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June 19, 2019

“Love Your Enemies” (Pastor Tommy) 'Would like to Go Back to When Gays Were Executed'

One of the participants in the recent anti-LGBTQ “Make America Straight Again” Christian hate-conferencewas Pastor Tommy McMurtry of Liberty Baptist Church in Illinois. 
Just before the conference, he had posted a video telling his followers that he longed to go back to the time when society executed gay people.
… There was a time when society, when our country saw them for what they were, and they put them in their place: six feet under. And unfortunately, we have forgotten that in our country.
Seems fairly unambiguous to me: We used to kill gay people, and “unfortunately,” we no longer do that.
The conference itself only reinforced that notion, with multiple pastors talking about how the government ought to be executing gay people.
Yesterday, McMurtry was back in his home pulpit, and he lashed out against the media for supposedly quoting his “six feet under” words out of context. 
Except it wasn’t out of context. And his explanation just proved the media got it right. It begins around the 30:00 mark:
… I mean, just the amount of lies that are coming [out] about me right now, I’m just like… and I just keep telling myself, “These lies are from homos, and it’s mostly homos listening to it. They think a boy can be a girl, a girl can be a boy. It’s mainly from gaytheists.” Alright? So not only do they believe that, but they also believe they evolved from monkeys. So if they believe stuff like that, I guess they could literally believe anything about me. 
… It can be so dishonest. And you want to respond to it. I mean, somebody showed me the one today, they had the article, it had a quote from me, and it said “Pastor McMurtry said ‘homos’ in quotation marks — they put the ‘homos’ in quotation marks — should be, in their own words, put ‘six feet under’ in quotation marks under it. Alright? So the quote from me was ‘Homos’ should be put ‘six feet under’… That’s the way they made it look. They quoted my words ‘homos.’ They quoted my words ‘six feet under.’… Yes, those words all came out of my mouth, but I wasn’t saying that! I’m not saying whether I think that or not, but I’m just saying… that’s not what I said! I said that’s what society used to think, and everybody knows that! That’s just a historical fact that they whine and cry about! 
They cry about that, alright? The only difference… between what I said there and what they say about their own history is that I don’t think it was a bad thing! That’s the only difference!
So to recap: McMurtry didn’t say “Homos should be put six feet under.” Even though he totally believes that. What he actually said was that society used to think gay people should be executed… and he just happens to believe we should go back to that time. 
By the way, the title of his sermon was “Love your enemies.” This is what passes for “love” for these Independent Fundamentalist Baptist preachers. 

March 5, 2019

Joe Biden Walks Back His Statement About How Good Mr.No 2 Homophobe in The Nation Might Be




         

If you read the previous story about Billy and how he was brutally killed by someone listening to people like Pence you will see how this hatred language which is not biblical, damages minds that are already looking for an excuse to killed someone so they can feel better about themselves and their screwed up lives. Adam



