Brazil and Peru ended with Presbyterian Church in USA over gay marriage
In another example of Christian discord over gay inclusion, Presbyterian churches in Brazil and Peru have ended their partnerships with the Presbyterian Church (USA) after the U.S. denomination changed its constitution because of celebrating same-sex marriages.
Mexico stopped partnering with the denomination after it allowed the ordination of sexually active gays and lesbians in 2011.
The South American churches hold differing views on inclusion of gays and lesbians in the life of the church said Rev. Gradye Parsons.
“It’s a continuum of what people think God is calling them to do with LGBT issues”, he said. “Some think they should be loved and changed, and some think they should be loved and accepted.”
Projects in Brazil should continue education for pastors and missionaries, and participation in a church-planting partnership in Latin America.
The Evangelical Presbyterian, Reformed Church of Peru, Presbyterian churches in Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua and the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil were among the South American churches that partnered with the U.S. denomination.
About 94 million Christians belong to international churches founded or co-founded by PCUSA.
June 21, 2016
Even Frito-Lay Employees Freaked Out About GS&P’s Gay Doritos
In case Pope Francis’s arrival in the United States made you think for a brief moment that we live in an agreeable, harmonious society filled with people who only want each other to live happy and satisfying lives, here’s a reminder that you’re totally wrong.
GS&P recently created a bag of rainbow-colored chips for client Doritos in partnership with the gay advocacy group It Gets Better, and certain parties just COULD NOT DEAL because they have no more productive way to spend their limited time on this planet. It’s rare for Adweek to attract real trolls, but this post somehow did–and it didn’t even include the words “Kim Davis.”
As the fat, sweaty fingers writing right-wing gossip blog Breitbart put it, “Doritos Aligns with Anti-Christian Bully Dan Savage.” From that post:
“The rainbow color of the Dorito chips represent the LGBT rainbow flag, a symbol now widely seen as one of anti-Christian hate and bigotry.”
What a smart take!
Who said advertising doesn’t matter?
May 15, 2016
‘Bible Scripture’ Used Against Defiant Kentucky – But Which Verse Is It?
It’s a billboard that Planting Peace said is intended to take aim at the oft-times “rigid” definition of marriage that a “substantial number of zealots” refer to when stating their rejection of same-sex nuptials.
The organization said that there are many young people who are taking their lives over anti-gay messages that leave them feeling “broken,” and that the organization is seeking to counter Davis’ sentiment.
According to the Washington Post, the statement on the billboard is “an apparent reference to biblical verses that permit the selling of women.” And Time adds that it is in reference to a “Bible scripture in Exodus that suggests women can be sold into a marriage.”
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listens to a customer following her office’s refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Although her appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied, Davis still refuses to issue marriage licenses. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
May 4, 2016
Gay Catholic Was Invited To White House To Welcome Pope Francis
“My name is Aaron Jay Ledesma.
I’m from Houston, Texas.
I’m honored and humbled to have been invited to the White House when President Obama welcomes Pope Francis.
I’m still shocked that so many people are even interested in my visit.
Now, I may have not said those exact words, but my blog, The Gay Catholic, does explain how I try to reconcile my faith and my relationship with God as an openly gay man.
The why behind it all.
Religion and politics aside, wouldn’t anyone want to be present at the White House when the President of the United States welcomes the Pope, especially in 2015?
I mean, SCOTUS legalized gay marriage in the United States this year and we have a Pope who speaks of compassion, love and less judgement of the LGBT community.
The two governing bodies I love and believe in are coming together. Both of which have expressed acceptance and support of the LGBT community. That’s why I want to be there at the White House.
May 1, 2016
LGBT in Uganda Put Faith in Pope Francis
Gay activists are hoping Pope Francis will preach tolerance toward homosexuals, and even go so far as to condemn violent attacks against gays during his upcoming visit to Uganda. Church leaders, however, are praying he’ll avoid the issue altogether.
In Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal and where attacks against gays have forced many to seek refuge abroad or lead secret lives at home, gay leaders nevertheless hope Francis will weigh in with a firm message of tolerance.
Frank Mugisha, a prominent gay leader, said: “ “I see this particular pope as more progressive, but I wouldn’t call him an ally like [US President Barack] Obama. I would like to see his position very clearly because what he said came as a by-the-way when he said he can’t judge.”
Archbishop John Baptist Odama stated: “I doubt that Pope Francis will talk about homosexuals. There is a clear teaching of the church on homosexuality. Because the aim of it is not to promote life, but to act against it, those with that tendency are called to abstinence.”
Frank Mugisha, the gay activist, believes a message of compassion from Francis might challenge local church leaders to be less hostile toward those who are openly gay.
He said: “We want a position that is very clear from the Vatican that says, ‘Do not discriminate, do not harm homosexuals,’ a message of tolerance.”
April 19, 2016
Drama Teacher Delivers The Best Response To Homophobic Mother
A drama teacher from Kidderminster, England, Michael Neri (26), recently received a text from a mother who feels he shouldn’t teach children because he’s gay.
The teacher was pretty devastated after learning that two of his students would no longer be attending his drama classes.
His students’ parents sent him a text to say that after they “learned of his lifestyle” they no longer wanted their children to attend class because they might be influenced by his “unconventional ideas”.
The photograph was shared on Facebook by Regan Shepherd on 17 November, it has since been uploaded to Imgur and has been viewed more than 50,000 times.
The mother sent him a message that reads:
“Hi Michael. Following our chat this week I have decided that [child] and [child] will not be attending class on Monday. You have a strong reputation for performing arts which encouraged me to sign my children up for classes.I have recently learned of your lifestyle and as a Christian I cannot allow my children to be influenced by unconventional ideas. It is our belief that a man should marry a woman. I look forward to receiving my deposit which you may post to me via check.”
