After an Alabama church decided to ban the Boy Scouts due to the recent vote on national membership for gay youth, other churches in the area have expressed a willingness to host the barred troop.
Recently, the lead pastor at First Baptist Church of Helena told local media that because of its recent vote to allow openly gay members the Boy Scout chapter at his church could no longer meet there.
Joey Kiker, program and marketing coordinator with the Greater Alabama Council of Boy Scouts, told The Christian Post that the troop which once met at the church should soon have a new home. more >>
Nigeria moved a step closer to not only banning gay marriage but also establishing jail terms of up to 10 years for those found guilty of forming gay rights organizations, after lawmakers passed a long-debated bill on Thursday.
President Goodluck Jonathan will have to sign the House of Representatives-approved bill before it becomes law, but whether or not he will place his name on it remains to be determined, The Associated Press reported. Nigeria receives international aid funding for AIDS and HIV outreach programs from countries like the U.S. and U.K., which have opposed the criminalization of homosexuality.
"Same-sex marriage cannot be allowed on moral and religious grounds. The Muslim religion forbids it. Christianity forbids it and the African traditional religion forbids it," the bill's sponsor, Senator Domingo Obende, previously said. more >>
Jallen Messersmith, the first openly gay men's college basketball athlete who is actively playing, has reportedly received respect and love from his Kansas-area Catholic university since revealing his sexuality last Fall, and more recently in an interview.
Messersmith, who serves as a guard on the Ravens basketball team for Benedictine College, a small, liberal arts university located in Atchinson, Kansas, originally revealed his sexuality to his fellow teammates and coaches last Fall, and more recently in an interview with OutSports.com, a news outlet for the gay sports community.
Although Messersmith was nervous to tell his teammates about his sexuality, the 20-year-old Missouri native has received respect and kindness since his announcement. Benedictine College's President Steve Minnis told Kansas.com that he and his fellow classmates seek to treat Messersmith with love as one of God's children, regardless of his sexuality. more >>
Jake Floyd, better known as "Jake Genesis," has retired from the porn industry. After less than a year, the life-long Roman Catholic has returned to his roots, swearing off the "hurt" his acting caused.
Following his decision to leave the gay porn industry, Floyd said, "I quietly deleted my Twitter account and my Facebook and Facebook Fan page." He also stopped posting on his website "and eventually had all the content removed." A fan-run Twitter account still exists, with the handle @JakeGenesisxxx, but Floyd has dropped completely off the map, and CP was not able to contact him for an interview.
The Rev. Ed Bacon of the 4,000-member All Saints Church in Pasadena, Calif., told Oprah Winfrey this past Sunday that, if same-sex marriage were to become a dominant force in the United States, the institution of marriage would be "enriched" and not crumble, as some might fear.
"So a lot of people were afraid that this meant that the institution of marriage as we know it would fall apart," Winfrey told her panelists on this past weekend's "Super Soul Sunday" program. "Does this mean if gay marriage is legalized in more than 12 states, if it becomes a dominant force in the United States, does that mean that the institution of marriage has to be reexamined?"
"It's gonna be enriched," said the Rev. Bacon, who told Winfrey in 2009 that "being gay is a gift from God." more >>
It seems the Boy Scouts of America are going to be issuing a new merit badge for tolerance this year. Late last week, the leadership of BSA decided that they were going to open their tents to young scouts who are practicing homosexuals. Well, that sounds like a really good idea that will have absolutely no potential consequences whatsoever.
Scouts honor…BSA finally caved to the vocal minority within their ranks who want to further this agenda while simultaneously ignoring the vast majority of participants' values, morality and religious convictions. Isn't this exactly what our country needs? Another institution founded, funded and franchised by people of Christian conviction bullied into submission by those outside the mainstream?
Watch out, Girl Scouts. Next year you might have to sell cookies dressed in drag. more >>