by Robert – Islamic theologians equate homosexuality to adultery regarding punishment. However, this does not mean that any Muslim is allowed to kill a gay. The decision regarding the death penalty must be made by Muslim authorities. There are different opinions regarding who exactly has such authority, and many Muslim theologians say that only Khalif (the Muslim ruler of the Muslim theocratic country) can do so. However, there are no Khalifs now. Well, this is the opinion of many of Sunni theologians. Other Muslim groups may have other opinions.
Rev. Dr. Jo Hudson – I’ve often wondered if God had angels and prophets begin their pronouncements with these words because they were getting ready to bring really challenging news or just the appearance of angels or the prophets speaking with the voice of God were enough to scare the pants off everyone.
These links were originally from¬†glbtq.com¬†– once an excellent encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, & queer culture but now archived.¬† Used with Permission. While denominations such as the¬†Metropolitan Community Church¬†and the¬†Unitarian Universalists¬†welcome full participation by glbtq members and clergy, others are divided over glbtq issues, and some are ardent supporters of the most homophobic elements … Read more
by Vaughn Roste – The title of this article is surprising, perhaps even offensive to some people. It combines two powerful words in a way that might seem strange to most. What could queer – a word connected with homosexuality – and Luther possibly have in common?
Archbishop Bruce J. Simpson, OSJB – Just when I think the Roman Church has hit the bottom of the gutter with all of the Papal and Vatican sponsored attacks against the Gay community, we learn that we have yet to see the bottom. The latest news to disgust me is the refusal of the San Diego Diocese to allow any of its parishes to bury a gay man who happened to have owned two gay bars during his lifetime.
by John Shore – It is inevitable that Christians who would now be described as “liberal” will be the overwhelming majority of Christians in America. That sea change, the waters of which we already feel swelling everywhere around us, can no sooner be stopped than can the moon passing across the night sky. Today’s conservative evangelical Christians who are rallying against “postmodern relativism,” “revisionist secular theology,” “a naturalistic doctrine of God,” or however else they might label the theology of the left, are like yesterday’s horse-and-buggy owners rallying against the newfangled automobile.
by Scott M. Williamson – The life of Jesus was not taken. It was given. Jesus knew that in order to go back to God He had to let go of His body. Jesus knew for the Kingdom of God to succeed, for you and I to be admitted, He had to let go of His body. Our bodies are gifts from God. They bring us much pleasure. There is nothing evil with things that bring us pleasure. Money, sex, food are all blessings given to us by God. But ….
by Dene Moore – Gays and lesbians who grew up in the days when homosexuality was considered a mental illness are now seniors who face continued discrimination and self-imposed silence when it comes to accessing the health-care services they need. “People were once forced into psychiatric institutions,” said Bill Ryan, one of the lead researchers in the study by the McGill University School of Social Work. “Going to a doctor was a very fearful experience for many people.”
by C. Ann Shepherd – 1. Even though current research indicates that sexual orientation is fixed and unchangeable, some still insist that homosexuals could change if they wanted to. Could you change your sexual orientation on demand? Would you want to? Why or why not?
by Shea Serrano – Odd as it seems, men can lactate. Stories include a sailor who put his son to his breast to quiet him and started producing milk; a South American peasant who sustained his child with his own breast milk during his wife’s illness; and a Chippewa man who put his infant to his breast following the death of his wife and produced enough milk to rear the child.
“Coming out of the closet” (very often shortened to “coming out” in winking reference to the public introduction of debutantes) describes the voluntary public announcement of one’s (often homosexual or bisexual) sexual orientation, sexual attractions, gender identity, or paraphilia.
by John Dooley – Historically, Native American Tribes Thought Gays Were Great! Historians say gay and lesbian Two-Spirits have existed in nearly every aboriginal culture, including virtually all North American aboriginal tribes. Two-Spirits were the trendsetters, the songwriters, the vanguard ambassadors to other cultures. Because they were considered to have a spiritual “foot in two worlds,” Two-Spirits presided over conflict resolutions, acted as couples’ counselors, and were prized as the best of shamans.
