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Church of Scotland Approves Ordination of Gay Ministers in Preliminary Vote

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Almost two years ago the Church of Scotland approved a rule to allow for the ordination of gay and lesbian ministers. Now the Kirk has revealed the breakdown of the votes of the presbyteries: a total of 1,391 presbytery members voted in favor and 1,153 against, resulting in a 54.6% to 45.4% split. Additionally, 32 of 45 presbyteries backed proposals to allow ministers in civil partnerships.

The story isn't done just yet, however, as a final decision will be made at the General Assembly scheduled in May.

Same-sex marriage in Scotland began January 1. 


Catholic League's Bill Donohue Says Charlie Hebdo Cartoonists 'Provoked' Terrorist Attack: VIDEO

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Vile, anti-gay activist Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, has wasted no time in defending those behind yesterday’s terrorist attack in Paris, France that left twelve people dead, reports The Washington Post.

B6w0fmUCUAAh4_FWhile the rest of the world gathered at protests last night to condemn the attack on the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and the #IAmCharlie and #JeSuisCharlie hashtags trended globally, Donohue issued a statement titled “Muslims Are Right To Be Angry” in which he condemned the publication for offending Islam and other world religions.

While Donohue begins his statement by condemning those responsible for “killing in response to insult”, he adds in a big, big “but” by blaming Charlie Hebdo publisher Stephane Charbonnier for his own death:

“What happened in Paris cannot be tolerated. But neither should we tolerate the kind of intolerance that provoked this violent reaction.

“Those who work at this newspaper have a long and disgusting record of going way beyond the mere lampooning of public figures, and this is especially true of their depictions of religious figures. For example, they have shown nuns masturbating and popes wearing condoms. They have also shown Muhammad in pornographic poses.

“Stephane Charbonnier, the paper’s publisher, was killed today in the slaughter. It is too bad that he didn’t understand the role he played in his tragic death. In 2012, when asked why he insults Muslims, he said, “Muhammad isn’t sacred to me.” Had he not been so narcissistic, he may still be alive. Muhammad isn’t sacred to me, either, but it would never occur to me to deliberately insult Muslims by trashing him.”

Earlier today, we reported on a second shooting in Paris as police continued their search for the gunmen involved in the Charlie Hebdo shooting. 

Watch Donohue's sickening comments via Fox News and see some Charlie Hebdo cartoons in English and global media reactions to the attacks, AFTER THE JUMP...

As a Christmas gift to world, Donohue unveiled a billboard in Los Angeles last month comparing the experiences of American “Christians” - the ones who spend their lives spreading anti-gay messages - and Christians facing persecution in ISIS-controlled territories.

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Presbyterian Pastor Preaches Tolerance, But Fights To Suppress His Own Gay Desires

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In the two years since Pastor Allan Edwards came to the Kiski Valley Presbyterian Church, the larger U.S. Presbyterian Church has come around to the idea of same sex marriage. Though Edwards preaches tolerance to his congregation, he firmly believes that same-sex attraction is a sin. Interestingly enough, Edwards, who is married to a woman, openly admits to grappling with his own homosexual urges.

"I think we all have part of our desires that we choose not to act on, right?" he explains in an interview with NPR. "So for me, it's not just that the religion was important to me, but communion with a God who loves me, who accepts me right where I am."

Edwards’s interview comes at a time when religious men who do not identify as gay, but are open about their attraction to men, are increasingly in the public spotlight. In Edwards and his wife’s opinion, his desires are no different than the personal struggles that all couples go through.

"Everybody has this experience of wanting something else or beyond what they have. Everyone struggles with discontentment. The difference, I think, and the blessing Leeanne and I have experienced is that we came into our marriage relationship already knowing and talking about it. And I think that's a really powerful basis for intimacy."

Read the full interview HERE.

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Allan Edwards was a member of the larger Presbyterian church. His church, Kiski Valley Presbyterian is part of a socially conservative sect of the Presbyterian Church of America.


Indiana Conservatives Poised To Introduce License to Discriminate Bill

SchneiderEver since the U.S. Supreme Court decided to let stand a federal judge’s decision striking down Indiana’s same sex marriage ban, social conservatives in the state have rallied together in favor of legislation that would protect their “religious liberties.” Republican state Senator Scott Schneider (right) has become one of Indiana’s most vocal proponents of a new bill that would effectively empower small, privately-owned businesses to discriminate against LGBT patrons on religious grounds.

"The focus has been on same-sex marriage because that's the hot topic right now, but it goes far beyond that," he said of his vision of a future ‘religious liberty framework.’ "It's important to have some religious freedom and protection."

Though Indiana’s legislative session does not re-commence until January 6th, conservatives are already in the process of working out some of the finer detailed of the so called ‘freedom of conscience’ bill. Modeled after president Bill Clinton’s federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the bill would also severely limit queer couples’ ability to adopt children. Those against the bill, like State Rep. Ed DeLaney, worry that the bill could cause more harm than good if passed.

"We are not being prevented from exercising our faith, nor are we being forced to do something we don't want to do," he lamented. "It's kind of sad, really."

[via The Courier Journal]


Archbishop Of Canterbury Refuses To Explain Why He Opposes Same-Sex Marriage - VIDEO

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Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, England, has refused to discuss the reasons behind his opposition to same-sex marriage, reports The Guardian.

Speaking on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, Welby (pictured above) was asked what makes gay relationships inferior in the eyes of the church.

However, the cleric declined to discuss his stance on the issue, saying:

“I’m really not going to answer the question very well because we’re now into conversations within the Church, both globally and locally, and I think if I weigh in at this stage it’s inappropriate.

“It’s something that as you go around the Communion, and having visited all the provinces I’m very aware of this, that is seen by many as an absolutely central understanding of obedience to Christ, in both directions.

“In human terms, it looks impossible, and many people say you shouldn’t bother to try.

“When I listen to people I know that I’m listening to people for whom not just the issue of sexuality but the whole way in which the Church lives and exists and reaches out to people, what it looks like to be a holy church, is something on which they feel passionately and are deeply, deeply, deeply disagreeing.

“If you love them you listen carefully.”

Although Welby has been vocal in his opposition to same-sex marriage, there was some good news last year when he announced a campaign to stop homophobic bullying in Church of England schools.

Watch Welby claim last year that same-sex marriage weakens "traditional" marriage and damages society, AFTER THE JUMP...

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TLC's 'My Husband's Not Gay' Documents Gay Mormon Men Dating Women To 'Overcome' Their Sexuality: VIDEO

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TLC will air a documentary on January 1st about gay Mormon men in Salt Lake City who are married to women.

The men claim to use their faith in god to overcome anything that goes against their religious beliefs. Featuring three married couples and one bachelor, one of the men says he has “chosen an alternative to an alternative lifestyle.” Another participant helpfully explains “I’m interested in men, I’m just not interested in men.”

Some of the wives are delusional.

Watch a trailer for the TLC special, AFTER THE JUMP...

Mormon leaders recently reiterated the church's opposition to homosexuality.

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