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The Catholic Hierarchy’s Quest To Erase Same-Sex Marriages From The Universe

The Catholic Hierarchy’s Quest To Erase Same-Sex Marriages From The Universe | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Fifty years ago, the only Catholic President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, stressed the importance of separating church and state, imagining a nation “where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials.” Fast forward to the present where Rick Santorum — also Catholic — feels that mentality makes him throw up, and it’s clear how much power the Catholic Hierarchy is now exerting over the debate about equality.

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Fischer: God Will Cure AIDS If Gays Stop Having Sex

A few weeks ago, we posted a video of Bryan Fischer denying that HIV causes AIDS and claiming it is all a scheme concocted by scientists in order to get research grants.

Since then, Fischer has continued to promote this position and earlier this week, Warren Throckmorton got Rick Warren to issue a statement decrying people like Fischer (and the "expert" he cites, Peter Duesberg) for promoting "quack science."

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Mormons feel misunderstood? Then maybe they should stop the gay-bashing.

Mormons feel misunderstood? Then maybe they should stop the gay-bashing. | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

A series of articles today on Mitt Romney and the Mormons. The first, from Buzzfeed, documents how Romney is running (or at least hiding) his Mormon faith on the campaign trail. The second, a new poll from PEW, shows that Mormons feel discriminated against and misunderstood.

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Rogue Catholic Group Vandalizes Anglican Church Billboard | Friendly Atheist

Rogue Catholic Group Vandalizes Anglican Church Billboard | Friendly Atheist | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

“This is Satanic, this is the ultimate Satanic attack, when Lucifer attacks his worst enemy, the Blessed Virgin. This particular church — so called — is run by a gay, feminist-type lobby. They claim to be Christian and yet they put up a blasphemous image of the Blessed Virgin, attacking her virginity and the fact that she was the mother of Christ, the God-Man.”

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Church of Scotland rejects proposals to legalise gay marriage

Church of Scotland rejects proposals to legalise gay marriage | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Church responds to Scottish government's reform plan by saying same-sex marriage undermines society...
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I’m Christian, unless you’re gay.

I’m Christian, unless you’re gay. | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Today I want to write about something that has bothered me for the better part of a decade. Truth is, I’ve been trying to write it off and on for more than a year now, and the right words have been seemingly impossible to come by.
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Why You Shouldn't Donate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Why You Shouldn't Donate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The Salvation Army has a history of active discrimination against gays and lesbians. While you might think you're helping the hungry and homeless by dropping a few dollars in the bright red buckets, not everyone can share in the donations. Many LGBT people are rejected by the evangelical church charity because they're "sexually impure."

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US Catholic bishops prepare fight for religious exceptions over gay marriage, contraception

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The mood among many U.S. Roman Catholic bishops was captured in a recent speech by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia. His talk, called “Catholics in the Next America,” painted a bleak picture of a nation increasingly intolerant of Christianity.


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Bishops gear up for fight with Obama

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When the nation’s Catholic bishops gather for their annual fall meeting next week (Nov. 14-16) in Baltimore, the issue that will stand out in an otherwise small-bore internal agenda is their growing resolve to engage in politically charged battles over gay marriage and access to abortion and contraception.

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Anti-gay pastor arrested for public masturbation asks gay community for forgiveness

Anti-gay pastor arrested for public masturbation asks gay community for forgiveness | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

For years, New Orleans area residents have known self-proclaimed "Christian patriot" Grant Storms as a religious crusader who has tirelessly tried to rid the city's French Quarter of homosexual influence--specifically its "Southern Decadence" festival. The celebration, often called the "gay Mardi Gras," draws homosexuals from around the country each Labor Day weekend.
But the 53 year-old Storms has joined the ever-growing fraternity of evangelical moralists whose hypocrisy is exposed through an embarrassing sex scandal.

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New Law Protects Christians Who Bully Gay Kids : AtheismTV

New Law Protects Christians Who Bully Gay Kids : AtheismTV | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

New law does nothing to protect gay children from being bullied, but basically outlines how to get away with bullying in accordance to the law.

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Outrage as top Italian history professor blames fall of Rome on rise of homosexuality

Outrage as top Italian history professor blames fall of Rome on rise of homosexuality | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Roberto De Mattei, a devout Roman Catholic, had already raised eyebrows by saying the Japanese tsunami was ‘divine punishment’.
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Gay bishop encounters protests in N.C.

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An openly gay Episcopalian bishop visited Charlotte, N.C., and preached inclusion while encountering protesters, observers said Monday.
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Christian Voice blames Tesco fall on gay pride

Christian Voice blames Tesco fall on gay pride | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Stephen Green, leader of the extremist religious group Christian Voice has blamed Tesco’s falling sales on gays.

