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Study Finds Religious Acceptance for Gay People On the Rise: VIDEO

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A new Duke University study finds the willingness of religious congregations to welcome gays as members and place them in leadership positions has increased significantly in the past few years, Duke Today reports:

Data from the newest wave of the National Congregations Study show that from 2006 to 2012, the number of congregations accepting gay and lesbian members increased from 37.4 percent to 48 percent.

ChavesIn that same six-year time frame, the number of congregations open to gays and lesbians in volunteer leadership roles rose from about 18 percent to 26.4 percent.

These and other study findings on racial diversity, informality in worship, congregation membership and related issues mirror ongoing shifts in the broader American culture, said Mark Chaves, a Duke professor of sociology, religious studies, and divinity. 

However, the survey also found that Catholic acceptance for gays has decreased slightly since 2006, with Chaves telling The Huffington Post he believed the decrease may be correlated to an "increased salience" of homosexuality in the Catholic Church as evidenced by the recent firings of gay teachers in parochial schools and Catholic organizations

Check out a video of Chaves explaining the survey's many findings, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Harlem Hate Pastor Warns Michael Sam Might Marry A Nine-Year-Old Boy - VIDEO

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James David Manning, birther, homophobe and chief pastor at the ATLAH World Missionary Church on 123rd Street in Harlem, New York City, has said that same-sex marriage will lead “someone like Michael Sam or others” to legally marry a 9-year-old boy, reports Right Wing Watch.

Manning suggests that such marriages will take place in “an Arabic nation or a nation without power to retort.” 6a00d8341c730253ef01a73d9063be970d-500wi

Earlier this year, Manning caused a stir with a sign outside his church advocating for the stoning of gay people.

Manning also calls same-sex marriages “fixations” and “legalized perverted orgies.”

In another truly bizarre video uploaded to his website on Monday, Manning claimed that the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a victim of “the power of sodomy” because it will “allow sodomites to march in the parade under their own banner.”

Watch Manning’s hateful ramblings, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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Southern Baptist Pastor: Gays Should Be Put To Death, God Can Cure Homosexuality - VIDEO

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Robert Gallaty, a pastor at a Southern Baptist church near Chattanooga, Tennessee, said in a sermon last week that god wants LGBT people to be put to death, reports The Raw Story.

In the hour-long sermon, Gallaty also claimed that although Christians have repented for racism, they will never repent for homophobia because African-American people cannot change the color of their skin.

Said Gallaty:

“A black man can’t change his race, a white man can’t change his race, a homosexual can stop engaging in homosexual acts. See, sexuality is a choice. Gender and race are not.”

Explaining the biblical basis for the death penalty, he said:

“God said that the sins of the people had infected the very land in which they live. So what happens to people who engage in this activity, this sexual immoral activity? Go to Leviticus 20, god gives us the punishment for engaging in these sins… ‘If a man sleeps with a man as with a woman, they have both committed a detestable thing. They must be put to death. And their blood is on their own hands.’”

Comparing homosexuality to addiction, he said that same-sex attractions is “the same desire I had to get high and score dope years ago.”

Gallaty also suggested that God is active in the “ex-gay” movement, claiming he told a gay member of his congregation that he “may have to remain single for the rest of your life...the cool thing is this: God, over time, will heal you.”

Back in June, Rick Perry made a similar claim when he said that a homosexual deciding not to be gay is the same as an alcoholic choosing to not have a drink.

Watch the full sermon and the edited highlights, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Wingnut Bryan Fischer: Diversity Is Crippling The U.S. - VIDEO

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Anti-gay activist Bryan Fischer has taken to the website for his hate group American Family Association to argue that diversity is crippling the U.S.

Fischer is well known for his virulent - and regular - homophobic views.  In recent weeks, he has said that all LGBT people should be banned from public office, that god is disgusted when he looks at gay sex, and that Burger King’s Proud Burger will be a disaster for for the company because people do not want to have to think of two men having sex when they sit down to eat a hamburger. Chelsea Manning

In his latest outburst, Fischer asserts that the U.S. became the greatest nation in the world because of “an unshakable commitment to common core values and standards” and that the acceptance of diversity “fractures, debilitates, and diffuses.”

Alluding to transitioning transgender wikileaker Chelsea Manning, he continues:

“The strength of our military has not been its diversity but its unity, indeed its uniformity. Soldiers wear the same uniform, not uniforms of their own imaginations. They serve one nation, not many, salute one flag, not many, and follow one commander-in-chief, not many.”

Not content with transphobia, he goes on to say that immigrants are only welcome in the U.S. “if they embrace [Christian] fundamental values and are willing to become Americans rather than hyphenated Americans.”

Of course, same-sex marriage - not very subtly linked with profanity, fidelity, murder and theft - is also out, in Fischer’s version of Christianity:

“We recognized the importance of language that was free from profanity. We recognized the importance of honoring parents. We affirmed the importance of marriage as the union of one man and one woman and stressed the importance of fidelity to the marriage covenant. We treated murder as a capital crime, punished theft, and punished perjury.”

ICYMI, watch Fischer's bizarre war on the Proud Burger, AFTER THE JUMP...

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New York Venue Fined For Refusing Lesbian Wedding Shuts Down - VIDEO

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A couple fined by the for refusing to host a lesbian wedding at their New York property has decided to close the venue to all weddings rather than violate their religious beliefs, reports Yahoo! News.

Last month, the New York State Division of Human Rights affirmed the state's Human Rights Law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the case of Melisa and Jennifer McCarthy after their 2012 request to have their wedding at the Albany area farm and wedding venue was turned down as soon as the owners found out they were a same-sex couple.  

According to anti-gay Christian litigation group Alliance Defending Freedom attorney James Trainor, Cynthia and Robert Gifford, the venue’s owners, have since decided not to host ceremonies anymore, other than those already scheduled, "in order to stay true to their religious convictions."

In a similar ongoing case, Denver baker Jack Phillips has appealed an order from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission requiring him to prepare wedding cakes for same-sex couples after the CCRC rejected his appeal of a judge’s earlier ruling that he “unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake” in 2012.

Watch a press conference with the Giffords, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Teen Schools The Internet On What The Bible Actually Says About Homosexuality: VIDEO

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Eighteen-year old TJ Montoya grew up in a religious household. His mother is a Christian missionary and his father is a worship pastor. Like his parents, TJ is Christian. Unlike his parents, TJ is gay. Though he came out in 2010 as age 15, TJ had already been studying the connection between his faith and his sexuality for some time. After years of "praying, researching, and loving," TJ decided to make a video addressing "Christians who don’t 'agree with' or understand homosexuality and its relationship to the Bible", explaining to them (and to everyone else for that matter) "what the Bible actually says about homosexuality.”

Watch the well-researched explanation, AFTER THE JUMP...

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