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    Entries in Homosexuality and Religion (3)

    Monday
    Oct222012

    Matthew Vines talks the Bible, homosexuality and same-sex marriage

    By Brittany Clampitt, Political Fiber - October 22, 2012

    With a goal to reform the Christian Church, Matthew Vines argues that the Bible does not condemn same-sex relationships. Vines, a gay Christian, took a leave of absence from his studies at Harvard University and returned to his hometown of Wichita to study the Bible and homosexuality.

    In March 2012, he delivered his conclusions in a speech at College Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita in which he methodically addressed the six passages in the Bible commonly used to condemn homosexuality. The speech was posted in a video on YouTube and has received mixed responses. Syndicated columnist for The Miami Herald and Pulitzer Prize winner Leonard Pitts Jr. called it "a masterwork of scriptural exegesis." On the other hand,  James White, director of the Alpha and Omega Ministries in Phoenix, refuted Vines’ arguments in a series of podcasts, taking issue with such topics as Vines’ definition of love. Vines’ video has been viewed more than 400,000 times. [Read Full Story]

    Tuesday
    Dec062011

    Is The Church Brainwashing Black Folks Against Homosexuality?

    By Jermaine Terrell Starr, NewsOne - December 6, 2011

    Is the pulpit brain-washing blacks against supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgendered (LGBT) people?

    It depends on who you ask. LGBT advocates have different perspectives on why blacks do not align themselves with gay rights causes. To varying degrees, many LGBT rights advocates say that the church is the singlemost influential factor in black opinion on homosexuality. [Read Full Story]

    Monday
    Nov212011

    Religion and Acceptance of Gays

    By Dr. Michael C. DaSala, Psychology Today - November 21, 2011

    What about homosexuality and religion? My clients and my research respondents who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or love someone who is, have shared with me the painful conflicts they face as they fear that their religion will not allow them to accept their children or themselves. As stated by this mother of a lesbian

    "I worry because of the religious aspect because I would hate that she wouldn't get to Heaven because of that."

    This quote reflects the fears and concerns for many of the parents interviewed for my book Coming Out, Coming Home: Helping Families Adjust to a Lesbian or Gay Child (www.comingoutcominghome.com) [Read Full Story]