by Anita Cadonau-Huseby – I‚Äôve been telling you for the last week that I don‚Äôt believe in the concept of eternal damnation, fire and brimstone, or that anyone will spend all eternity in perpetual time-out for their sins, so now seems a good time to take that a little further as to how believing all that impacts how I believe about sin, salvation, and Jesus as Savior.
by Anita Cadonau-Huseby – I‚Äôve come to a place in my life of faith, my relationship with God, and my deepening understanding of grace that I no longer am able to believe that anyone will ever be consigned to the suffering of eternal punishment and banishment from the presence of God. While it seems reasonable to me that there would be a time and place for divine purification and correction there must in my heart and mind ultimately come a time when the soul of every man, woman, and child will be re-united with their Creator.
by Anita Cadonau-Huseby – I’m not about to say that hell doesn’t exist, neither am I saying I believe it does. The fact is that hell, as a locale, can no more be denied than it can be proven since despite all the theological arguments made for or against such a place, certitude on the matter is outside the grasp of all of us until the moment of our death. Until then all we can do is abandon ourselves to our faith and in what we believe – whether it’s traditional church teaching on the matter or personal belief.
by Rick James – Why do gay people feel the need to wear things like that? Straight people don‚Äôt. The truth is, straight people do self-identify on a regular, daily basis; perhaps not with bracelets and the like (although it‚Äôs not unheard of), but in many, if not all aspects of life. Consider this: when a straight couple walks down the street holding hands, they are self-identifying. When a couple gives a peck on the cheek or lips in a public place, they are self-identifying.
by Wayne Besen – Coretta Scott King was a wonderful soul of love and empathy who will be mourned by millions of people. She was the King who was a queen, because she understood her husband’s “dream” was much greater than achieving liberty for one narrow slice of the population. “For many years now, I have been an outspoken supporter of civil and human rights for gay and lesbian people,” Coretta Scott King said at the 25th anniversary luncheon for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.
by Brother Lawrence Damien – The idea of surrogates is a biblical concept. Surrogacy was used to ensure that a barren woman could have children that would be counted as hers and her husband’s. Levirate marriage is similar to surrogacy in that it provided an heir to a man who had died without one. So how does this apply to us in the 21st century? More specifically, how does it apply to gay couples who are unable to have children of their own with their partner but still desire to have and raise children?
by Rev John W Brown – In the last few weeks there have been a rash of young men who have committed suicide because of being bullied for being gay. So what has happened to them? Are they in hell because they took their own life? Is it possible they could be in heaven? Could it be God saw their hearts, knew exactly why they killed themselves and forgave them? What about those who drove these young men to take their lives? What does God think of them?
by Wayne Besen – Gay men are limp-wristed and may have a Queen Gene, according to a controversial segment on CBS’s 60 Minutes, “The Science of Sexual Orientation.” The show suggests that gay men are prissy and prance and wear lavender pants while they lisp and dance. Which can certainly be true, in some cases, but is this just crass stereotyping masquerading as science? The segment featured two sets of twins. The fist pair – Adam and Jared – was nine years old. Jared was tough as nails and had a collection of G.I. Joes, while Adam painted his nails and dreamt of pantyhose.
In 1958, Mildred Jeter, a black woman legally married Richard Loving, a white man in the District of Columbia. They returned to their home in Virginia. Under a Virginia law enacted in 1662, blacks and whites were prohibited from marrying. In 1967, in the case of Loving v. Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down miscegenation laws that prohibited blacks and whites from marrying as a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause.
by Wayne Besen – University lecturers left their classrooms this week to lecture Focus on the Family’s James Dobson to tell him he has no class. The tenured were teed off and staged a revolt because they were revolted by how Dobson had perverted their work in TIME magazine. In a Time magazine guest column criticizing Mary Cheney, Dobson justified his trashing of gay families by citing the work of renowned researchers. But instead of allowing their work to be distorted, the scholars hollered and told Dobson to stop lying for the Lord.
by Wayne Besen – Famed psychiatrist says Focus on the Family has chronically exaggerated his scientific data from a 2001 study to support their anti-gay political agenda. “The gay person who is thinking about entering some kind of program to change should know that the likelihood of success is quite small. And, of course, Focus on the Family does not say that,” said Dr. Robert Spitzer, a professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, in an exclusive video interview with Truth Wins Out.
