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    Wednesday
    Aug172011

    Kentucky association ousts church for opening doors to PFLAG

    By Bob Allen, Associated Press - August 17, 2011

    OWENSBORO, Ky. (ABP) – A Baptist association in Kentucky voted 242-24 on Aug. 5 in favor of a recommendation from its credentials committee to remove a church that allows a gay-rights group to meet in its building.

    “Grace takes it on the chin,” said a posting on the Journey Fellowship Facebook page reporting the vote. Pastor Bob Coons told a local newspaper reporter he wasn’t surprised, but had been “hopeful of a different outcome.” [Read Full Story]

    Monday
    Aug012011

    North Carolina preacher doesn't want to wed anyone until all can marry  

    By Josh Shaffer, News & Observer - August 1, 2011

    For 20 years, Pastor Nancy Petty joined happy couples with the same pieces of biblical wisdom: Love is a gift. Love is tough. Love confronts injustice.

    Straight or gay, everybody got the same blessing.

    But all that time, a knot was twisting inside Petty's heart. Straight couples got a marriage license with her signature in ink. Gay couples got a holy blessing and a certificate with no more legal heft than a will scribbled on a bubble gum wrapper. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by John Rottet

    Friday
    Jun102011

    Coalition Wants Apology from Southern Baptist Convention for Treatment Toward LGBT Community

    Urban Christian News - June 10, 2011

    Six groups are joining to call on the Southern Baptist Convention to apologize for its treatment of gays.

    A new coalition announced plans June 8 to hand deliver a petition at next week's SBC annual meeting in Phoenix asking the nation's second-largest faith group to "end the harm it is causing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by offering a sincere and heartfelt apology." [Read Full Story]

     

    Wednesday
    May182011

    Baptist Reacts to Don Lemon's 'Born Gay' Remarks

    The Christian Post - May 18, 2011

    By Lillian Kwon

    Don Lemon has come out as gay and he insists it was never a choice to be attracted to the same sex.

    "I was born gay just as I was born black," the CNN anchor said this week on "The Joy Behar Show."

    One Christian agrees with Lemon that same-sex attraction is not a choice. Tim Wilkins, a Southern Baptist, struggled with homosexual feelings for years. [Read Full Story]

    Friday
    May132011

    Louisiana Baptists oppose bullying bill

    Associated Baptist Press - May 13, 2011

    By Bob Allen

    BATON ROUGE, La. (ABP) – Southern Baptist leaders in Louisiana are opposing efforts to add more specific language to the state’s ban against bullying in public schools.

    John Yeats, communications director for the Louisiana Baptist Convention, spoke against a bill that passed the state's House Education Committee on an 8-4 vote May 12.

    "There's no research that the current statute isn't working,” Yeats said,  quoted in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “We just have anecdotes."

    Sponsored by Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, the bill would delete exemptions for six specific parishes that are named in the current anti-bullying law and define prohibited behavior to include “any gesture or written, verbal, or physical act by a student directed at another student occurring on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored event that is reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived characteristic such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, physical characteristic, political persuasion, mental disability and physical disability.” [Read Full Story]