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Christian Publisher Cancels Book Deal After Evangelical Author Comes Out: VIDEO

Destiny Image, a book publishing company that claims its mission is to make "authors easily accessible to the Christian body around the world," has canceled a book deal with one of its writers after the young author's recent coming out. 22-year-old evangelical Christian Brandan Robertson had signed the book deal with Destiny Image last spring. Last month, he came out as a queer in a Time magazine article.

RobertsonIn a new Time piece published this week, he reveals that the publisher notified him on February 19 of their decision to terminate his forthcoming book about faithNomad: Not-So-Religious Thoughts On Faith, Doubt, and the Journey In Between.

According to the article, Robertson claims that Destiny Image had asked him if he would agree with the publisher's official statement on homosexuality, something he refused to do. That statement reads in part:

“Destiny Image accepts the Holy Scriptures as the infallible word of God and answers all questions concerning life and godliness. We do not condone, encourage, or accept the homosexual lifestyle. Destiny Image renounces this lifestyle as ungodly and completely contrary to the Kingdom of God.”

A rep for the company refused to address Robertson's sexuality and explained that their reason for canceling the book deal was a financial one: "There is much consideration for every book, every author, but the final determination is financial viability."

Since at least last year, Robertson has written about various gay issues, including marriage equality, on his evangelical blog Revangelical.

Watch an interview from 2014 where Robertson has a LGBT faith discussion with author and pastor Rob Bell (who was featured on Oprah's Soul Food Sunday last week talking about his support for gay marriageAFTER THE JUMP...

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Pastor Rob Bell Talks to Oprah About Christianity Being 'Moments Away' From Embracing Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Popular (and controversial) evangelical pastor Rob Bell appeared on Oprah's Soul Food Sunday this weekend and shared why marriage is so important - for gay and straight people alike.

Said Bell:

"One of the oldest aches in the bones of humanity is loneliness....Loneliness is not good for the world. And so whoever you are, gay or straight, it is totally normal, natural and healthy to want someone to go through life with. It's central to our humanity. We want someone to go on the journey with."

When Oprah followed up by asking Bell when Christianity would "get that," he responded:

Bell2We're moments away...I think culture is already there and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense, when you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles and co-workers and neighbors and they love each other and just want to go through life with someone." 

Added wife Kristen Bell:

"There are churches who are moving forward and there are churches who are almost regressing and making it more of a battle."

Rob Bell, the former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, has riled evangelical feathers over the years with his church's acceptance of gay members and his 2011 book Love Wins which argues against the traditional Christian interpretation of a literal "Hell".

Watch the episode, AFTER THE JUMP...

[h/t Mlive]

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UK Evangelical Leader Comes Out As Lesbian, Rejects ‘Ex-Gay’ Past: VIDEO

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Jayne Ozanne, one of England’s leading evangelical leaders and a failed “ex-gay”, has come out as lesbian and accepted a position as head of a pro-gay evangelical Christian organization, reports Think Progress.

As a high-profile lay faith leader, Ozanne took part in “deliverance ministry,” a harmful practice similar to “ex-gay” therapy which has been banned in New Jersey, California and Washington, D.C. Last month, Virginia introduced a bill banning "ex-gay" therapy for minors.

A founding member of the Archbishops’ Council, Ozanne's repeated failed efforts to pray away the gay ultimately culminated in a nervous breakdown.

She came out to a select group in 2009 and had a five-year relationship with a woman. 

However, when Christian musician Vicky Beeching came out last year Ozanne was inspired to accept the position as head of Accepting Evangelicals, a “network of Evangelical Christians who believe the time has come to move towards the acceptance of faithful, loving same-sex partnerships at every level of church life, and the development of a positive Christian ethic for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.”

SchizzelWatch Ozanne explain her decision to come out, AFTER THE JUMP...

The ailing "ex-gay" movement has recently seen a number of high profile announcements from former “ex-gay” activists attacking “conversion therapy”. Last December, survivor Christian Schizzel (right) exposed his harmful "conversion" therapy at the hands Janet Boynes Ministries and GOP nuts Michele and Marcus Bachmann’s “counseling” services.