by Wayne Besen – Ex-gay groups notoriously pressure gay people into heterosexual marriage by parading happy wedding photos. Unfortunately, they never show people the divorce papers, which paint a more realistic picture of these doomed marriages. Ex-gay groups often have little regard for the spouses and children and treat them as collateral damage in their their zeal to prove that you can pray away the gay.
by Scott (Ellie) White – I don’t think they could begin to understand how “love the sinner, hate the sin” doesn’t cut it with this community. It’s like saying, sure, we don’t mind dogs, we love dogs – but leave that mongrel outside. All anyone hears is “hate the sinner with this sin.” It’s getting pretty old. I’m not saying that they have to change their theological stance, but… don’t they have to at least be gracious?
by Archbishop Bruce J. Simpson – I have once again finished reading an official document issued by the Vatican in Rome that deals with the complex issue of gays in ordained ministry. Not since the document “CONSIDERATIONS REGARDING PROPOSALS TO GIVE LEGAL RECOGNITION TO UNIONS BETWEEN HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS,” issued two summers ago by John Paul II, have I been so absolutely dumbfounded at the total lack of knowledge, understanding, compassion, theological insight and right reason as it relates to the homosexual person exhibited by the Vatican hierarchy.
by Archbishop Bruce J. Simpson – Everywhere I turned today, I read yet again another perversion of Holy Scriptures with a decidedly anti-gay twist. It is an epidemic of ignorance and misplaced righteousness.
by Rev. Tessie Mandeville – When you think about it, there are many coming out stories in the Bible. As a matter of fact, in the beginning, God came out through the heavens, the earth, and all of creation. The children of Israel came out of bondage in Egypt and into the promised land. God came out of a closet of laws and commandments and became flesh, in the person of Jesus.
Dear Betty, On May 5, 2001, Pope Paul II begged God’s forgiveness for sins committed by Roman Catholics against Jews, heretics and women. By doing so, he acknowledged that the “Church” has been wrong in the past. This morning, your husband, James, and your guest, Joyce Meyer, acknowledged that within the different denominations, we all … Read more
by Jan Prout – A Canadian television station has apologized publicly to viewers for a telecast of American evangelist Jimmy Swaggart’s television program in which he threatened to kill gays. During the program, a rambling sermon by Swaggart who is trying to rehabilitate himself after an arrest for soliciting a prostitute, the televangelist turned to the subject of gay marriage.
by Roberta Showalter Kreider – In August of 1984, my youngest brother, who had been my childhood playmate, died with AIDS. Just two weeks earlier, while visiting him in the hospital, he told my husband and I his lifelong secret. He was gay and had always been gay. I have wished many times since that brief encounter with the person he really was that we could have been granted more time so that he could help me understand this complex reality. But for some reason (possibly my own pious and judgmental attitude that kept him from sharing this secret with me), our time of unmasked openness with each other was limited to a few short hours. . . . . . .
1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak. 2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance. 3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
by Mary Pearson – Kingston West Free Methodist Church has asked Lauren Min-Pearson to step down from her involvement with the teens at her Church. First and foremost, Lauren is a committed born-again Christian with an intense desire to serve the Lord in her personal life and in her Church community life. She also graduated with distinction as a Child and Youth Worker and has taught English in Korea for 3 years. She is a full-time employee at Pathways For Children and so is not only well qualified to teach these teens but also has a love and understanding of their needs. Perhaps no one is more suited than she to bring the necessary requirements to the position she once held.
ALEXANDRIA, IN (Press Release) – Apparently, a visit by Marsha Stevens to a Gaither Homecoming concert in 2002 is being misrepresented and misused by her and others. Marsha Stevens is an outspoken lesbian singer-songwriter who operates an organization called Born Again Lesbian Music (BALM Ministries). Her story is a sad one. In 1969, as the … Read more
by Mary Pearson – This beautiful poem is being presented on the internet as “A translation of ‘The Lord’s Prayer’, directly from the Aramaic into English – rather than from Aramaic to Greek to Latin to English”, but please read on after the poem for the truth, and an opportunity to hear “The Lord’s Prayer” spoken in Aramaic.
