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    Dec 22, 2012

      Conservative Christians Blame the Gays for Hurricane Sandy

      by Jason St. Amand

      Web Producer / Staff Writer

      Tuesday Oct 30, 2012

      A conservative Christian pastor is blaming Hurricane Sandy, which was expected to impact the Eastern seaboard Monday evening and Tuesday morning, on the LGBT community.

      John McTernan, author, pastor and founder of Defend and Proclaim the Faith ministries, fired off a blog post on the Defend and Proclaim website that suggested the LGBT community and President Barack Obama’s support for marriage equality are to blame for Hurricane Sandy. He also took aim at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.




      October 29, 2012 12:58PM

      Hurricane Sandy Spawns Right-Wing Theodicy

      Post by Candace Chellew-Hodge

      As Hurricane Sandy heads ashore on the east coast of the U.S., far right-wing religious zealots are already calling it a sign from God for everything from U.S. policy on Israel to, of course, the gays.




      UK: Anti-equal marriage bishop chosen to become Archbishop of Canterbury

      by Scott Roberts
      8 November 2012, 11:19am

      The Bishop of Durham Justin Welby, who is strongly opposed to equal marriage, is set to become the next Archbishop of Canterbury.




      Pro-Gay Ex-oilman Named Archbishop of Canterbury

      by Robert Barr

      Associated Press

      Friday Nov 9, 2012

      LONDON - A former oil executive with experience in conflict resolution has been chosen to lead a global Anglican Communion riven by sharply divided views on gay people and their place in the church.

      Prime Minister David Cameron announced Friday that Justin Welby, 56, a fast-rising priest with only a year’s experience as a bishop, had been picked to succeed Rowan Williams as archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Church of England and spiritual leader of the world’s 77 million Anglicans.




      UK: New Archbishop signals openness on LGBT issues

      by Scott Roberts
      9 November 2012, 3:02pm

      The Bishop of Durham Justin Welby, who has been appointed as the new Archbishop of Canterbury, says the Church of England must have “no truck with any form of homophobia”.







      Integrity welcomes the announcement today of the next Archbishop of Canterbury: Bishop Justin Welby, currently Bishop of Durham. It is a difficult position – to be the designated “instrument of unity” for a Communion which is increasingly diverse and attempts to draw together peoples and countries with competing needs. Bishop Welby comes well equipped to take on the challenge, having worked in Africa and being familiar with the Church in several different countries.


      Welby comes from the evangelical wing of the relatively conservative Church of England, and is said to oppose gay marriage. Caroline Hall, President of Integrity USA, said, “Our prayers will be with Bishop Welby as he takes on this enormous challenge. I hope that he will be able to build on the experience of his predecessor, Archbishop Williams and manage not to cave to the tactics of bullies. The majority of Anglicans want to work together to further the reign of God, and it will be Bishop Welby’s task to provide leadership for this cooperation. In the reign of God there is neither male nor female, black nor white, gay nor straight. I hope that he can help us to make this vision of inclusivity a reality throughout the Anglican Communion.”


      When visiting the Episcopal House of Bishops earlier this year, Bishop Welby said, “I pray and hope that we live with confidence and hope, and grow in the ability to live in complexity. That we are able to have diversity without enmity. God has made the churches full of diversity, that is the miracle of unity, praise God for diversity, when lived in love and integrity.” Integrity's hope is that the Bishop will be able so to do.


      Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 10/31/2012



      Unnatural disasters

      By Nancy Wilson and Yvette Flunder

      Natural disasters can bring out people’s best. As Hurricane Sandy roared across the Northeast, people joined together to pile sandbags; they reached out to neighbors who needed a dry place; they risked life and limb to save strangers from a watery grave. Would that all neighbors be treated with such respect in political storms as well.

      As the political storm season comes to a climax, there are unnatural disasters that speak of the human capacity to harm each other.

      In a category 1 unnatural disaster, cartoonish leaders demean religion by blaming lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for the hurricane. Linda Wall , prominent anti-LGBT lawyer claims that the USA is under “God’s judgment.” The Rev. John McTernan blames marriage equality laws for God’s “destructive judgments.”




      US: False advertising lawsuit filed against New Jersey group offering gay ‘conversion therapy’

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      27 November 2012, 11:55pm

      Four gay men in New York have filed a lawsuit accusing a New Jersey-based group of falsely offering “conversion therapy”, with a view to “reversing” their homosexuality.




