Two members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been notified that each faces excommunication from the church for apostasy — one for his LGBT activism, the other because she's the founder of Ordain Women, an organization that's pushing for female priesthood.
Kate Kelly, whose organization protested the church's General Conference in April advocating for females to become priests, and John P. Dehlin, a psychology Ph.D. student who created a podcast in 2005 that featured an array of stories about Momorns of various racial backgrounds, sexual orientations and approaches toward faith, have been notified by LDS officials that they might be dismissed from the church for apostasy.
Following a meeting last month with Scott Wheatley, the president of the Oakton Virginia Stake, Kelly was informed in a letter that she was being put on "informal probation" by the chuch for her actions. As such, Kelly, is no longer a member in good standing in the LDS church. more >>
Following the release of undercover videos exposing a Planned Parenthood counselor giving sex advice to an under-age girl by telling her to experiment with BDSM (bondage and discipline/dominance and submission/ sadism and masochism) and look at porn sites, Lila Rose, president of Live Action, announced Thursday that the employee continues to work at the clinic, despite official claims that she was fired.
During a Thursday phone call to the Planned Parenthood Midtown Health Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, Rose was told that Megan, the employee who facilitated the teen sex counseling session, is still employed by the clinic.
Planned Parenthood president and CEO Betty Cockrum, however, told the IndyStar that the counselor is no longer employed at PPINK. She also insisted that the sex advice given to the 15-year-old girl "is not indicative of the type of counseling and information clients are provided." more >>
The Rev. Cameron Partridge will become the first openly transgender priest to preach at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, June 22, as the historic church celebrates LGBT pride month in a service led by Rev. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest to be elected a bishop.
"Cameron Partridge is a priest of great intellect, pastoral presence, and possesses a deep passion for the Gospel. We are excited for him to preach at the Cathedral," Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral noted in a Huffington Post report.
In a further statement on the selection of Partridge to preach, Hall noted that the church wanted to send a message of love to the LGBT community. more >>
In response to the recent California shooting last month, when 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six people before taking his own life, and the subsequent #YesAllWomen Twitter discussion exposing the prevalence of misogyny, one male Christian writer wants to debunk the belief that women exist for male pleasure.
Ryan Hoselton, a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, admitted on The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood website that "all men have in some fashion entertained or acted upon the idea that women exist for their pleasure."
"Believing it has only given men dissatisfaction and misery, and it has provoked objectification, hatred, and even violence toward women," he wrote earlier this week. "Because Elliot Rodger believed that women exist for his pleasure, he went on a killing spree in Santa Barbara. Christians should not miss this opportunity to declare loudly that this belief about women is damaging and evil." more >>
Pro-life group Live Action released an undercover video Tuesday titled, "Sexed: Planned Parenthood's Dangerous Advice for Kids," which exposes counselors talking to a 15-year-old girl about bondage and sadism, circumventing statutory rape laws, and recommending a clinic that will perform illegal abortions on sex trafficked girls age 14 and younger.
"As viewers can see in our preview, Planned Parenthood has an institutional policy of endorsing and recommending dangerous sexual behaviors to underage girls. These include whipping, beating, breaking the skin, and asphyxiation. Remember, the counselors in these videos believe that they are talking to a 15-year-old girl," Drew Belsky of Live Action told The Christian Post on Tuesday.
The trailer for Live Action's video not only shows Planned Parenthood counselors telling a young girl to go to a sex shop with her lover, it also exposes clinic workers in Indiana covering up statutory rape, as well as a counselor in New Jersey recommending an abortion clinic that will perform illegal abortions on girls age 14 and younger who are being trafficked for sex. more >>
After nine girls got pregnant this school year, Oregon's Gervais School District unanimously decided to start issuing condoms to students starting in the sixth grade, but parents are divided over the new policy.
District Superintendent Rick Hensel told the Statesman Journal that he had been weighing the decision for about a year now after a group of nursing interns from Oregon Health & Science University presented a study highlighting that 5 percent of the girls in grades six through 12 had become pregnant in the last school year.
"The decision was made to allow some specified teachers to have condoms that they could distribute after a discussion with the student," said Hensel, who pointed out that nine girls got pregnant in the school district this year. more >>