by Brother Lawrence Damien – The church would claim that Jesus was single, taught celibacy, as did the Apostle Paul. They would also claim that all the apostles were single so they could devote themselves fully to God. They would say that Paul taught that celibacy was better than marriage and a higher calling. So those following celibacy were believed to have a higher calling and to be holier than those who didn’t, and were closer to perfection. So what is the truth here?
by Gabrielle Bauer – Secretly, many parents hope not. But if the answer is yes, there’s a lot of support to help you and your child along the journey.
by C. Ann Shepherd – The typical married couple in America receives over 160 benefits and rights by virtue of their union. It seems ironic that a heterosexual couple married for one hour, has more rights and benefits than a same-sex couple that has been together for 30 years. The following is only a sample of some of the rights and benefits provided by legal marriage.
Rev. Dr. Jerry S. Maneker – When it comes to sexual arousal, a woman’s mind and body are less in sync than a man’s, a review of research finds. If this finding holds true, it might well be that Gay sexual relationships might well be more compatible and satisfying than are many heterosexual relationships! When perception and reality are in synch, we can expect that sexual intimacy will be more satisfying and even more intense than when they are not in synch.
Practitioners Should Avoid Telling Clients They Can Change from Gay to Straight – TORONTO -The American Psychological Association adopted a resolution Wednesday stating that mental health professionals should avoid telling clients that they can change their sexual orientation through therapy or other treatments.
by Wayne Besen – There is “no evidence that sexual orientation change efforts work.” This was the American Psychological Association’s verdict on “ex-gay” therapy after an appointed task force of experts studied the issue for two years. This conclusion did not surprise those of us who work with people who have been harmed by such programs. For example, I just interviewed Patrick McAlvey, who entered therapy to change his sexual orientation at the age of 19. His counselor, Mike Jones, is the director of Corduroy Stone, an affiliate of Exodus International…
by Wayne Besen – From the very beginning, the “ex-gay” ministries have been enmeshed in a series of high profile failures. In addition to the crestfallen Paulk, the following are the most well publicized defections and scandals in the colorful annals of “ex-gay” history:
by Rev John Brown – One of the most popular teachings in many Evangelical, Pentecostal and Charismatic churches today is the rapture theory. Depending on what you believe, it may happen prior to the tribulation, in the middle of the tribulation, or at the end of it. Basically it says that there are two stages to the coming of Christ. The first is an invisible coming of the Lord, at which time all the saved on earth will be snatched up into the clouds to meet Jesus. This is called the rapture. There they will remain while God pours out His wrath on the earth (pre tribulation view).
by Patti Thorn – Julie Anne Peters, 52, is the author of 11 novels for children and young adults. The last two have taken her into controversial territory, exploring gender identity and sexual orientation issues. Luna, the nominated book, features a transgender character – a teenage boy named Liam who considers himself female in every way, except physically. Secretly, he dresses in women’s clothes, transforming into his true self, a girl he calls Luna.
Unofficial List Of Famous or Distinguished Names (with Date of Birth and Death and Occupation) In Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Queer History / Herstory
by Rev. Frederick L. Pattison – Mahatma Gandhi, the renowned leader of the people of India, in seeking to overthrow British colonial rule of his native land, was an avid reader. Although a Hindu, in his quest for freedom, he read the four Christian Gospels. He wanted to know more about Jesus of Nazareth. In his reading of the Gospels, Gandhi was impressed with this man whom Christians worship and follow. Where could he find out more about this Jesus whom Christians refer to as “the Christ – the Messiah?” …
I am the girl kicked out of her home because I confided in my mother that I am a lesbian. I am the prostitute working the streets because nobody will hire a transsexual woman. I am the sister who holds her gay brother tight through the painful, tear-filled nights. We are the parents who buried … Read more
by Vaughn Roste – I hope the church is coming to an understanding of the damage that it has done, and continues to do, to LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer) people. I hope that it’s starting to realize how its policies hurt others, and itself. And I believe it’s possible that critical mass might soon be achieved by those who wish to effect change. Let me give you, as concisely as possible, ten reasons why the ELCIC should accept LGBTQ clergy.