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The Religious Right stands up for bullies
This message (slightly edited here) comes
from People for the American Way, on April 26, 2011
As states and school districts work to stem a
tide of anti-gay bullying in American schools, believe it or not
a powerful group is actually out to stop them. Many in the
radical Religious Right have been leading a concerted effort to
stop programs that seek to protect LGBT youth from bullying and
to deny that the problem of anti-gay bullying exists.
Check out our new report, "Big Bullies: How the Religious
Right is Trying to Make Schools Safe for Bullies and
Dangerous for Gay Kids."
The report has already been promoted by
influential blogs and news sites like Dan Savage's The Stranger,
JoeMyGod, TruthOut and the Miami Herald's LGBT blog, to name
just a few. Please take a moment to read it and share it with
others using the Facebook and Twitter buttons at the top of the
report and by forwarding this report.
The anti-anti-bullying movement sounds like a
joke, but it's frighteningly real. The Religious Right is
desperately trying to protect bullies and further marginalize
gay and gay-perceived kids by stopping efforts to make schools
safe for every child.
The Right's anti-anti-bullying effort relies
on four central strategies, according to the report:
1. The Indoctrination Myth: Religious Right
activists claim that anti-bullying policies will result in
"homosexual indoctrination" in schools.
2. The "Special Rights" Smear: Opponents claim
that recognizing and confronting the problem of anti-gay
bullying amounts to granting "special rights" to LGBT kids.
3. Playing the Victim: The Religious Right has
tried to turn the realities of school bullying on their head,
claiming that anti-gay bullies are the real victims, and gay
rights groups the real bullies.
4. Blaming the Victim: In the crudest part of
the anti-anti-bullying effort, Religious Right activists are
trying to blame the gay rights movement and gay kids themselves
for anti-gay bullying.
It seems unimaginable that there could
actually be a pro-bullying movement, but it just goes to show
the depths to which the Religious Right is willing to sink to
stop the recognition and acceptance of gay people at every level
of society, and to paint themselves as the victims of the gay
rights movement. In the end, the real bullies are the adults who
are willing to hurt kids in order to push a political agenda of
intolerance and exclusion.
Please check out this important report and help to spread it
– Michael Keegan, President, People for the
Speak up for immigration reform that will be fair to same-sex
At this crucial time in the immigration reform
debate, the group Immigration Equality is urging people of faith
and others to join in contacting members of Congress and the
President, asking them to support the Uniting American Families
Here is more of their communication to us,
The UAFA has been endorsed at the national
level by dozens of immigration, labor, civil rights,
professional, business, and faith groups, including the
Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, General Board of
Church and Society, the United Church of Christ, the Union for
Reform Judaism, the Unitarian Universalist Association of
Congregations, More Light Presbyterians, Lutherans Concerned,
Catholics for Equality, and many others. [Your
WebWeaver adds: Presbyterian Voices for Justice has also
joined in endorsing one of these letters.]
As you may be aware, if an American citizen
(or legal permanent resident) falls in love with someone from
another country, they may petition for an immigration benefit to
bring that person to the US (green card).
If you happen to be gay or lesbian, you are
denied this basic right.
Even if you get married, or enter into a civil
union or domestic partnership in any of the States or other
nations that allow this, you still cannot bring your partner to
23 other nations (most of our closest allies,
Argentina, Australia, Canada, Israel, Western Europe and South
Africa) allow their gay and lesbian citizens to sponsor their
foreign-born partners, and most of these nations do not have
There is a bill about to be introduced in this
Congress called the Uniting American Families Act that would end
this discrimination. It would allow gay and lesbian Americans to
sponsor their partner (or spouse), in the same manner that
straight couples can, along with the same penalties for fraud.
