Religion

MISSOURI: Republican Lawmaker Declares There’s A “Distinction” Between Human Beings And Gays

From the editorial board of the Kansas City Star: Rick Brattin, a Missouri state representative from Harrisonville, seems pretty certain: Homosexuality and humanity are incompatible. “When you look at the tenets of religion, of the Bible, of the Qur’an, of other religions,” he said Monday, “there is a distinction between homosexuality and just being a human being.” The statement, made ...

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Connecticut Set To Become Seventh State To Ban Ex-Gay Torture Following Unanimous State Senate Vote

Via press release from Connecticut Equality: The Connecticut Senate voted unanimously today to pass HB 6695, AAC The Protection of Youth from Conversion Therapy 36-0, with bipartisan support. Sponsored by Senator Beth Bye and Representative Jeff Currey, the bill has 100 co-sponsors and was approved in the House by an overwhelming margin last week. “We are delighted with today’s vote, and grateful ...

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Christian Radio Show: Queen Elizabeth Is A Satanic Lizard Person And The Clintons Are Cannibals [AUDIO]

In the latest installment from Pastor Rick Wiles’ End Times radio show, we learn that children have been disappearing from Buckingham Palace tours because “Satanist Queen Lizard” Elizabeth has been eating them. Or something. Also, the royal family is hiding the fact that Queen Lizard died last week and that she had Princess Diana murdered over fears that she was ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Signs Religious Liberty Executive Order Reportedly Without Feared Anti-LGBT Provisions

But we still don’t know for sure. Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: Many had expected — on the left and right — that the order would offer protections for people and corporations with a religious objection to LGBT people, far more hot button issues. The White House official said there were not plans for a separate order that addressed LGBT ...

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ALABAMA: Gov. Kay Ivey Signs Bill Allowing Religious Adoption Agencies To Refuse Same-Sex Couples

AL.com reports: Gov. Kay Ivey today signed into law a bill allowing adoption agencies in Alabama to follow faith-based policies, such as not placing children with gay couples. “The elected legislature of this state overwhelmingly approved House Bill 24. Having served as President of the Senate for more than six years, I appreciate the work of the legislature, and I ...

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Trump To Sign Executive Order Making It Easier For Churches To Participate In Political Campaigns

The New York Times reports: President Trump plans to mark the National Day of Prayer on Thursday by issuing an executive order that makes it easier for churches and other religious groups to actively participate in politics without risking their tax-exempt status, several administration officials said. Taking action as he hosts conservative religious leaders Thursday morning, Mr. Trump’s executive order ...

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Trump Appoints Anti-Abortion Activist To Senior Post With Department Of Health & Human Services

The Associated Press reports: The White House says President Donald Trump is appointing the former president of a leading anti-abortion organization to a senior position at the Department of Health and Human Services. Charmaine Yoest, who actively supported Trump in his campaign, will serve as assistant secretary of public affairs at HHS. From 2008 until February 2016, she was president ...

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TEXAS: 200 Faith Leaders Oppose Pending Bathroom Bill With Letter To Members Of State House

The San Antonio Express-News reports: Some 200 ministers, rabbis and other religious leaders wrote to select House members Thursday asking them to support policies that treat lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans on an equal basis with other people. The letter went to lawmakers including members of the House State Affairs Committee, which is considering legislation that would restrict the ...

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Feds Raid Office Of Televangelist Benny Hinn

The Washington Times reports: The North Texas headquarters of televangelist Benny Hinn was raided this week by U.S. Postal Service inspectors and IRS criminal investigators, according to local news reports. The search began about 9 a.m. Wednesday at Mr. Hinn’s Grapevine offices and continued Thursday morning, NBC 5 reported. The station reported seeing a large number of federal agents walking ...

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VIRAL VIDEO: Bill Nye Uses Ice Cream Cone Orgy To Demonstrate Absurdity Of “Conversion Therapy”

Boing Boing reports: This cartoon from Bill Nye Saves the World uses various ice cream flavors as part of a hysterical analogy on the intolerant views of Christians when it comes to sexuality. It starts off with various flavors of ice cream showing up at an “Ice Cream Conversion Therapy” group. Vanilla is the dogmatic leader of the group. “It’s ...