Former Vice President Joe Biden prides himself on his bipartisan relationships. But on Thursday, Biden’s mild praise of one Trump administration official became a political liability.
At a speech in Omaha, Biden called Vice President Pence “a decent guy.” That statement drew quick criticism from the LGBTQ community, an influential liberal voting bloc.
Pence has aggressively opposed gay rights as a lawmaker in Indiana and Washington. In 2015 as Indiana governor, Pence signed a bill to extend legal protections to business owners opposed to participating in same-sex weddings because of their religious beliefs. Critics argued the bill legalized discrimination based on sexual orientation.
“Mike Pence has made a career out of attacking the rights and equal dignity of LGBTQ people, women and other marginalized communities,” said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, one of the largest gay rights organizations in the country, in a statement from 2018. “Now as vice president, he poses one of the greatest threats to equality in the history of our movement." 
After Biden’s comments, LGTBQ activists quickly took Biden to task. “Mike Pence believes in gay conversion therapy and allowed an HIV outbreak to happen in Indiana,” activist and podcast host Adam Best tweeted. “No, Joe Biden, Pence is not a decent guy.”
Cynthia Nixon, an actor and Democrat who ran for New York governor in 2018, married her wife in 2012 and is the mother of a transgender child. She tweeted: “Joe Biden you’ve just called America’s most anti-LGBT elected leader ‘a decent guy.’ Please consider how this falls on the ears of our community.”
In the past, Biden has defended his praise of Republicans, arguing that being able to reach across the aisle makes him a better lawmaker. Not this time.
In a tweet Thursday, Biden walked back his statements about Pence. “You’re right, Cynthia,” he wrote. “I was making a point in a foreign policy context, that under normal circumstances a Vice President wouldn’t be given a silent reaction on the world stage. But there is nothing decent about being anti-LGBTQ rights, and that includes the Vice President.”
Biden is well-respected within the LGBTQ community for his advocacy of gay rights. He made headlines in 2012 for coming out in support of same-sex marriage before President Barack Obama did. And he was recently the featured speaker at the national dinner for the Human Rights Campaign, one of the more most influential gay rights organizations in the country.
Biden supporters argue that the former vice president is one of the few Democrats who appeals to the white working-class and independent voters who backed Trump in 2016 and the more liberal Democratic base. But figuring out how to woo both groups will be a challenge for the former lawmaker who is considering a 2020 presidential campaign. Thursday’s exchange is likely just a taste of what is to come if Biden enters the race for the Oval Office. 

July 17, 2018

Ads From Franklyn Graham Pulled on UK DoubleDecker Buses After Backlash






 Blackpool Transport has decided to remove the adverts promoting the controversial Festival of Hope at the Winter Gardens after a public backlash 




Bus chiefs have scrapped adverts promoting a controversial preacher’s visit to Blackpool after a public backlash. Banner adverts have appeared on Blackpool Transport’s Palladium fleet promoting the Festival of Hope at the Winter Gardens, which will feature American evangelist Franklin Graham in September. 

Franklin Graham Blackpool Pride canceled its two-day festival booking at the Winter Gardens, held in June, in protest at Graham’s appearance while MPs Gordon Marsden and Paul Maynard urged then-Home Secretary Amber Rudd to investigate whether Graham should be denied a visa. In 2014, Graham suggested the devil is behind LGBT rights and activism, saying ‘when he [the President] fails to defend biblically defined marriage, and he openly and zealously advocates for gay rights... we know we are locked in a war against the Christian faith, not culture’. He added: “The architect behind this offensive is none other than Satan himself.” 

He has also been accused of making anti-Islamic comments. A spokesman for Blackpool Transport said: “Blackpool Transport has recently been made aware of an advert in place on the side of some of our double-decker buses.

 “In light of customer feedback and reactions on social media which has resulted in heightened tension, we have taken the decision to remove all adverts relating to the ‘Time for Hope’ Festival with immediate effect.

 We will reimburse any income back to the advertising company. “We work with multiple advertisers and third-parties and in no way do we endorse or support any advertisement which is placed on our vehicles. Jane Cole, Managing Director at Blackpool Transport, said “The removal of these adverts is as a result of us listening and acting on customer and public feedback which we aim to do at all times. “Blackpool Transport is a proud ongoing supporter of the Pride and LGBT+ communities and in no way did we intend to cause any distress or upset.” “All buses carrying the advert will remain off the road until they have been removed. The Festival of Hope event is due to take place on September 21-23. 


January 18, 2018

The Perfect Marriage Against LGBT and Democracy: Conservatives/Evangel. in Latin America

 
 You can't tell these people with the holy spirit that you are not
a Putin's Russia

pedophile just because you are gay. They will turn against you
if you say most pedophiles are religious and straaight men.





 Ecuadoreans at an evangelical church. Evangelicals today account for
almost 20 percent of the        
population in Latin America.
 