No, we’re not joking. The retailer’s shares nose-dived today after it reported suffering its worst Christmas for two decades

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Anti-Gay Legal Guns For Hire: How The Right Uses ‘Religious Liberty’ To Fight Discrimination Suits

Anti-Gay Legal Guns For Hire: How The Right Uses ‘Religious Liberty’ To Fight Discrimination Suits | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Phyllis Young, the owner of the Aloha Bed And Breakfast in Oahu, Hawaii says that being gay is “detestable” and “defiles our land.” That’s why she denied a lesbian couple a reservation in 2007, and that is why the couple filed a discrimination suit against her in December.

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Republican Political Theology Demands Special - Not Equal - Rights

Republican Political Theology Demands Special - Not Equal - Rights | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Here is a puzzler of a position, one held by pretty much every Republican candidate and group, but I will let Michele Bachmann’s words stand for all. This is what she had to say at a townhall meeting in Waverly, Iowa the other day:

“All of us Americans have the same rights, we have the same civil rights…There shouldn’t be any special rights or any special set of criteria. We all have the same civil rights.”

Now obviously this is the position of the United States Constitution, that we are all of us equal before the law, with the same rights. But does Michele Bachmann really believe it? Do any of them?

It doesn’t seem so.

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Ultra-Orthodox ‘Torah Declaration’ Calls For Ex-Gay Therapy For All Who ‘Struggle’ With Homosexuality

Ultra-Orthodox ‘Torah Declaration’ Calls For Ex-Gay Therapy For All Who ‘Struggle’ With Homosexuality | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

A group of ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders have secretly passed around a “Torah Declaration” on “The Torah Stance on Homosexuality.” It rebukes homosexuality as being “not an acceptable lifestyle or a genuine identity” and assumes that gays are by definition “unable to find happiness in a loving relationship.” To abide by the Torah, the Declaration stridently demands ex-gay therapy, including of teenagers, to repair “childhood emotional wounds”:

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‘We Are Atheism’ Initiative Tries to Mimic Gay Rights Campaign to Get Non-Believers to ‘Come Out’

‘We Are Atheism’ Initiative Tries to Mimic Gay Rights Campaign to Get Non-Believers to ‘Come Out’ | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Modeled after the well-known "It Gets Better" campaign, an initiative geared towards gays and lesbians, three non-believing University of Kansas college students have launched "We Are Atheism."

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Bully for Michigan: Religion exemption for school harassment may fail

Good news from Michigan! The state legislature is moving toward anti-bullying legislation that does not include an exemption for religiously motivated harassment.
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Jeebus Would Knock The Shit Out Of You

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"Jesus said both to turn the other cheek and to bring a sword to defend oneself. So let’s not simply quote one thing he said as if it were the only thing he said. Furthermore, quoting Bible verses against assault or persecution is not appropriate in regards to MMA, because such verses do not refer to a regulated sporting competition governed by rules where two athletes of similar size and skill agree to a competition. It would be akin to telling a Christian hockey player they could never check anyone into the boards, or a soldier at war or police officer in a crisis to turn the other cheek. Good verse, wrong application." - Pastor Mark Driscoll of Seattle's Mars Hill Church, in a lengthy defense of his ministry's advocacy of mixed martial arts as part of "muscular Christianity," which demands that young men assault each other to prove their faith. (And that they're totally not homogay.)

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Christians are being ‘crushed under the pink jackboot’, says lunatic ex-councillor

Christians are being ‘crushed under the pink jackboot’, says lunatic ex-councillor | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

GAYS are the New Nazis, according to the demented leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance, Alan Craig.

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Anti-bullying legislation passes state Senate

Anti-bullying legislation passes state Senate | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it


The Michigan Senate passed legislation Wednesday that requires school districts to develop anti-bullying policies, but the father of the boy for whom the bill is named says he has strong objections to language inserted at the last minute.

One of the reforms will require school districts to have procedures in place to address bullying complaints. But the bill now also has language that says requirements don't "prohibit a statement of a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction of a school employee, school volunteer, pupil, or a pupil's parent or guardian."

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Christian radio host warns that lesbian nurses can make kids gay | Breaking News | Wisconsin Gazette - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) News

Christian radio host warns that lesbian nurses can make kids gay | Breaking News | Wisconsin Gazette - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) News | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Radio host Linda Harvey of Mission America went on an anti-gay rant during her “Christian” radio show yesterday, warning parents to keep their children away from LGBT healthcare professionals.
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Chelsea Rubio's curator insight, March 5, 7:48 AM

It is not proven that contact with a professional medical caregiver, or a caregiver of any kind, can make children gay. It is an insult to LGBT medical professionals everywhere for someone to even suggest that having contact with them can turn someone gay.

 

If you feel the need to keep your child away, it is your choice. Don't go along with someone just because they tell you to do it.

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Fremont members vote to leave Presbyterian Church USA over gay minister - sacbee.com

Fremont members vote to leave Presbyterian Church USA over gay minister - sacbee.com | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Members of Fremont Presbyterian Church voted Sunday to leave their national denomination and join one that church leaders said reflects more traditional beliefs.
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