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'Conservative Southern Baptist' Mom Talks About Her Family's Campaign For Trans Acceptance: VIDEO

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Debi Jackson, a self-described “conservative southern Baptist” from Alabama and mother of a transgender child, has spoken to GLAAD about her campaign to encourage others to accept trans children.

Last year, Jackson spoke publicly about her daughter as well as the parental intolerance and ignorant questions raised by others who blame Debi for her daughter’s transition.

Jackson and her husband became activists when their desire to support their child evolved into a wider goal to spread understanding and awareness of trans issues throughout society, regardless of religious or political affiliation.

Watch the interview with GLAAD - published as part of the #GotYourBack campaign - AFTER THE JUMP...

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Baptist Pastor Accused Of Murdering Wife So He Could Marry Boyfriend Pleads Not Guilty

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A longtime former Southern Baptist pastor accused of killing his wife so he could marry his boyfriend in Europe has pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder.

Richard Shahan, 54, entered the plea Monday in Jefferson County, Alabama, where he served as children and families pastor at First Baptist Church of Birmingham, according to AL.com

Shahan2Shahan was arrested last January as he tried to board a plane for Germany. A grand jury would later indict him in the July 2013 slaying of his wife, who was found stabbed to death in their home. 

AL.com reported last year: 

[Deputy District Attorney Leigh] Gwathney said that information obtained from more than 3,000 of Shahan's emails indicated that he was planning to leave the country and never return. He was heading to Kazakhstan via Germany and ultimately planned to move to the United Kingdom, she said.

"He planned to become a citizen there and begin a new life with his boyfriend... who he intended to marry," Gwathney said. "He had no intention of ever returning to the United States. He had no home to return to and he had said his goodbyes to his family."

Shahan, who maintains his innocence, was initially arrested for investigative purposes in July 2013, but released without being charged. He was placed on administrative leave by the church, which later sent out newsletters and prayer cards saying he planned a three-year mission trip to Germany. Shahan's attorneys claim he was leaving for the mission trip when he was arrested at the Nashville airport with $27,000 in US and foreign currencies. 

Shahan was released on $100,000 bond but is on house arrest. 

BaptistNews.com reports on Shahan's long career as a Southern Baptist minister, including at churches in Oklahoma, Texas, North Carolina and Tennessee: 

He wrote books, curriculum and articles over 30 years for publishers including Zondervan and LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

None of the reports include comments from representatives of First Baptist Church of Birmingham, or mention the denomination's views on homosexuality. But in case you're wondering, here's the Southern Baptist Convention's official position statement

"We affirm God's plan for marriage and sexual intimacy – one man, and one woman, for life. Homosexuality is not a 'valid alternative lifestyle.' The Bible condemns it as sin. It is not, however, unforgivable sin. The same redemption available to all sinners is available to homosexuals. They, too, may become new creations in Christ."

Watch a report on the case from WBRC-TV last year, AFTER THE JUMP ... (warning: auto-play) 

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Pastor Steve Anderson's Disciple Says Gays Should Be Killed Because They're 'Filthy Faggots' Who Snatch And Rape Children: VIDEO

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Pastor Steven L. Anderson (above right), of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona, made headlines earlier this month when he said the world would be AIDS-free by Christmas if we simply stoned all gay people to death. 

Anderson has also said that gays are "basically rapists" and compared them to ax murderers and Hitler.

Now, it appears Anderson has a disciple who is every bit as hateful as he is.

Right Wing Watch reports that earlier this year, Anderson ordained Pastor Donnie Romero (above left), who now leads Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Last Sunday, Romero delivered a sermon called "Public Example" in which he also called for gays to be put to death: 

"I'm going to explain to you why God wants these people to be put to death. ... The word of God is very clear that God is against the sodomites, that they're filthy and it says they're an abomination to God. … I love that part of the Bible, and I'm going to preach that part of the Bible until the day I die, and if I ever stop preaching that part of the Bible, I hope my kids tell me, 'Dad, you're going soft on sin, you need to get up there and rip on these queers, because it's only getting worse and worse.' 

