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Conservative Bishops Still Mad at Pope; Oligarch Launches Orthodox Network; Yoga Won’t Change Sexuality; Global LGBT Recap

…nections. Connections came to me because I am Orthodox,” he says. In other news from Russia, activists filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights over the government’s rejection of their application to hold a marriage equality rally in Moscow, one of dozens of event requests rejected in the name of the country’s anti-gay “propaganda” law. India: Talk Show Sets Record Straight — Yoga No Cure for Homosexuality In India, where LGBT peo…

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What Irish Marriage Vote Means for Catholic Church; The Lonely Fight for Equality in Belize; Progress and Backlash in Tunisia; Global LGBT Recap

…ssers-by scorn; a marked man at 30 paces. His weary face is on the evening news and in newspaper caricatures, which have depicted him in fishnets and heels. His name is now a label, one used to remind other gays that they are sinners and public offenders. Win or lose, Orozco’s fight for his fundamental rights and freedoms will follow him for the rest of his life. Americans and Europeans visit Belize for all the things that make “the Jewel” an idea…

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The ‘Spiritual Warfare’ Worldview of Trump’s Conspiracy Doctor is Part of a Transnational Movement

…e superstitious. Now, for Immanuel, there’s no division between the spirit world and the visible world; same thing for Olukoya and many Pentecostals in African indigenous churches (AIC). Allen Anderson’s important ethnographical work on the “ spirit-filled world ” of sub-Saharan AICs, clearly shows their continuous-discontinuous relationship with African traditional beliefs and practices. For Anderson, Pentecostalism’s flexibility is what accounts…

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2017 Around the World: Progress and Persecution For LGBT People

…advocating that “promotion of atheism” be criminalized; according to Pink News, the commission “ruled that atheism can cause ‘mental imbalances’ which in turn leads to homosexuality.’” It is believed that the commission hopes that by pushing through the law it will support the bid of another law which has been deemed the most homophobic law in the world. The second law which is currently being pushed through targets the community by punishing gay…

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The World is (Always) About to End, No Zombies Required

…ative arc? Perhaps most importantly, how can we make things better in this world when it seems like this world is at its worst? As I teach about apocalyptic texts once again, I mourn for the Strack family. Though they are a family I did not know, I mourn for their lost lives and their surviving relatives, their friends, and community. The end of the world is always and never near—and it matters that we understand why.   Photo by flickr user Stephe…

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Good News For Bad News Addicts

…the same thing in 1990. But few will notice. All we’ll remember is the bad news. We’re addicted to bad news, always convinced disaster is just around the corner, unable to recognize good news when it stares us in the face. Worse, we obsess on the headlines but don’t bother reading the details. Folks, the news this week is that the Jewish community is growing, not declining. While nobody was looking, the children of intermarriage in 1990 grew up an…

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US Names Int’l Envoy for LGBT Rights; Marriage revolution spreads in Mexico; Scott Lively Warns World of Anti-Christ; Global LGBT Recap

…ance from journalist Rex Wockner, reports on the wave of marriage equality rulings in Mexico since a Supreme Court ruling in late 2012 in favor of a lesbian couple from Oaxaca: “Courts in more than two-thirds of Mexico’s 31 states have granted same-sex couples the right to marry over the past two years in a series of rulings that will likely make marriage equality a reality nationwide in the near future.” Attorney Alex Alí Méndez Díaz, who has bee…

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Are Muslims Nuts?

…And this meme of the West as other than what it says it is becomes deeply frustrating to a Muslim world that often feels its grievances are not heard, both internationally—Muslim nations punch far below their weight—and even domestically, as local governments are rarely responsive, let alone relevant. All of this means that when a solitary American pastor threatens to burn a Qur’an, he is no longer Terry Jones—his hatred of Islam is civilizational…

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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s Legacy of Eugenics and Racism Can’t Be Ignored

…rgy: so that the liturgy may not be something alongside the reality of the world, but that the world itself shall become a living host, a liturgy. This is also the great vision of Teilhard de Chardin: in the end we shall achieve a true cosmic liturgy, where the cosmos becomes a living host. This Eucharistic revitalization of Teilhard de Chardin has continued with Pope Francis. In Laudato Sí he incorporated Teilhard’s vision into his own integral e…

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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s Legacy of Eugenics and Racism Can’t Be Ignored

…rgy: so that the liturgy may not be something alongside the reality of the world, but that the world itself shall become a living host, a liturgy. This is also the great vision of Teilhard de Chardin: in the end we shall achieve a true cosmic liturgy, where the cosmos becomes a living host. This Eucharistic revitalization of Teilhard de Chardin has continued with Pope Francis. In Laudato Sí he incorporated Teilhard’s vision into his own integral e…

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