Last month, a video of a teenager coming out to his family went viral,
(trigger warning), now viewed almost 6 million times. The young man who is disowned and abused in that video, Daniel Pierce, after receiving more than $90,000 in donations to live on his own, has now asked
that donations be re-directed to Lost-N-Found Youth
, a shelter in Georgia for LGBT Homeless Youth. Rolling Stone profiles The Forsaken: A Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens Are Being Cast Out by Religious Families
A Church Divided Over Marriage Equality
The Church’s rules against homosexuality have divided Methodists for forty years. Attempts to abolish or even soften these rules have failed at every General Conference, the quadrennial meeting of the denomination, since they were first added, in 1972, to the Book of Discipline, which contains the Church’s laws and doctrine.
"And They Will Know We Are Christians by Our Love
"Methodists should call meeting on gay divide, pastor says
"Ranks of defiant United Methodist clergy rise
"Defrocking of Minister Widens Split Over Gays
In Conversation: Antonin Scalia "On the eve of a new Supreme Court session, the firebrand justice discusses gay rights and media echo chambers, Seinfeld and the Devil, and how much he cares about his intellectual legacy ("I don’t")." [more inside]
A Conservative Catholic Now Backs Same-Sex Marriage
"Among religious conservatives, opposition to same-sex marriage has remained essentially unquestioned.
Which is why “The Things We Share: A Catholic’s Case for Same-Sex Marriage
,” an essay by Joseph Bottum, published Friday on the Web site of Commonweal magazine, is something new in this debate."
Craig Ferguson seems to have a special liking for conversation with Stephen Fry. Previously
. On Wednesday night, Stephen was back on the Late Late Show as the only guest. The naturally wide-ranging discussion includes Arthur Conan Doyle, America, mortality, religion, philosophy, science, homosexuality, Wagner, and more. Enjoy. [more inside]
This Gay Mormon Spent 1 Year Recording His Friends Reacting To Him Coming Out.
(SLYT). He's rather chipper, considering his church says he can't get married or have sex...
'Homeland,' Obama’s Show.
The award winning TV show does little to alleviate the myths and misconceptions about Arabs and Muslims, writes Joseph Massad
, a scholar
at Columbia University. "The racist representation of Arabs is so exponential, even for American television [..] that one does not know where to begin." [more inside]
Late last month, after vocally anti-gay evangelical author and blogger Jonathan Merritt
's essay defending Chick-Fil-A
appeared in The Atlantic, Azariah Southworth outed Merritt on his blog.
with Merritt about his sexual orientation. Follow-up column from Southworth: Why I outed a Christian star
. [more inside]
A Michigander questions why an anti-bullying legislation became instead a bully protection tool.
"On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled state senate passed an anti-bullying bill that manages to protect school bullies instead of those they victimize. It accomplishes this impressive feat by allowing students, teachers, and other school employees to claim that 'a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction' justifies their harassment." [more inside]
On Saturday, Scott Anderson became the first openly gay person
to be ordained as a minister by the Presbyterian Church (USA)
, the nation's 10th-largest denomination. But the ceremony actually marked his second ordination, after he was forced to step down from the pulpit
, under threat of blackmail, 20 years before. At the time, Anderson had donated his pastoral stole to the Shower of Stoles Project
, including over 1000 items representing LGBT people of faith barred from the ministry. Saturday's ceremony also marked the first time that a donated object was returned to its owner. [more inside]
Why A Heterosexual, Married, North Carolinian Father Of Three Cares About LGBT Equality
. Married father of three boys writes eloquently about the reasons why he opposes the proposed constitutional amendment banning any legal relationship recognition for same-sex couples. The amendment goes before voters in May primary election
, when heavy Republican turnout is expected. Meanwhile Senator Goolsby
says that it is all about "empowering voters" "so no activist judge is able to decide on his or her own what marriage is." [original
How I Went Undercover at Bachmann's Clinic:
Truth Wins Out (or TWO
) activist John Becker took a hidden camera with him to five therapy sessions at a Christian counseling center
run by Marcus Bachmann. Meanwhile, QUEERTY debates whether making fun of Mr. Bachmann's own decidedly "gay-sounding" voice
(and theoretical repressed-gay tendencies
) is fair game, or whether it counts as homophobic bullying
I am writing to you to inform you of an important change to our group health care benefit plan that will take effect on March 2, 2010 due to a change in the law of the District of Columbia. [more inside]
The Surge is working [tm] -- but for gay Iraqis who face a murderous new spate of violence
by theocrats and militiamen, notsomuch
. "More than 430 gay men have been murdered in Iraq since 2003... [but] many officials say they feel that in a country at war, there are more pressing concerns than gay rights."
As the gay marriage fight unfolds in California, some gays (and others) are fighting back: one gourp is boycotting a rich hotel owner
, others are standing apart
and one is suing the Bible
(who gets subpoenaed for that one?). Meanwhile, a key opponent to gay marriage
keeps its doors open (and its ballot committee going) despite being suspended
. They say they're working on it
, but no changes yet
Jamiel Terry, the gay son of charismatic anti-gay activist and Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry, wrote an article
for Out magazine about growing up in a fundamentalist household. Randall Terry responded
to his son's article. Interviews with Randall
about the exchange.
