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Michele Bachmann: Gays Want To Let Adults ‘Freely Prey On Little Children Sexually’


I see news articles like this, and I just don’t know what to say.  I understand that there is hatred and prejudice still against many people.  African-Americans, Latinos, Gays, and more.  I get it.  But when someone of “influence” says incredibly stupid things that aren’t only homophobic but stupid as well, I just don’t know what to do.

I can’t tell if I should scream, laugh, or what.

Michele Bachmann: Gays Want To Let Adults ‘Freely Prey On Little Children Sexually’

Homophobic & Ignorant Michele Bachmann

Homophobic & Ignorant Michele Bachmann

The Minnesota Republican warned that the gay community will “abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually. That’s the deviance that we’re seeing embraced in our culture today.”

She also predicted that gay rights advocates will legalize polygamy and enact “hate speech laws across the United States” in order to bring about “the rise of tyranny.”

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100 Faith Leaders To Obama: Religious Liberty Shouldn’t Be Used To Discriminate Against LGBT People


100 Faith Leaders To Obama: Religious Liberty Shouldn’t Be Used To Discriminate Against LGBT People

A group of more than 100 religious clergy, theologians, and faith leaders sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday urging him not to include religious exemptions in a forthcoming executive order prohibiting federal contractors from using hiring polices that discriminate against LGBT people.

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Soon after President Obama announced in June his intention to issue an executive order protecting the rights of LGBT Americans who work for federal contractors, some religious organizations began pressuring the administration to include an exemption for faith groups with government contracts. They argued that because some faith traditions have yet to fully embrace LGBT equality, they should be able to opt out of the executive order while still using federal funds. But the 100 religious signers of Tuesday’s letter rebuked this position, insisting that the government is called to a higher standard of inclusiveness — especially when taxpayer money is involved.

“As faith and civic leaders dedicated to affirming the sacred dignity and equal worth of every person, we are grateful for your upcoming executive order ending discrimination against LGBT people in hiring by federal contractors,” the letter read. “We urge you not to include a religious exemption in the executive order. In keeping with the principle that our government must adhere to the highest standards of ethics and fairness in its own operations, we believe that public dollars should not be used to sanction discrimination.”

“Furthermore, if selective exemptions to the executive order were permitted, the people who would suffer most would be the people who always suffer most when discrimination is allowed: the individuals and communities that are already marginalized.”

The letter’s signers included several prominent Christian voices and clergy such as the Very Rev. Gary Hall, Dean of the Washington National Cathedral, Bishop Melvin Talbert of the United Methodist Church, and Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Organizers of the letter also noted that among the signers were four former members of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and five members of a presidential taskforce to reform the office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

“It is not right for any person or any corporation to use their religious beliefs, no matter how sincerely held, to trample the rights and beliefs of others,” Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church and a signer of the letter, said in a press release. “Nothing could be more contrary to the Golden Rule, articulated in every world religion.”

The letter also listed the names of many non-Christian leaders who oppose an exemption, such as Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and Imam Daayiee Abdullah of the Light of Reform Mosque in Washington, D.C.

The move is a counterpoint to several other letters penned by faith leaders who favor a religious exemption. On June 25, a group of 140 conservative religious leaders asked the president to include an exemption to assist groups who “simply desire to utilize staffing practices consistent with their deep religious convictions.” The following Tuesday — the day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that closely held for profit corporations could ignore the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate on religious grounds — another group of 14 Christian leaders relatively close to the administration sent a letter to the White House favoring a way for faith groups to ignore the executive order. Then, last Thursday, Buzzfeed reported the existence of a private letter to the president penned by Jim Wallis, head of Christian activist group Sojourners, that was circulated among many prominent clergy and also endorsed an exemption.

Despite these efforts, progressive people of faith remain firmly opposed to a religious exemption. An online petition blasting the proposed exemption posted last week by Faithful America, a progressive Christian online advocacy group, has already garnered more than 30,000 signatures by people of faith. Many prominent religious voices — including several that signed today’s letter — have also publicly opposed any religious exemption that would allow for the discrimination of LGBT people. In addition, a February 2014 poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute found that solid majorities of both political parties and every major religious group support workplace nondiscrimination laws for gay and lesbian people.

And while many religious and secular groups endorsed similar religious exemptions written into the Employee Nondiscrimination Act, LGBT groups such as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund are now opposing those as well. This mirrors the increasingly pro-LGBT perspective of the general public: a June poll conducted by the First Amendment Center found that a majority of Americans do not see an inherent conflict between recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples and “religious freedom.”

Attorneys ask judge to decide Ariz. same-sex marriage case without trial


PHOENIX — Attorneys for the state of Arizona and a group of gay and lesbian couples who sued over the state’s ban on same-sex marriage want a federal judge to decide the case without a trial.

ArizonaThe attorneys told U.S. District Court Judge John W. Sedwick on Monday they think he can instead rule based on arguments each side will file in the coming months.

The couples argue that the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection and due process clauses are violated by the state law barring them from being married.

The case will be heard after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hears appeals from Idaho and Nevada in September on cases from those states.

A federal judge struck down Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage in May. Another federal judge upheld Nevada’s ban in 2012.

The cases are Connolly v. Roche and Majors v. Horne.

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Being Gay & Christian is tough


I think it is a true shame, that many LGBT people feel that they are not welcome in Churches or other places of worship for their creator.  Jesus Christ’s message of love and caring has fallen on deaf ears and is instead replaced with hatred, fear, anger and bigotry.  Being a gay man, many times I am not comfortable around Christians and I am not comfortable around many other gay men because, well frankly, they are so upset by the behavior of Christians, they feel the need to attack me and my beliefs.
Having said that, I found a great  graphical representation of what it means to be a proud LGBT Christian.

