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Group of Methodist ministers succumb to gay agenda!

Monday, October 17, 2011
My heart quickened at the thought of interviewing this renegade Christian leader, this bold iconoclast, this trailblazing visionary who was willing to defy authority, buck convention, cleave to God’s truth, and let the chips fall where they may. Was there any way TIME magazine wouldn’t pick up this story? [ Read more → ]
smoky-mtns

Is Tennessee really that bad?

Sunday, October 16, 2011
Tennessee has been getting a bad rap lately. From the passage of anti-gay legislation in the last session of the state legislature, to the current issue regarding Gay-Straight alliances in East Tennessee schools, or anti-gay assault in West Tennessee, national (and international) communities have lambasted the state as a haven for bigots and religious extremists. [ Read more → ]
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Occupy Wall Street — A modern day Stonewall

Sunday, October 16, 2011
The Occupy Wall Street protests have spread to other countries. This shows, in no small way, that what happens in America doesn't necessarily stay in America. [ Read more → ]
smid

Of all the ‘ex-gay’ ministries, John Smid’s ‘was the most cult-like’

Friday, October 14, 2011
For decades, John Smid had been the leader of Love in Action, the infamous “ex-gay” ministry that took away the underwear of clients if the undergarments appeared too gay. The strict Memphis-based ministry also used an egg timer in the bathroom to make sure its clients would not masturbate while showering. [ Read more → ]
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Pastor fired for linking to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ article

Friday, October 14, 2011
Two nights ago I got this email: Greetings John, My name is [X], and I am/was a Pastor of [Super Cool-Sounding Job Title] at a church here in [Big American City]. My wife and I have both been very grateful for your blog, and it... [ Read more → ]
gallagher

Thank you Maggie Gallagher for revealing your lies

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Former chairwoman of the National Organization for Marriage, Maggie Gallagher, recently let the cat out of the bag so to speak when she chose to praise the Family Research Council during the "Values Voter" Summit: [ Read more → ]
Matthew-Shepard

For Matthew Shepard and countless others… the work to erase hate continues

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Editor's Note: This article was originally published in 2010 on the twelfth anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death. Matthew was brutally attacked on the night of October 6, 1998, then tied to a fence and left to die. Matthew was targeted because he was gay. Matthew... [ Read more → ]
coming-out

She came out in a letter — for worse, and for better!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
This weekend, reader Jenni emailed me the below. What better day than National Coming Out Day to share it with you? [ Read more → ]
prisonkid

Bullying: Putting Your Money Where Their Mouth Is

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
When we say that we want bullying to stop, what we're in large part saying is that we want bullying to stop happening in our children's schools. Which means we want teachers to put a stop to bullying. [ Read more → ]
ows-wallstreet

Let ‘freedom to live, love and be happy’ be more than a slogan of our times

Sunday, October 9, 2011
Let “freedom to live, love and be happy” be more than just a slogan in the passing of our times. Let it not be our epitaph, but our non-violent resistance to freedom being denied to us all. [ Read more → ]
Bev Perdue

Perdue’s statement on gay marriage shows her true disregard for equality

Sunday, October 9, 2011
NC Governor Bev Perdue is an opportunist and a true politician, not only disregarding standing firm for equality, but embracing economic justifications for social policy. The slave-owners of the pre-war South would find much in common with her. [ Read more → ]
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The memory and meaning of Matthew Shepard, 13 years later

Thursday, October 6, 2011
On October 7, 1998, Aaron Kreifels was riding his bike through a field in Wyoming. He wasn’t expecting that day to be different from any other beautiful sunny afternoon in the vast plains surrounding Laramie, but that day would change many lives. Aaron spotted what... [ Read more → ]
keegan2

Dear Mitt Romney: Prove Us Wrong

Thursday, October 6, 2011
Mitt Romney is scheduled to speak at the far-right "Values Voter Summit" on Saturday morning, immediately before the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer, a man with a long and shocking record of bigotry toward gays and lesbians, American Muslims, Native Americans, African Americans, Mormons and other minorities. [ Read more → ]
Linda Harvey