CreditRodrigo Buendia/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 
Evangelical churches today can be found in almost every neighborhood in Latin America — and they are transforming politics like no other force. They are giving conservative causes, and especially political parties, new strength and new constituencies.
In Latin America, Christianity used to be associated with Roman Catholicism. The church held a near monopoly on religion until the 1980s. The only challenge to Catholicism was anticlericalism and atheism. There has never been another religion. Until now.
Evangelicals today account for almost 20 percent of the population in Latin America, up from 3 percent three decades ago. In a few Central American countries, evangelicals are near majorities.
Evangelical pastors embrace varied ideologies, but when it comes to gender and sexuality, their values are typically conservative, patriarchal and homophobic. They expect women to be completely submissive to their evangelical husbands. And in every country in the region, they have taken the strongest stands against gay rights.
The rise of evangelicalism is politically worrisome. Evangelicals are fueling a new form of populism. They are supplying conservative parties with nonelite voters, which is good for democracy, but these voters tend to be intransigent on issues of sexuality, which feeds cultural polarization. Intolerant inclusion, which is the classic Latin American populist formula, is being reinvented by evangelical pastors. 
Brazil is a prime example of the rising evangelical power in Latin America. The 90 or so evangelical members of Congress have thwarted L.G.B.T.-oriented legislative actions, played a role in impeaching the leftist president, Dilma Rousseff, and shut down museum shows. An evangelical pastor has been elected mayor of Rio de Janeiro, one of the world’s most gay-friendly cities. So grand are their successes that evangelical pastors elsewhere say they want to imitate “the Brazilian model.”
And that model is spreading. With the help of Catholics, evangelicals have also organized anti-gay marches in Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Mexico. In Paraguay and Colombia, they compelled the ministries of education to ban books dealing with sexuality. In Colombia, they even mobilized to defeat a referendum on a peace accord with the FARC, the largest guerrilla group in Latin America, arguing that the accords pushed feminism and L.G.B.T. rights too far.
How have evangelicals become so politically powerful? After all, evangelicals, even in Brazil, are still a minority, and in most countries, irreligiosity is also rising. The answer has to do with their new political tactics.
No tactic has been more transformative than the decision by evangelicals to forge alliances with political parties on the right.
Historically, right-wing parties in Latin America tended to gravitate toward the Catholic Church and disdain Protestantism, while evangelicals stayed out of politics. Not anymore. Conservative parties and evangelicals are joining forces.
Chile’s presidential election in 2017 provided a perfect example of this union of pastors and party. The two center-right candidates, Sebastián Piñera and José Antonio Kast, courted evangelicals. Mr. Piñera, who won, even had four evangelical bishops as campaign advisers.
There is a reason conservative politicians are embracing conservative evangelicalism. Evangelicals are solving the most serious political handicap that right-wing parties have in Latin America: their lack of ties with nonelites. As the political scientist Ed Gibson noted, parties of the right used to draw their core constituency from the upper strata. This made them electorally weak
Evangelicals are changing that. They are bringing in voters from all walks of life, but mostly the poor. They are turning right-wing parties into people’s parties.
This marriage of pastors and parties is not a Latin American invention. It’s has been happening in the United States since the 1980s, as the Christian right gradually became arguably the most reliable constituency in the Republican Party. Even Donald Trump — who many see as the antithesis of biblical values — ran on an evangelical platform. He chose his running mate, Mike Pence, precisely for his staunch evangelicalism.
That there is convergence between the United States and Latin American on evangelical politics is no accident. American evangelicals coach their counterparts in Latin America on how to court parties, become lobbyists and fight gay marriage. Few other civic groups enjoy stronger external ties.
In addition to forming alliances with parties, Latin American evangelicals have learned to make peace with their historic rival, the Catholic Church. At least on the issue of sexuality, pastors and priests have found new common ground.
The latest example of cooperation has been in framing — the language political actors use to describe their causes. For social scientists, the more actors manage to frame an issue to resonate for multiple constituencies, not just the core constituency, the more likely they are to influence politics.
In Latin America, both Catholic and evangelical clergymen have come up with an effective frame for their conservatism: opposition to what they have baptized the “ideology of gender.”
This term is used to label any effort to promote acceptance of sexual and gender diversity. When experts argue that sexual diversity is real and gender identity is a construct, evangelical and Catholic clergies respond that this is just ideology, not science.
Evangelicals are keen on stressing the word “ideology” because this gives them the right, they argue, to protect themselves, and especially their children, from exposure to these ideas. Ideology of gender allows them to call for the protection of children as cover for homophobia.
The political beauty of “ideology of gender” is that it has given clergymen a way to recast their religious stand in secular terms: as parents’ rights. In Latin America, the new Christian slogan is, “Don’t mess with my kids.” It is one of the results of this evangelical-Catholic collaboration.
Politically, we may be witnessing a historic truce between Protestants and Catholics in the region: Evangelicals agree to embrace the Catholic Church’s strong condemnation of abortion, the Catholic Church embraces evangelicals’ strong condemnation of sexual diversity, and together, they can confront rising secularism.
This truce poses a dilemma for Pope Francis, now on tour in Latin America. On the one hand, he has expressed rejection of extremism, and a desire to connect with the most modern, even liberal groups in the church. On the other hand, this pope has made “Christian encounters” a hallmark of his papacy, and he himself is not entirely allergic to the cultural conservatism of evangelicals.
As a political actor, the pope worries too about the church’s waning influence in politics, so an alliance with evangelicals seems like the perfect antidote against its political decline. A pressing question the pope needs to ponder is whether he is willing to pay the price of greater conservatism to rekindle Christian power in Latin America.
Evangelicalism is transforming parties and possibly the Catholic Church. Conservative parties used to think of themselves as the region’s essential check against populism. That pitch is no longer credible. These parties are realizing that going along with pastors generates voter excitement, even if only among churchgoers, and excitement equals power.

