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December 5, 2013

He's facing demands for a ban but Irish Muslim cleric Yusuf Chambers says he has never called for gays to be executed and wants to talk

An Irish Muslim cleric, accused of wanting homosexuals killed, is now saying he would like to create a dialogue with the LGBTI community.

Yusuf Chambers, speaking to Gay Star News in a very rare interview, Chambers says he has never called for gays to be executed.

Chambers is a member of extremely controversial group Islamic Education and Research Academy, and the focus of several campaigns to stop any event where he is involved.

November 7, 2013

Organizers cancel talks by Mufti Ismail Menk at leading British universities

Organizers have cancelled a UK university tour by a Muslim cleric who says gays are ‘worse than those animals’.

Ismail Menk was due to visit nine venues around Britain next week, including the universities of Oxford, Cardiff, Leicester, Liverpool, Leeds and Glasgow.

While often viewed as a moderate, he has been criticized for calling lesbian, gay and bisexual people ‘filthy’.

As a mufti, or religious legal expert, he is authorized to give definitive rulings, called fatwas, based on Islamic law.

October 10, 2013

Archbishop David Gitari was a progressive force for the LGBT community in the African and Anglican churches

As Kenya laid to rest former Anglican Archbishop and pro-democracy agitator, David Gitari, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community mourned one of its supporters in the Christian faith.

Gitari’s record on support for dialogue and understanding on homosexuality – particularly those who identify as Christians – shows the progressive maturity and enviable courage of one of Kenya’s most visible religious personalities.

July 1, 2013

The head of Ghana’s Presbyterian Church, Emmanuel Martey, alleged that gays are plotting to have the country ‘destroyed’ by infiltrating its government

Emmanuel Martey, head of Ghana’s Presbyterian Church said that gays form part of ‘Satan’s deadly agenda’ aiming to have the country ‘destroyed.’

He 'explained' that ‘this is the reason why acclaimed and notorious homosexuals want to attach themselves to Ghana’s presidency to gain access,’ reported Radio XYZ online.

According to Martey who also holds the title of Professor: ‘all homosexuals want to meet in Ghana because of the country’s uniqueness.’

May 4, 2013

Cleric been told by the Vatican to leave the UK so as not to create further embarrassment for the Catholic Church

Friends of the disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien say he’s been ordered by the Vatican into exile and ditch his plans for retirement in Scotland.

The Herald commented that: ‘It is the clearest indication yet of the Vatican's unwillingness to let the matter drift’ of the Cardinal’s sexual assault on male priests when he run seminaries in the 1980s and during a drinks party in Rome.

April 30, 2013

Brazilian Father Roberto Francisco Daniel was excommunicated from the Catholic Church who accused him of sin and hersey after he posted a pro-gay YouTube message

A Catholic priest in São Paulo state, Brazil was excommunicated after resigning from his duties to protest against the church's anti-gay stance.

‘Father Roberto Francisco Daniel can no longer celebrate the divine rite because he has been excommunicated,’ read a statement from the Bauru diocese in Sao Paulo state.

April 28, 2013

Openly gay Dr. Jeffrey John could become the next Bishop of Durham, the third-most powerful position in the Anglican Church

An openly gay bishop could become the third-highest ranking cleric in the Church of England.

Dr. Jeffrey John, Dean of St. Albans, is being considered for the role of Bishop of Durham, a position previously held by the now-leader of the Anglican Church Archbishop of Canterbury Rev. Justin Welby.

According to British newspaper The Telegraph, the panel responsible for appointing the next Bishop of Durham was told on Friday (26 April) that the new appointee should be able to establish ‘positive relationships’ with gay Anglicans.

March 24, 2013

The four men who suffered abuse by Britain's top Catholic Cardinal reject allegations that they were seeking revenge over his anti-gay speech

The four men whose complaints about Cardinal Keith O’Brien's sexual misconduct lead to his resignation deny allegations they were part of a ‘gay lobby’ plotting ‘revenge’ for the cleric’s anti-gay stance.

