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Lutheran Church ends anti-gay policies

Posted in Religion with tags , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by Chase

One can only hope someday others will follow suit. I optimistically envision a large rainbow snowball rolling down a mountain…

(From HuffingtonPost) “After twenty-five years of deliberation, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Church Council has abolished its anti-gay policies, effective immediately. Following from discussions at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly last summer, the ELCA will now allow people in same-sex relationships to serve as rostered leaders. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) human beings are no longer considered abominations but blessed church members with full standing. Same-sex partners and families can now fully participate in the ELCA Pension Plan.” Read more

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Court Ruling: Boy Scouts ignored sex abuse

Posted in Legal, News, You Fucked Up! with tags , , , , , , , on April 13, 2010 by Chase

It’s not just the Pope! Though oddly enough this scandal involves the Mormons…

Today’s court ruling found the Boy Scouts of America were negligent to the tune of 1.4 million dollars, thanks in part to secret “perv files” used as evidence in the trial (ironically, the Scouts kept these files for the purpose of avoiding molestation). That is on top of the punative damages that will be decided later… ouch

(from the Associated Press) “Lawyers for Kerry Lewis, the victim who filed the lawsuit, argued the Boy Scouts organization was reckless for allowing former assistant Scoutmaster Timur Dykes to continue to associate with the victim’s Scout troop after Dykes admitted to a bishop for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints early in 1983 that he had molested 17 Boy Scouts.” Read more

Timur Dykes, boy molester… some jokes just write themselves

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Nice Follow Through

Posted in News, Religion with tags , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2010 by Chase

In December, Rev. Canon Mary Douglas Glasspool was elected Bishop by the Episcopal Church’s Los Angeles diocese. On Wednesday she was confirmed!

That makes her the second openly homosexual Bishop (along with Rev. V. Gene Robinson) and also one of two female Bishops (along with Bishop-elect Diane M. Jardine Bruce) in the church’s history. Woot!

(From CNN) “The Episcopal Church confirmed its first openly lesbian bishop on Wednesday, six years after its first openly gay bishop took office. “I am profoundly grateful for the many people … who have given their prayers, love, and support during this time of discernment,” Bishop-elect Mary Douglas Glasspool said after learning she’d won support from the majority of her church’s standing committees and diocesan bishops” Read more

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North Texas Billboard Controversey

Posted in Activism, LGBT Rights, News, Religion, Videos with tags , , , , , , on November 8, 2009 by Chase

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