This is one of the most popular immigration bills in the US
House of Representatives in the last Congress, with 135
Senate Passes Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal, sending bill to
Obama for his signature
Truthout.org reports: Moments ago [on Saturday
afternoon, Dec. 18], by a 65-31 vote, the Senate acted to repeal
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the policy banning gays from openly
serving in the military. The same six GOP senators who broke
with their party during the cloture vote earlier today also
voted for repeal: Sens. Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Scott
Brown, Lisa Murkowski, George Voinovich, and Mark Kirk. Two more
Republicans — John Ensign and Richard Burr — joined with
Democrats in final passage.
Earlier this week, the House had passed the
same legislation by 250-175 vote. More than 14,000
servicemembers have been dismissed because of the DADT policy.
For many Democrats, including President Obama,
today’s final passage (and the signing of the bill, which will
occur in the near future) marks the fulfillment of a promise
that they made repeatedly. In a speech to the Human Rights
Campaign in October, Obama said, “I will end Don’t Ask, Don’t
Tell. That’s my commitment to you.” ...
Update: In a statement released this evening,
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, "Once this legislation is
signed into law by the President, the Department of Defense will
immediately proceed with the planning necessary to carry out
this change carefully and methodically, but purposefully. ... It
is therefore important that our men and women in uniform
understand that while today's historic vote means that this
policy will change, the implementation and certification process
will take an additional period of time. In the meantime, the
current law and policy will remain in effect."
More on Truthout.org >>
A comment from Joe Solmonese, President of
the Human Rights Campaign
lived up to its highest ideals of freedom and equality. Today,
our federal government recognized that ALL men and women have
the right to openly serve the country they believe in. That it
doesn't matter who you are, or who you love – you are not a
Think of the kids
out there tonight, watching this on the news – kids who are
bullied for being different, who live in fear daily that their
parents will hate them if they find out the truth... Think of
the relief, the empowerment, the sense of possibility they'll
feel, knowing that the U.S. military has said: if you're lesbian
or gay, you are worthy. We want you to join us, side by side, as
Think of the
people across the globe – some in countries where it is
literally a life-or-death decision to come out as lesbian, gay,
bisexual or transgender – who will hear this news and know we're
one step closer toward a world where no one needs to live in
fear because of who they are.
But religious conservatives have launched strong
opposition to this change. The
conservative ChritianPost website reports that “minety-four
organizations, representing 40 million people, have signed a
letter to members of the U.S. House and Senate, opposing the
repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy that prohibits open
homosexuality in the military.”
Bullying: ‘a national disaster’
Rash of teen suicides prompts call for church to take action
Special to Presbyterian News Service, by
HARTSVILLE, S.C., December 14, 2010 – A
reverent silence filled the room as Presbyterian Elder Michael
Adee, barely containing his emotions, stood at the podium and
solemnly read the names of six young people who in recent months
have taken their own lives.
“There are people that didn’t understand that
Tyler Clementi, age 18, Asher Brown, age 13, Raymond Chase, age
19, Billy Lucas, age 15, and Seth Walsh, age 13, were children
of God,” said Adee, addressing the hundreds in attendance at the
Believe Out Loud Power Summit in Orlando, FL, sponsored by the
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Each of the five young people named by Adee
was a victim of bullying because they were gay or perceived to
be. In 2010, there have been more than two dozen publicized
reports in the United States of gay or lesbian young people
taking their own lives as a direct or indirect result of
An openly gay elder at First Presbyterian
Church of Santa Fe, N.M., Adee is the executive director of More
Light Presbyterians, a national organization that supports and
promotes the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender people of faith in the life, ministry and witness of
the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). He sees bullying and the deaths
of these young people as nothing short of a national disaster.
pastor speaks out on the “It Gets Better” YouTube project
The Rev. Ray Bagnuolo, an openly gay Presbyterian
minister, has added his thoughtful voice to the long list of
contributors to the It Gets Better project, in which people are
urging young LGBT people not to give in to the pressures of
harassment and bullying. We’ve already
pointed you to the much-viewed video by Joel Burns, a member
of the City Council in Fort Worth. Now we also encourage you to
listen to the words of one who has struggled with the prejudices
and condemnation the can come from within the Presbyterian
Church – and has come through them into a strong and vibrant
for Ray’s video >>
'It Gets Better': Joel Burns' City Council address urges gay
teens not to give up.
