Tag Archives: religion

BREAKING: Cardinal George Pell, Third Highest Ranking Vatican Official, Charged With Multiple Sexual Offenses

The Guardian reports: Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic and the third-ranking official in the Vatican, has been charged with multiple sexual offences by police. The charges were served on Pell’s legal representatives in Melbourne on Thursday and they have been lodged also at Melbourne magistrates court. He will appear at Melbourne magistrates court on 18 July. “Cardinal Pell ...

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American Family Association: HGTV Is Tricking America By “Cleaning Up” Perverted Homosexuals [AUDIO]

Safiyah Riddle reports at Right Wing Watch: Anti-LGBT activist Sandy Rios of the American Family Association responded to LGBTQ Pride celebrations across the country on Monday by calling the lives of gay men the “most sordid business” and castigating church leaders who have accepted homosexuality because gay people are “really losing their opportunity to shake loose of it.” Rios claimed ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Appeals Court Rejects Challenge To Law Allowing Officials To Refuse Same-Sex Weddings

Raleigh’s NBC affiliate reports: A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to a North Carolina law that allows magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling on Wednesday that three couples who sued to overturn the law lack standing to challenge the law’s use of taxpayer funds. Two gay couples ...

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Man Arrested After Filming Himself Destroying Ten Commandments Monument Installed Yesterday [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Arkansas’ new Ten Commandments monument was smashed to pieces early Wednesday by someone driving a vehicle into it less than 24 hours after the 6-foot (1.8 meter) granite statue was placed on state Capitol grounds. Secretary of State’s Office spokesman Chris Powell said capitol police arrested the male suspect early Wednesday. Pulaski County jail records show ...

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Wayne Besen’s Truth Wins Out Closes Shop After 11 Years Of Shutting Down Ex-Gay Torture Organizations

Via press release: Dear Truth Wins Out Supporters: On our 11th anniversary, it is with a mixture of great sadness and overwhelming pride that I reluctantly announce that Truth Wins Out is closing down. All good things must come to an end – and it is time to say goodbye. Truth Wins Out is closing because we accomplished our major ...

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REPORT: Trump Lawyer Jay Sekulow’s Firm Steered $60 Million In “Charity” Donations To Family Members

The Guardian reports: More than 15,000 Americans were losing their jobs each day in June 2009, as the US struggled to climb out of a painful recession following its worst financial crisis in decades. But Jay Sekulow, who is now an attorney to Donald Trump, had a private jet to finance. His law firm was expecting a $3m payday. And ...

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ALABAMA: Roy Moore’s Hate Group Celebrates Supreme Court’s Decision To Hear Case Of Anti-Gay Baker

Via press release from Christian Newswire: The Foundation for Moral Law, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to the defense of religious liberty, applauded the Supreme Court’s decision to grant certiorari to Masterpiece Cakeshop in its case against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Foundation President Kayla Moore stated, “We are excited that the Court has agreed to hear this case, because the ...

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SCOTUS Agrees To Hear Anti-Gay Colorado Baker Case

The Washington Examiner reports: The Supreme Court decided Monday to hear a case involving a Colorado baker’s refusal to design and make a cake for a same-sex marriage. The baker, Jake Phillips, declined to make the custom cake and said it conflicted with his religious beliefs. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission decided that Phillips’ actions amounted to sexual orientation discrimination ...

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Fox Commentator Todd Starnes Wails That Police Cars Can Have Rainbow Flag Decals But Not Bible Verses

Todd Starnes writes: It’s permissible in the United States to decorate police cars with rainbow flags to celebrate gay pride, but it’s not permissible to decorate police cars with Bible verses honoring law enforcement officers. The Houston Police Dept. is debuting a “Pride Car” for the city’s gay pride parade, the Houston Chronicle reports. Police Chief Art Acevedo is downright ...

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Catholic Bishop Decrees No Funerals Or Last Rites For Married Gays Unless They Repent On Their Deathbed

The Washington Post reports: The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill., is calling on priests there to deny Holy Communion and even funeral rites to people in same-sex unions unless they show “some signs of repentance” for their relationships before death. The decree by Bishop Thomas Paprocki also said that people “living publicly” in same-sex marriages may not ...