"And amen to what Pastor Anderson said — I'm not going to let any of these dirty faggots inside of my church. They are all pedophiles. ... They're always trying to rape and hurt other people. They're relentless. They are relentless. They are predators and given an opportunity to snatch one of your children, they would do it in a heartbeat." 

Watch the clip as well as Romero's full sermon, AFTER THE JUMP ... 

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LGBT Rights Activists 'Troll' Southern Baptist Conference On Gay Marriage

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The Christian Post is reporting that there has been plenty of healthy and outspoken debate on the issue of “the homosexual lifestyle” at a conference hosted by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Commission in Nashville. Much of the debate has taken place on Twitter (#ERLC2014).  

The conference is live streaming.

Russell MooreEarlier today we reported that Russell Moore, who serves as president of the ERLC, said at the conference that “ex-gay” therapy has been “severely counterproductive.”

The conference is addressing “how Christians should react to the ongoing battle between those framing the homosexual lifestyle debate as a civil rights issue and those supporting what they believe to be biblical moral values, including traditional marriage.”

Zack Ford, editor of LGBT issues on Think Progress, attended the event and was not shy in offering his opinions on Twitter.

“Doubt-filled believer,” author and blogger Rachel Evans also weighed in on the conference, questioning the decision of the conference organizers to not give a voice to LGBT people.

However, Dr. Richard Land, former president of ERLC, said:

“The gay community is never going to find the Evangelical response satisfactory because we're not going to accept their behavior. All sexual behavior that is outside of heterosexual marriage is a manifestation of the fall, and the fact that we are fallen creatures and this is the way fallen creatures behave.

"We are not singling out same-sex attraction. It was very clear in the conference on the first day, that this is one of the manifestations of the fall along with adultery, living together without matrimony, pornography, etc., etc., all of it."


Southern Baptist Leader Denounces 'Ex-Gay' Therapy - VIDEO

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Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore has denounced “ex-gay” therapy at a conference in Nashville, reports Huffington Post.

The American Psychological Association has urged mental health professionals to avoid “ex-gay” therapy since 2009. Since then, California and New Jersey have passed laws banning conversion therapy for minors.

Speaking to journalists at the group’s national conference yesterday, Moore, who serves as president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said that “ex-gay” therapy has been “severely counterproductive.” Sbclogo

“The utopian idea if you come to Christ and if you go through our program, you’re going to be immediately set free from attraction or anything you’re struggling with, I don’t think that’s a Christian idea.

“Faithfulness to Christ means obedience to Christ. It does not necessarily mean that someone’s attractions are going to change.

“The Bible doesn’t promise us freedom from temptation. The Bible promises us the power of the spirit to walk through temptation.

“The idea that one is simply the sum of one’s sexual identity is something that is psychologically harmful ultimately. And I think also we have a situation where gay and lesbian people have been treated really, really badly. The response is not shunning, putting them out on the street. The answer is loving your child.”

On the same morning that Moore made similar comments to an audience of 1,300 people, three representatives from the “ex-gay” movement spoke at the conference.

In July, "ex-gay" Yvette Schneider published a “coming out” interview with GLAAD calling for bans on reparative therapy.

Watch Moore discuss his opinions on same-sex marriage, AFTER THE JUMP...

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MSNBC Profiles Trans Minister and Former Outserve_SLDN Director Allyson Robinson: VIDEO

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Allyson Robinson, the former executive director of Outserve_SLDN who became one fo the few openly trans pastors in the U.S. when she was ordained in July at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., is speaking out about her journey to personal and spiritual fulfilment in a new profile video for MSNBC.

Said Robinson:

What I see happening in the church today is a restoration of balance - and that radical welcome, those open arms being given, restored to their proper place in the expression of God's people in the world...if you want to know what the future of the kingdom of God on Earth lookls like, it looks like more of this. 

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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