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Vatican Caves To Conservative Bishops, Backtracks On 'Welcoming' Gay People - VIDEO

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Following protests from conservative bishops, the Vatican has backtracked on reports earlier this week that it had planned to be “welcoming to homosexual persons,” according to the Huffington Post.

The Relatio post disceptationem report from the Extraordinary Synod on the Family faced a severe backlash from conservatives, some of whom accused the leadership of the conference of misrepresenting the proceedings to advance its agenda. The section on homosexuality was especially divisive because it was the first Vatican document that reflected Pope Francis’ earlier announcement that he would take a  nonjudgmental approach to homosexuality.

Homophobic American Cardinal Raymond Burke [pictured below] who chairs the Vatican’s highest court of canon law - and in 2010 said that discrimination against LGBT people is “perfectly just and good” - has been one of the most outspoken critics of the report. He said “the document lacks a solid foundation in the Sacred Scriptures and the Magisterium” and accused the bishops leading the meeting of advancing “positions which many Synod Fathers do not accept.”

BurkeFollowing the conservative backlash, Vatican leaders stressed that “welcoming homosexual persons” is not an official declaration of the synod. The less inclusive phrase “providing for homosexual persons” has now been substituted.

Notably, the revision is in English translation only - the published Italian, Spanish and French translations have not been changed and still use language meaning "welcoming homosexual persons."

Watch Vatican spokesperson Father Federico Lombardi discuss the new translation, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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U.S. Marine Probed In Murder Of Filippino Transgender Woman - VIDEO

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Police in the Philippines preparing to file murder charges against a U.S. marine suspected of killing a transgender woman will ask American officials to arrange the marine's surrender, reports Bloomberg.

An October 12th police report identified the victim as Jeffrey Laude - also known as Jennifer - who was found dead in a motel bathroom in Olongapo City. Laude had been strangled.

Witness Elias Gallamos said Laude entered Celzone Lodge on the evening of Saturday, October 11th with an “unidentified male white foreigner” aged between 25 and 30 with a marine “style of haircut.”

A friend of Laude said that after she met the foreign man in a nightclub, Laude became uneasy because the man hadn’t realized they were transgender. The friend also identified the marine in a photo lineup.

Vowing to investigate the allegations, the U.S. Embassy said in a statement:

“We are aware of the situation and express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. We are also aware that there are allegations that a foreigner, including possibly a US national, was involved in the incident. We are currently looking into these allegations and working closely with the Philippine National Police to take all necessary steps to help identify the suspects.”

A report in May showed that 102 transgender people across 14 countries had been murdered up in the first five months of the year.

Watch a report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Suspected Muslim Terrorist Says England Is Rife With Incest, Homosexuality - VIDEO

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A Muslim medical student arrested in London on charges related to terrorism offences had complained on Twitter that the U.K. is rife with incest and homosexuality, reports The Daily Mail.

20-year-old Tarik Hassane was one of four men arrested who were believed to have been orchestrating a terrorist attack in the U.K.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c6f3e33b970b-800wiSharing his views on Twitter, Hassane is believed to have said that ISIS fighters in Syria were “fulfilling the greatest deed in Islam.” However, he denied that he is a member of ISIS.

In one post, he said that Muslims in non-Muslim countries should emigrate, even though he intended to carry out a two-year medical placement at a hospital in England.

In another, he said in England “you have incest, homosexuals, sexual interactions in public, physical attacks on Muslims, alcohol/nudity everywhere.”

He also suggested that women can never rule, judge or lead because they are driven by emotion and suggested to one woman that it would be “more beneficial for you to take lessons on how to make dinner and clean and obey.”

However, Hassane’s friends have defended the four men, claiming that they are “football loving students” and that Hassane's views should be taken as a joke. One Twitter user said that Hassane's comment the day before he was arrested - "Oi lads, I smell war" - was related to girls, not terrorism.

Watch a recording of Hassane's arrest, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NEW MUSIC: Peter Broderick, Kate Tempest, Oh Be Clever, GL, Empathy Test, Damien Rice - LISTEN

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New Music is a fresh column brought to you by Jim Redmond who writes for Towleroad and for Irish music website Deadly Music!, which was shortlisted for Best Irish Music Blog 2014. This will be appearing in addition to our regularly scheduled OXD Mirror.