“Treating you with respect and honesty are the cornerstones of our reputation.”
--unless you're gay, that is, for a Houston landscaper.
Step 1: Turn down 2 gay customers.
Step 2: Watch furor ensue.
Step 3: Profit (to the tune of $40,000 in new business)
Tennessee: 'Close Down Your Ex-Gay Ministry!'
--remember Zach, the 16-year-old sent to Love in Action so that he could be cured of being gay? The state has finally ordered the places shut down. Original post on him here: Pray out the Gay!
Unfortunately, this is the state's reasoning: ... The state inspected two facilities in Memphis on Aug. 19 and determined Love In Action International Inc. was providing housing, meals and personal care for mentally ill patients without a license, according to a subsequent letter to the organization from the Department of Mental Health. ...
(and more at Cherryblossom
You knew it was going to happen.
God sent Hurricane Katrina to prevent the Labor Day celebration of homosexual sin known as "Southern Decadence
". Apparently, he is also is not a big fan of the Girls Gone Wild
How evangelical churches are borrowing from the business playbook - "The triumph of evangelical Christianity is profoundly reshaping many aspects of American politics and society... This year, the 16.4 million-member Southern Baptist Convention plans to 'plant' 1,800 new churches using by-the-book niche-marketing tactics. 'We have cowboy churches for people working on ranches, country music churches, even several motorcycle churches aimed at bikers', says Martin King, a spokesman for the Southern Baptists' North American Mission Board... Many of today's evangelicals hope to expand their clout even further. They're also gaining by taking their views into Corporate America. Exhibit A: the recent clash at software giant Microsoft
The Uses of Canaries--and what canaries need to do
--...Why go to all that trouble when we have reduced the homosexual, himself, to nothing more than a body part? Remove the homo -- he's just a diseased body part, after all -- and the problem is solved.
Of course there will always be those so pathologically sex-panicked that they have to rely on their Think Pieces to get their pornography fix. Not worth worrying about, generally. But when United States Senators start in with the Depravity Fillip, and the DF starts showing up in the campaign literature of various groups... well, you want to keep your eye on that sort of thing. You maybe want to start thinking about that famous canary in the mine-shaft. ...
SpongeBob Goes to Church
With the recent kafuffle over SpongeBob's perceived sexual orientation, the United Church of Christ felt it was only fitting to extend to him an invitation to attend their inclusive services. Apparently, he accepted the invitation.
wants the government to kill you if you are homosexual. Through his organization Repent America
you can contribute to his goal. Won't you help the poor gay babies?
In the first open trial
for the Eastern Pennsylvania United Methodist Church Council in more than 50 years, the Rev. Irene Elizabeth Stroud was accused of violating church law
by openly living with her partner in a committed relationship.
Jurors were instructed
that they had a duty to "hold a good pastor accountable to the standard with which we all live'' under the Methodist Book of Discipline.
The jury voted
7-6 to withdraw Stroud's ministerial credentials at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia.
She was defrocked
, so to speak. Laicized. Ostracized. Demonized.
Coming Out for One of Their Own.
How an Oklahoma town overcame anti-gay bigotry... to help overcome anti-gay bigotry. (WashPost, login req. Via Pandagon)
Gays versus God? Looks like there's a race between people who support Christ
and people who support same-sex marriages
. They're both looking for a million signatures. Conincidence? Any bets on who's gonna win?
Birds do it, bees do it...
homosexual attachment and lovemaking are widespread in the animal kingdom, say biologists like Bruce Bagemihl, author of "Biological Exuberance
." [For a longer, better-edited version of the same article, go here
, but NYT reg. required.] Not everyone
agrees, particularly those apt to quote the Bible to justify claims of a "natural revulsion to perverse sex
Rev. Gene Robinson's controversial aspirations to be the first gay bishop
in the Episcopal church have been put on hold over accusations regarding allegedly inappropriate touching in public conversation and an indirect hyperlink to pornography via a group called Outright
that says its mission is "to create safe, positive, and affirming environments for young gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, and questioning people ages 22 and under." They also say that the would-be bishop is not affiliated with the group in any way
. The church's investigation into the matter, CNN has just reported, is now complete and the vote will soon be rescheduled.
The Pope really disapproves of gay marriage.
He says "people extending cohabitation rights 'need to be reminded that the approval or legalisation of evil is something far different from the toleration of evil.'" He "also described gay sex as inhuman and gay couples adopting children as 'doing violence'."And some people thought Bush was bad!
Compassionate Conservatives are Hate Males
It has been a strange day today. I got a letter in the mail from a nearby church asking me to change my religion because said religion was supporting homosexuals. You know what, I'm thinking of going to their service on Sunday and letting them know what I think of their Hate mail they sent me. Deeply offensive.
Then I find out that a Shrub (George W. Bush) does not support seperation of Church and State. And infact wants to have state 'sponsored' 'official' religions!
Personally I am getting a little sick and tired of intollerance. Furthermore, I am gettign sick of Gerorge W. Bush. The man makes my skin crawl. Please, someone offer me a job outside of Texas...
A concerned Vermont parent wrote an interesting letter to the editor
regarding the gay rights conflict.