Pope Francis and President Barack Obama were on opposite sides of the ongoing dispute between religious freedom and gay rights in separate remarks.
Obama said on Sunday that freedom of religion does not mean that any Americans should be denied their constitutional rights, and suggested that traditional marriage supporters need to "catch up" to the rest of the country. Pope Francis has meanwhile said that conscientious objection is a "human right," when asked about the Kim Davis case.
"We affirm that we cherish our religious freedom and are profoundly respectful of religious traditions," Obama told members of the LGBT community on Sunday, according to CBS News. "But we also have to say clearly that our religious freedom doesn't grant us the freedom to deny our fellow Americans their constitutional rights." more >>
A shocking article posted on the Salon.com website has many people asking, "Now that we have embraced homosexuality, is pedophilia next?"
The article, written by Todd Nickerson, was titled, "I'm a pedophile, but not a monster," with the subtitle reading, "I'm attracted to children but unwilling to act on it. Before judging me harshly, would you be willing to listen?"
Nickerson even points to a website called Virtuous Pedophiles which states, "The goals of our organization are to reduce the stigma attached to pedophilia by letting people know that a substantial number of pedophiles do not molest children, and to provide peer support and information about available resources to help pedophiles lead happy, productive lives. Our highest priority is to help pedophiles never abuse children. We hope you will explore our web site with an open mind." more >>
Kentucky county Clerk Kim Davis, who may go back to jail based upon a new complaint, discussed what has caused her the most pain during her ordeal.
"What people say about me does not define who I am," Davis told ABC News on Monday. "That's everybody's opinion and that's everybody's right."
Davis, 50, admitted that she had been called "Hitler" and "a homophobe" by some of her detractors but said those names do not hurt her. more >>
WASHINGTON – A conservative law firm saw a 400 percent increase in calls requesting legal help since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.
At a panel event titled "Are You Ready for the Coming Legal Attack?" at the tenth annual Values Voters Summit on Saturday afternoon, Jeff Mateer, who served as the panel's moderator, of the Texas-based Liberty Institute explained that many religious organizations have contacted him and his colleagues with legal concerns centered around the possible fallout from the decision.
"At Liberty Institute we have seen our requests for legal help go up 400 percent just since the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision," said Mateer to those gathered. more >>
Pastor and gospel music singer Donnie McClurkin is showing love to "Empire" creator Lee Daniels despite being mocked on the hit FOX show in front of 16 million viewers.
McClurkin, 55, was mentioned on the season two premiere of the show when the homosexual television personality known as Miss Lawrence, from Bravo TV's "Fashion Queens" and "Real Housewives of Atlanta," announced that McClurkin would be a part of a fictitious LGBT awards show.
McClurkin has been vocal about being delivered from homosexuality, and the show's creator used this to push his series' gay storyline on prime time TV. more >>
Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly called singer Sir Elton John and agreed to meet with him in the future, only days after an apparent prankster had impersonated Putin in a phone call to John. The British musician has been urging Putin to meet with him to discuss gay rights in Russia.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed with the Russian state-run Sputnik news agency that a real conversation between Putin and John had this time taken place, and the Russian president has agreed to hold a meeting if their schedules coincide at a later date.
"I know you were called by pranksters; don't get offended by those guys, they are harmless, though this certainly does not justify their actions," Putin reportedly told John. more >>