Gay Muslims say they are being rejected by the LGBT community amid the aftermath of the shooting massacre in Orlando, Florida, where 49 people were killed at a gay nightclub.
Reuters recounted the experiences of several gay Muslims who say their relationship with the LGBT community is changing given the revelations that the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. modern history was carried out by Omar Mateen, a Muslim-American who might have been gay, according to suggestions by his ex-wife and former classmate.
"The moment I introduced myself to someone who is also part of the (LGBT) community, she asked me what my nationality is and I said I am Afghan," Qais Munhazim, a doctoral political science student at the University of Minnesota, told Reuters about attending a vigil a day after the attack. more >>
A former pastor at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church has been asked to resign as lead pastor of a church he's served for three years after he refused to agree to its biblical position on homosexuality, fearing it would alienate people in the LGBT community.
Gerald Sharon, the lead pastor at Southwest Church in Indian Wells, California, who spent 11 years at Saddleback Church serving in various leadership roles, was asked to step down from the pastoral role he has served for over three-and-a-half years since he left Saddleback because he now refuses to affirm the church's position on homosexuality.
Religious leaders including the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, have condemned a controversial sermon made by Pastor Roger Jiminez of Verity Baptist Church in California who declared Christians should not mourn the "sodomite" victims of the Orlando massacre.
"Today, people say aren't you sad that 50 Sodomites died? Here's the problem with that, it's like the equivalent of asking me … 'Hey, are you sad that 50 sodomites were killed today?' Ahh No. I think that's great. I think that helps society. You know, I think Orlando, Florida, is a little safer tonight. … The tragedy is that more of them didn't die. I mean the tragedy is, I'm kinda upset that he didn't finish the job," said Jiminez in a 45-minute sermon posted on YouTube.
On Sunday, now deceased gunman Omar Mateen used an assault rifle to kill 49 people and injure 53 more at a popular gay nightclub called Pulse in Orlando. more >>
Christians ought proclaim the love of Christ with our lips, and in our lives. And the events in Orlando underscore how the two must never be separated.
Recently, I've been reading some of the very first works of Christian apologetics: by Justin Martyr, Tertullian, and Athenagoras. Today, someone known as an apologist primarily attempts to make a case that Christianity is true, or answer a critique of Christianity, or show other worldviews — such as atheism or pantheism — to be false. The earliest apologists did all of this as well.
But because they were writing at a time of Christian persecution, the earliest apologists did not aim their work at the masses. They wrote to Roman authorities, pleading for the end of persecution. And to make their case, the earliest apologists pointed not only to truthfulness of Christianity, but also to the goodness of how Christians lived their lives. more >>
Olando shooter Omar Mateen who frequented the Pulse nightclub for three years before killing 49 people on Sunday had homosexual tendencies, according to his ex-wife and a former police academy recruit.
Sitora Yusufiy, who was married to Mateen in 2009 for four months, said he had a violent temper, but could not confirm whether his pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terror group was the main driving force behind his actions on Sunday.
Influential megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes compared Sunday morning's gay nightclub massacre in Orlando to the killing of nine Christians last June at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina, and asserted that the Orlando shooting should be identified as both a hate crime and act of terror.
In response to the news that 49 people were murdered and 53 others wounded in Sunday's shooting at the Pulse nightclub, Jakes, a prominent Christian author and senior pastor of The Potter's House in Dallas, posted a video on Monday calling on all Americans to unite in solidarity with the LGBT community.
"I wanted to take a moment to share a statement with you that is on my heart and on the hearts of many, if not millions of Americans around this country. Our heart goes out to Orlando as you face this devastation that occurred this weekend," Jakes said in a short video posted to his Facebook page. more >>