Linda Harvey, the game of peek-a-boo is over — gay people exist. Grow up.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Linda, the game of peek-a-boo is over. You are a grown Christian woman now. Not only is yours the attitude of a two-year old, it is wholly non-Christian to ignore and discount others. What Jesus would do if He encountered His gay neighbor? [ Read more → ]
Scott Anderson

Meet Scott Anderson, soon to be first openly gay ordained Presbyterian USA minister

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
"Our pastor is gay! Our pastor is gay! How can we possibly continue being Christians now?!" Okay, fine: I don't actually know what the two people said to their fellow parishioners at Bethany Presbyterian when, in the spring of 1990, they decided to out their... [ Read more → ]
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NOM makes tasteless reference to gay Congressman’s newborn son

Monday, October 3, 2011
There are times that the National Organization for Marriage is so anti-gay that it burns — such as the post on its blog regarding the birth of Congressman Jared Polis’s newborn son: [ Read more → ]
Elaine Donnelly

And cue the bigots in 3…, 2…, 1.

Sunday, October 2, 2011
The announcement by the Pentagon Friday that permission was granted for the military chaplains to officiate at same-sex marriages or unions has touched off the expected firestorm of criticism from “corporate Christianity.” [ Read more → ]
Matt Barber

Anti-gay bigot Matt Barber mad at feds for acknowledging same-sex couples

Friday, September 30, 2011
Matt Barber of the right-wing Liberty Counsel is angry at President Obama and the Census Bureau for recognizing same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Jerry Buell

NOM’s newest ‘victim’ of alleged ‘gay intolerance’ is another dud for the organization

Thursday, September 29, 2011
The National Organization for Marriage has posted a video of another supposed “victim” of the “intolerant gay agenda” in accordance to the new group it has helped to found – the Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance. [ Read more → ]
Christians

Attention mainstream Christians: Be fruitful and amplify

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Clearly, the loving and inclusive rhetoric of some mainstream Christians is fruitful. The million-dollar question is how do we get such voices to multiply and amplify? The decline of the Religious Right depends on faith communities rooted in fairness who pray to a Jesus that stands for justice. [ Read more → ]
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Christians and gay teen suicides: ‘How could anyone be so stupid?’

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
In the conversations centered around such tragedies as the recent Jamey Rodemeyer suicide, we very often find conservative Christians defending themselves against the accusation that the theology in which they believe -- and specifically their belief that homosexuality is a sin against God -- ultimately contributes to that which informs, motivates, and encourages the bullying of gay teens. [ Read more → ]
Dakota Ary

Student’s story of suspension for speaking against homosexuality may not be true

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Last week, a controversy erupted over a student, Dakota Ary, at a Fort Worth High School who claimed that he was punished for merely stating in class that homosexuality is a sin. But when everything is at its peak, the other side of the story comes out... [ Read more → ]
Scott Lively

Bigot Scott Lively warns: Gays are winning ‘culture war’ and taking prisoners

Monday, September 26, 2011
According to Scott Lively, head of the SPLC-declared hate group Abiding Truth Ministries, “Many Christians are only now awakening to the seriousness of the threat to our society posed by the homosexual movement. But, unfortunately for us all, it is only the sounding of the victory trumpets by gay activists that has stirred Christians from their slumber." [ Read more → ]
Rick Santorum

Don’t believe Santorum’s claim about not hearing the audience boo the gay soldier

Monday, September 26, 2011
There continues to be so much fall out from the recent Republican presidential debate in which the candidates stood by and said nothing while members of the audience booed a gay solder.... [ Read more → ]
lonely-teen

Out of the depths: Everyone should have the freedom to love, and be loved

Sunday, September 25, 2011
No one should be bullied to death; that is a cruel, vicious waste of life. No one should ever die feeling unloved; that is a human and universal tragedy. Everyone should have the freedom to love, and be loved. That is the greatest thing we will ever learn. [ Read more → ]
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