In a report published today (24 March) by the Observer the four rejected reports quoting church sources who alleged the cardinal had been forced to quit by a ‘cabal of gay priests’ angry at his anti gay rants.

March 5, 2013

Cardinal O'Brien, who has admitted to sexual misconduct, has been told by the Church to live as a hidden hermit and may face police investigation

The Catholic Church has told Cardinal Keith O'Brien that he is not to set foot in Scotland again and live the rest of his life as a hermit in a hidden address in England.

The cleric also faces a potential police investigation and a Vatican inquiry after admitting that his 'sexual conduct fell well below the standards expected of a priest and archbishop', throwing the Catholic Church in Scotland into crisis.

February 25, 2013

Ben Cooper, an influential clergy in Liberia, warned that LGBT rights advocacy aims to 'destroy' humanity and is alien to African values

Gay rights and advocacy are ‘total abomination’ as ‘such practice’ is completely ‘unbiblical’ and ‘outlandish to African tradition’, according to leading Liberian cleric Ben Cooper.

Reverend Cooper told the portal AllAfrica that LGBT rights group ‘threaten’ to ‘undermine’ the existence of humanity as well as the ‘fabric’ of Liberian society.

February 23, 2013

Leader of UK's Roman Catholic Church suggested that priests should be given the choice to get married but not gays

The UK’s most senior Catholic cleric said that male priests should be able to marry women, while bitterly opposing gay marriage.

During an interview with BBC Scotland, Cardinal Keith O’Brien stated that Jesus did not say that clergy should remain celibate.

January 28, 2013

The Roman Catholic Church launched a last ditch attack against the UK government’s plans for gay marriage 

The Roman Catholic Church has launched a last minute attack against the UK government’s plans to legalize gay marriage, 10 days before the vote.

In a letter on behalf of The Catholic Bishops' Conference, Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Rev Peter Smith, the second most senior active Catholic cleric in England and Wales, told priests: ‘The time to act is now’ against gay marriage.

January 4, 2013

A decade after gay cleric Jeffrey John was forced to step down as a bishop by traditionalist Christians, the CoE have said they have evolved on allowing gay bishops

The Church of England has dropped its ban on gay clergy becoming bishops.

This announcement, from the Church’s House of Bishops, would allow clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops if they promised to be celibate, the BBC reports.

In 2003, the issue split the church when gay cleric Jeffrey John, who has always maintained his celibacy, became a Bishop of Reading.

John, now Dean of St Albans, was forced to step down from the role after protests from traditionalists.

January 3, 2013

Gay Catholic mass group moved to Mayfair because church lacked facilities not because Archbishop of Westminster is a homophobe, claims organizer

Organizers of masses for gay Catholics have denied the Archbishop of Westminster's decision to scrap the services in Soho, London, was motivated by homophobia.

The so-called Soho Masses at the Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Warwick Street were started six years ago to 'welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Catholics, their parents, friends and families.'

January 2, 2013

Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols says LGBT services in London's gay village went against the Church's teachings

Masses for gay Catholics in London's Soho area will be scrapped after the Archbishop of Westminster deemed them 'inconsistent' with the Church's teachings.

The services at the Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Warwick Street were started six years ago to 'welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Catholics, their parents, friends and families.'

However, Archbishop Vincent Nichols announced today (2 January) that the 'Soho masses' were to end during the Lent period this year, claiming it was against the Catholic Church's beliefs.

December 29, 2012

Pakistan’s Journal of Contemporary Arts and Culture has been pulped after it published a series of paintings of suggestive scenes featuring Islamic clerics and undressed young men

Pakistan’s National College of Arts has closed its own academic journal following threats from Islamists after it published a series of paintings featuring homoerotic scenes of Islamic clerics and young men.

The Lahore based college pulled all copies of the journal from shelves and dissolved its editorial board following a backlash against the paintings, which may yet result in blasphemy charges being brought against college staff, the artist and others involved in the publication of the journal.

