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Pope Denounces Gender Colonization; Indonesian Court Considers Islamist Request To Criminalize Homosexuality; Egypt’s Grand Mufti Says No One Has Right to Harm Homosexuals; Global LGBT Recap

…, some rise in media coverage A survey on attitudes toward sexual orientation and gender identity and expression carried out by the UN Development Program found a generation gap on the issues as well as growing media coverage in China, where only 15 % of LGB people are out to friends and family and only 5% publicly. Variety reports: “The younger the respondent the higher the proportion of those opposed to the pathological view of homosexuality, st…

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Bill to Stone Gays to Death Introduced in Kenya

…ry Jew and his family without discriminating against his lifestyle.” The Jerusalem Post reports, “Reaction from the haredi world was however swift and scathing, with ultra-Orthodox MKs speaking out against the decision and haredi groups in the US also voicing intense criticism.” “This wretched decision will have a boomerang effect against the intentions of [Gidon] Sa’ar who wants to ‘bring back the children to their land’, and many good Jews will…

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Turkish Police Move Against Activists Who Defied Pride Ban; And More in Global LGBT Recap

…e used.” Before the recent bans, the celebration had attracted “tens of thousands of people,” according to the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights. This year an ultra-nationalist youth group leader vowed to prevent the march, charging that LGBT activists were out to “destroy the unity of the family, stop reproduction, end relations between wives and husbands, and prevent children born in such relations from growing up to be propitious…

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A Valentine for the World…and for the Church I Left

…g a headscarf. As she left the church, she began to sing. “Emmanuel,” singing that word over and over, her voice strong and unapologetic. Even when she pulled the door shut behind her, the song now muffled, but there it was: Emmanuel. I was thousands of miles away from the time in my life when I sang public praise to my God, but my heart broke at this human connection, the cracked vessel through which He spoke. Yes, I thought. Yes. Emmanuel. God i…

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Christians of Color Are Rejecting “Colonial Christianity” and Reclaiming Ancestral Spiritualities

…camp where a small band of volunteers stood over gas stoves and served thousands. The native women she cooked alongside of saw her as their own, even if their geographic origins differed. At one point, a pair of donated boots with a native aesthetic arrived on the camp. They wanted to give the boots to a native woman, so the kitchen staff had a Cinderella moment, all taking turns trying them on. When Velasco-Sanchez tried them on, they fit perfec…

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Creationism and Evolution are Competing ‘Myths’

…all its life forms were created over a six-day period approximately six thousand years ago, although the earth itself only assumed its present geological form after the global flood described in Genesis 7-8, the story of Noah’s ark. For the present discussion, one of the most interesting aspects of the museum is its efforts to discredit evolution as a false story while promoting the creation account in Genesis as both authoritative and scientifica…

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Is LGBT-Muslim Clash Aiding Rise of Right in Europe?

…g into a colossal disaster” for equality proponents, including misinformation and flat-out deceit by anti-equality campaigners, an increase in calls to mental health crisis lines and a drop in support for marriage equality as measured by pollsters. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a high-profile opponent of marriage equality, said he was headbutted by a man wearing a pro-equality “vote yes” badge. Abbott used the incident to repeat claims made b…

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“Taliban Dan’s” Teacher: Inside Bill Gothard’s Authoritarian Subculture

…ference—part of Gothard’s Institute in Basic Life Principles, the $95 million nonprofit the evangelist founded in 1965 that boasts it has educated millions, including public officials, around the world at its conferences, in homeschool curricula, and in prisons. Webster is shown saying, “wives submit yourselves to your own husband” and “she should submit to me, that’s in the Bible.” After the ad ran, Webster countered—and watchdogs and the media l…

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Catholic Cardinal Slams Jesuit’s Bridge-Building Book; and More in Global LGBT Recap

…law. The justices said the decision is up to legislators. More from the Jerusalem Post: It was stated in the verdict that because the Israeli law sees the rabbinical courts as the only authority when it comes to Jewish marriage in the country, the appeal is wrong in its basis because the High Court is a civil court, not a rabbinical one. “Essentially, the petitioners are asking from the court to recognize same-sex marriage via legislation, despit…

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Catholic Bishops End Family Synod With Little To Say To Gays; World Congress of Families Has Plenty To Say, None of it Good; How Same-Sex Marriage Came to a Buddhist Temple in Japan; Global LGBT Recap

…roader debate in Germany over questions of how to integrate hundreds of thousands of new refugees and whether to start sending more of them back. The majority of the newcomers are coming from nations in the Middle East and Africa with sharply different laws and social norms from Germany regarding, for example, gays and women. Even some on Germany’s political right — rarely seen as champions of gay rights — have seized on gay bashing as further evi…

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