You’ve probably seen this
little speech of hope already, or least heard or seen bits of
it. But here’s the whole thing, and it’s worth every one of the
12-plus minutes that it will take. It is a call to hope for GLBT
teens as they face the bullying and harassment that driven so
many to suicide over the past few days.
Click here for the AOL News report, and scroll down just a
bit for the YouTube video itself.
Reacting to a rash of suicides committed by
gay teenagers in America who have been bullied, Joel Burns, a
Fort Worth, Texas, city councilman, delivered his speech Tuesday
to a City Council meeting. He told of the pain he experienced as
an adolescent at the hands of anti-gay bullies – and he urged
gay teens not to give in, not to give up, with the promise that
“it gets better.”
If you haven’t seen this yet, please do. And
More Light responds to anti-gay bullying and teen suicides –
as a challenge for change in our church
Presbyterians Caring &
Responding to a Hurting World
Grace and peace to you. Our hearts are broken
with the epidemic of anti-gay bullying resulting in teen
suicides. Our country is not a safe place for its LGBT or
questioning children, youth and adults and their families.
Sadly, neither is our Church. We give thanks to God for the many
exceptions of welcoming and affirming Presbyterian churches, of
course. As long as the Presbyterian Church (USA) is not yet a
safe place for LGBT persons, younger or older, it continues to
be a contributing factor to this failure of safety. Since 1978,
our Church has been studying and debating homosexuality and
whether or not LGBT persons are part of God's good creation,
too, along with their heterosexual sisters and brothers. We
could be offering life-giving, life-saving messages to LGBT
youth and their families instead.
The 219th General Assembly's Ordination
Amendment 10-A offers our Church a clear path to ending the
discrimination against LGBT persons and the resulting sanction
of anti-LGBT prejudice and violence in our society and across
the world. 10-A offers one ordination standard for all. 10-A
returns our Church to what matters most in our life and service
together as Presbyterians: faith, character and a call to serve.
10-A will end categorical discrimination based upon marital
status, gender or sexual orientation.
You can be part of this change. May all of us
offer life-giving, life-saving messages now in our church and
presbytery. Contact Rev. Debra Peevey, our Campaign Outreach
Director, today to connect in with the Amendment 10-A work in
your presbytery at email@example.com
We thank you for being part of the change in
our Church, nation and world. Together we are creating a Church
that reflects God's heart.
This is the lead item in the latest
on-line newsletter of More
Light Presbyterians >>
Stop the suicides: Help put an end to bullying in schools!
All of us
have been appalled by the suicides occurring over the past few
weeks among young gay men, in response to the harassment they
experience for more often -- and more intensely -- than most of
us have realized. But how can we respond in some way to
This call for action has come from the
Human Rights Campaign, “America’s largest civil rights
organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and
In just the last few weeks since school
started again, too many teenagers have taken their own lives
following bullying and harassment because of their perceived
sexual orientation or gender identity.
How many more young lives will be lost before
Ask Secretary of Education Arne Duncan:
Include gender identity and sexual orientation in anti-bullying
Dear Secretary Duncan:
I know you are as shocked and saddened as
I am about the recent rash of teen suicides following
bullying and harassment based on anti-LGBT bias.
We are counting on you to speak out
immediately before more lives are lost.
Every school in America should include
sexual orientation and gender identity in anti-bullying
programs. It will save lives – and saving lives shouldn’t be
up for political debate.
You must act to end this tragedy.
