E. Dewey Smith Jr., senior pastor at The House of Hope Atlanta (Greater Travelers Rest) in Decatur, Georgia, has become somewhat of a hero among gay rights advocates after a clip from one of his recent sermons on the hypocritical treatment of gays by some black churches went viral during the weekend. On Monday, however, he declared that his message should not be taken as support for LGBT advocacy.
"In the African-American church … you are guilty of condemning the Supreme Court system and preaching against something. But if you look at half of our choirs and a great number of our artists that we call abominations, we call demons, we demonize and dehumanize the same people that we use. We don't say nothing about the gay choir director because he's good for business," said Smith in the 5-minute clip from the controversial message that has been viewed more than 300,000 times on YouTube since it was posted last Thursday.
"As long as the choir sound good, I ain't saying nothing about his sexuality. We have done what the slave master did to us. Dehumanize us, degrade us, demonize us, but then use them for our advantage," he added. Dewey's comments from the clip have sparked a frenzy of headlines and an ongoing discussion about his views on same-sex marriage. more >>
A former Indiana court clerk filed a lawsuit on earlier this month against Harrison County and the clerk's former boss for firing her after she refused to process paperwork for a gay couple seeking to obtain a marriage license.
Linda A. Summers, who started working in the county's office in Corydon, Indiana, in 2008, was fired in December of 2014 after she requested a "religious accommodation" that would allow her to pass off the responsibility of processing marriage paperwork for same-sex couples to other employees willing to do it.
Summers worked under Harrison County Clerk Sally Whitis who rejected her request and fired her after she issued the request based on her Christian beliefs. more >>
LGBT groups and their allies in Congress are pushing for a sweeping piece of legislation that if enacted would, according to critics, limit religious freedom in the United States.
Known as the Equality Act, the bill would add the classifications of "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as well as expand the level of businesses that must adhere to the Act.
Congressman David N. Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat who is an openly gay member of Congress, introduced the anti-discrimination legislation last Thursday. more >>
Ciara Harris, the 29-year-old singer whose NFL player boyfriend Russell Wilson recently revealed some intimate details about their relationship, says she's not upset with the Christian athlete for telling the world about their physical relationship, or lack thereof.
In an interview with "Access Hollywood," the singer known as Ciara spoke about waiting "until the deal is sealed" to engage in any sexual activity with the 26-year-old Seattle Seahawks quarterback.
Wilson first made the announcement when he appeared at The Rock Church in San Diego on July 5 and told pastor Miles McPherson that God told him to lead Ciara in a vow of celibacy. more >>
Kierra Sheard's dreams of becoming a clothing designer have officially come to fruition, but not without the gospel singer facing her fair share of challenges. Nonetheless, Sheard says she's holding onto her faith so God can get the glory for her Eleven60 fashion line.
The 28-year-old singer-turned-entrepreneur debuted pieces from her fall and winter plus-sized collection Eleven60 at www.MyEleven60.com earlier this summer. The singer told The Christian Post that her line combines quality and stylish garments for more than just women in church, but everyday women who wear size 10 and over.
As a judge on the BET reality TV gospel singing competition "Sunday Best," fans of the singer and the show will see her wear pieces from her new clothing line. But Sheard explains to CP that the road to premiering her Eleven60 pieces was fraught with hardships. more >>
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The Christian Post's editors do not do advocate erotica.
The ex-wife of an Alabama pastor has created her own genre of erotic fiction literature that she has labeled "Christian erotica." She says it's designed to help Christian couples save their marriages. more >>