The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has sent out pastoral letters insisting that opposing gay marriage is not homophobic, as the country prepares for a national referendum on whether to legalize the practice on May 22.
"We have got ourselves into the situation that many people won't even raise these issues in their families and workplaces for fear of being ridiculed or condemned as homophobic," said Archbishop Eamon Martin, who leads Ireland's Catholic Church.
Martin added, according to the Irish Independent, that it's a "fact of nature" that same-sex unions are "fundamentally and objectively different" from the sexual union of a woman and a man, which is "naturally open to life." more >>
The United Methodist Church is considering a new process for proposals given at General Conference for agenda items pertaining to the debate over the denomination's stance on homosexuality.
The Commission on General Conference, which plans the regular Church legislative gathering, proposed something called a "Group Discernment Process," according to Heath Hahn of the United Methodist News Service.
"Under the plan, the first stop of all sexuality-related petitions would not be legislative committees. Instead, all 864 delegates would review the petitions in small groups with no more than 15 members," reported Hahn. more >>
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee expressed concern about the state of religious liberty for Christians in America, saying that it is in danger of becoming criminalized.
Speaking at a major Hispanic evangelical gathering in Texas, the potential GOP presidential candidate explained that Christians in America are seeing their beliefs criminalized.
"We are living in perilous times where people who are Christian are on the brink of being criminalized for their convictions," stated Huckabee. more >>
Hillary Clinton wants to be president of the United States, but what actually guides her? The only currently declared candidate for the Democratic ticket was raised in the Methodist tradition and continues to practice that faith today. Here are six interesting facts about Clinton's faith as it relates to her candidacy and personal life.
1) Clinton was raised in the First United Methodist Church in Park Ridge, Illinois, and wrote in her book It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us that "religion figures in my earliest memories of my family. Our spiritual life as a family was spirited and constant. We talked with God, walked with God, ate, studied and argued with God. Each night, we knelt by our beds to pray before we went to sleep."
After winning the presidential election in 1996, the Clintons attended Washington's Foundry United Methodist Church, and Hillary participated in a bipartisan prayer group for women. more >>
In three recent events, gay marriage activists are sending clear messages to both their opponents and their supporters who may transgress from their strict orthodoxy.
Ted Cruz and the Gay Businessmen
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz met with two gay hoteliers in New York City, Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass. The meeting, according to The New York Times, was not a fundraiser for Cruz, but included about 12 people and was to discuss support for Israel, an issue about which Reisner has concerns. Though off-topic, Reisner reportedly asked about gay marriage and Cruz shared his thoughts. more >>
GoFundMe, an online fundraising website, has taken down the donation webpage for 70-year-old Christian grandma-florist Barronelle Stutzman, who is at risk of losing her flower shop and life savings after she declined to work a same-sex wedding because of her Christian beliefs.
After GoFundMe caved to LGBT-activist pressure and shut down another fundraising page earlier this week that supported the Oregon bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which was court ordered to pay $135,000 to a gay couple after declining to bake a cake for their wedding, TheBlaze's Dana Loesch tweeted on Monday that GoFundMe discreetly removed Stutzman's campaign from its site, which had been operating for about two months.
Stutzman, who owns Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, was ruled guilty of violating the state's anti-discrimination ordinance in late March, and was ordered to pay a fine of $1,001 and is also liable for paying court costs and legal fees incurred by the same-sex couple. more >>