On Monday a group of United Methodists from New York and Connecticut will release a list of pastors who plan to perform weddings for homosexual couples despite the denomination’s ban on gay marriage.
Iowa LGBT News regarding Morals and Values
The phrase "Morals and Values" has been used far too often by small segments of society to apply to their own morals and values, but with the implication that other segments of society either do not share certain morals and values, or worse, do not have morals and values.
It is my own belief that our different groups truly have more in common than we have differences. Love, concern, compassion, safety for ourselves and others, the importance of giving, forgiveness, responsibility, industriousness, freedom, neighborliness... these are but a few of those things we hold to be important in both personally and as a society.
It was my decision to label this secton of our paper "Morals and Values" as a means of encompassing both spiritual and secular beliefs; my intention is a spirit of inclusiveness that I hope will eventually erase fear and division.
Methodist Ministers Pledge to Perform Gay Marriage Despite Ban (LongIslandPress)
Calif. Presbyterian Church to leave national group over gay minister (SacBee)
After the vote, some church members wiped away tears. Others said they were relieved it was finally over.
Members of Fremont Presbyterian Church — the largest Presbyterian Church in the Sacramento region — ended months of speculation Sunday when they voted to leave their national denomination and join one that church leaders said reflects more traditional beliefs.
Evangelical pastors divided ahead of 2012 caucuses (SFGate)
Four years ago, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee won Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses partly by locking up the support of evangelical pastors, the former Baptist minister's brethren and a potent voting bloc within the state's influential Christian conservatives.
Today, Iowa's increasingly political pastors are up for grabs, divided on whom to support from a GOP field that features several candidates who call themselves born-again Christians.
Ex-Ex-Gay Minister Has Never Met an Ex-Gay (Autostraddle)
Three years after resigning as the executive director of Exodus International’s Love in Action ministry, John Smid admitted that he’s gay. In a recent blog post, Smid reflected on his updated views on homosexuality. Taken at face value, his new beliefs — that homosexuality is about more than just behavior and that sexual orientation is intrinsic — are by no means subversive. But considering the 22 years Smid spent preaching that GAY = EVIL, the acknowledgement of these basic facts could pave the way for change in evangelical and conservative Christian communities.
Faith in Politics: Iowans view role differently (IowaIndependent)
Iowa politicians offer a wide array of opinions on the role of faith in politics, with some saying they can’t be separated and others saying there must be a clear delineation between the two.
Faith plays an important role in politics across the nation, but maybe more so in Iowa. A recent poll from NBC News/Marist shows 91 percent of potential Republican caucusgoers in the state identify as either protestant or Catholic. Of those, 40 percent consider themselves fundamentalist or evangelical Christians.
Westboro Baptist Church to protest at Missouri Valley High School Friday (MissouriValleyTimes)
Members of Kansas-based church upset by recent incident involving free speech and gay rights
A Topeka, Kan.-based independent Baptist church that is nationally known for its extreme stance against homosexuality and its protest activities will be picketing in Missouri Valley Friday afternoon, Oct. 14.
Westboro Baptist Church will protest at Missouri Valley High School, 605 E. Lincoln Hwy., from 3:20 to 3:50 p.m. Friday. According to a Tuesday, Oct. 11, Westboro press release that is full of anti-gay language, including vulgar terms, the church's members are upset about a recent situation at the high school that involved free speech and gay rights.
My Yom Kippur War (TheNewCivilRightsMovement)
Yom Kippur is the most important holiday in the Jewish calendar. It is a day when you can find even the most secular of Jews in synagogues. But I stayed home this year. If Jews believed in doing penance, my self-inflicted torture would have counted; it was as excruciating as a hair-shirt; almost as painful as the guilt inflicted by a Jewish mother. But, alas, we Jews don’t believe in penance as a vehicle for repentance.
Williams's 'healing' Zimbabwe trip starts with anti-gay protests (Independent)
The Archbishop of Canterbury began his "healing" visit to Zimbabwe yesterday by delivering a sermon as part of a tour designed to help close a rift within the Anglican Church.
Dr Rowan Williams addressed an estimated 15,000 people at an open-air Sunday service at the National Sports Stadium in the capital, Harare, before a possible meeting he has requested today with President Robert Mugabe.
Bachman's Ex-Gay Friend Says Gays, Pedophiles Make a Choice (Advocate)
Yet another ex-gay has come out of the woodwork and, surprise, surprise, she's friends with Michelle Bachman. Janet Boynes, the founder of Janet Boynes Ministries, told reporters that she was a lesbian for 14 years "until God called her back to men." (LGBT activists counter that they're not disputing that Boynes heard voices, but question whether it was really God on the line.) She later said gays, like pedophiles, make a choice to "do that."
Presbyterian Church to ordain first openly gay minister (LATimes)
Scott Anderson will return to a ministry he was forced to abandon decades ago because of his sexuality. He is to be ordained Saturday in Madison, Wis.
For decades, the Rev. Mark Achtemeier believed gays and lesbians were unfit to serve as leaders in the Presbyterian Church.
Gay Conversion Therapy Victim Tells His Story (VIDEO) (HuffingtonPost)
We met Samuel Brinton during our visit to Kansas State. Sam was raised in rural Iowa and shared his story of growing up gay in a conservative, Southern Baptist family. Brinton's easy-going smile and friendly demeanor stand in stark contrast to the horrors of an abusive father and forced Christian conversion therapy.
- How Being Queer Inspires My Interfaith-Atheist Work (HuffingtonPost)
- Protestant denomination to ordain openly gay minister in Madison (JSOnline)
- Gay Couple Assaulted by Church Leaders (Advocate)
- North Carolina Gay Marriage Ban Protested By Gay Ministers (HuffingtonPost)
- Church leadership post for an openly gay Mormon (CNN)
- Gay Church of Scotland minister backs same-sex marriage (PinkNews)
- Pope Benedict Wants Orthodox Christian Alliance Opposed To Gay Marriage (OnTop)
- Rev Richard Coles: 'I'm the go-to gay' (Guardian)
- Timothy Dolan Issues Letter To Obama About Gay Marriage (HuffingtonPost)
- Mainstream Christians Must Stand Up to the Religious Right (HuffingtonPost)
- Exclusive: Scientology's Big Gay Problem, Part 1 - LRH's War Against Homosexuality (TheMortonReport)
- Fellow German Christians criticize pope before trip (Reuters)
- Catholic priest’s support of efforts to ‘cure’ gays draws condemnation (MinnesotaIndependent)
- Kenya: Muslim Clerics Furious Over Open Gay Website (ABNA)
- Gay Men, Lesbians Hate Jesus Christ, Says Linda Harvey (OnTop)
- Episcopal Bishop Who Pushed Gay Ordination Dies at 87
- COMMENTARY: The Pit buries 150 years of homophobic atrocities (SDGLN)
- Archbishop of Glasgow hits out at ‘foolish’ gay marriage supporters (PinkNews)
- Gay priest was 9/11's first recorded casualty (CNN)
- Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Herman Cain: Religious Rights Trump Gay Rights (OnTop)
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