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Transgender LGBT Advocate Allyson Robinson Ordained Baptist Minister - VIDEO

LGBT advocate and army veteran Allyson Robinson became one of the few openly transgender pastors in the U.S. when she was ordained last month at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., reports Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

6a00d8341c730253ef019103bcd4ff970c-800wiSharon Groves, HRC’s Director of Religion and Faith Program, said:

"We at HRC who have had the privilege of working with her for years are excited to see her gifts put to good use at Calvary Baptist Church.

"Allyson Robinson is a born preacher and pastor who inspires everyone she meets. I have had the privilege of working closely with her and with Calvary Baptist Church, which is leading to new conversations among Baptists and all people of faith. Together they are one powerful combination.  

"As summer comes to an end and families are coming back to church after their summer break, they would do well to check out the prophetic ministry happening at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C."

Last year, Robinson featured in and acted as a consultant on web-funded series TransMilitary, which focused on the unique struggles of transgender service members on active duty. She was the first transgender leader of a national LGBT rights organization until she was asked last year to resign as executive director of LGBT military group Outserve_SLDN.

Robinson is also founder of boutique consulting firm Warrior Poet Strategies and Vice President at LGBT Tech Partnership.

Watch Allyson speak about her transgender journey at a TedX talk, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gordon Klingenschmitt Says Rep. Jared Polis Wants To Behead Christians, Nominates Him In Ice Bucket Challenge - VIDEO

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Gordon Klingenschmitt, a Republican nominee for a seat in Colorado’s statehouse, has accused Democrats of lacking a sense of humor after he sent an email which said that Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) will “join ISIS in beheading Christians,” reports The Raw Story.

Klingenschmitt won a primary election in June and hopes to replace Mark Waller (R-Colorado Springs).

In the email, Klingenschmitt wrote:

“The open persecution of Christians is underway. Democrats like Polis want to bankrupt Christians who refuse to worship and endorse his sodomy. Next he’ll join ISIS in beheading Christians, but not just in Syria, right here in America.”

In reply, Mark Ferrandino, Speaker of the Colorado House, condemned Klingenschmitt’s remarks and demanded that Colorado Republicans do the same.

Colorado Republican spokesperson Owen Loftus said that Klingenschmitt’s comments “in no way reflect the views of the party.”

By way of apology, Klingenschmitt has since issued an apology of sorts via YouTube in which he blames Democrats for lacking a sense of humor and misunderstanding his use of hyperbole.

“This weekend I sent out an email alert to my constituents in which I used hyperbole. You know what hyperbole is. It’s a literary device where you exaggerate to make a point. Well, apparently some Democrats do not have a sense of humor and they were offended by some of the things I said using hyperbole this weekend.”

Although Klingenschmitt admitted in the video it was wrong to compare Polis to Islamic State extremists, he continued to claim that the Democrat was “persecuting Christian business owners here in America.”

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Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage March In U.S. Virgin Islands Following Similar Rally in Jamaica

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The Jamaica Gleaner reports on an anti-gay march in St. Thomas in response to a proposed bill that would change the definition of marriage to mean a legal union between two people, regardless of gender.

VirginislandsReferring to a similar march against “the homosexual agenda” in Jamaica in June, Alger Warren, vice-chair of One Voice Virgin Islands (OVVI) and pastor of Faith Christian Fellowship Church Alive in Christ in the USVI, said:

"We applaud the people of Jamaica for coming out and taking a stand. We used the Jamaican march as a catalyst to encourage people to come out, because we said, 'Look, Jamaica got close to 25,000 people to come out in support of the traditional family against same-sex marriage.’ So we did reference the march in Jamaica and continue to reference it, so hopefully, that will inspire people to even come out for our march also."

Harriet Mercer, a member of the petition committee of OVVI, said that the march aimed to send a message to politicians that “like Jamaica, we too are against any kind of buggery being legalised."

Reacting to the news of the USVI march, the Reverend Dr Stevenson Samuels, chairman of Churches Action Uniting Society for Emancipation, the umbrella group responsible for the anti-gay march in Jamaica, said:

"We are extremely elated that other Caribbean countries are standing in support of what we are doing, and it really is just a testimony that there are countries with a large number of persons who have a concern for the well-being of their country. It is not just the US Virgin Islands. There are persons from other countries that have contacted us expressing their support and also their desire of doing something similar. We consider [the USVI] as our brothers in the fight, we consider them as people who really want the best for their country and we are in support of them."

