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  • 4th October 2007

    Christians are ‘anti-homosexual’ according to US poll

    Of believers, 80% identified “anti-homosexual“ as a negative adjective describing Christianity today.

    6:30 PM — A survey in the United States conducted by the Barna Group between 2004 and now has found that both Christians and non-Christians have a 'bad impression' of Christianity.The religion is also waning in popularity with a rapid increase in people describing themselves as 'non-Christian' since the same poll was conducted in 1996.Surveying 440 Christians and the same amount of non-believers, nine out of ten non-Christians found Christians too "anti-homosexual."

  • Gay bishops and same sex unions ‘inappropriate’ says report

    The denomination's General Convention instead agreed to “exercise restraint“ in ordaining gay bishops.

    1:15 PM — A report to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has given assurances that bishops around the world will 'exercise restraint' in ordaining any more openly gay bishops, and not bless same sex marriages.But the report, published yesterday by the Joint Standing Committee, which influences policy within the Anglican communion, has proved unsatisfactory to both sides by avoiding condoning or condemning gays.

  • 1st October 2007

    Church of Norway votes to allow gay pastors 1

    The Bishops voted six to five for the measure

    5:37 PM — Bishops of Norway's Lutheran church voted on Tuesday by a close majority to allow gay pastors, a church official told a press conference.The Bishops Conference, a seven-man and four-woman panel of 11 Norwegian bishops, voted six to five for the measure, said their official representative, Olav Skjevesland.Theological doctrine currently followed in the Norwegian church officially excludes people living in a homosexual union from officiating at services.

  • UK Peer challenges Russian Patriarch over gay rights 1

    Homosexuality is “an illness“, according to the Russian Patriarch

    5:37 PM — Lib Dem peer Lord Russell-Johnston fought back today when Russian Patriarch Alexy II called homosexuality an "illness" at an international human rights conference.Addressing international MPs at well-respected human rights watchdog the Council of Europe, the Patriarch said: "This [homosexuality] is an illness, a change, a distortion of a human person."

  • 28th September 2007

    Archbishop claims condoms are infected with HIV 7

    AIDS campaigners called the Archbishops comments 'nonsense' and defended the use of contraception.

    3:45 PM — The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Mozambique has claimed that some European-made condoms and anti-retroviral drugs are deliberately infected with HIV.Maputo Archbishop Francisco Chimoio's remarks, made at celebrations to mark 33 years of Mozambique's independence, have angered the country's many AIDS campaigners.Talking to a BBC reporter, the Archbishop Chimoio said: "Condoms are not sure because I know that there are two countries in Europe, they are making condoms with the virus on purpose."

  • Catholics call for boycott over SM apostles 1

    The Catholic League is asking a group of over 200 religious organisations, including Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Protestants to boycott the Miller brand.

    12:05 PM — A Roman Catholic pressure group is calling for a boycott of a brewing company's products after their logo appeared on a gay advert.Bill Donaghue, president of the Catholic League For Religious and Civil Rights, called for the boycott of Miller on US breakfast show Fox and Friends this morning.The move follows Miller's sponsorship of the Folsom Street Fair, which takes place on September 30th, during San Francisco's Leather Pride Week.

  • 26th September 2007

    US Anglicans to stop ordaining gay bishops 29

    The Episcopal Church's conflicting views on homosexuality has received global attention.

    11:50 AM — In a bid to stop the Anglican Church from splitting, the American Episcopal Church has agreed not to ordain any more openly gay bishops and will not introduce a formal blessing ceremony for same sex civil partnerships.The compromise between the liberal and conservative branches of the Episcopal Church, as the Anglican Church is known in the US, was agreed late last night as a vote was taken at crisis talks in New Orleans.The church has agreed to "exercise restraint" when selecting bishops.

  • 25th September 2007

    Anglican church debates final position on homosexuality 4

    Rowan Williams earlier said that homosexuality is not a disease

    1:00 PM — As the decision deadline creeps up the Anglican community waits to hear whether the church will split over their official position on homosexuality.A 30 September deadline has been set by the Anglican church for the American Episcopal Church to agree to a full ban on any appointing new gay bishops or approving same sex civil partnerships within the clergy.

  • 23rd September 2007

    Archbishop of Canterbury: Homosexuality is not a disease 6

    Rowan Williams: “I do not assume that homosexual inclination is a disease“

    12:02 PM — "I do not assume that homosexual inclination is a disease," the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, told bishops of the American branch of the Anglican Communion.He warned that "violence against gay and lesbian people is inexcusable," adding: "Gay and lesbian people have a place in the Church as do all the baptised."

  • 19th September 2007

    Archbishop criticised for demanding gay concessions 1

    Private meetings between Archbishop Williams and the American bishops will take place today and tomorrow.

    5:08 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is in New Orleans today meeting with bishops of the American branch of the Anglican church.It has been widely reported that he will demand guarantees from them that no more gay bishops will be ordained and that the American church will not bless gay relationships.The crisis over gay issues began in 2003 with the ordination in New Hampshire of the first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson.

  • 18th September 2007

    Archbishop to hold “secret” meeting with gays 4

    Archbishop Williams is under intense pressure to hold the communion together.