To send this letter >>
from HRC on this concern >>
More help for
becoming an AIDS Competent church
posted a brief note about a new resource for churches that are
following the urging of our General Assembly to become “AIDS
Competent.” Ann Hayman immediately responded by recommending
another very helpful resource – this one from the World Council
of Churches. Its title is Beacons of Hope – HIV Competent
Churches: A Framework for Action, and it too is
available online, in PDF format.
Thanks to Ann Hayman!
New tool available for developing an “AIDS Competent Church”
The 219th General
Assembly acted to urge all of our churches to achieve critically
important competency in dealing with AIDS awareness and
Churches United Against HIV & AIDS in Eastern
and Southern Africa has published a booklet that offers very
helpful information for this purpose, called
TOWARDS AN HIV AND AIDS COMPETENT CHURCH.
It’s a booklet, about 80 pages, and is
posted here in PDF format.
Thanks to Ralph Clingan!
Gay student suicides –
three in one school district
from Change.org, on Sept. 7,
2010 [posted here 9-8-10]
One suicide is one too many.
But three suicides in one year, within one
school district, all by students who are gay or lesbian? That's
nothing short of an epidemic, and it's the problem currently
facing Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin school district.
The most recent incident occurred in July,
when a 15-year-old student took his own life. A concert cello
player in his school's orchestra, the student was incessantly
bullied because of his sexual orientation.
"I'm not asking you to accept this as a
lifestyle for you," his grieving mother recently said in
testimony before the Anoka-Hennepin school board. "I'm only
asking that you please make the school safe for gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender students still alive and in this
Statistics underscore the danger to LGBT
students. Nationwide, gay youth are four times more likely to
attempt suicide than their heterosexual classmates, in large
part because of toxic environments where anti-gay bullying can
thrive. Nearly 90% of gay students have experienced harassment
in school, and almost two-thirds say they feel unsafe at school
because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Yet in the Anoka-Hennepin school district, a
"neutrality" policy has tied the hands of school administrators
and teachers to combat homophobia. This policy was put in place
due to the influence of anti-gay groups such as the Parents
Action League, which believes homosexuality is a behavior that
can be cured, and it requires teachers and school officials to
remain silent about subjects pertaining to sexual orientation.
Because of this anti-gay influence, the school
board turned down a request by Minnesota's largest gay rights
organization to conduct a district-wide anti-bullying program.
And it prevented the district from taking action against two
teachers who harassed a student believed to be gay until an
investigation by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights
intervened and punished the teachers.
Stopping the harassment of people based on
their sexual orientation shouldn't be a liberal or conservative
issue. It's a humanitarian issue, and can literally be a matter
of life and death.
The only way to fight the suicide trend in the
Anoka-Hennepin school district is by changing the climate in the
Call on the Anoka-Hennepin school board to stop ignoring the
problem and end the policy that prevents school officials
from effectively dealing with anti-gay bullying.
Suicide doesn't occur in a vacuum. As we
commemorate National Suicide Prevention Week this week, let us
remember that we all have influence over the environment in
which harassment thrives. If we sit idly by and do nothing,
we're part of the problem.
Human Rights Campaign urges boycott of Target and Best Buy
for their support of gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota who
bitterly opposes same-sex marriage
Target and Best
Buy have donated over $250,000 to a political committee
supporting a rabidly anti-equality candidate for Governor of
Minnesota, where both are headquartered – a man with ties to a
Christian rock band that advocates violence and death to gays.
The news is all the more shocking because both
of these companies have long records of providing fair and
equitable workplaces for their lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) employees.
The Human Rights Campaign has drafted an open
letter calling on Target and Best Buy to make it right by
donating an equal amount to support fair-minded candidates who
will fight for equality. They have published it in a full-page
ad in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. And they ask others
to add to the pressure by adding their name.