      November 28, 2012 3:17PM

      Campaign Calls On Anti-Gay Leaders to “Repent”

      Post by Candace Chellew-Hodge

      Soulforce, the faith-based LGBT civil rights organization founded by Mel White, has begun its “Repent Campaign” designed to open up dialogue with right-wing religious leaders.

      Currently, Soulforce is asking people to vote for which “fundamentalists you think most deserve our attention right now in this political moment.” The list is quite long and includes some well known names like National Organization for Marriage leader Maggie Gallagher, radio host and American Family Association public policy director Bryan Fischer, Focus on the Family president Jim Daly, and supporter of Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill Lou Engle.




      US: Evangelical Christian man fakes being gay for a year as research for a new book

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      4 December 2012, 11:30pm

      An evangelical Christian man from Tennessee has cause controversy by pretending to be gay for a year, as research for a new book, and has received criticism from the LGBT community.




      Reparative Therapy is Quackery, Rabbis Agree—But that Doesn’t Mean it’s Okay to Be Gay

      By Jay Michaelson

      Three things happened in the gay Jewish Orthodox world this past week: one was reported on CBS and CNN, and the other two passed relatively unnoticed. But to really understand the former, you need to know about the latter two.

      The big development was the lawsuit filed by four former clients of JONAH (“Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing”), the leading Jewish “reparative therapy” organization. The clients, and two of their parents, have sued JONAH for fraud, claiming that the organization peddled quack therapies that were ineffective and counterproductive. This is big news, and, if successful, the suit would represent the second major blow against “reparative therapy” this year—the first being California’s banning of it entirely.




      US: Christian right leader continues support for Ugandan President, despite “kill the gays” bill

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      7 December 2012, 5:49pm

      Despite the fact that the Ugandan Parliament has been reviving its so-called ‘kill the gays’ bill, the US-based Family Research Council has continued to offer its support to the country’s president.




      Singing Loud And Proud: Choir For LGBT Mormons Breaks Out

      by Andrea Smardon

      December 14, 2012 5:51 PM

      All Things Considered

      Growing up in Utah, Ross Owen watched the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on television every Sunday with his family.

      "It was almost like watching a rock concert, and I thought, 'Oh, I'd love to do that,' " he says.

      But by the time Owen was old enough to join the choir, he was no longer a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; he had been excommunicated after he came out as gay.




      San Francisco: Gay-friendly ‘Queen James’ Bible launched

      by Scott Roberts
      13 December 2012, 7:06pm

      A San Francisco Episcopal minister has launched what’s been described as a new “Gay Bible”.




      Vatican paper says marriage equality efforts aim for a gay ‘utopia’

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      18 December 2012, 12:36pm

      The media in the Vatican has likened moves towards equal marriage to a communist-like “utopia”, and said that the Catholic Church will not accept “fashionable” changes in favour of equality.




      Bishop Gene Robinson: Jesus was pro-gay and spent most of his time with 12 men

      by Scott Roberts
      17 December 2012, 2:00pm

      The US Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, says Jesus would have approved of gay families and of LGBT relationships in general.




      US: Republican Todd Akin pushes for homophobic ‘licence to bully’ law

      by Scott Roberts
      19 December 2012, 1:57pm

      Missouri Republican Representative Todd Akin is giving one last push to an anti-gay bill before leaving the US House of Representatives.




      US Pentecostal churches blamed for homophobia ‘surge’ in Africa

      by Scott Roberts
      19 December 2012, 10:38am

      Extreme elements of the US Pentecostal Church are behind the ‘surge’ in homophobia across Africa, according to human rights groups.




      Save lives in Uganda

      Anti-homosexuality bill called ‘world’s most harsh’

      by Amee Paparella on December 19, 2012

      [Called Out Editors’ Note – This article was published after the Ugandan Parliament went on recess without bringing up the bill.  Still, it’s encouraging that someone in The UMC had the guts to go on record.]

      Lives of our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) brothers and sisters in Uganda are in jeopardy.

      The Uganda Parliament is considering a bill that would impose more severe punishments for homosexual acts, which are already illegal there. The re-introduced bill would put LBGT individuals and their families at great risk. It has been called the "world's most harsh and comprehensively homophobic law."



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