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TOMORROW: Pence Keynotes For Anti-LGBT Hate Group

The Washington Examiner reports: Vice President Mike Pence is headed to the Rocky Mountains Friday to speak at an anniversary celebration for Focus on the Family, a Christian nonprofit in Colorado Springs, Colo. Pence, a Christian, is scheduled to address attendees at the organization’s 40th-anniversary event, according to the White House. The vice president will also visit Schriever Air Force ...

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Christian Nationalist Group Calls For Prayers To Stop A Summer Solstice Spell Cast Upon Trump By Witches

From the far-right Christian site Charisma News: Witches around the world cast spells against President Trump once again last night, attempting to #BindTrump on the summer solstice. The witches communicate with each other through a Facebook page called Bind Trump. One user says June 21st, the summer solstice, will be the “most powerful” binding yet. Evangelical Trump supporters are encouraging ...

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NYC Considers Comprehensive Ex-Gay Torture Ban

The New York Daily News reports: Conversion therapy that aims to turn gay people straight would be banned in New York under a new bill in the City Council. The proposal — sponsored by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and being fast-tracked to a hearing Monday — would make it illegal for anyone to charge a fee to perform therapy to ...

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New Creationist Book: Gladiator Noah Vs Dinosaurs

Hemant Mehta writes at The Friendly Atheist: Remember in the Bible when Noah battled a dinosaur in an arena? Answers in Genesis does. Or at least they have no problem promoting it in a book about how “God shapes [Noah] into the man who eventually saves humanity’s future.” I would tell you this is a work of fiction… but isn’t ...

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Russian Church Leader: Beards Protect From Gayness

The Moscow Times reports: A religious leader for Russia’s Old Believers has called on Russian men to stop shaving to “protect themselves from homosexuality.” Metropolitan Kornily, Primate of the Russian Orthodox Old Believer Church (RPSC), said that men with beards were less likely “corrupted” by same-sex relationships. “God set down certain rules. The Lord created everyone with a beard. No ...

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BRAZIL: Millions Attend Sao Paulo Pride [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Revelers gathered in Sao Paulo on Sunday for one of the world’s largest gay pride parades with this year’s event focusing on the threat of religious fundamentalism to Brazil’s LGBT community. Under a giant rainbow-colored flag, revelers of all ages, many wearing bright wigs, turned the city’s Paulista avenue into a multicolored sea of people filling ...

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KNOXVILLE: Gay Chorus Drowns Out Haters [VIDEO]

A couple of the usual haters appeared at Knoxville Pride this afternoon to wave their anti-LGBT banners and shout abuse. Not having it was the touring Washington Gay Men’s Chorus, who encircled the haters to deliver a rousing rendition of We Shall Overcome. The chorus is in town as part of their Southern Equality Tour. Watch below. GMCW leads the ...

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Liberty Counsel Blames SPLC For Virginia Shooting

From a press release published today by Christian Newswire: The D.C. shooter was a Facebook fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a reckless organization that falsely labels people and organizations as “haters” or “hate groups.” The SPLC has now admitted James Hodgkinson “liked” the SPLC on Facebook. In 2015, the SPLC wrote an article promoting the idea that ...

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Christian Militia Oath Keepers Battle Neo-Nazis

The Southern Poverty Law Center reports: This week various members of the so-called “Alt Right” have been taking shots at Oath Keepers — an antigovernment organization that primarily recruits current and veteran military, law enforcement and emergency first responders — after video surfaced of a Texas militia member putting a neo-Nazi protester in a headlock in a Houston park last ...

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Megachurch Pastor Who Literally Demonized “Antichrist” Obama Calls For End To Demonizing Republicans

Raw Story reports: A right-wing pastor who literally demonized former President Barack Obama as a precursor to the antichrist responded to the shootings of two Republican lawmakers with a call for political civility. Megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, who said he’d vote for “strongman” Donald Trump over Jesus, blamed the shootings of GOP whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Rep. Roger Williams ...

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