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    My Take: Why good Catholics are challenging church line on homosexuality

    By Patrick Hornbeck, Special to CNN - November 8, 2011

    The Roman Catholic Church has long been a reliable source for one-dimensional storylines: Victims of sexual abuse call for justice. Parishes close as numbers of clergy plummet. Rosary-clad Catholics protest outside abortion clinics.

    Perhaps nowhere has the storyline seemed more clear-cut than with regard to the church’s treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their relationships.

    Official Catholic teachings describe gay or lesbian orientation as “an objective disorder” and tell those who love their same-sex partners that they possess a “tendency… toward an intrinsic moral evil.” [Read Full Story]


    Why Does Michigan’s Anti-Bullying Bill Protect Religious Tormentors?

    By Amy Sullivan, Time Magazine - November 4, 2011

    As a transplanted Michigander, I’ve always maintained pride in my home state. I’ve only owned American cars. I believed in the Lions even during the really dismal years. I still point to my hand to show people which part of the state I’m from.

    But the Michigan legislature is doing its best to make me hang my head in shame. On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled state senate passed an anti-bullying bill that manages to protect school bullies instead of those they victimize. It accomplishes this impressive feat by allowing students, teachers, and other school employees to claim that “a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction” justifies their harassment. [Read Full Story]

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    For the Love of God: LGBTQ Allies in Faith

    By Nancy Cronk, Huffington Post - October 24, 2011

    My close friend Ben killed himself when we were college kids. Like all very young adults, he was dealing with identity issues -- who he was, where he belonged, where he was going, who he could trust. He was also struggling with issues of his own sexuality, knowing his church, his parents and many of his friends might be disappointed in him if they knew the issues he was wrestling with.

    In those days, being gay, or even thinking you might be, was like a death sentence. Suicide for gay and lesbian youth was commonplace. [Read Full Story]


    The Courage To Speak Out: Reclaiming Queer Faith

    By Jennifer Knapp, Huffington Post - September 28, 2011

    To say that Christianity has a troubled public image when dealing with the LGBT community is an understatement. Thanks to a vocal minority of conservative American church leaders, domestic Christianity appears to be synonymous with homophobia and bigotry.

    For far too long, some obscenely loud church "leaders" have been allowed to lazily paint the queer of our society as a blight on God's good Earth. What started as a childish jibe, "Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve," has exploded into hateful and abusive assertions such as naming AIDS the punishment from God for queer wickedness. [Read Full Story]


    How does God reveal God’s self in same-sex marriage?

    By Brian McLaren, Mennonite Weekly Review - September 27, 2011

    I think the best reply I can give to your question would be to share a personal story — with a few details changed for anonymity’s sake.

    When I was a young pastor, long before my understanding of the Bible’s relevance to LGBT issues actually changed, I knew I wanted to show love to all people. I knew that was right. So back then I followed what has been called the “accepting but not affirming” position — accept gay people, but don’t affirm their sexual identity. It was the most “progressive” position I felt I could hold at the time. [Read Full Story]