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Chicago’s Gay Community Gets Revenge On Republican Candidate In The Best Way Possible


I personally think this is perfect.  Why? Well, because instead of spending huge amounts on TV advertisements, this showed the LGBT community, our supporters, even corporate sponsors what kind of candidate Bruce Rauner is.  I know first hand that many businesses have decided to support LGBT causes not just because it’s the correct thing to do, but also because it’s good for business.

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Can you use the Bible to justify ‘gay-bashing’?


Very well put. Too many people pick and choose which Bible verses they want to adhere to. Thank you for the well thought out posting.

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NO, to put it short.

Westboro Baptist Church have hit the headlines over the last few years, coming to my notice first a few years ago through a Louis Theroux documentary. Fred Phelps and his followers have promoted a hate-filled charge at homosexuality, using the funerals of fallen US soldiers as a medium to spread the idea that these men died because God clearly hates gays. A sign saying ‘God hates fags’ being held by a small child is clearly wrong on so many levels, but these men and women believe to their very cores that they are justified in spreading these opinions, despite the media attention that very probably acts as a medium to give them more notice than they deserve. Do they have a point though? Is there a way of justifying the hatred of homosexuality? Can you use the word of God to stop this? 

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Pastor says pro-gay country singer would have been hanged


Pastor says pro-gay country singer would have been hanged

kaceyA right-wing US pastor has criticized country singer Kacey Musgraves for supporting LGBT rights.

The singer, who won the awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Album at this year’s Grammys, has spoken out in support of gay marriage and LGBT rights generally in recent years.

Last year she released the song Follow Your Arrow, which pastor Kevin Swanson argues “promotes homosexuality”.

The song features lyrics such as “kiss lots of boys, or kiss lots of girls, if that’s what you’re into…” and “love who you love, ’cause you just get so many trips ’round the sun”.

Discussing the song on his radio show on April 10, Human Rights Watch reports, Swanson said:”Let me say this, if she had sang [sic] that thing in a country bar in the 1920s or 1880s in Denver, Colorado, somebody would’ve called for a rope, ‘Get a rope!’

“You know what would have happened, she would not have made it out of town in the 1880s, 1920s, 1940s or 1960s.”

Meanwhile, Musgraves will be performing at the upcoming GLAAD Media Awards in New York on May 3 – the first time a country singer has sung at the LGBT rights event.

The President & CEO of GLAAD – the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation – said in a statement: “Kacey Musgraves is ushering in a new era in the country music industry, where supporting all loving families is now a core country value.

“It’s only fitting then that Kacey is to become the first country music artist to perform at the New York GLAAD Media Awards.”

Watch Kacey Musgrave’s Follow Your Arrow video below.

Original Posting: http://attitude.co.uk/pastor-says-upcoming-pro-gay-country-singer-hung/

Africa’s Anti-Gay Movement Spreads to Ethiopia: AP Reports


Two groups in Ethiopia said Thursday that they will hold an anti-gay demonstration later this month, a move that puts Ethiopia in line to become the next African country to increase the public demonization of gays.

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The rally set for April 26 comes as Ethiopia’s parliament considers taking action on anti-gay legislation. New legislation in Uganda and Nigeria this year has increased penalties for homosexual acts in those two countries, sending many gays underground or out of the country.

The government-affiliated Addis Ababa Youth Forum and a religious group associated with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church told a news conference that an increasing rate of homosexual acts in the country has reached an alarming rate.

“Children are being raped by gay people in this country. Just yesterday we have met a woman whose boy was raped by two other men. All in all, gay acts are against health, the law, religion and our culture, so we should break the silence and create awareness about it,” said Dereje Negash, chairman of the church group, the Weyiniye Abune Tekelehaimanot Association.

The bill was sponsored by the Ministry of Justice and could be put to a vote this month.

Though the organizers said that there is no specific reason for the timing of the planned demonstration, a prominent blogger and gay activist said that gay-bashing rhetoric is likely to increase in the run-up to elections for parliament next year. Ezana Solomon said the anti-gay movement is trying to invade personal privacy under the banner of child protection.

“I refuse to be labeled a rapist, molester or an abuser since I have never committed those things ever. I think the logical or right thing to do is when I have committed those crimes, I should put to justice. This campaign is not justifiable under any circumstance,” Ezana said.

“If someone thinks my being gay is a sin, in my opinion the only thing you are allowed or should be allowed to do is to pray for me and your boundary ends there,” Ezana said.

The demonstration organizers said the protest will be held under the theme “Keeping alien culture and homosexuality at bay.” They said they hope to see thousands of residents and some senior government officials come to the protest.

“Gay practices are not our culture so we wanted the society to be aware of the danger and protect itself,” said Tsegaye Gebretsadik, chairman of the Addis Ababa Youth Forum.

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ALERT: ‘Super Gay Male Soldiers’ Coming For USA Christians, Warns Radio Host [Audio]


ALERT: ‘Super Gay Male Soldiers’ Coming For USA Christians, Warns Radio Host [Audio]

How crazy do people have to be? Super Gay Male Soldiers who idolize Adolf Hitler who are coming for USA Christians.  Really, people??  But, please, if they look like the soldiers below, PLEASE help me find them.

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An extreme right-wing US radio host is warning of “a race of super gay male soldiers” that is plotting to kill Christians and take over America.

 

During a radio broadcast on Friday, Rick Wiles of TruNews claimed that Naziism was a “radical homosexual movement” and that Hitler was “trying to create race of super gay male soldiers”, according to Right Wing Watch. He also claims that gay rights advocates are literal Nazis who idolize Adolf Hitler.

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