Routine medical tests to "detect" homosexuals could soon be used in Kuwait and other Gulf states in a bid to keep banned gays from entering Gulf states according to an official from the Kuwaiti health ministry.
Yousuf Mindkar, director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry notes in a Gulf News report that a central committee responsible for the status of expatriates will be looking at the proposal when it convenes on November 11.
"Health centers conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC)," said Yousuf. "However, we will take stricter measures that will help us detect gays who will be then barred from entering Kuwait or any of the GCC member states," he said, in a quote from Kuwaiti daily Al Rai on Monday. more >>
A Mennonite couple that owns an art gallery in Iowa has filed suit against the state's Civil Rights Commission over being threatened with punitive action for refusing to host a same-sex wedding on their property.
Görtz Haus Gallery, a former church turned art gallery facility, filed a lawsuit Monday against the commission in Polk County District Court.
"The Odgaards welcome all customers into the Gallery, regardless of their race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, or disability," reads the suit in part. more >>
A New York City artist modified a copy of the Bible and embedded a small jar of salt on a corner of its cover with the instructions, "Take before reading," as a representation of his artistic approach to reading the scriptures, which he says should be taken with a grain of salt.
"The 'Salis Bible' is a response to fundamentalist Christians who interpret the Bible as inerrant truth, and believe it gives them the right to restrict the freedoms of others in a democracy that promises separation of church and state. It is a request for readers to keep an open mind and to draw their own moral conclusions," Zach Myrow writes on his website.
Myrow told The Christian Post the inspiration for the Salis Bible "had been brewing for years" adding that he considers those who question religion to have a richer life experience versus those who take the Gospel message literally. more >>
A man in Napa, Calif. is telling his harrowing journey of sex addiction from a young age and a stint in the gay porn industry in his early 20's in his new book, Swallowed by Satan.
In his new book, Joseph Sciambra tells the story of his obsession with the gay porn lifestyle in his 20's before suffering a near-death experience that landed him in the hospital and ultimately resulted in him reconverting to Catholicism.
Sciambra, 44, says in his new book that he was first introduced to porn at the young age of eight, and quickly after this first experience he became addicted to more extreme forms of pornography, such as gay porn and masochistic behavior. The website for Swallowed by Satan says Sciambra hit rock bottom after delving "into the darkest recesses of the occult, Satanism, and eventually Neo-Nazi ritualism," eventually becoming a "sadomasachist master" and ultimately a "common street hustler." more >>
A musical opening in New York City next week parodies the controversial Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), a group derided by mainstream Christian and non-Christian groups alike for its protesting methods and contentious messages.
"God Hates This Show" sets WBC spokesperson and daughter of WBC Pastor Fred Phelps, Shirley Phelps-Roper, (played by Erin Markey,) in hell where she is forced to sing her favorite songs for the rest of eternity. Phelps-Roper has three demons as backup singers.
In one of the first large-scale comparisons of the children of same-sex parents to other types of parenting, children raised by gay and lesbian couples were only 65 percent as likely to graduate from high school as those raised in traditional two-parent households, even after controlling for factors such as income and education of the parents.
The study, "High school graduation rates among children of same-sex households," by Douglas W. Allen, professor of economics at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, was published in the newest edition of the journal, Review of Economics of the Household.
Unlike previous studies of same-sex parenting, Allen was able to conduct a large-scale side-by-side comparison of same-sex parenting to other family structures - such as single parents and unmarried opposite sex parents - using the 2006 Canadian census. more >>