The Vatican gave VIP seats for a Pope Francis speech to an LGBT Catholic group from the United States that describes itself as "gay-positive" on Wednesday, reportedly the first time it has granted such a request.
"Pope Francis gives me hope," Sister Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of New Ways Ministry, told The Associated Press. "To me, this is an example of the kind of willingness he has to welcome those on the fringes of the church back to the center of the church."
Francis DeBernardo, the group's executive director, said that the group had tried under the previous two popes to get VIP seats during its pilgrimages to Rome, but the requests had not been granted. more >>
The unthinkable may be near at hand: homosexuality as a "civil right." It's a complete lie, but the signs point to the U.S. Supreme Court granting constitutional-rights status to same-sex "marriage," and if that happens, homosexual behavior is likely then to become a civil right under U.S. law.
Will our elected representatives prevent this next step from taking place?
Here's how this may occur. Assuming the states' rights instructions of the Constitution don't stop the liberal majority on the high court, and they move on to the equal protection question, their thinking is likely to go like this: that the "person" being equally protected under the law in the 14th Amendment can encompass homosexual behavior. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson will be honored with the "Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award" at this year's CPAC conference, after being a staunch defender of his right to be who he is and say what's on his heart.
"Even when the entire mainstream media demanded he disavow his beliefs and attempted to have him fired from his own hit show for expressing these beliefs, he stood firm in his faith," Citizens United President David Bossie told The Hollywood Reporter.
Robertson found himself in hot water after giving an interview to GQ magazine in which he commented that homosexuality, like infidelity and stealing, is a sin. more >>
David and Jason Benham, the twin brothers who were fired from an HGTV reality show because of their vocal opposition to gay marriage, have said that Satan is behind the attacks against traditional marriage.
Speaking to the socially conservative group American Family Association last week, the Benham brothers talked about the attacks Satan is inflicting on American institutions.
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Last night I was sitting in my grandparents' living room, watching Fox News and eating some deliciousness that my grandmother cooked up. It's been quite some time since I've been able to sit and visit with them, as I've been living in New Orleans for the past two years. But God's providence has brought me back home for the time being and allowed me to reconnect with them (and by connect with them, I mean live with them – since I'm still in the job-search stage of employment, lol).
My grandparents are genuine believers in Jesus, and I honestly believe that their cries to God on my behalf have more than something to do with the Lord radically changing my life five years ago. But they're very old school in their thought processes and terminology. When the subject of homosexuality came up in our conversation last night, my grandpa recalled a time a few years back (before I knew Christ) when he was arguing with other gay-affirming people in my family about my out-and-proud-gay-man situation. He told me that although these family members felt like what I was doing okay in the eyes of God, he would insist that "God did not make Matt, gay – it's his own choice!" more >>
An amendment to the rules of the United States' largest Presbyterian denomination to recognize gay marriage has gained considerable support in its regional bodies, with 51 of 172 presbyteries already voting in favor of redefining marriage to include same-sex couples. The denomination's remaining presbyteries having until June to cast their votes to make the final decision.
Over the weekend several presbyteries belonging to Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to approve Amendment 14-F, which would change the denomination's definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.