (the so-called evangelical “West Point”) decide to go undercover? Because, he said, he wanted to “walk in the shoes” of a homosexual. So Kurek went all in. He “came out” as gay to all his family and friends. He got a job in a gay café. He hung out at a gay bar. He joined a gay softball league. He even got a gay bud of...
  • Poll: PCUSA Church Members Increasingly Favoring Same-Sex Marriage

    10/06/2012 1:15:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/05/2012 | By Michael Gryboski
    According to a recently released survey, support for same-sex marriage among Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) members and pastors has considerably increased since 2005. In research conducted by Presbyterian Research Services and published in October, the number of PC(USA) members and pastors supporting the denomination redefining marriage grew. In 2005, 23 percent of PC(USA) members supported same-sex marriage; in 2012, the number had increased to 34 percent. Among pastors, support for same-sex marriage in 2005 was at 35 percent; in 2012, it is at 49 percent. Jack Marcum, coordinator of Research Services at Presbyterian Mission Agency and author of the published findings,...