Humanitarian groups and bloggers are speaking out against the controversial "Lunacek Report," which was approved by the European Parliament on Tuesday. While supporters say the report creates a "roadmap" for eliminating homophobia and discrimination against LGBT people in Europe, opponents argue that it creates "special rights and privileges" for some rather than equality for all.
"By adopting this report, which advocates legal privileges for homosexuals, and at the same time rejecting an alternative motion that called on the EU and its Member States to ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by all citizens, the Parliament has put a thick question mark behind its claim to be an institution that protects human rights," wrote J.C. von Krempach for Turtle Bay and Beyond, a blog focused on international law, policy and institutions.
"In other words, the European Parliament has with today's vote rejected the principle of universality of human rights. This is a day of shame." more >>
Lawmakers in South Dakota have voted down a bill meant to exempt clergy from being forced to perform same-sex marriages if the state ever legalizes gay marriage.
The South Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee voted down Senate Bill 66 in a vote of four to three on Friday, killing one of two similar bills introduced by State Senator Ernie Otten.
A majority of the Committee concluded that S.B. 66 was unnecessary given preexisting law regarding marriage definition and religious liberty in the state, reported the Associated Press. more >>
It may be the 21st century in America, but if you listen to the roar of the culture today, you just might think we were living in ancient Rome. Witness the current attempt to win public approval for a divisive issue through entertainment.
It is the awards season. From the Golden Globes, to the Oscars, to the Screen Writers Guild, entertainers of all stripes adorn themselves with haute couture in hopes of mounting the stage to offer a rambling acceptance speech laced with thanks you's and humility. But at this year's Grammy awards, more than sequins and jewels took center stage.
The Recording Academy, grants the Grammy as a way of "honoring achievements in the recording arts and supporting the music community." This year's program began with a highly sexualized performance by Beyonce and her husband Jay Z. One reviewer called the presentation risqué and seductive, prompted tweets from outraged parents who said things like: more >>
Legislators in Idaho are looking into the merits of a bill that if enacted would protect licensed professionals from being legally harassed for acting upon their religious beliefs.
House Bill 426 was introduced last week by Idaho Representative Lynn Luker of Boise and was referred to the House State Affairs Committee where a hearing is still pending.
"No occupational licensing board or governmental subdivision or entity shall deny, revoke or suspend a person's professional or occupational license, certificate or registration for… Declining to provide or participate in providing any service that violates the person's sincerely held religious beliefs or exercise of religion except where performing emergency response duties for public safety," reads HB 426 in part. more >>
A Kansas-based hate group unaffiliated with any Baptist denomination protested at the biggest National Football League game of the year, and has announced plans to stage a protest at actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's funeral.
Westboro Baptist Church held a demonstration showcasing their usual inflammatory rhetoric aimed at homosexuals and the United States near New Jersey's MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
Colorado megachurch pastor Brady Boyd recently had an hour-long conversation with three homosexual men over coffee, which helped him learn at least five lessons about the gay community and the evangelical Jesus-following community.
Boyd, the senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., describes the meeting as "challenging, thought-provoking, enlightening" in a blog post. And, of course, all four of them were tense thanks to stereotypes that exist about gay people and evangelical megachurch pastors, he admits.
But the meeting helped the pastor learn five lessons. more >>