Pope Benedict XVI called for Christians to unite behind the idea that marriage is between one man and one woman during a visit to Germany. He described the Catholic Church’s beliefs as facing a number of threats, and he included same-sex marriage on the list. “Knowing, too, the value of family and marriage, we as Christians attach great importance to defending the integrity and the uniqueness of marriage between one man and one woman from any kind of misinterpretation,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “Here the common engagement of Christians, including many Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Christians, makes a valuable contribution to building up a society equipped for the future.”
Earlier this month we first reported that Oklahoma Republican state legislator Sally Kern doubled down on her claim that homosexuality is “more dangerous” than terrorist attacks, arguing that it is “more dangerous because it will tear down the moral fiber of this nation.” Kern told Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality that young people are “bombarded” with the message that “‘homosexuality is normal and natural.’ It’s something they have to deal with every day. Fortunately we don’t have to deal with a terrorist attack every day.”
Hollywood, CA — About 30 people gathered Saturday afternoon to protest the opening of the new Chick-fil-A Hollywood location citing what they call the restaurant chain’s support of anti-gay policies. The protestors say the Georgia-based fast food chain donates money to Focus on the Family and other Christian groups that vehemently oppose LGBT rights, including marriage equality. “It’s about civil rights,” Ken Howard, one of the organizers of Saturday’s protest, told WestHollywoodPatch.com. “It’s not anti-Christian. It’s pro-civil rights and against hate groups.”
A Christian street preacher has appeared in court charged with verbally abusing a gay couple. Michael Overd, 47, from Creech St Michael in Somerset, allegedly told the men that they were “evil” and would “burn in hell”. He appeared at Taunton Deane magistrates’ court and denies two charges under the public order act of intentionally causing “alarm or distress”. The couple, Craig Manning and Craig Nicholl, said they were walking through Taunton’s town centre when Mr Overd began shouting at them. Dean Lampard, prosecuting, said Mr Overd had repeated the phrases and “upset” the couple.
Irish Senator David Norris was thought unpresidential after he was portrayed as a pederast. There were letters he wrote asking an Israeli court to grant clemency to an ex-partner accused of the statutory rape of a 15-year-old Palestinian boy. And there was this quote attributed to him in an interview from 10 years ago:
I cannot understand how anybody could find children of either sex in the slightest bit attractive sexually … but in terms of classic paedophilia, as practised by the Greeks, for example, where it is an older man introducing a younger man to adult life, there can be something said for it. Now, again, this is not something that appeals to me.
Although, when I was younger, I would have greatly relished the prospect of an older, attractive, mature man taking me under his wing, lovingly introducing me to sexual realities, treating me with affection, teaching me about life.
While the public focused on the major financial issues resolved in the new NFL collective bargaining agreement—revenue sharing, the salary cap, and a rookie wage scale—one change was the most newsworthy in my view: adding “sexual orientation” to the list of classifications protected from discrimination.
The language from the 2006 Collective Bargaining Agreement Article VII, Player Security, reads :
Section 1. No Discrimination: There will be no discrimination in any form against any player by the Management Council, any Club or by the NFLPA because of race, religion, national origin or activity or lack of activity on behalf of the NFLPA.
At 40 years of age, Bryan Michael Egnew of North Carolina found the courage to come out to his family and church. His wife drove away to Tennessee, refusing to let him see their kids. His family withdrew and the Mormon Church immediately excommunicated him. He committed suicide just a few weeks later on Sept. 10. The news only came out this week, because his obituary and Facebook page were scrubbed of any details of what led him to take his own life. The Church of Latter-Day Saints still has no official guidelines for how to respond when someone comes out. (HT: Pride in Utah.)