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Morality Police, Jihadists, Religious Competition, Grindr, & Americans Abroad: Global LGBT Recap

…up. Brown has a record of participating in anti-gay efforts in both France and Russia. Nigeria: Christian-Muslim Solidarity and Competition on Homosexuality At The Immanent Frame, which “publishes interdisciplinary perspectives on secularism, religion, and the public sphere,” Rudolf Gaudio examines “the crucial place of organized religion in the postcolonial Nigerian state’s efforts at forging a unified national public.” He starts by describing th…

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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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Mexico’s Religious Conservatives Seek Anti-LGBT Constitutional Amendment, LGBT Activists Defend Secular Government; Cash From Qatar Funds ‘Traditional’ Family Activism Worldwide; Global LGBT Recap

…icult situation and support public education so that the public can understand and want to stop discrimination against us,” Abhipraya said. Africa: NPR asks whether US advocacy for LGBT rights has made LGBT Africans more vulnerable National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” asked whether U.S. support for LGBT rights in Africa has caused a damaging backlash. Here’s how it starts: Everyone knew President Obama would say something about gay righ…

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LGBT’s, Opponents Prep for Vatican Synod; UN Rights Council Adopts LGBT Resolution; Brazil’s Evangelicals Eye Presidency; Global LGBT Recap

…elius, a Roman Centurion and gentile, as an allegory of the kind of taboo- and rule-breaking that he says should, but does not, mark the treatment of LGBT Catholics by the hierarchy and anti-gay Catholics. Here’s an excerpt that talks about the global aspect of these debates: …One of the things people say is: “All this about LGBT people is a decadent Western value and we should defend ourselves against it.” But the people they are defending themse…

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Broadcast Officials in China Censor Gay TV Characters

…situation “reflects the fear of the dissolution of heteronormative values and national morality, which, since the Reform Era, have been embedded within a conservative interpretation of religion.” Paramaditha writes that opposition to the visibility of LGBT activism is grounded in the fear of a “movement” that induces memories of other political disturbances. This week APCOM issued a call for people to stand up against “the recent unprecedented, s…

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UNESCO on Religion, Culture and SOGI in Asia; Orthodox Family Sues to Stop Cremation of Israeli Trans Woman; Struggles of Iraqi Queer Activists; Global LGBT Recap

…lt cremation of transgender woman May Peleg, a transgender activist from Jerusalem, committed suicide this month; she expressed a desire in her will to be cremated. But, as she had feared, her ultra-Orthodox family asked a court to stop the cremation so that they could bury Peleg as a man. From Ilan Lior in Haaretz: Attorney Yitzhak Dahan, representing the mother, said the will has no validity. “The moral obligation to honor the will is the family…

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

…ugenics in his writing. These include famous works such as The Mass on the World and Divine Milieu, which I urge people to consider in their mystical insights into the relationship between nature and divinity. Bishop Curry’s use of Teilhard’s vision of “fire” at the Royal Wedding comes largely from The Mass on the World, completed in 1923! Sadly, it also seems indisputable that the mature formulations of some of Teilhard’s most famous ideas—e.g.,…

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

…ugenics in his writing. These include famous works such as The Mass on the World and Divine Milieu, which I urge people to consider in their mystical insights into the relationship between nature and divinity. Bishop Curry’s use of Teilhard’s vision of “fire” at the Royal Wedding comes largely from The Mass on the World, completed in 1923! Sadly, it also seems indisputable that the mature formulations of some of Teilhard’s most famous ideas—e.g.,…

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Why Christian Fundamentalism Is Still a Big Deal in U.S. Politics, And How It Got That Way

…s an irresolvable tension between “taking the Bible seriously” on the one hand and not appearing rigidly fundamentalist or conservative on the other. Some seem to square this circle more effectively than others—usually by incorporating lots of programmatic variety and appealing to individual judgment—but it’s a continual process of negotiation. So, back to some of the polls you mentioned. There seems to be pretty good evidence that a lot of younge…

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Everything You Think You Know About the Dark Ages is Wrong

…now sound. Less than a hundred years later, a pope would launch the first Crusade, and The Scientist Pope would be branded a sorcerer and devil-worshipper for having taught the science that had come into Christian Europe from Islamic Spain.  What’s the most important take-home message for readers? The popular picture of the Dark Ages is wrong. The earth wasn’t flat. People weren’t terrified that the world would end at midnight on December 31, 999….

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