Click here to read the full text of the letter, and to add
Click here for a report from AOL’s “Politics Daily”
Human Rights Campaign responds
– 8/5/2010 -- Today
HRC President Joe Solmonese issued the
“Target has been a
champion for workplace equality for many
years. That’s why their recent donation to
MN Forward was so at odds with their
sterling reputation as a great employer for
LGBT people. The fact that their political
contribution was used to advance an
anti-equality candidate was extremely
hurtful to all fair-minded Americans.
We appreciate Mr.
Steinhafel’s statement to company employees
this afternoon but it doesn’t go quite far
enough. Target's apology is welcomed but
without tangible action behind it, the LGBT
community and our allies will continue to
question the company's commitment to
The promise to evaluate
political contributions in the future, while
a step in the right direction, is provided
without details and does not mitigate their
$150,000 supporting an outspoken opponent of
equality for LGBT people. Target can still
make it right by making equivalent
contributions to equality-minded
organizations and by making clear the
procedure by which they will evaluate
potential contributions in the future to
include issues of LGBT-equality.”
Welcome announces ...
For lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or
questioning Presbyterian Inquirers and Candidates for the
Ministry of Word and Sacrament
We gather to:
• Laugh and cry in the presence of God
• Develop a network of support
• Greet old friends and meet new ones
• Worship with one another
• Claim our call in the changing church!
All those pursuing ordination are invited to join
us in retreat.
July 15–18, 2010
$350 plus travel expenses. In order to gather all
of us together, very substantial scholarships are available
to all in need. We gratefully thank supportive organizations
and congregations for their commitment to the participants and
their financial support in helping us gather.
June 14, 2010
If you are an inquirer or candidate and feel this
retreat would be helpful, or if you know someone who is in “the
process” please call Mieke’s confidential voicemail at
917-441-8638 or email
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Presbyterian Welcome’s mission is to build up and repair the
Body of Christ by working for the full inclusion of all
disciples without regard to sexual orientation or gender
[This notice has been
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More Light church in Houston
Community of The
Servant-Savior Presbyterian Church Destroyed by arson
A huge fire
destroyed a southeast Houston church on Thursday night, KPRC TV
reported. Investigators said the two-alarm fire started on the
west side of the church, sparked by incendiary devices – meaning
it was an act of arson. Church members said this church was the
only open and affirming church in the area, and has received
hate mail in the past.
Myth of the 'gay lifestyle' used to justify bias
Granderson, a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine
and ESPN.com, writes about his own life as a gay man whose life
with his partner is largely occupied with “grocery shopping and
getting my son off to school.”
He offers a nice, realistic response to the
marriage advocates who opposed marriage for some, and the
pro-family groups who are concerned to find homes for abandoned
children, but only certain kinds of homes.
Click here for his article >>
Querying Queer Sexuality:
Leading a Course to Broaden Awareness
by Sylvia Thorson-Smith
This article has been published originally
in our newsletter, Network News, the Winter 2010
issue, pages 28-30.
It is here online in PDF format >>
I have the very good fortune of
belonging to a More Light Church in Tucson, Arizona (St. Mark’s
Presbyterian). Since I chair the More Light Ministry Team and
regularly teach adult ed courses, I think it’s important to
provide regular opportunities for our members to study issues of
human sexuality, especially as they pertain to our work for LGBT
In January and February, I
coordinated a 6-week course called “Querying Queer Sexuality.”
The reason I used the term “Queer” is to familiarize our
congregation with the changing meaning and context of this term.
For many, it still feels like a negative label (weird, odd,
abnormal), while within the LGBT and academic communities, it’s
been recast as a broadly inclusive term and one that reflects
new scholarly thinking (as in queer theory). There is much to
discuss about this new terminology, as well as other changing
attitudes toward the politics of sexual and gender identity.
I’ve been asked to give an
overview of this series in
with the hope that others may be
encouraged to do something similar. Following is an outline of
the course with comments about the content and process of each
Body and Soul
This lesson was primarily
instructional, providing an overview of recent debates on human
sexuality in church and society. It included an introduction to
the complex language of sex, gender, and sexual orientation; an
analysis of the paradigm shift around sexuality issues that’s
occurring in contemporary Christianity; a historical summary of
attitudes toward homosexuality, along with the emerging gay
rights movement and self-definitions of LGBT persons; and an
overview of more than three decades of policy debates on
homosexuality in the PCUSA.