December 21, 2017

Pastor Dave Welch Primary TX. Anti Gay Mobilizer of Churches Vs. LGBT Community


Houston made international news in 2009 when it became the largest U.S. city to elect an openly gay mayor. Six years later, Houston voters made a stunning about-face by repealing a city ordinance shielding LGBT people from discrimination.
Behind that electoral backlash was Dave Welch, a sturdy, serious-looking man. He is the executive director of the U.S. Pastor Council, a group that’s adept at mobilizing churches to participate in loud, ugly campaigns against LGBT rights. Welch and the Pastor Council were instrumental in peddling the “No Men in Women’s Restrooms” message that has animated Texas social conservatives in recent years.
DRUE WAGNER
Welch, who calls himself a “pastor of pastors,” formed the Houston Area Pastor Council in 2003 with a dozen other Houston-area clergy. As more church leaders joined the cause, he established the Texas Pastor Council and the U.S. Pastor Council, umbrella groups that have pushed the limits of what churches are allowed to do as tax-exempt organizations. They challenge pastors to distribute election guides, register congregants to vote and discuss political issues with churchgoers. By 2008, Welch was writing screeds against abortion, gay rights and Barack Obama for WorldNetDaily, a conspiracy-laced progenitor of alt-right media. In one column he declares war on the “radical sexual-diversity jihad.”
But it was Welch’s years-long grudge match with former Houston Mayor Annise Parker that really raised his political profile. In 2013, a pastor with his group sued to block Parker from extending spousal benefits to same-sex couples who work for the city. That the lawsuit even survived the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling in 2015 hints at the reach of Welch’s message. After first tossing the case, the Texas Supreme Court agreed to rehear it at the urging of Governor Greg Abbott and other leading Texas Republicans. In July 2017, the court issued a brain-wrinkling rulingconcluding that same-sex spouses of government employees still aren’t guaranteed the benefits of marriage in Texas.
Dave Welch
Dave Welch  DRUE WAGNER
The defeat of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance was an even bigger success. Welch stood before TV cameras to warn of “biological males, with no alterations, entering a woman’s restroom” when Parker pushed HERO, as the ordinance was known, during her final term in office. After City Council passed the law, Welch helped organize a ballot referendum to overturn it. When Parker’s administration made the face-plant move of subpoenaing sermons from pastors involved in the effort, Welch called it “as close as anything I’ve ever seen to Nazi Germany on our soil.” Anti-LGBT activists eventually convinced 61 percent of Houston voters to repeal HERO after a campaign featuring TV ads of men stalking little girls in public bathrooms. Earlier this year, Abbott signed a bill pushed by Welch that shields sermons from government subpoenas. 
Fran Watson, a Houston LGBT rights activist, says Welch’s ability to blend politics and religion makes him a particularly potent force. He “faith-washes” the anti-LGBT message for congregations but also brawls like a political operative. “He was able to get away with saying a lot of ludicrous, hurtful things in public because he masked it with faith,” she said. In one public forum over the equal rights law, when a trans woman asked Welch what bathroom she should use, he asked her about her genitals. When she said it wasn’t his business, he replied, “You’re making it my business.” The 2017 legislative session was both a sign of Welch’s influence and a hint at what may curtail it. Notably, the Pastor Council failed to help pass a bathroom bill amid opposition from a cadre of corporate interests and resistance from fellow believers, including dozens of progressive faith leaders. Welch dismisses his opponents as tools of powerful interests. “This isn’t about discrimination,” he told the Observer. “This is about political correctness being shoved down our throats by corporate fat cats pushing a radical agenda.” 
Welch says his group will continue to mobilize with other anti-LGBT activists against anything that “normalizes the gay lifestyle.”
As the lingering Houston court case shows, just because the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage doesn’t mean people like Welch will stop fighting it. “We have not changed our position that God created marriage, and that long preceded this country and its laws,” Welch said. Marriage equality, he added, “is no more settled than Roe v. Wade.”
Michael Barajas is a staff writer covering civil rights for the Observer. You can reach him on Twitter or at barajas@texasobserver.org.

