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Tony Perkins Compares Dealing With Gays To Negotiating With Satan And Iran: AUDIO

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The ever elegant president of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, compared dealing with gays to negotiating with Iran and Satan reports Right Wing Watch. Perkins issued his lofty statements on his radio program Washington Watch, proclaiming his agreement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the U.S. shouldn’t negotiate with Iran (Netanyahu actually expressed he supports diplomatic talks in principle) quoting Ronald Reagan’s "We don’t negotiate with terrorists." Perkins went on to say Jesus didn’t negotiate with the Devil, and that negotiating with 'cultural totalitarians' should be dealt with in the same way.

Said Perkins:

"Did Jesus negotiate with the Devil? No, he said, 'Away with you Satan.' He goes on later in the scripture to talk about 'What fellowship has light with darkness.' The same can be said of the cultural totalitarians who want to force everyone to embrace and even celebrate their view of morality. You cannot compromise, you cannot appease. Just ask Gov. (Mike) Pence and others who have compromised their values in an effort to appease these folks. It only increases their aggressiveness and their demands."

You can listen to Perkins’ religious-tinted radio segment, AFTER THE JUMP

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Stem Cell Breakthrough Opens Door To Gay Couples Having Their Own Babies

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A stem cell research study at Cambridge University, England has potentially opened the door to same-sex couples having their own babies, reports CBS Atlanta.

The breakthrough achieved in the study shows that fully “manufactured” babies can be created from the skin cells of two adults of the same gender.

Reported in the journal Cell, researchers paired stem cell lines from embryos with the skin of five different adults. The experiment had been previously successful in creating live baby mice but this is the first study on humans in which engineered cells were compared to aborted fetuses to determine an identical match.

Azim Surani, Wellcome Trust project leader and professor of physiology and reproduction at Cambridge, said, “We have succeeded in the first and most important step of this process, which is to show we can make these very early human stem cells in a dish."

Although concerns regarding ethical issues have been raised, Jacob Hanna, the specialist leading the project’s Israeli arm, said the study “has already caused interest from gay groups because of the possibility of making egg and sperm cells from parents of the same sex.”


Rachel Maddow Dissects the AFA's Desperate Attempt to Distance Itself From Bryan Fischer: VIDEO

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Last night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow continued to shine a spotlight on the American Family Association's efforts to distance itself from radio host Bryan Fischer in the lead up to a Republican National Convention trip to Israel backed by the AFA. Maddow, who broke the story of Fischer's firing Wednesday, pointed out some choice quotes by Fischer and questioned why the RNC would continue with the trip in light of the fact that Fischer was being kept on as AFA radio host.

The RNC, for its part, issued the following statement to MSNBC last night after days of refusing to comment:

"We don't agree with Bryan Fischer's comments and are glad AFA has severed ties with him."

Maddow, of course, wasn't buying it and devoted the latter portion of her segment to doing what she does best - taking a magnifying glass to the GOP's longstanding policy of cozying up next to extremist organizations and figures. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Israeli Travel Group Offers First Ever Gay Tour of Auschwitz: VIDEO

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To mark the 70th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation, Hebro Travel, a new Israeli tour company serving “gay Jews and those who love us,” is to offer the first ever gay tour of Auschwitz, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

10616057_10152689450860552_4292009992408762534_nThe August Poland & Prague Pride Trip - which includes a Jewish heritage tour of the Schindler’s List route, visits to historic synagogues and stops at Auschwitz and Theresienstadt - will end with Prague’s Gay Pride festival.

Jayson Littman (right), the founder of Hebro Travel, says he has been asked “how can you go from touring concentration camps to celebrating Pride?”

The grandchild of Hungarian survivors of Auschwitz, Littman explains:

“I look at it the same way as Jewish trips that go from the camps to Israel to celebrate continuity.

“I knew I was touching on uncharted territory. I kept hearing, ‘Who wants to go on a trip like that?’ But many more people said it’s a wonderful idea. And surprisingly few people realize how many gay people were murdered in the Holocaust.”

With the trip still at the planning stage, he added:

“We’re working out details on the actual visits to the camps. It’ll probably involve laying a wreath, having a rabbi there from the local community, and inviting someone from the local LGBT population to speak as well.

“What’s been interesting is that every tour operator, Jewish or not, knows the Jewish stuff in these destinations. We’re having to fill in the blanks ourselves on some of the gay stuff.

“We’re showcasing how, after 70 years, Jewish life has blossomed, and gay life has gone through so many changes. An important part of this tour is appreciating the evolution of both communities, their contributions to society, and how governments around the world now welcome both minorities. Going to those places helps make that happen.”

Watch a video documenting Hebro's Israel and Tel Aviv Pride Trip 2014, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Israel To Recognize Sex Change Without Gender Reassignment Surgery

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Israel plans to allow transgender people to legally change their gender without having to undergo gender reassignment surgery first, reports Haaretz.

The announcement comes after two transgender women filed a petition against the Interior Ministry’s demand that they undergo gender reassignment surgery as a condition for altering their identity card gender from male to female.

One of the petitioners is Ronit Liran Shaked (above), a lawyer who up until two years ago lived as a man and was married to a woman. 

The two women argued that they were not interested in sex reassignment surgery, and that making this a prerequisite is unreasonable.

At a meeting on the issue held by Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber, the Health Ministry explained that other countries have recognized criteria for determining that a person has changed his gender even without sex-change surgery. Based on this information, a decision was made to change the existing Interior Ministry procedure. 


Israel's Lone Gay MP Announces His Departure From Politics

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Israel’s only currently openly gay member of Parliament Nitzan Horowitz has announced that he plans on leaving politics. Though Horowitz’s time in office was marked by a number of personal achievements and recognition from his constituents, his chances of re-election were slim after he failed to secure enough support from other members of the Knesset.

“I love this land and I love you very much. We did many things together,” he said in a public Facebook announcement. “We led battles, initiated progressive legislation, we fought for basic values: democracy, human rights, social justice and peace.”

“In all the commitments and projects I took upon myself, I gave the maximum. The varied topics I dealt with touched many people: Fighting racism, [for] regional cooperation, fighting religious coercion, protecting the environment, pluralism and culture, and of course rights for my beloved gay community."

Before being elected to the Knesset in 2009 as a member of the left-wing Meretz party, Horowitz worked as a vocal civil rights activist and an award-winning journalist. During his time in office Horowitz served as the chairman of the Knesset’s gay pride lobby, and was responsible for introducing a bill would have challenged Israel’s current confessional community system and allowed gay couples to marry or enter civil unions. In 2013 he also made an unsuccessful bid for the mayorship of Tel Aviv, that he ultimately lost to Ron Huldai, another advocate of LGBT rights.


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