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LGBT Editor In Bangladesh Murdered by Islamists—and More, In this Week’s Global LGBT Recap

…izations. Europe: European Parliament calls from stronger measures against online harassment The European Parliament adopted a report on Thursday that calls for measures to counter homophobic and transphobic hate speech online. Malin Björk MEP, Vice-President of the LGBTI Intergroup, who was involved in the writing of the report, continued: “Many women and LGBTI people face online harassment, hate speech or blackmail. However, it is often unclear…

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Churchgoers, Stay Home—It’s The American Way

…re practically speaking, many people lack the technology they need to join online services, and even when they do have access, the experience can be awkward. Brian Weiser, a Modern Orthodox Jew from Denver, tried an online minyan but Zoom conferencing made the ritual feel disjointed. He missed “the communal aspect” of the prayers and has continued that part of his practice alone. The Zoom interface can be both a blessing and a curse. Tracey Deutsc…

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Catholic Archbishop Takes On Jesuit Magazine’s Slam on “Ecumenism of Hate”; and More in Global LGBT Recap

…ed them marital housing. China: Activists angered over ban on LGBT content online A government ban on online content featuring same-sex relationships has angered many activists, reports the BBC: There are 84 categories of material that were banned from online video programmes by Chinese censors, including prostitution, drug addiction, extra-marital affairs and what authorities deem to be “unhealthy” views of the family, relationships and money. A…

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Christian Founder of Online Dating Site Wants to Ease Gay Pain

…w with Yahoo! Finance, the 78-year-old Christian co-founder and CEO of the online dating site eHarmony, said being gay or lesbian “has been a painful way for a lot of people to have to live.” But, he’s ready to pony up $10 million “and ask other companies to put up money and do a really first-class job of figuring out homosexuality.” I’m so glad that Warren is so concerned with my “pain” and is ready to start “figuring out” homosexuality. Never mi…

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The Agenda in Making John Paul an Insta-Saint

Is it my imagination, or has the process of canonizing saints in the Catholic Church largely become a circular process by which popes justify the political agendas of their predecessors? When I was a kid growing up in the Catholic Church, sainthood was a long and mysterious process. I remember the excitement surrounding the canonization of Elizabeth Ann Seton not only because she was the first American-born saint, but because the order of nuns wh…

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The Agenda in Making John Paul an Insta-Saint

Is it my imagination, or has the process of canonizing saints in the Catholic Church largely become a circular process by which popes justify the political agendas of their predecessors? When I was a kid growing up in the Catholic Church, sainthood was a long and mysterious process. I remember the excitement surrounding the canonization of Elizabeth Ann Seton not only because she was the first American-born saint, but because the order of nuns wh…

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Is Abortion No Longer Significant for Evangelicals — or Has it Just Become Like Water?

…acher Institute: More abortion restrictions—90—have already been enacted in 2021 than in any year since the Roe v. Wade decision was handed down in 1973. Many of these actions took place in the beginning of the year, despite the need for state legislatures to address critical issues ranging from racial equity to the COVID-19 response and pandemic-related health care. If we take the appointment of Coney Barrett and Kavanaugh together with the onsla…

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After Michael Jerryson (1974-2021) Nobody Will Ever Look at Buddhism the Same Way

It is perhaps not too much of an exaggeration to say that after Michael Jerryson no one will ever look at Buddhism the same way. Others have written about Buddhist violence and warfare, of course, but Jerryson brought it to public attention in a way that could not be ignored. Michael Jerryson/Facebook When he died last week after over two years of struggling with ALS (the dreaded neurological Lou Gehrig’s disease), Jerryson left a rich corpus of…

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After Orthodox Priest Suspended for ‘Stop the Steal’ Activity, a Renewed Spotlight on the Orthodox Far-Right

…vowed or in spirit. A prominent theme among a majority of far-right actors online, and those I have worked with in person, is the salvific potential of Putin’s new Russia. Those supporting Hodges often consider themselves both based (a term of praise used by the alt-right) and monarchists or tsarists, believing that there is prophetic potential for a new tsar to save the world. The Russian Orthodox Church, with its intimate support from Putin’s Kr…

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Citizen Speech in an Age of Data: Or, Why I’m Transcribing My Tweets Into Cuneiform

…7th, the Guggenheim held a summit to discuss its Åzone Futures Market. The online exhibition, which went live quietly in October, is an eerie online marketplace where users invest and trade in actual futures. Not stock futures, mind you: this is a marketplace for betting on the future of the human race. The Guggenheim conceives of Åzone as a place where museum visitors can—from anywhere in the world—discuss, evaluate, and predict the effects of te…

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