December 14, 2017

The Salvation Army Looks Nice But Inside its Always Been Anti-Gay-What is a Giving Person to Do?







BY JACOB TOBIA


Growing up in suburban North Carolina, the sound of a tinkling bell and the subsequent call for donations became ubiquitous with the holiday season. Each time I went to the grocery store or Wal-Mart, I’d see someone ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, and if I was lucky, they might even be wearing a Santa suit or dressed up like an elf. As a kid, I had fond memories of running up to the person ringing the bell, slipping a dollar into the bucket, and feeling like I’d done my part.

Increasingly, those memories have become clouded, fogged up with knowledge about the Salvation Army’s complicated history with the LGBTQ+ community. These days, it’s hard for a queen like me to scroll through her newsfeed around the holiday season without seeing a post from someone reminding me not to give to the Salvation Army because they are homophobic, transphobic, fundamentalist, or worse.

For my own rainbow edification, I decided to do some digging, and the results were, well, confusing. What I can say, with absolute certainty, is that the Salvation Army has a pretty sketchy history of bigotryclose-mindednesshostility, and general weirdness towards LGBTQ+ folks around the world. They’re like that ex-boyfriend who cheated on you in ninth grade but swore that he changed this summer and tenth grade is going to be different. Sure, you could keep dating him, but you deserve better.

The problem with the Salvation Army is that they’ve layered the good in with the bad: the frosting is nice, but the cake is dry. In their mission statement, they say that their goal is “to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in his name without discrimination,” and the without discrimination part is what gets me. 

Not discriminating against LGBTQ+ people isn’t a crowning achievement: it’s the bare minimum necessary to be a decent organization. To be an organization worthy of donations and financial support from people who care about LGBTQ+ folks and about equality, you have to do a whole lot more than simply not discriminating in order to pass go.

What's a girl to do if she's feeling philanthropic around the holidays? If you’re feeling extra generous this holiday season, and you care at all about the fact that an estimated 40 percent of homeless youth in the United States identify as LGBTQ+ or about the fact that transgender people in America are four times more likely to live in abject poverty, here are eight organizations that are a helluva lot more deserving of your donation:
The Ali Forney Center: Headquartered in New York City, the Ali Forney Center works “to protect LGBTQ+ youth from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently.”

