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December 12, 2014

Nigerian pastor explains why Jesus loves gays but African Christians do not

To win the struggle to change men and women’s hearts and minds, one must consider what the Bible calls strongholds – ideologies, views or thinking that have been held on to for a long time.

When that thinking is wrong, the challenge is great.

Many African strongholds include the view that homosexuality is paganistic and paganism is bad. The second is that gay white men want to pollute black children (see the justifications for Uganda's anti-gay laws).

December 9, 2014

Also says same-sex marriage has 'not crossed our minds'

Pope Francis says the Catholic Church must help parents faced with the 'somewhat unusual situation' of having gay children

He wants the parents to stand by those children but as far as those children growing up and being able to marry someone of the same sex, the Pope says that's not something church leaders have even discussed.

December 9, 2014

Charity says 'genitally expressed' same-sex relationships are unacceptable

The Salvation Army is trying to rebrand itself as a gay-friendly charity ahead of its annual Christmas fundraising campaign.

The Christian homeless charity said accusations of anti-gay discrimination were a 'myth' despite reports to the contrary.

'For years, Facebook posts, forwarded emails and rumors have been leading some people to believe that the Salvation Army does not serve members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community,' it said in a statement.

'These accusations simply aren't true.'

December 4, 2014

Catholic church launches a 16-page pastoral statement against gay marriage

The Irish church has said the legalization of gay marriage would be a 'grave injustice' in a 16-page pastoral statement it is distributing ahead of a referendum on the issue early next year.

The pamphlet, titled The Meaning of Marriage, was launched yesterday (3 December) at the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference in Maynooth, and is currently being distributed to more than 1,300 parishes across the country.

The statement said that 'to redefine the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society.'

November 11, 2014

What happened after Pastor John Pavlovitz told the world what he promised to do if his kids were gay

Love doesn’t always look like love.

When I published this blog a few weeks ago promising to love my kids if they were gay, I was fully prepared for waves of both support and hostility.

October 27, 2014

Loving dad said his love for his son is stronger than the love he has for the church

A Methodist pastor who was defrocked after he officiated his gay son's wedding is now allowed to return to work.

Earlier today (27 October), the Judicial Council ruled a Pennsylvania church jury was wrong to discipline Frank Schaefer last year.

Schaefer had been convicted for 'disobeying the church'.

The council ruled on technical grounds and did not express support for gay marriage in general. Its decision is final.

October 24, 2014

Advert was promoting a book showing Jesus as a gay man in a modern city who gets crucified and rises again

An author of a book depicting Jesus as a gay man was furious after Facebook banned his advert showing Christ’s crucifixion.

But now, after Gay Star News contacted the social networking site for comment, they have reversed their decision and ruled it didn’t breach their guidelines after all.

The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision, is by author Kittredge Cherry.

Art in it by Doug Blanchard shows Jesus as a gay man in a modern city, including the crucifixion and resurrection.

October 18, 2014

'Personally I would have been very worried and saddened if there hadn't been these ... animated discussions ... or if everyone had been in agreement or silent in a false and acquiescent peace'

Catholic bishops failed to pass paragraphs supporting a more tolerant attitude toward gays.

Senior church officials were in Rome for the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. The softer stance toward LGBTI Catholics could not gain the required two-thirds majority to pass.

October 16, 2014

This homoerotic 2015 calendar, intended as a ‘tribute to social acceptance,’ is already ruffling feathers and raising temperatures

A 2015 calendar featuring nude and semi-nude ‘priests’ is campaigning against homophobia in the Orthodox Church.

As the Catholic Church retracts its historic statements of support for the LGBTI community worldwide, some members of the Orthodox Church want to tackle gay hate in a ‘bold,’ ‘humorous’ and ‘ironic’ way.

October 4, 2014

Oral arguments for the case will be heard at the end of October

The highest court in the United Methodist Church will hear an appeal of a minister who lost his position after officiating his son's same-sex wedding.

Reverend Frank Schaefer was pastor at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona, in Pennsylvania's South Lebanon Township, for 11 years when he was defrocked.

October 4, 2014

Victim was trying to run from three men when she was shot point blank in the head

A vigil will be held in the East Hollywood area of Los Angeles Friday night (3 October) to remember a transgender woman who was shot to death during a robbery earlier this week.

The name of the 47-year-old victim has not yet been released pending the notification of her family.

The details of the cold-blooded crime are chilling.

Early Thursday (2 October) morning, the victim was walking down a street when an altercation began with three men.

September 15, 2014

Leader of the Catholic Church has married 20 'modern' couples. While they were all straight, it could still signify a change

Pope Francis has redefined marriage within the Catholic Church, blessing 20 couples at the Vatican that would have been banned under previous doctrine.

He welcomed 40 people from different social backgrounds, including a man about to enter into his second marriage and a woman with a daughter from a previous relationship, to St Peter's Basilica in Rome yesterday (14 September).

The mother, Gabriella Improta, said she did not feel 'worthy or able to meet the requirements of a good Catholic couple'.

September 7, 2014

'The time has come to end the divisive national debate as to whether the Constitution mandates same-sex marriage'

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wants the US Supreme Court to make a definitive ruling on gay marriage.