[The Jamaica Gleaner article above mistakenly mentioned the number of attendees at the rally. The post has been updated]

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Mennonite Pastor Under Review For Presiding Over Same-Sex Wedding - VIDEO

Assembly Mennonite Church Pastor Karl Shelly

The Mennonite church is set to review the credentials of Pastor Karl Shelly who in May presided over a same-sex wedding in violation of the church’s rules, reports The Michigan City News-Dispatch.

Mennonite church guidelines state that pastors may not perform a same-sex covenant ceremony. Because the church has a strong focus on social justice issues, many members view its non-recognition of same-sex marriage as incompatible with its identity as a whole. 

Shelly wrote in a statement submitted to the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite conference that he performed the service after determining that "being born with a same-sex sexual orientation and entering into a life-long covenant of fidelity and love with another human being is not sin.”

Mennonite Central District Conference minister Lois Johns Kauffmann said that although the body once before reviewed a pastor who performed a same-sex marriage ceremony, the credentials were not revoked.

According to Nancy Kauffman, denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA, a debate on whether the church should allow same-sex covenant ceremonies is likely to arise at the national assembly next year.

Back in June, Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia said that it would defer its decision on hiring gay faculty while the Eastern Mennonite University community continued its “discernment of human sexuality."

Watch Pastor Shelly speak about Assembly Mennonite Church's journey to becoming a member of the LGBT-affirming Supportive Communities Network, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Church Of England Faces Legal Challenge After Blocking Job Offer To Married Gay Priest

The Rev Jeremy Pemberton (left) with his husband Laurence Cunnington
The Reverend Jeremy Pemberton (left) with his husband Laurence Cunnington

The Reverend Jeremy Pemberton, the first UK priest to marry his same-sex partner, is to issue a legal challenge to the Church of England after the church blocked a job offer, reports The Guardian.

Pemberton, who married Laurence Cunnington in April, was informed Sherwood Forest Hospitals trust had withdrawn its offer of a job after Bishop Richard Inwood refused him the official licence in the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.

Anglican clergy are allowed to enter civil partnerships, but the House of Bishops has banned same-sex marriage, at least until a two-year discussion process within the church has been completed.

However, the legal process for disciplining clergy who ignore the ban is untested. Pemberton has said that if he did not challenge the church’s position, “it will send a message to all chaplains of whom a considerable number are gay and lesbian. This is an area of law that has not been tested and needs to be. It is tragic and disappointing that bishops think they can get away with this. I have not been through any disciplinary process.

Pemberton currently works in the diocese of Lincoln which is in the ecclesiastical province of Canterbury. The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said that he will leave individual cases to the bishops involved. However, Pemberton lives in Southwell in the province of York and the archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has been a vociferous opponent of gay marriage.

In a statement, Inwood said he made his decision regarding Pemberton’s job offer after consultation with Sentamu.

According to The Independent, gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has threatened to out Anglican bishops he believes to be in same-sex relationships of they discipline gay clergy for marrying their partners.

In April, Welby said that he'd been warned while on his visit to South Sudan that the Church of England accepting gay marriage could lead to some communities believing having Christians among them could make them gay and reacting by murdering the Christians


Rick Scarborough: U.S. Should Be Obliterated Because Of Gay Ambassadors - VIDEO

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Rick Scarborough, the homophobic Vision America founder and pastor whom even the Tea Party has had to distance itself from, has said that it is a miracle that god has not destroyed the U.S. since President Barack Obama started appointing gay ambassadors, reports Right Wing Watch.

In the newly released video, wingnut Scarborough says that it would be “perfectly just” for god to destroy the U.S. “because we have squandered our grace in this country.”

Agreeing with Islamic fundamentalists who call the U.S. the “Great Satan,” the homophobic pastor demonstrates just how dreadful the U.S. has become by pointing out that foreign U.S. embassies celebrate Pride as well as the appointment of several gay ambassadors by President Obama.

In lighter, related news: last weekend, Daniel Baer, U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, married his partner Brian Walsh in Vienna.

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