TGI Justice Project: Located in the Bay Area, the TGI Justice Project works with incarcerated or formerly incarcerated trans and gender nonconforming people to create a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom.

The Hetrick-Martin Institute: With locations in both New York City and Newark, NJ, the Hetrick-Martin Institute provides a range of support services -- from community programming, art workshops, and GED programs, to crisis intervention, health counseling, and housing support -- for economically marginalized LGBTQ+ young people.
Casa Ruby: Open six days a week, Casa Ruby provides a bilingual, multicultural safe space for LGBTQ+ people in Washington, DC. Their staff and volunteers provide basic human services to more than 150 clients per week, including hot meals, support groups, case management, and emergency housing referrals.

True Colors Fund: Founded by Cyndi Lauper in 2008, the True Colors Fund works to support homeless LGBTQ+ youth through a combination of youth empowerment programs, public policy advocacy, and nationwide training with homeless service providers.
Audre Lorde Project: The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Nonconforming People of Color center for community organizing. With a major focus on community wellness and economic justice, ALP works to develop and implement culturally specific and effective programs reflecting the needs of LGBTQ+ People of Color in New York City.
Sylvia Rivera Law Project: The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Through a collective organizing approach, SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for gender nonconforming people, with a focus on low-income people and people of color.

Your Local LGBTQ+ Community Center: There are LGBTQ+ Community Centers in hundreds of cities across the country, and many centers have programs specifically designed to foster economic empowerment for folks in the community. Many, like the Los Angeles LGBT Center, provide services specifically for LGBTQ+ adults and young people experiencing homelessness.

So the next time you see an elf asking you to put money in a bucket outside the grocery store, first check that you’re not hallucinating. Then, resist your nostalgic instinct to put a dollar in the bucket, whip out your phone instead, and donate to any of these fabulous organizations — organizations that empower the most marginalized folks in the LGBTQ+ community while holding the fullness of our shimmering identities.

Jacob Tobia is a writer, producer, and author of the forthcoming memoir Sissy with Putnam Books at Penguin Random House. Named in the Forbes 30 Under 30, Jacob served as the Social Media Producer on Season 4 of the Emmy Award-winning series Transparent. Jacob's work and activism have been featured in TIME Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Playboy, and The Guardian, among others.







October 11, 2017

From Romania U.S. Evil Fighter Against Gay Marriage KIM DAVIS



Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk jailed for five days in 2015 for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, is touring Romania in support of a campaign to block legal recognition of such unions there





Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk jailed for five days in 2015 after refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, is touring Romania in support of a campaign to block legal recognition of such unions there.

The group Liberty Counsel, which represented Davis when she vaulted into the national spotlight, says Davis and the group's vice president of legal affairs, Harry Mihet, are touring the Eastern European country to discuss the effects of same-sex marriage in the U.S.

Davis, who remains Rowan County's clerk, was jailed for contempt after refusing to issue marriage licenses in compliance with the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which made it legal for gays and lesbians to marry in every state. Her office now issues licenses without her signature.
Davis and Mihet will be in Romania for nine days, according to a Liberty Counsel press release.

The pair, according to the press release, "are holding conferences in Romania's largest cities, including Bucharest, Cluj, Sibiu, Timisoara, and Iasi. Their message is simple and based on the recent lessons learned in the United States: same-sex ‘marriage' and freedom of conscience are mutually exclusive because those who promote the former have zero tolerance for the latter."

The tour comes as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs the right of religious business owners to object to serving same-sex ceremonies in a case brought by a Colorado baker. Some states have anti-discrimination laws saying businesses cannot deny service based on sexual orientation.

Romania does not currently recognize same-sex marriage, nor does any neighboring country. Liberty Counsel says Davis and Mihet, however, are supporting a petition drive requesting a referendum to add a same-sex marriage ban to the nation's constitution.

Davis and Mihet, who is originally from Romania, have met with Orthodox church leaders, members of the country's parliament and are giving "numerous television and radio interviews," according to the release.

After Davis refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, citing "God's law" as her reason, it emerged that she personally has been married four times to three different men.