November 21, 2012

Britain's Brunel University under fire as hate preacher given platform to speak

Brunel University has come under fire for allowing a homophobic Muslim preacher to speak at an event.

Abu Usamah At-Thahabi, who has previously compared homosexuals to dogs, will be speaking at an event organised by Brunel Islamic Society on 27 November.

Thahabi’s appearance has drawn criticism from the non-partisan group Student Rights, who tackle political extremism and marginalisation of vulnerable students.

November 1, 2012

A Jewish Rabbi compares devastating floods in Manhattan to biblical disasters, claiming it is a message from God

A Jewish Rabbi has joined an extremist Christian preacher in blaming Hurricane Sandy on gays, calling devastation of New York 'divine justice' for the city's same-sex marriage laws.

Rabbi Noson Leiter of Torah Jews for Decency compared the superstorm which swept across the US eastern coast this week to a biblical disaster.

'We believe that the great flood at the time of Noah...[was] triggered by the recognition of same-gender marriages,' the cleric said, reported Right Wing Watch.

October 23, 2012

After months of tests Dede Oetomo is not one of the 13 applicants chosen by MPs to serve on Indonesia's human rights commission

An Indonesian gay rights activist who has been waiting for months to hear if he will be accepted to serve on the national human rights commission has found out that he didn’t make the final cut.

The appointment of Dede Oetomo, an openly gay academic, to Komnas HAM, Indonesia’s human rights commission, would have made a positive statement in a country that has been accused of regressing in its acceptance of LGBT rights.

September 28, 2012

A Kyrgyzstan court has banned a film about gay Muslims being shown at a human rights  festival in the capital Bishkek

A documentary about a gay Muslim will no longer be shown at a film festival after a Kyrgyzstan court decision.

The film, ‘I am Gay and Muslim’, was due to be shown at the Bir Duino (One World) Human Rights film festival in the country’s capital Bishkek, today (28 September).

Mufti Rakhmatilla Egemberdiev, Kyrgyzstan chief cleric, said the film presented Islam ‘in a bad form, by using examples of people who have nothing to do with the religion.’

September 25, 2012

In a private conversation, Queen Elizabeth II raised concerns over why the British government could not arrest the Muslim cleric

Queen Elizabeth II wanted anti-gay radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri arrested, according to a BBC security correspondent.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has apologized for revealing the private conversation between journalist Frank Gardner and the head of the Commonwealth on Radio 4.

Both Gardner and the BBC said they were sorry for the ‘breach of confidence’, which they both ‘deeply regret’.

September 24, 2012

Anti-gay Archbishop of Westminster attacks Britain’s Catholic Marriage Care charity for offering supportive counseling to same-sex couples

The Archbishop of Westminster has attacked a Catholic marriage counseling service after it helped same-sex couples.

Catholic Marriage Care was criticized for giving marriage preparation services to gay couples looking to take part in civil partnerships in Britain.

It comes as Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the UK’s most senior Catholic cleric, continues his battle against plans for full marriage equality in the country.

August 23, 2012

Extremist Christian preacher in New Orleans found guilty of obscenity after admitting to pleasuring himself in public for a 'thrill'

Anti-gay pastor Grant Storms has been convicted of obscenity after admitting to masturbating in a New Orleans park.

The right-wing Christian, who was notorious for organizing rallies against homosexuality, was found guilty of one count of obscenity and sentenced to three years probation at the US city's 24th Judicial District Court yesterday (22 August).

Storms waived the right to a jury and in his confession claimed he pleasured himself in public because of the 'thrill' of it, reported New Orleans news source nola.com

August 20, 2012

Simon-Victor Tonyé Bakot, Catholic Archbishop of Yaoundé, capital of Cameroon makes anti-gay statements ahead of national anti-gay day

The Catholic Archbishop of Yaoundé stated last week that he believes homosexuality is opposed to the ideal of human reproduction and is a danger to the family unit, 'an affront to the family, enemy of women and creation.'

He argued that the Catholic Church preaches the virtues of tolerance towards gay people, paedophiles, bestiality and other perversions, which he lumps together.