The ‘gay stigma kills’ mantra is wrong

Dec 7, 2016 by

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet: One of the most persuasive reasons for treating same-sex relationships with kid gloves is that we need to make amends for unfair institutional stigmatisation in the past. Negative thoughts have generated negative actions like employment discrimination, hate speech, and hate crimes. And, according to research by researchers at Columbia University, reduced life expectancy. In 2014 a landmark paper in the journal Social Science & Medicine showed that individuals...

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Court backs bishop’s decision to block appointment of gay priest

Dec 7, 2016 by

by Anthony Bushfield, Premier: Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who claimed he was discriminated against by the Church of England after he was refused a job for being in a gay marriage, has lost his appeal against a previous tribunal decision. Judge Eady QC dismissed all claims made by the vicar in the hearing at a court in London. He had appealed against a decision made by Nottingham Employment Tribunal that he was not discriminated against. In her ruling the judge agreed with the previous case that...

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The pragmatics of the sexuality debate

Dec 5, 2016 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: I offer here the second of three planned reflections on the sexuality debate—before returning to the bigger questions such as question of biblical interpretation, the importance of apocalyptic. Adrian Hilton recently published an exchange of six letters (three each) with Martyn Percy, Dean of Christchurch, Oxford, and in the last one Percy claims that:  I am quietly confident that ++Justin is softening up the hard edges of conservative evangelicalism, and is preparing...

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Letter to His Grace Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Dec 5, 2016 by

from Dermot O’Callaghan, Core Issues Trust: Your Grace, I am writing to express concern at the possibility that the Church of England may in some way move towards recognising committed same-sex sexual relationships as being in accord with God’s will.  I would urgently counsel against this on grounds of Theology and of Science. Theology Throughout the history of the Church I am not aware of a case where a sinful practice was re-categorised as a grace.  This would be a dramatic ‘first’. In...

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Welsh Cathedral to host LGBT film premiere

Dec 5, 2016 by

from Premier: A new short film about the experience of LGBT people at church will have its world premiere at St Asaph Cathedral in Wales. The film, entitled All One in Christ, was produced by The Iris Prize, the world’s largest LGBT short film prize, and shot over two days. The Iris Prize was awarded a Big Lottery Fund grant of £247,462 in 2015/16 to launch and run a project called Iris in the Community. Thirty five other short films about LGBT life were made as part of the project....

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The Diversity Police Went Too Far in Attacking HGTV’s ‘Fixer Uppers’

Dec 5, 2016 by

by Michael Brown, Charisma: For years I have said that gay activists and their allies would overplay their hand and that their bullying would backfire. It is happening today in front of our eyes as a Christian couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines, who recently graced the cover of People magazine, is now being attacked simply for attending a Christian church. Oh, the thought of it! […] And note that the Gaines’ crime was not making a public statement against homosexuality, as Duck...

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