Holly Meade, a spokeswoman for Liberty Counsel, said that rather than hypocrisy, Davis' personal history shows "the amazing grace of God to use someone like that" and that "her past is forgiven."




April 8, 2017

Notre Dame Giving Highest Honor in Rabidly Anti Gay/Women Priest



 

The University of Notre Dame will award its highest honor to a priest who has openly dissented from Church teaching on homosexual “marriage,” women “priests” and worthiness to receive Holy Communion.
Jesuit Father Gregory Boyle will be this year’s Laetare Medal recipient, the university announced recently.
Father Boyle is renowned for his decades-long work with incarcerated and gang-involved individuals. He will be given the award at the university’s May 21 commencement ceremony.
Father Boyle criticized the U.S. Bishops’ opposition to homosexual “marriage” in a 2010 interview during the debate over California’s Proposition 8 referendum banning same-sex “marriage.” He further described opposition to gay “marriage” as “demonizing people.”
He also stated in the interview that the Church’s teaching on women’s ordination was “shameful, “nonsense” and not “honest.” And the priest said those opposed to women’s ordination were “frightened that women will be ordained.”
He also mocked Church teaching on reception of the Eucharist for individuals married outside the Church in the broadly publicized television interview.
The Laetare Medal is not only the highest honor Notre Dame bestows, according to the university, but also the highest honor American Catholics can receive.
The university website states the medal is “intended for a Catholic “whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church and enriched the heritage of humanity.”
Catholic groups expressed dismay at the Laetare recipient decision.
The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) referenced the choice of Father Boyle in its news briefs as a scandal for the “dissenting priest” to be honored by Notre Dame. The news brief was also published on the Creative Minority Report blog. 
CNS asked supporters in an email, “What is the motivation behind Notre Dame’s honor to an unfaithful priest who has reportedly alleged that his 'own sad, tragic church' is 'just about power and privilege and secrecy and sometimes even a willful wandering away from Jesus and the living of the Gospel?'”
“Father Gregory Boyle’s good work with Los Angeles gangs is admirable,” CNS stated. “But how can a Catholic university ignore his public advocacy for same-sex marriage? Even Father Boyle has acknowledged that he doesn’t toe 'the party line' when he suggests that God disagrees with the Catholic Church.”
The Sycamore Trust, an alumni organization that works to protect Notre Dame’s Catholic identity, said in a statement, “After last year’s unsettling award of the Laetare Medal to Vice President Joe Biden despite his championship of abortion rights and same-sex marriage, one might have hoped for a respite this year. It was not to be.”
The choice to honor Biden last year drew significant criticism from pro-life facultystudents and outside groups.
Sycamore Trust clarified that it does not suggest that having at some time expressed disagreement with a significant Church teaching should automatically disqualify one for the Laetare Medal.
“Father Boyle displayed an utter contempt for the magisterium,” the Sycamore statement said. “He looks for truth elsewhere.”
Father Boyle’s admirable history of good works meets the award’s enrichment of humanity standard, it explained.
However, the group continued, “a Catholic priest who dissents from that teaching and is being honored for ‘illustrating the ideals of the Church,’ and thus the unstated but evident rephrasing to accommodate the honoring of Father Boyle is illustrated some ideals of the Church while ridiculing others.”
Notre Dame was the center of sustained widespread criticism for honoring former President Barack Obama as its 2009 commencement speaker.
The Notre Dame invite to Obama came despite his fervent support for abortion and homosexual “marriage” and his HHS mandate imposing employer-subsidized contraception, abortifacients, and abortion in U.S. healthcare.

March 27, 2017

Appaling Anti LGBT Letter to Trump from Ministers in the Caribbean






 

Nearly 300 religious officials from the Caribbean and Guyana have urged the U.S. to no longer promote LGBT and intersex rights abroad.

The 289 ministers who are from the Bahamas, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana made the request in a letter they sent to President Trump on Jan. 31.

