US passes Equality Act

May 19, 2019 by

Reports and comment: CNN report from Ashley Killough: “House passes Equality Act to increase protections for sexual orientation and gender identity”. […] The bill, known as the “Equality Act,” would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other civil rights laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics. But critics argue it raises serious concerns for religious communities as well as women’s sports. It passed largely along...

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Israel Folau is sacked

May 17, 2019 by

by Charlie Moore and Ben Hill, Daily Mail Australia: Israel Folau was today officially sacked from the Australia rugby union team for a homophobic Instagram post. The decision makes the devout Christian the first Australian athlete dismissed for expressing religious beliefs. Folau, 30, has the right to appeal and have his case heard at a second code of conduct hearing by a new panel. But he will reportedly skip that process and head straight to court to argue that he is being persecuted for...

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English LGBT group backed by Cardinal Nichols celebrates 20th anniversary

May 16, 2019 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant: A Catholic flagship LGBT+ group backed by Britain’s most influential cardinal has celebrated its 20th anniversary with a prayer walk beginning at the Oscar Wilde memorial in London. The LGBT Westminster Catholics Association — which openly challenges Catholic teaching on homosexuality and is officially endorsed by the archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols — marked two decades of the so-called “Soho Gay Masses” on Holy Saturday....

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What should Anglicans make of the new Methodist report on marriage and relationships?

May 15, 2019 by

by Martin Davie: The report of the Methodist Church’s Marriage and Relationships Task Group. On February 26 the United Methodist Church, the world’s largest Methodist denomination, with approximately 12.5 million members, voted to continue to uphold the belief that ‘the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching,’ and to continue to prohibit both same-sex marriage and the ordination of those in sexually active same-sex relationships.[1] By contrast, the comparatively...

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LGBT fund shut down, biblical investing soars

May 15, 2019 by

By Robert Netzly, Christian Post: LGBT activists are scratching their heads following the abrupt closure of a widely followed investment fund that was focused on LGBT advocacy and invested only in the stocks of companies which demonstrated outspoken support for LGBT acceptance and approval in the workplace. The InsightShares “Workplace Equality” ETF (exchange traded fund), which traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker EQLT, was launched on February 24th, 2014 and ceased trading...

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Arthur teacher comes out in children’s cartoon series

May 15, 2019 by

by Sherie Ryder, BBC: Animation plays a big part in both children’s and adults’ lives these days – just look at the popularity of online games, TV series such as Paddington, and recent box office hits such as Detective Pikachu. So when long-running US cartoon series Arthur introduced its first gay wedding, it gained huge traction on social media. Now on its 22nd series, Arthur is produced by American public-service broadcaster PBS, known for its educational children’s...

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