WASHINGTON – Following the June closing of Exodus International, other groups working with persons struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction are taking up the ex-gay banner, including Voice of the Voiceless, which hosted Monday the First Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Dinner and Reception that attracted about 60 Christian leaders and ex-gay individuals.
"When gays come out of the closet they are celebrated in the movies and on TV, when an ex-gay tells his story, he's mocked, ridiculed, defamed – and ask Trace McNutt, he gets death threats," Christopher Doyle, co-founder and president of ex-gay group Voice of the Voiceless, explained. He called for the movement to go on the offensive with the message that people can determine their sexual identity.
Doyle emphasized youth outreach, especially to Christians who suffer from same-sex attraction (SSA) but want to still maintain their faith. "Somewhere along the journey, they listened to the lie that they had to rid themselves of all homosexual feelings in order to be loved by their church, their community, and an opposite sex partner, so they gave up and went into the gay lifestyle," the VoV president explained. more >>
A conservative leader of a nationwide family values group has expressed disappointment with ExxonMobil's recent decision to expand its benefit policies to include same-sex couples.
Tim Wildmon, president of the Mississippi-based American Family Association, told The Christian Post that his group was "disappointed" by the news coming from the large oil company.
"AFA has not typically concerned itself with a company's internal benefit policies. That being said, we are certainly disappointed in ExxonMobil, and their shareholders should be as well," said Wildmon. more >>
Controversial gay activist and columnist Dan Savage was recently given an honor by a Wisconsin-based atheist organization at a convention held over the weekend.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation gave Savage their "Emperor Has No Clothes Award" for his expressed views on religion.
FFRF Co-President Dan Barker told The Christian Post in an interview last week that Savage receiving the honor both for his views on religion and for his work with the anti-bullying campaign "It Gets Better." more >>
Of the many pieces of recent federal legislation, few elicit as much emotion and controversy as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Commonly known as "Obamacare," the bill became law in March 2010 and has been the subject of scores of bills and lawsuits meant to bring it down.
In contrast to many bills out there, Obamacare succeeded with little bipartisan support. The initial H.R.3590 bill had 40 cosponsors, of whom only three (Reps. Walter B. Jones, Jr. of North Carolina, Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida, and Russell Todd Platts of Pennsylvania) were Republican.
During the much covered House votes on Nov. 7, 2009 and March 21, 2010, only one Republican voted in favor of either bill. For the Nov. 7 vote, 39 Democrats joined House Republicans in voting against it and on March 21, 34 Dems did likewise. This means that opposition to the sweeping health care overhaul was more bipartisan than its support. more >>
The United Methodist Church will consider whether various resolutions passed by regional bodies opposed to the denomination's stance against homosexuality are in violation of church rules.
The United Methodist Judicial Council will hold a hearing next month on the resolutions passed by conferences within the Western Jurisdiction of the UMC in the 2013 annual conference session.
Homosexuality is considered "incompatible with Christian teaching" and "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" cannot be ordained, according to the UMC's Book of Discipline. The document further states that UMC clergy may not officiate same-sex unions and defines marriage as between one man and one woman. more >>
A Maryland-based Roman Catholic religious order has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services over the federal government's controversial preventive services mandate.
The Little Sisters of the Poor, an order that oversees multiple homes for the elderly, filed suit Wednesday in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
In the class action complaint, the Sisters argued that they cannot comply with the final rules of the mandate due to their religious views regarding "contraception, sterilization, abortifacients, and related education and counseling." more >>