If you are a straight man who grooms yourself well, gets manicures, facials, wears any type of make-up, or are into fashion, you are to blame for the Virginia Earthquake that struck the East Coast on August 23, 2011 claims Evangelist Rev. Pat Robertson of the 700 Club. "All across the Eastern seaboard, there are men who get manicures, wear designer eyewear and know about thread counts," the Reverend announced in disgust. He warned the American people that, "God finds this somewhat gay-like behavior confusing, and He responded by getting mildly peeved."
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.
Pat Robertson blames earthquake on those who “seem kind of gay” (Examiner)
Growing up Catholic and gay in Minnesota (StarTribune)
Born in rural Minnesota and raised on a dairy farm, I grew up in a devout Catholic family.
While attending St. John's Prep School in Collegeville, I confessed to a priest that I was attracted to another boy who slept across from me. The priest responded that if I ever acted on that, I would go to hell.
Rick Santorum On Piers Morgan Says Being Gay Is 'Sinful' (OnTop)
Rick Santorum on Wednesday conceded during a CNN Piers Morgan Tonight interview that he believes being gay is a 'sin.'
The 53-year-old candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination has previous said he has gay friends who respect his opinion that marriage should remain a heterosexual union.
Married lesbian Episcopal priest named finalist for Bishop of New York (SDGLN)
The Rev. Tracey Lind, a married lesbian priest, is one of five finalist to become the next bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.
Poll Shows Many Religious Groups Support Gay Marriage (Jezebel)
A new poll shows that, perhaps unsurprisingly, young people are far more likely to support gay marriage than older ones. More surprising, however, is that several religious groups are now in support of marriage equality.
Conservative Presbyterians Mulling Split Over Gay Ordination? (ChristianPost)
Three months after allowing the ordination of openly gay clergy, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) seems headed for a split as nearly 2,000 conservative Presbyterians are gathering in Minneapolis on Thursday and Friday with creation of a “new Reformed body” as an agenda.
Making preparations for the conference is the Rev. Paul Detterman, executive director of Presbyterians for Renewal, an independent organization based in Louisville, Ky., where the denomination’s headquarters are.
What Kinder, Gentler Anti-Gay Religious Hate Looks Like (Video) (TheNewCivilRightsMovement)
“Culture Changers for Jesus Christ”
Look at the face of the religious right’s kinder, gentler, anti-gay hate: Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel in Chino Hills, California. Pastor Hibbs apparently has made it his mission to stamp out California’s FAIR Education Act, aka SB 48, the new law signed by Governor Jerry Brown just weeks ago that seeks to include gay men, lesbians, bisexual and transgender folks, and the disabled in the public school teachings of history.
Bishop Gene Robinson: God celebrates gay people (PinkNews)
His election in 2003 as bishop of New Hampshire for the Episcopal Church threw the Anglican Communion into turmoil. The Christian right talked of fracture. Eight years on however, the Communion remains intact and Gene Robinson continues to be a beacon of hope for the LGBT community. Laurence Watts travelled to New England to talk faith, service and retirement with The Right Reverend Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire.
Conservatives thought it was the end of the world. For the LGBT faith community it provided hope and much needed affirmation. When Gene Robinson was elected Bishop by the diocese of New Hampshire on June 7th 2003 it made headlines the world over. When ratified he would become the world’s first openly gay priest to be ordained as bishop.
Gay Activists Plan Kiss-In For Pope's Spain Visit (Towelroad)
Pope Benedict XVI will get his very own gay show when he arrives in Madrid on Thursday, because hundreds of gay activists are planning a kiss-in to protest the Catholic Church's tenacious homophobic discrimination.
Illinois Law Undermines Westboro Baptist Church Ruling (TheNewAmerican)
On March 2, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church’s right to freedom of speech. The court said that despite the Topeka, Kansas, church’s contentious behavior — extreme demonstrations against homosexuality, including anti-gay protests at military funerals (picture, left) — such actions are subject to constitutional protections. State legislatures, however, have attempted to pass laws that would undermine the Supreme Court ruling. The latest endeavor can be found in Illinois.
On Sunday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the “Let Them Rest in Peace Act,” which would force anti-gay protests at military funerals to be at least 300 feet — the length of a football field — from military funerals. Additionally, the bill bans protests from taking place 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after funerals.
Michelle Rhee Speaks At Church Conference Despite Anti-Gay Allegations (HuffingtonPost)
Eyebrows were raised this week when Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz suddenly and quietly backed out of leadership summit at a suburban Chicago megachurch. Some wondered if Schultz’s move was linked to public outcry over the church’s position on curing homosexuality and their former affiliations with the “ex gay” group Exodus International.
- Starbucks CEO cancels church appearance (ChicagoTribune)
- Taking notice of Irshad Manji (Xtra)
- Ghana Church to Establish “Rehabilitation” Centers for Gays (Advocate)
- 'Keep coming out', urges Malaysia's gay pastor (AFP)
- ‘Gay Synagogue’ Finds a Home, Full of Ancient Assyrians (CityRoom)
- Anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church to picket in Scotland (PinkPaper)
- “Ex-Gay” NPR Report Closets Mormon Side of the Story (ReligionDispatches)
- Mexican diocese's gay ministry comes under Vatican scrutiny (TheBostonPilot)
- Bad Faith: The Catholic Hierarchy’s Pointless Campaign Against LGBT Rights (ReligionDispatches)
- Presbyterian church OKs gay pastor's return to ministry (JSOnline)
- Attitudes toward homosexuality shifting in some churches (WCFCourier)
- Military Chaplains Mull End of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (FoxNews)
- Celtic handfasting used in first gay marriage performed in New York (IrishCentral)
- Gay split causes upheaval for Lutheran charities (WCFCourier)
- Sharia law becomes 2012 caucus issue (DailyIowan)
- Pioneering LGBT Ministry Debunks 'Pray the Gay Away' with Debut Film
- Study looks at experiences of gay mormons (QSaltLake)
- Catholic Owned Vermont Inn Refuses To Serve Lesbian Couple (LezGetReal)
- A Peek Inside the ‘Onion’ of Scientology (ReligionDispatches)
- Oral Roberts Grandson, Randy Roberts Potts, Talks Coming Out Gay (OnTop)
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