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    Entries in Homosexuality (2)

    Wednesday
    Nov162011

    Pastor couple aims to create dialogue on homosexuality in conservative churches

    By Joan Mead-Matsui, Abington Journal - November 16, 2011

    SCRANTON- Their travels have taken them around the world to China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Uganda, Kenya, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Mexico and India, where they visited churches or groups of fellowship of evangelical gay Christians.

    Rev. Stephen R. Parelli and Jose Enrique Ortiz, a Baptist pastor couple from the Bronx, were first invited to India for the summer of 2010 by a Hindu gay activist who told them, “I would like you to come to Trivandrum, Kerala. If you come to Trivandrum, I will arrange a meeting where you can tell your story to several different activists…” The meeting included gay activists, human rights activists, a gender studies’ professor and straight Christian allies for sexual minority issues. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Emily Taylor, Abington Journal

    Tuesday
    Nov082011

    New Southern Baptist Curriculum Bashes Gays

    By Candace Chellew-Hodge, Religion Dispatches Magazine - November 8, 2011

    As a Southern Baptist child I was taught that homosexuality was wrong. That lesson did not come from fiery anti-gay sermons from the pulpit. No one ever quoted any scriptures to prove it, and it was never, ever mentioned in Sunday School lessons. Instead, it just seemed to be common knowledge. Oh, for the good old days when the gays weren’t so uppity and open.

    Today, teenagers in many Southern Baptist churches are hearing about homosexuality through a cirriculum called “Known.” The scope of the curriculum—produced by the SBC’s publishing arm LifeWay—includes the usual subjects: Bible study, prayer, Jesus, peer pressure, and self-image. One module, however, stands out for its sheer nastiness. The module on homosexuality (contained in the Insights, Options, Bonus section of Known 13) reads like something that could have been produced by the Family Research Council or Americans for Truth About Homosexuality. That is to say, it’s completely hateful. [Read Full Story]