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Legalized Discrimination Repackaged as Religious Freedom

  I was talking to a friend after church yesterday and mentioned to him the new tactic and recent rash of “religious freedom/liberties” legislations being introduced in various states. He questioned, “What are they?” I told him, “These legislations would make it legal to discriminate against other Americans, in particular gay and transgender Americans, in business transactions […]

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It’s Time for a Change — Guest Post by Yvette Cantu Schneider

I’m never surprised when someone who claimed not to be gay suddenly announces that, surprise, they actually are gay. Like I’ve said many times before, I haven’t met a so-called ex-gay man I didn’t think was still gay. Not one. It’s one of many reasons I left the Christian Right and the advocacy work I […]

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Holding Religious Leaders Accountable for Damage to LGBT Youth

Transgender 16 year-old Leelah Alcorn stepped in front of truck on an Ohio interstate at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, December 28th. She left behind an explicit explanatory note on her blog, which auto-posted after her death. The two-part post describes the root of Leelah’s despondency. From the age of four, she had sensed she was a […]

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Why Dr. Brown’s Failure to Answer Matthew Vines’ Question is So Important

Matthew Vines, author of  God and the Gay Christian, debated Dr. Michael Brown, author of Can You Be Gay and Christian? on Up for Debate on Moody Radio on June 28, 2014. There was an almost imperceptible pause followed by a brush off that may have slipped by listeners. I want to highlight it so that […]

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Where Can I Get the Persecuted Christians Version of the Bible?

Twelve white Christian heterosexual (assumed) men whose mamas didn’t teach them to share or respect the dignity of others. Tony Perkins on the passage of the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” in Mississippi. “Today, I had the honor of joining Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) at the signing of SB2681 — the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration […]

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“Algo marica le ocurrió a América” por Dr. Michael Brown | Reseña

“Existe tu verdad, mi verdad y LA verdad.” Los cristianos deberían tener como procedimiento operativo estándar el apegarse a la verdad. Muchas veces nos apegamos hacía “mi verdad” cuando ésta confirma nuestros miedos. Esta inclinación, sin embargo, tiene efectos mucho más dañinos cuando “la verdad”, sea la suya o la mía, es manipulada. El Dr. […]

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“Go and Do Likewise” — Christians Must Stop Oppressing the LGBT Community

Franklin Graham has been acting badly for several years. When his dad, Billy became ill, the lid appears to have popped off of Franklin’s extreme anti-gay views. He started becoming more vocal. He used his father’s reputation to bolster his views. Franklin propped Billy up in a chair and published letters about North Carolina’s Amendment […]

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To World Vision and Conservative Christians — Let’s Get Together for a Potluck and Bible Study

I am disappointed. I thought World Vision was going to break loose from the pack and lead other para-church organizations in doing the right thing by honoring the legal marriages of their same sex employees. I knew it would be a tough slog to free themselves from modern traditional biases created over the last 60 […]

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World Vision Decides to Honor the Legal Marriages of Their Same-Sex Employees

Richard Stearns, President of World Vision, Inc., with a mission of “Building a better world for children,” announced today that the organization is recognizing and extending benefits to legally married gay Christian couples employed in their American branch. World Vision is a parachurch organization headquartered in Tacoma, Washington.  Upon employment, staff members agree to: a […]

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Michael Brown Exports His “Dangers of Gay Activism” Message to Peru

  Michael Brown went to Peru’s Parliament last week to speak to congressional leaders and chancellors of all the major universities about the “dangers of homosexual activism.” About his trip, he effused “what an extraordinary opportunity to impact a nation.” Brown was invited to Peru through a personal connection to one of Peru’s most anti-gay […]

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Day of Dialogue | Sacred Bullying from Focus on the Family

Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian ministry, wants high school and college-aged students to join them in their “truth telling” sacred bullying-in-Jesus-Name of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community during Day of Dialogue. Even when words are wrapped in heart-themed paper and tied with a “Jesus-loves-you” ribbon, if there is something rotten at […]

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Equality Issues in Nevada

I participated in the third annual Nevada State Legislature Equality Days in Carson City. Four issues of concern were the focus: marriage equality, deletion of “infamous crimes against nature” and the disparity of legal age of consent for same sex couples, the religious freedom act and comprehensive sex education in Nevada. Marriage Equality Nevada currently […]

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