 

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Top Catholics And Evangelicals: Gay Marriage Worse Than Divorce

Divorce is something that is roundly condemned in the Bible, and depending on the level of conservativeness of one's place of worship, cohabitation - that is, lovers living together without being married; though sometimes even just opposite-sex individuals sharing an apartment counts, even if the two have no romantic connection - is just as taboo. So why is it that that gay marriage has church leaders worked into a froth that exceeds the other two by leaps and bounds? 

Because gay marriage is worse, of course.

6a00d8341c730253ef01761769e740970c-800wiThat's right, even though Jesus himself has literally nothing to say about same-sex marriage but explicitly says divorce is a no-no, nearly 50 high-level Catholic and evangelical leaders (including pastor Rick Warren and former NOM Head Maggie Gallagher) signed off on a 5000-word manifesto to be released in the March edition of conservative journal First Things that says,

[W]hat the state defines as marriage no longer embodies God’s purposes in creation. An easy acceptance of divorce damages marriage; widespread cohabitation devalues marriage. But so-called same-sex marriage is a graver threat, because what is now given the name of marriage in law is a parody of marriage.

Of course, no anti-gay screed is complete without mention of the good men and women who have lost their livelihoods for standing up for what is right:

[Some people] are already being censured and others have lost their jobs because of their public commitment to marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Of course, no one has lost their jobs because of their public commitment to heterosexual marriage; they have lost their jobs for refusing to abide by the laws of the land, which in most places now mandate recognition of civil gay marriages, which is a very different thing. But what does the truth matter? It's not like the bible has any mandate against lying, right? At least, not a mandate that's any more explicit and important than the nearly 20 passages about divorce?

Other than that one.


Carrie Underwood's Evangelical Megachurch GracePointe Comes Out for Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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GracePointe Church in Franklin, Tennessee has joined the small but growing number of evangelical megachurches that have come out in support of marriage equality, TIME reports.

The church's three year "listening process" on the issue began when country star Carrie Underwood, who attends GracePointe, spoke out in favor of marriage equality in 2012 - a move that led Westboro Baptist Church protesters to show up and picket outside GracePointe.  

via TIME:

For congregants on all sides of the debate, the conversation over the past three years has been at times painful, even devastating. For [pastor Stan] Mitchell, it has been a deeply personal as well as a spiritual journey, especially as he has seen it divide friends and family. And on Sunday, Jan. 11, the church reached a conclusion, as Mitchell shared:

Mitchell“Our position that these siblings of ours, other than heterosexual, our position that these our siblings cannot have the full privileges of membership, but only partial membership, has changed,” he said, as many in the congregation stood to their feet in applause, and other sat in silence. “Full privileges are extended now to you with the same expectations of faithfulness, sobriety, holiness, wholeness, fidelity, godliness, skill, and willingness. That is expected of all. Full membership means being able to serve in leadership and give all of your gifts and to receive all the sacraments; not only communion and baptism, but child dedication and marriage.” [...]

GracePointe’s move is not without concrete consequences. January giving usually is about $100,000–so far this month the church has brought in an estimated $52,000. When GracePointe began the listening process in 2012, Sunday attendance averaged 800-1000. The Sunday he preached the inclusion sermon, attendance was 673, and two weeks later, it was down to 482. “It’s a gut punch,” Mitchell says. “I know a year from now, I’m going to feel a whole lot better, but right now it is just hard.”

For now, spiritual and Biblical convictions are pushing GracePointe and its pastor forward. Pastors are coming to him quietly and undercover from all over town, he says, to talk with him about how to have this conversion in their own evangelical churches. And, while a three-year conversation is ending, another one is just beginning. “Could you be a church in Selma and not march, just handle your own community?” Mitchell asks. “I don’t think I can do that. We are on the front edge of a movement that means so much.”

Watch Mitchell's powerful sermon announcing the change, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Meet the Robertsons: A Superclip of Pat and Phil's Anti-gay Insanity - VIDEO

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Televangelist Pat Robertson and Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson might not be blood relatives per se, but the two still share more than a few traits - not the least of which is an unabiding hatred for gay people.

To help sort through the many similarities, MSNBC's The Ed Show has put together a montage of some of the more outrageous 2014 moments in religious nuttery from the two Robertsons for your viewing pleasure.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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