Deadly Music! covers mostly alternative and indie genres but there's also a focus on electro pop, electronica, ambient, modern classical/neoclassical, post rock and drone.

Generally you'll find that this column will avoid most mainstream music - unless it's particularly deadly - to give new, emerging and fringe artists a chance. All tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this column.

Enjoy!

Peter Broderick: Colours Of The Night (Satellite Version)

Peter BroderickPeter Broderick is a musician, composer and singer from Oregon who is probably still best known as a touring member of Efterklang. He has also worked on various collaborations with the likes of Machinefabriek and Nils Frahm and has released fifteen solo albums - not bad for a 27-year-old.

His solo work includes two early solo piano albums (Float and Docile), an accompaniment for a performance art piece called Music For A Sleeping Sculpture Of Peter Broderick and a number of recent albums that fit nicely into the indie/folktronica genres.

Hugely talented as well as massively prolific, Broderick always surprises although recent collaborations with acts like Olafur Arnalds and The Album Leaf felt like inevitable gifts to fans.

His latest release is Colours Of The Night (Satellite Version), taken from an album of the same name to be released early next year.

Broderick is currently on a European tour.

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KT-SquareKate Tempest: Everybody Down

Kate Tempest is a novelist, playwright, performance artist, poet and rapper from London, England.

Her debut album Everybody Down was released back in May but has recently been nominated for a Mercury Music Award along with the likes of Damon Albarn, FKA twigs, Anna Calvi and East India Youth.

In good company then, but given Tempest’s massive talent and the sheer originality of her music, she should be a shoe-in.

A published poet, she has also written and is currently performing Brand New Ancients, an epic spoken-word “story of everyday heroes” set to a live score that last year won the Ted Hughes Poetry Prize.

Everybody Down is a revelation.  Every song on the album correlates with a chapter in her debut novel The Bricks That Built The Houses, an urban tale following the tribulations of London masseuse, waitress and dancer Becky.

A genuinely dark, threatening and epic album, there’s something on Everybody Down that you shouldn’t let pass you by even if you just don’t - like me - get rap.

Check out four more tracks and some killer playlists,
AFTER THE JUMP...

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Christian Group Ends Fake 'Fast' Against Same-Sex Marriage - VIDEO

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Virginia-based anti-gay group Family Foundation has announced that members have completed their very strange fast in opposition to same-sex marriage, reports Pink News.

Last month, the group announced its 40 Days of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance For Marriage which started on August 27th and finished on Sunday, the day before the Supreme Court was due to hear a series of same-sex marriage appeals cases.

However, not entirely getting it, the group said that it was actually fine to eat during the fast although "feeding on the spiritual food provided is vital.”

Failing to address the possibility that if they had perhaps actually fasted, yesterday's Supreme Court decision might have gone their way, a letter to supporters released at the end of the “fast” read:

“Thank you for participating in these 40 HOLY days of prayer and fasting as we have opened the pages of our Marriage Covenant and travelled through the three stage ritual of a traditional Wedding Ceremony in our journey to a more perfect union with the Lord Jesus Christ.

“May you, your family, and your ministry be strengthened and encouraged as you continue to walk in all the ways of holiness, and as you open the hearts of others to the knowledge of the Lord’s extraordinary grace and love.”

Watch Family Foundation's apocalyptic video announcing the fake fast, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Meet the Gay Men Who Are Waiting For Marriage To Have Sex - VIDEO

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Vlogger Ariella Scarella’s latest video Gay Virgins Til Marriage interviews two gay men who have made the decision to not have sex before marriage, reports Huffington Post.

The two men - Gilbert Gonzalez from California and Paul from Kansas City, Missouri, both of whom identify as Christian - open up on questions from Scarella’s viewers: are they avoiding “slut shaming”? What if saving yourself “doesn’t work out and you end of saving yourself for the wrong person”? and exactly why they’ve chosen this path.

Paul explains:

"I save sex for marriage because I believe it is much more than an act of pleasure. I believe sex is first and foremost a bonding mechanism, both physiologically and spiritually. So I find that the morality of sex is in the way we use or abuse that bonding mechanism."

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