Male, Female, and Sexual
We were most fortunate to have
Dr. James B. Nelson, author of many books on sexual ethics,
speak to this class, since he’s retired and living in Tucson.
However, there are other ways to address the content of his
presentation: connections between traditional gender roles,
homophobia, and heterosexism (heterosexual privilege and
normativity). The point is to examine how society enforces
gender roles (men and women are fundamentally different, men
dominate women, only male-female sex is normal), and to see how
any variation is met with fear and scorn (homophobia) and
efforts to reinforce heterosexual norms (marriage and other
privileges for heterosexuals only while insisting that
non-heterosexuals remain invisible and outcast).
To demonstrate the diversity of
views on sexual identity and changing issues of language, three
guests spoke to the class: a lesbian, her bisexual partner, and
a gay man.
They helped the class discuss
meanings of and attitudes toward QUEER terminology and shared
their diverse perspectives on identity politics, labeling, and
the increasing discomfort of fitting into fixed categories of
Session 4: Queer Theology
I taught this class, beginning
with small group discussion of two biblical texts (Esther and
Luke). Participants were asked to “read these texts through
queer eyes” and identify how the texts might be interpreted from
the experience of LGBT persons. I then introduced brief
highlights of books by leading queer writers: Carter Heyward,
Chris Glaser, Robert Goss, Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, Gary
Comstock, and Marvin Ellison.
On this day, guest speakers – a
female-to-male transsexual and the mother of a transsexual
daughter, now son -- helped us better understand the range of
transgender experiences and issues. This was an immensely
informative, truth-telling session, one that stretched our minds
far beyond our limited perspectives about sexual and gender
Session 6: (Valentine’s
Day) All We Need is
For the conclusion of the
series, we talked about the importance of connecting justice
work to our feelings of love and compassion for all of those who
are marginalized, excluded, ignorantly misunderstood, and judged
through the lens of our own privileged experience. Lastly, the
class worked in small groups to discuss a “To Do” list for More
Light churches, prepared by More Light Presbyterians, and a list
of steps that the session of St. Mark’s adopted on becoming a
More Light church. We evaluated how we were doing and what more
we need to be doing to live into our mission as a welcoming,
Being a member of a More Light church is
empowering, liberating, and challenging. It is delightfully
freeing, in the sense that the congregation’s commitment has
been proclaimed with a boldness that invites public advocacy
without hesitation. St. Mark’s advertises in LGBT event
programs, staffs a booth at the annual OUToberfest, invites the
gay men’s and LGBTA(ally) choruses to sing in our More Light
Sunday services, celebrates Coming Out Day with cake and rainbow
sherbet, routinely announces church activities in publications
and emails of LGBT groups, and is looking to find other ways to
strengthen our witness and our welcome. I offer this educational
model with the hope that it will stimulate
readers to shed More Light in your
congregations and communities. Much help is available on the MLP
and you can email me for more information about this course at
We’ve probably all heard the
chant “we’re here, we’re queer.” May we who are all kinds of
queer – LGBTI(intersex)Q(questioning)A(ally) – pray and work
tirelessly for the full measure of justice in the Presbyterian
church and throughout society!
Sylvia Thorson-Smith is a
member of the Voices for Justice board, and was a founding
member of Voices of Sophia. She is retired from teaching
sociology, religious studies, and gender/women's studies at
Grinnell College and lives in Tucson, AZ.
Help protect LGBT Ugandans from radical new bill
Human Rights Campaign
We have reported earlier on the efforts of
leaders to speak out against Uganda's moves to declare
homosexuality a crime, as well as
the role of U.S.
evangelicals in stimulating the anti-gay mood there.