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CANADA: Pope Francis Delivers Surprise TED Talk, Calls For Worldwide “Revolution Of Tenderness” [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: Pope Francis used a world forum dedicated to promoting cutting-edge ideas to spread his own revolutionary message: “We all need each other.” “When there is an ‘us,’ there begins a revolution,” the world’s most powerful religious leader told the room of scientists, academics, tech innovators, investors and cultural elites in a surprise videotaped message at the ...

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Dems Try Again On National Ex-Gay Torture Ban

Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: Name something on the agenda for Democrats in Congress and it’s likely DOA — including a bill to protect LGBT kids, which the Republican majority let die last year without a hearing. And yet, buoyed by their progressive constituency and resolve to set themselves apart from the Trump administration, Democrats will take another shot this ...

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Pastor Who Said Pulse Victims Got What They Deserved Gets Sentenced To 35 Years For Child Molestation

ABC News reports: A judge has sentenced Brunswick Pastor Kenneth Adkins to life for aggravated child molestation Tuesday morning. Adkins’ sentencing states he must serve a minimum of 35 years in prison, with the rest served on probation. He also faces up to 20 years for every additional charge, all to run concurrently. Adkins turned himself in on one count ...

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RUSSIA: High Court Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion As “Extremists” And Orders Confiscation Of Properties

Reuters reports: Russia’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Jehovah’s Witnesses was an “extremist” organisation and must hand over all its property to the state, Russian news agencies reported. Interfax news agency quoted Sergei Cherepanov, a Jehovah’s Witnesses representative, as saying that the group will appeal the decision in the European Court of Human Rights. “We will do everything possible,” ...

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ALABAMA: Senate Approves Bill To Allow Megachurch To Create Nation’s First Private Religious Police Force

The Associated Press reports: The Alabama Senate has voted to allow a church to form its own police force. Lawmakers on Tuesday voted 24-4 to allow Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham to establish a law enforcement department. The church says it needs its own police officers to keep its school as well as its more than 4,000 person congregation safe. ...

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BRAZIL: Catholic Blogger Ordered To Pay Hate Speech Fine After Railing Against “State-Funded Faggoting”

From the anti-LGBT LifeSiteNews: A Brazilian Catholic blogger was ordered to pay a US$6,000 fine after his conviction for hate speech against homosexuals. Roberto Flavio Calvacanti published the offending article on his blog “Catholicism and Conservatism” in 2007. Federal prosecutors characterized it as “clear hate speech and incompatible with human respect and dignity.” His post called for the public to ...

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TONIGHT: White House To Host Passover Seder

The Hill reports: The White House will host a Passover seder on Monday night, continuing a tradition that began under former President Obama. A White House spokesperson was unable to confirm details about the holiday dinner, including whether President Trump would attend. The seder does not appear on Trump’s public schedule for Monday. Obama hosted his first seder at the ...

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NEW MEXICO: Governor Signs Ex-Gay Torture Ban

The Associated Press reports: Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation that would ban the use on minors of conversion therapy that seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The measure was among dozens signed by the Republican governor as the Friday deadline approached for her to act on legislation passed during the session that ended March 18. ...

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Mexican Archdiocese Declares That Any Mexican Company That Helps Build Trump’s Wall Are Traitors

Reuters reports: Mexicans who help build U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned border wall would be acting immorally and should be deemed traitors, the Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said on Sunday, turning up the heat on a simmering dispute over the project. In a provocative editorial, the country’s biggest Archdiocese sought to increase pressure on the government to take a tougher ...

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OHIO: Columbus Bans Ex-Gay Torture [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Officials in Columbus have voted to ban conversion therapy in the city. The Columbus City Council voted to ban the practice in a meeting Monday night. Conversion therapy is any practice that seeks to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Professionals in the medical community say the practice is illegitimate and does not work. LGBTQ ...

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