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"On Sunday afternoon, Ramsey County District Judge John Van de North confirmed that Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt, one of the nation’s most vocal and vociferous Catholic anti-LGBT voices, must testify about covering up child abuse within the church in Minnesota. Sunday’s ruling, which mirrored his decision early last week, came in response to the Twin Cities archdiocese’s appeal to stay the testimony.
"Firstly, homosexuality is not un-African, but homophobia is. The persecution and criminalization of gay people in Africa can be traced directly to imported religions and colonization.
Secondly, homosexuality is not un-natural, a ‘lifestyle choice’ or ‘curable’.
And thirdly, until the UK, the US, the Catholic and Anglican churches and other foreign influences take responsibility for their part in breeding intolerance and hatred towards LGBTI people in Uganda and Africa, fighting the legacy they have left us with will be so much harder.”
No matter what platitudes Pope Francis offers LGBTQ’s his minions actions speak louder than the Pope’s words.
“The term love is a very loaded term. I would hope that as a priest, someone charged with teaching morality and what the church considers to be morality, that what he was talking about is the right to love everyone and anyone. I hope he was not talking about love in the sense of sex because again, the church has said very clearly that homosexual acts are against natural law,” Harris said.
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‘God becomes a brand – I know that. A lot of people make a lot of money and here you have churches that have billions of dollars and they can care less about the poor people that come to their church – that is another discussion we can have another time.
‘But faith has nothing to do with violence and I refuse to be put in the position where somebody would tell me, “Well, you [have to] hate those people because they are so and so, that religion is this and this.”’- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/afrobeat-star-angelique-kidjo-speaks-out-against-homophobia-africa040214#sthash.fDfyOSSC.dpuf
'Homophobia is a western import, homosexuality is not.'
"A sign on the door of the close bakery vowed: ‘This fight is not over. We will continue to stand strong. Your Religious Freedom is becoming not Free anymore. This is ridiculous that we can not practice our faith. The LORD is good and we will continue to serve Him with all our heart.’"
Maybe if they ‘practiced’ their faith a little harder they would learn to do unto others and not cast the first stone.
TW: religiosity, fundamentalist hubris
Jodi-Ann Gilpin, Gleaner Writer
Peter LaBarbera, president of the Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), in the United States of America (US), has encouraged Jamaicans to be grounded in their Christian beliefs and not to be lured by other countries in repealing the buggery law.
"The United States has no business lecturing anybody about sexual morality. America has rampant abortions, rampant promiscuity, and I stand wholeheartedly with Jamaicans and encourage you all to hold to your beliefs, " LaBarbera told The Gleaner.
LaBarbera made the comments Saturday following The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society International Human Rights conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.
"We are all watching Jamaica to see what happens (buggery law), and I believe if Jamaica can stand up and not bow to the pressure, you can be an example to the world. There is no need to follow anybody," LaBarbera said.
Similarly, Andrea Williams, a Christian lobbyist in the legal public policy arena in the United Kingdom, told The Gleaner that family values should be prioritised.
"When we begin to make normal something that is contrary to proper family standards, that is social engineering, and we are in serious trouble, " she said.
"What Jamaica needs to understand is that the homosexual activists have an incremental agenda; because this is where its starts, by them asking for rights, and then our society’s morals become redefined," she continued.
Several US states have lifted the stay on gay marriage, including California earlier this year and Illinois in November.
Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has promised to have the Parliament engage in a conscience vote on whether or not to repeal the buggery act.
Minister with responsibility for information Sandrea Falconer said the debate “will certainly be within this parliamentary year”.
During a leadership debate on the eve of the December 2011 general election, then Opposition Leader Simpson Miller said her administration was committed to the protection of human rights.
Simpson Miller declared that it was time for a review of the buggery law, saying she believed the issue should be put to a conscience vote in the Parliament.
Until Pope Francis reins in his minions, none of the platitudes he professes have any meaning.
"The Vatican may have instructed the bishops to circulate the questionnaire as “widely as possible” but in America, the bishops have decided it is only possible to send the questionnaire to clergy and a few hand-picked lay leaders. Other countries have decided they have the ability to review feedback from the survey, and include it in their report to the Vatican, but American bishops just can’t find the time."
The results of the referendum means Croatia’s constitution will be changed to ban same-sex marriage.
Catholic-backed conservative groups, including Croatia’s HDZ party, have demanded the constitution be amended to maintain the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.
'Marriage is the only union enabling procreation,' Croatian Cardinal Josip Bozanic said in his message to the followers, according to ABC News. 'This is the key difference between a marriage and other unions.'
What the fuck does a (presumably celibate) Cardinal know about procreation, let a lone marriage? The hubris of the holies.
Christian leaders in Kenya have launched a movement to champion gay rights.
The pastors say some religious people have ‘gone against God’s love by condemning gays’.
And one church has now put a rainbow flag above its door and is inviting LGBTI people to come and experience ‘liberated worship’.
Reverend Michael Kimindu, president of the Kenya chapter of United Coalition of Affirming Africans, vowed his new group of over 50 pastors would fight for gay rights.- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/kenya-christian-pastors-start-gay-rights-group-and-fly-rainbow-flag041113#sthash.tRy8d1TB.dpuf
Hozier - Take Me To Church (by HozierMusic)
Directed by Brendan Canty of Feel Good Lost, Hozier says the video “references the recent increase of organised attacks and torturing of homosexuals in Russia, which is subsequent to a long, hateful, and oppressive political campaign against the LGBT community. The song was always about humanity at its most natural, and how that is undermined ceaselessly by religious organisations and those who would have us believe they act in its interests. What has been seen growing in Russia is no less than nightmarish, I proposed bringing these themes into the story and Brendan liked the idea.”
As I said before, Pope Francis’ actions speak louder than his pontifical platitudes.
”In times past excommunication was a huge thing, but today the hierarchy have lost such trust and respect,” he said.
”I’ve come to this position because I’ve followed my conscience on women’s ordination and gay marriage.”
According to church teaching, excommunication is the strongest sanction and means one can not hold any office or receive any sacraments. Being laicised means one is no longer a priest.
"It isn’t that it’s questionable when you speak up for the right of people with different sexual orientation. People took some part of us and used it to discriminate against us. In our case, it was our ethnicity; it’s precisely the same thing for sexual orientation. People are killed because they’re gay. I don’t think, “What do I want to do today? I want to speak up on gay rights.” No. It’s God catching me by my neck."