“We write to you as concerned Christian ministers and churches from the Caribbean region (including the Bahamas) who hope and pray that the United States, under your leadership, will once again cast a light from ‘The City upon a Hill’ of which your American forefathers and President Ronald Reagan so frequently spoke,” reads the letter. “Sadly, during recent years, that City has too often cast shadows instead of light.”

“We refer specifically to the policies of the U.S. State Department and other government agencies involved in foreign policy that have undertaken to coerce our countries into accepting a mistaken version of marriage,” it continues.

The letter specifically notes the appointment of Randy Berry as the special U.S. envoy for the promotion of LGBT and intersex rights in 2015 was central to “the promotion of same-sex marriage” in American foreign policy. It also questions then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2011 speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council in which she said “gay rights are human rights.”

“We have our rights by virtue of being human beings and not by anything else — not our ethnicity, not our religion, not our race, not our tribe and certainly not our sexual orientation,” reads the letter.

The letter also points out to Trump that “several of your government agencies” are “using executive orders to foist transgender confusion through the bathroom issue on your public schools by threatening the loss of federal funds.”

“Please understand that this same kind of coercion is being used against our countries to force us to fall in line with the entire same-sex agenda,” it reads.

The Obama administration last year advised public schools that Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972 requires them to allow trans students to use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. Trump rescinded this guidance on Feb. 22. 

Guyanese group receives grants through Global Equality Fund

The promotion of LGBT and intersex rights abroad was a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy during Obama’s second term. The promotion of marriage rights for same-sex couples internationally was never a publicly articulated part of this strategy.

The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination, a Guyanese advocacy group known by the acronym SASOD, has received grants through the Global Equality Fund, a public-private partnership the State Department manages with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Officials at the U.S. Embassy in the Guyanese capital of Georgetown also meet with SASOD staffers and support their efforts.

Dennis and Judy Shepard met with LGBT rights advocates, parents and officials at the U.S. Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago in 2014. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has also supported HIV/AIDS programs in the country.

Consensual same-sex sexual relations remain criminalized in Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. St. Maarten recognizes same-sex marriages that are performed in the Netherlands. 

Ministers’ letter is ‘appalling’

Steven Anderson, who was deported from Botswana last September, traveled to Guyana earlier this year. The anti-LGBT pastor from Arizona who has said gays and lesbians should be killed and described the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Fla., as “disgusting homosexuals,” claims a hotel in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, cancelled his reservation earlier this month.

Activists in the region with whom the Washington Blade spoke on Wednesday criticized the pastors who wrote to Trump.

“It’s appalling that they are pandering to President Trump — a head of state who has demonstrated nothing but prejudice and intolerance towards entire communities, immigrants and Muslims especially,” said SASOD Managing Director Joel Simpson.

Erin Greene, an LGBT and intersex rights advocate in the Bahamas, agreed.

“The statement and petition is a desperate move by a once powerful structure in Caribbean societies,” she told the Blade. “The Christian church was once the center of Caribbean societies, and now, these pastors are grasping to retain power and relevance as they are being stripped of their influence in policy making and national development.”

“In fact, they would be fulfilling their Christian mandate by denouncing the exportation of anti-LGBTI hate speech to the region, and asking President Trump to focus on foreign policy initiatives that prevent the spread the of U.S.-based religious terrorism in the Caribbean, Latin America and the Global South,” added Greene.

Bahamas Transgender Intersex United President Alexus D’Marco echoed Greene’s criticism while defending Obama, Clinton and Berry’s appointment.

“It is inconceivable that these ‘Christian’ reverend gentlemen and gentle ladies could not find the love of Christ in the hearts,” D’Marco told the Blade.

A State Department spokesperson on Friday said “protecting universal human rights is at the core of U.S. foreign policy.”

“All people should be protected from discrimination and violence, and must be allowed to exercise their human rights, including their rights to the freedoms of expression, association, peaceful assembly, and religion or belief,” the spokesperson told the Blade.

The White House did not respond to the Blade’s request for comment.

 

- Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade courtesy of the National LGBTQ Media Association

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