July 15, 2014

The Rev. Charles Moore, 79, doused himself with gasoline and set himself alight in June to protest his church’s refusal to marry same-sex couples, prejudice against LGBTI people and other injustices in the world – hoping his death could make a change

A Texan retired United Methodist minister has made the ultimate sacrifice to protest discrimination against LGBTI people and other injustices in the world, burning himself to death in a car park in his home town of Grand Saline.

The Rev. Charles Moore, 79, doused himself with gasoline and set himself alight in the car park of a shopping mall, emulating Buddhist monks who burned themselves to death to protest the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War and Tibetan monks who did the same more recently to protest China’s rule over their country.

June 24, 2014

Reverend Frank Schaefer was convicted of disobeying church law when he refused to promise to never perform another same-sex marriage ceremomy

A pastor who was defrocked in November for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding has been reinstated with back pay.

Reverend Frank Schaefer, a Pennsylvania United Methodist minister, had been convicted under church law of disobeying the church after he refused to never perform another gay marriage.

Schaefer appealed his dismissal and a nine-member church judicial panel on Tuesday (24 June) overturned the church's earlier ruling.

June 15, 2014

Don't even have a meal with your gay children if they too are Christian, the pastor warns

A Christian pastor in California has advised Christian parents of gay children, who share the same faith, to 'alienate' them and 'turn them over to Satan'.

John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in the San Fernando Valley made the comments in response to a question from a reader who asked how to react to an adult child coming out.

Speaking on his YouTube channel Grace to You, MacArthur said: 'If that adult child professes Christ, claims to be a Christian, then that becomes an issue for confrontation of the sternest and strongest kind.

June 12, 2014

Ex-Westboro Baptist Church member Libby Phelps is forbidden from speaking to her family

Libby Phelps knows her infamously anti-gay grandfather is probably rolling over in his grave over the fact that she posed this week for the NOH8 campaign.

But the granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, who died earlier this year, is continuing to step forward in her public support for the community that her former church has focused much of its hate.

May 15, 2014

The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia is exploring whether it can bless same-sex relationships after its General Synod accepted a report on the issue

The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has accepted a report on the issue of blessing same-sex relationships at its May General Synod and will likely decide on the issue in two years.

The church’s commission into the issue presented a number of different options on how to proceed as many New Zealand Anglicans support the church blessing same-sex relationships while most Polynesian Anglicans are opposed.

May 13, 2014

Two South Sudanese Anglican bishops have warned their church would have to sever ties with the Church of England if it begins blessing same-sex couples as it will result in violence against Christians

Two South Sudanese Anglican bishops have warned the Church of England against blessing the marriages of same-sex couples – saying their church would have to end its association with it if it did.

Wau Diocese Bishop Moses Deng Bol warned that his church members would be tarred by association with the Church of England by other Africans who would subject them to sectarian violence.

May 7, 2014

Darrell Trigg believes God wants him to rule the US, and to drive LGBTI Americans back underground

Darrell Trigg, author of Developing a More Effective Prayer Life: A Practical Approach, has declared his intentions to run for President of the United States of America.

He will run as an independent, but in the future will create the Christian Political Party. If you haven’t heard of him or his intentions, don’t feel bad. In terms of his real objective and vision, he is not actually running for President.

May 1, 2014

Head of the Catholic Church will ask bishops on their findings after speaking to their congregations about what they think about family life

Pope Francis has called on his bishops to meet in order to discuss same-sex relationships, divorce and contraception.

Last year, the leader of the Catholic Church directed bishops around the world to speak to their flocks about family life.

In a meeting planned for this October at the Vatican, the religious leaders will put forward their findings.

April 4, 2014

If the Church of England announced support for same-sex marriage, it could lead to a 'massacre' of Christians in Nigeria, South Sudan and other African countries

African Christians will be killed if the Church of England accepts same-sex marriage, the Anglican head has suggested.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, claims backing LGBTI rights in the UK would lead to a ‘massacre’ in other nations.

Speaking on a LBC phone-in, he said he had stood by a mass grave in Nigeria of 330 Christians who had been killed over gay issues in America.

March 30, 2014

Bishop Alan Wilson urged gay clergy to take a stand and marry their partners, despite the Church of England banning gay clergy from marrying

A UK bishop has slammed the Church of England’s stance on gay marriage, saying that gay clergy should defy the Church and marry their partners.

Rt Revd Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, believes LGBT clergy can find their way around the Chruch restrictions on gay marriage, the Telegraph newspaper reports.

‘For them to get married is following a deeply conscientious path’ he said.

March 27, 2014

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw urges the Church of England to be more clear on whether priests will be punished for marrying their same-sex partners

Church of England is being told it needs to make it clear whether it will sack a priest for marrying a same-sex partner.

Ben Bradshaw, a gay Labour MP, has accused the Church of ‘trying to have its cake and eat it’ by accepting same-sex marriage for members, but not for clergy.

Raising the question in the House of Commons today (27 March), the former cabinet minister asked how the Church would discipline any who disobey its ruling.