And Neri gave her just the perfect response:
“I would be lying if I said I was disappointed to hear this. I pride my students on the respect and love they have for others and their passion for equality. You would only be infringing on our family. As far as I’m aware, my sexuality doesn’t affect my ability to teach, just like it wouldn’t affect a doctor’s ability to treat one of your children should they become unwell. I’m sure your children’s health would come first should they need emergency treatment, or would you need to check their doctor’s lifestyle prior to their life-saving operation?
“I wish you luck in finding an appropriate stage school that meets your needs, however from experience I find that theatre without gays is like cooking without spices.”
“I hear StageCoach are enrolling but their teachers have been known to wear mixed fabrics which I’m sure you are aware is forbidden in the Bible (Leviticus 19:19). Please feel free to come see our musical ‘Happy Days’, confetti will be used in the finale but please rest assured this is not an attempt to corrupt your Christian lifestyle. We just love glitter
“Unfortunately deposits are non refundable but don’t worry, your deposit has been donated to Stonewall, an LGBT charity.
April 14, 2016
Gay Catholic Priest Reveals His “Secret Agony”
A Catholic priest had to be voiced by an actor on interview on BBC Radio Ulster’s Stephen Nolan Show, because he feared ostracism not only by the Church, but also by his family.
He also told how he feared being thrown out of the Catholic Church and disowned by his parents.
He said he has known he was gay since he was ten years old and growing up gay in Northern Ireland was “very, very difficult”.
“I couldn’t express it in any way. My parents are very conservative in their views and thinking, and being surrounded by people making homophobic remarks and viewpoints was really difficult.”
“I really struggled with my sexuality and I suppose I still do to some extent. So for someone to say it’s a lifestyle choice is nothing short of a disgusting slur because there are times I wish I wasn’t gay, so that dismisses the whole theory in my view … it certainly isn’t on my part.”
The priest said his sexuality “partly” pushed him into the priesthood, adding that many other men have entered the priesthood as a “cover”.
He said he accepted the rules of his profession when he entered the priesthood but has struggled more with it as he has aged.
“I had been driven to contemplate suicide, and recently I had felt in that position and it has taken its toll on my mental health, and there are others who feel the same,” he said.
“I felt the burden was getting too much and I was struggling every day. It does weigh heavily on my mind. I am not saying I will go through with it, I am saying I will contemplate it.”
April 7, 2016
Child Removed From Foster Parents Because They Are Gay
April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce of Carbon County said the baby they’ve loved and raised for the last three months will be removed from their home and sent to heterosexual foster parents because a judge said the baby would be better-off.
“We are shattered,” said April. Judge Scott Johansen ordered the baby removed from their house in seven days.
The women, who are legally married and were approved as foster parents in Utah earlier this year after passing home inspections, background checks and interviews from DCFS, said the judge told them there was a lot of research that indicated children who are raised in same-sex parent homes do not do as well as children who are raised by heterosexual parents.
“It hurts me really badly because I haven’t done anything wrong,” said April. The women say the baby has thrived in their home since she arrived three months ago. They want to adopt her and grow their family. They are already raising Beckie’s children who are 12 and 14.
They say the foster child’s state-appointed attorney supports them as does the biological mother of the baby – she wants her child to stay with her foster mothers.
Attorney Mandie Torgerson, who represents the baby’s biological mother, said Johansen did not cite the research he referenced in court saying only that there are “a myriad” of studies that support his order.
March 26, 2016
GOP Candidates Joining Anti-Gay Rally
GOP candidates Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal were among the bold-faced names present at the two-day event, held last weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. Still, most headlines focused on Pastor Kevin Swanson, the conference’s chief organizer, who linked a same-sex kiss to devastating wildfires in his home state of Colorado and condemned Harry Potter because author J.K. Rowling specified that a principal character was a gay man.
“This is a political event. This is a Republican presidential candidates’ event,” Maddow emphasized. “It really was a ‘kill-the-gays’ call to arms. This was a conference about the necessity of the death penalty as a punishment for homosexuality.”
The event, dubbed the National Religious Liberties Conference, was hosted by pastor Kevin Swanson, who delivered a fiery speech in which he said Biblical law calls for “homosexuals” to be executed.
“Yes, Leviticus 20:13 calls for the death penalty for homosexuals,” he said. Swanson said he was “willing to go to jail for standing on the truth of the word of God.”
When the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law of the land in June, Cruz urged states to ignore the legislation in an interview with NPR. “[On] a great many issues, others have largely acquiesced, even if they were not parties to the case”
March 21, 2016
Mormon Church Banned All Children With Same-Sex Parents
The LDS Church unveiled the new anti-LGBT policy, outlining changes to future versions of the Church handbook.
Eric Hawkins, an LDS Church spokesman, said in his statement: “Church handbooks are policy and procedural guides for lay leaders who must administer the church in many varied circumstances throughout the world.”
“The Church has long been on record as opposing same-sex marriages. While it respects the law of the land, and acknowledges the right of others to think and act differently, it does not perform or accept same-sex marriage within its membership.”
Mormon Church, has introduced a new policy that deems married LGBT couples apostate and prohibits blessing or baptizing children that live in their homes until they turn 18.
According to Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for the church, the decision — which was announced on Thursday afternoon — is effective immediately:
“A natural or adopted child of a parent living in a same-gender relationship, whether the couple is married or cohabiting, may not receive a name and a blessing.”
According to the church’s new policy, the only way a child living in a same-sex household will be allowed to be baptized comes after they turn 18, and they publicly disavow same-sex cohabitation and move out of the household.
March 15, 2016