This breaking news in from The Barna Group — a chronicler of religious life and habits, particularly of the Christian variety: Gay folks’ attitudes about spirituality aren’t much different from straight folks. These and other “surprising insights” were in Barna’s spiritual profile of gays released Monday. In it was a bit of a political heeding for gay-bashers:
“People who portray gay adults as godless, hedonistic, Christian bashers are not working with the facts,” wrote George Barna Monday. “A substantial majority of gays cite their faith as a central facet of their life, consider themselves to be Christian, and claim to have some type of meaningful personal commitment to Jesus Christ active in their life today.”
“It is interesting to see that most homosexuals, who have some history within the Christian Church, have rejected orthodox biblical teachings and principles — but, in many cases, to nearly the same degree that the heterosexual Christian population has rejected those same teachings and principles,” Barna said. “Although there are clearly some substantial differences in the religious beliefs and practices of the straight and gay populations, there may be less of a spiritual gap between straights and gays than many Americans would assume.”
Now there will be some quibbling with a couple of Barna’s assumptions. Like how Barna pegs the LGBT population at about 3 percent of the adult population. No, he doesn’t believe in the 1-in-10 stat, but then again, LGBT population scholar Gary Gates says it’s more like 5 percent, depending how you count.
That aside, the Barnanians found that “out of the 20 faith-oriented attributes examined in the Barna study, there were just a few in which there were no significant differences between the heterosexual and homosexual populations.”
Hmm. “No significant differences between the heterosexual and homosexual”(s)? Does Donald Wildmon know about this?
One big diff, according to the study: “While seven out of every ten heterosexuals (71 percent) have an orthodox, biblical perception of God, just 43 percent of homosexuals do. In fact, an equal percentage possesses a pantheistic view about deity — i.e., that ‘God’ refers to any of a variety of perspectives, such as personally achieving a state of higher consciousness or maximized personal potential, or that there are multiple gods that exist, or even that everyone is god.”
Another diff: “Heterosexuals were twice as likely as homosexuals to strongly agree that the Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches.”
And in the timeliness is next to godliness (OK, and cleanliness) dept: On Monday a crew of organizations supporting same sex marriage are launching their Get Engaged Tour of California — a pump-priming tour of the state in advance of an expected 2010 ballot measure campaign expected later this year. We told you about it a while back. Faith leaders will be prominently featured on this tour, as opposed to last year’s anti-Proposition 8 campaign, when they were largely invisible.
“Our faith-based values require us to love our neighbor as ourselves,” said Pastor Samuel Chu, of California Faith for Equality. “Gay and lesbian people are our neighbors and they should be able to enjoy the dignity, respect and commitment that come with marriage.”
June 22 2009 at 12:25 PM|
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From getting in bed with avowed Lesbian Lily Tomlin to confessing to a Lesbian affair with Padma Lakshmi, Kathy Griffin is surely having a gay week!
On Thursday night, comedian Kathy Griffin appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Show to promote the new Season of her Emmy winning Bravo reality series My Life on D List and publicly announced she had sex with Top Chef‘s Padma Lakshmi. The confession came while Griffin was promoting the upcoming My Life on the D List guest appearance of novelist Salman Rushdie, Lakshmi’s former husband, and revealed that the two actually shared a lot more in common than authoring a book.
“I’ve had a night of wild sex with Padma,” Griffin told Kimmel, “It’s a connection …it’s a true story.”
“I’m not saying that at all to get publicity for My Life on the D List,” declared the comedian. See
A drag queen known by day as Father Anthony to his congregation has come out gay with a hit dance single. Big Mama Capretta’s new video Big Mama’s House is currently at 25 on the U.S. Billboard Club Play dance chart and has been viewed over 57,000 times on the video sharing website YouTube. “It’s Big Mama y’all!,” Father Anthony, also known as Vincent Capretta, says in a statement. “And I am no longer afraid to come out of the closet as a gay Catholic priest!”
A drag queen known by day as Father Anthony to his congregation has come out gay with a hit dance single.
Big Mama Capretta’s new video Big Mama’s House is currently at 25 on the U.S. Billboard Club Play dance chart and has been viewed over 57,000 times on the video sharing website YouTube.
“It’s Big Mama y’all!,” Father Anthony, also known as Vincent Capretta, says in a statement. “And I am no longer afraid to come out of the closet as a gay Catholic priest!”See Gay Drag Queen Priest Stars In Hit Dance Single On Top Magazine
Former world champion Missy Giove, 37, faces significant jail time for charges of distributing marijuana. First becoming known in the ’90s, Giove was among the first female mountain-bike racing stars, often recognized by her loud style and being an out lesbian.
Drug Enforcement Administration officials confiscated over 200 pounds of marijuana from Giove’s possession. She was driving in upstate New York when officials found the drugs in the truck she was using, according to The Associated Press. Allegedly, Giove was making a delivery to Eric Canori, 30, at his home. In addition to the marijuana confiscated from the truck, 200 pounds of pot along with cash totaling over $1 million was seized from Canori’s home.
WASHINGTON _ In the most vocal plea for the White House to take the lead in allowing gays to serve openly in the military, 76 Democratic lawmakers today urged President Obama to use his executive powers to order a halt to military discharges under the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law and work aggressively with Congress to pass new legislation to overturn what they describe as a discriminatory policy that harms national security.
“We urge you to exercise the maximum discretion legally possible in administering Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell until Congress repeals the law,” states the letter, organized by Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Democrat of California. “To this end, we ask that you direct the Armed Services not to initiate any investigation of service personnel to determine their sexual orientation, and that you instruct them to disregard third party accusations that do not allege violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”
A recent study by the Palm Center, a public policy think tank at the University of California, Santa Barbara, argued that Obama has the authority as commander-in-chief to suspend the gay discharge process through an executive order.
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(Washington) The White House said Friday it is working to ensure the 2010 census produces a better count of same-sex couples, last week’s second policy announcement aimed at dampening rising anger in the gay community toward President Barack Obama.
“The president and the administration are committed to a fair and accurate …