The dean of one of the largest churches in the world recently declared during a sermon that homophobia is a sin, while at the same time, making no mention as to whether homosexuality may also be one.
In a sermon delivered Sunday at the Washington National Cathedral, The Very Reverend Gary Hall declared that "much of the blame belongs to our churches" in spreading hatred of gay people.
"Homophobia is a sin. Heterosexism is a sin. Shaming people for whom they love is a sin. Shaming people because their gender identity doesn't fit neatly into your sense of what it should be is a sin," said Hall, who is the Tenth Dean of The Episcopal Church's Cathedral. "Only when all our churches say that clearly and boldly and courageously will our LGBT youth be free to grow up in a culture that totally embraces them fully as they are." more >>
The mother of an 8-year-old girl is applauding her daughter's recent outspoken objection to a set of children's books that she described as "sexist." The girl's outrage at the contents of the books ultimately led them to be removed from shelves at a local bookstore in Berkeley, Calif.
Constance Cooper, a fantasy and science fiction writer, recently detailed the story of her daughter's "recognition of sexism" on her personal blog, constancecooper.com, writing of how the two were perusing the selection at the local Half Price Books store in Berkeley, Calif. when her daughter, KC, noticed something wrong.
A Christian evangelist known for his activism against homosexuality in Uganda has announced that he will run as a candidate for governor in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Scott Lively, author of the controversial book The Pink Swastika and head of Abiding Truth Ministries, has declared his candidacy for governor of Massachusetts. Lively, himself a native and longtime resident of the Bay State, made the announcement Monday in a press release posted on his website.
"The people of this state need a candidate who can clearly and unapologetically articulate Biblical values without fear or compromise. They need a candidate who will tell the simple truth that abortion is murder, and homosexuality is condemned by God (but that Jesus forgives and heals those who repent)," reads the press release in part. more >>
The institution of marriage and issues concerning heterosexual and homosexual relationships and child rearing were all part of a broad discussion at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., Tuesday night, which hosted one of five nationwide ethical discussions during "Doing the Right Thing Week," sponsored by RatioChristi and the Colson Center.
The topic "Sexuality & Marriage: What's Ethics Got To Do with It?" delved into the state of traditional marriage in the United States – the modern-day reasons why each person enters into the marriage contract – as well as the impact same-sex marriage is having on society. Included in the discussion are the myriad of negative impacts single-parent households have had on families since the Johnson administration's slate of Great Society government programs that were created in the 1960s in an effort to reduce poverty.
Instead of helping families, the enacted government programs only led to increased poverty and the dissolution of the American family, according to Ryan T. Anderson, who writes about marriage and religious liberty for the Heritage Foundation, and co-author with Princeton's Robert P. George and Sherif Girgis of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense. His co-guest speaker Kellie Fiedorek, litigation counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, also spoke about the implications of an unraveling marriage culture in the United States. more >>
A Belgian woman who felt rejected by her family as a woman was legally euthanized on Monday after a botched sex change operation left her with "unbearable psychological suffering," and her mother says she is happy she is gone because she was "so ugly" anyway.
The woman born Nancy Verhelst, 44, according to The Telegraph, had tried to become Nathan after undergoing hormone therapy in 2009 followed by a mastectomy and the surgical construction of a penis in 2012. Unfortunately, "none of these operations worked as desired".
Due to the unbearable trauma that followed her disappointing quest for happiness, Verhelst opted to be euthanized by cancer specialist Wim Distelmans who euthanized congenitally deaf twins late last year who were afraid they were also going blind. more >>
A New Hampshire academic institution's leadership has approved a $3.6 million housing project for its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and allied students.
The Board of Trustees at Dartmouth College decided to approve the project, known as The Triangle House, at their meeting in September with work set to begin this month.
Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon, himself a graduate of Dartmouth in 1977, said in an interview with a campus publication that the project was part of the college's commitment to diversity. more >>