Now here's an invitation for you to speak out, too.
A new law has been proposed in Uganda that
would make homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment or even
death. With Uganda's Parliament about to return, we need the
U.S. government to strongly condemn the Ugandan government's
murderous campaign to jail and execute LGBT citizens.
To take action >>
Bagnuolo offers an insightful look at the ways anti-LGBT
Christian crusaders clothe their efforts in talk of love for the
LGBT community – while working for their “change” and their
exclusion from ordination and from marriage. He begins:
Chances are that if you are a person who
is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender - and you have
struggled within the church - chances are, somewhere along
the way you heard these words: "We love you but hate your
sin." Nothing directed toward people who identify as LGBT
could be more disingenuous, more filled with hubris than
combining love for another with hatred of some part of their
Hamartia or ἁμαρτία, the Greek word for
sin frequently used in the Second or New Testament has the
meaning of "missing the mark." The idea that distance from
God is what needs to be shortened in our faith and personal
journeys removes the dialectical premise that Love either
replaces sin or leaves one in the throes of sin, pitied and
"loved" from a distance.
His full essay >>
American evangelicals’ role seen in Uganda anti-gay push
recently reported on
a call by PC(USA)
leaders for Uganda to reject a proposed law which would
impose the death penalty on gays.
Now the New York Times has carried a
report from Kampala, Uganda, that three American evangelical
Christians, whose teachings about “curing” homosexuals have been
widely discredited in the United States, arrived in Uganda’s
capital to give a series of talks on “the gay agenda — that
whole hidden and dark agenda” — and the threat homosexuals posed
to Bible-based values and the traditional African family.
For three days thousands of Ugandans,
including police officers, teachers and national politicians,
heard the Americans discussing “how to make gay people straight,
how gay men often sodomized teenage boys and how ‘the gay
movement is an evil institution’ whose goal is ]to defeat the
marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual
Now the three Americans are trying to argue
that they had no intention of stoking the kind of anger that
could lead to what came next: a bill to impose a death sentence
for homosexual behavior.
One month after the conference, a previously
unknown Ugandan politician, who boasts of having evangelical
friends in the American government, introduced the
Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009, which threatens to hang
homosexuals, and, as a result, has put Uganda on a collision
course with Western nations.
The full report >>
Some blogs worth visiting
Mitch Trigger, PVJ's
Secretary/Communicator, has created a Facebook page where
Witherspoon members and others can gather to exchange news and
views. Mitch and a few others have posted bits of news, both
personal and organizational. But there’s room for more!
You can post your own news and views,
or initiate a conversation about a topic of interest to you.
for Life" website
Long-time and stimulating blogger John Shuck,
a Presbyterian minister currently
serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton,
Tenn., writes about spirituality, culture, religion (both organized
and disorganized), life, evolution, literature, Jesus, and
Click here for his blog posts.
Click here for podcasts of his radio program, which "explores
the intersection of religion, social justice and public life."
John Harris’ Summit to
Theological and philosophical
reflections on everything between summit to shore, including
kayaking, climbing, religion, spirituality, philosophy, theology,
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), New York City and the Queens
neighborhood of Ridgewood -- by a progressive New York City
Presbyterian Pastor. John is a former member of the Witherspoon
board, and is designated pastor of North Presbyterian Church in
Voices of Sophia blog
Heather Reichgott, who has created
this new blog for Voices of Sophia, introduces it:
After fifteen years of scholarship
and activism, Voices of Sophia presents a blog. Here, we present the
voices of feminist theologians of all stripes: scholars, clergy,
students, exiles, missionaries, workers, thinkers, artists, lovers
and devotees, from many parts of the world, all children of the God
in whose image women are made. .... This blog seeks to glorify God
through prayer, work, art, and intellectual reflection. Through
articles and ensuing discussion we hope to become an active and
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