    1:14 PM — Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is to meet behind closed doors with gay Anglicans to discuss the current crisis in the Church.The Times revealed details of the "secret" meeting. The fact that those attending are expected to abide by confidentiality rules has upset gay Christians.A spokesman for the Archbishop played down the significance of his meeting with gay priests and others.

  • 16th September 2007

    Williams will tell US churches to stop ordaining gay bishops 1

    Rowan Williams will fly to New Orleans on Wednesday

    11:16 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams will visit New Orleans on Wednesday to meet bishops from the United States Episcopal church to urge them not to ordain any more gay bishops. Meanwhile the church leaders want Mr Williams to listen to their arguments for ordaining gay clergy."He's in no uncertainty as to the importance of this meeting," a close aid said. "The meeting is a major step in deciding whether the Anglican Communion can stay together as a global family.

  • 14th September 2007

    Media warned over ex-gays research

    “I suppose their next study will provide support for Pat Robertson's theory that homosexuality causes meteors and hurricanes.“

    1:12 PM — New York-based non-profit Truth Wins Out is warning news organisations to be highly sceptical of a biased "ex-gay" study that has been released by right wing therapists in Nashville.The research suggests a significant percentage of gay people can become straight through religious-based counseling."It comes as no shock that anti-gay 'researchers' at Wheaton College and Pat Robertson University would release a study that claims you can pray away the gay," Truth Wins Out's Executive Director Wayne Besen said.

  • 12th September 2007

    Evangelicals respond to gay equality judgment 20

    Christians who provide goods and services will not be prosecuted for saying they are unwilling to provide them to LGB people.

    11:20 AM — The Evangelical Alliance called on Christian evangelicals in the UK to "think about their responsibilities to other people created in the image of God" following yesterday's court decision on the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The High Court in Northern Ireland ruled that a provision of the Sexual Orientation Regulations must be removed.Mr Justice Weatherup said that a provision that protects LGB people from harassment when accessing goods and services should be set aside.

  • 11th September 2007

    Anglican bishop calls LGBT people inhuman 26

    The Bishop noted that the Anglican Church in Nigeria had continued to lead the fight against the practice especially in the US where it led the opposition to same sex marriages.

    3:23 PM — A bishop of the Anglican Church in Nigeria has condemned has condemned the activities of homosexuals and lesbians, and described those engaged in them as "insane people".In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria earlier this month the Anglican Bishop of Uyo, Rt. Rev. Isaac Orama, said: "Homosexuality and lesbianism are inhuman. Those who practice them are insane, satanic and are not fit to live because they are rebels to God's purpose for man."

  • 10th September 2007

    Christians may be sued over Little Britain posters

    The Christian posters, which have now been removed from the CPO website, featured the catchphrases “Am I bovvered,“ “Yeah, I know,“ and “Yeah, but no, but yeah.“

    11:31 AM — An attempt by Christians to 'reach out' to young people has led to threats of legal action from lawyers representing the interests of gay comedian Matt Lucas and his fellow comics David Walliams and Catherine Tate.A major supplier of religious publicity materials, Christian Publishing and Outreach, used catchphrases from Little Britain and The Catherine Tate Show in a series of posters that also carried Bible quotations.

  • US church calls for end to gay military ban

    The statement calls upon leaders at all levels of government to support the repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell“

    10:40 AM — The Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), which has more than 300 churches and 43,000 members around the world, has joined other communities of faith in opposing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell@ policy of the U.S. military.Declaring that "the very forces mobilised not only to defend our country but to establish freedom and justice for all should no longer be allowed to provide refuge for bias, bigotry and injustice," Rev. Elder Nancy L. Wilson, moderator of MMC.

  • 7th September 2007

    Feature: Grim realities of life for gays in Iran

    Iranian organisation IRQO has published an in-depth interview with a gay male couple about the challenges of living in the Islamic Republic.

    12:48 PM — Gay Iranian organisation IRQO has published an in-depth interview with a gay male couple about the challenges of living in the Islamic Republic, both from the religious authorities, their families and other Iranians. Kamran, 24 and Kaveh, 25, have been together about 3 years."The way we are looked at is a source of torment for us. Even though physically we are not any different from them they discriminate against us. This makes our lives extremely difficult. I don't think there is any problem greater than being labeled abnormal in society when you are certain nothing is wrong with you."

  • Church of England attacks equality legislation 9

    The Archbishops' Council said new laws were unnecessary and the Church could be forced to marry people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery.

    10:41 AM — An official document from the policy-making body of the Church of England has raised objections to the new Single Equality Bill.The new legislation, which is at consultation stage, aims to harmonise and simplify the law with regards to race, gender, disability, sexual orientation and other forms of discrimination.In its official submission to the consultation, the Archbishops' Council said new laws were unnecessary and the Church could be forced to marry people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery.

  • 6th September 2007

    Pope faces gay protests on Vienna trip 4

    It is Benedict's seventh foreign trip since becoming Pope.

    6:25 PM — Thousands of police and soldiers will be on the streets of the Austrian capital Vienna tomorrow as Pope Benedict XVI begins his three-day tour of the country.The authorities are expecting a significant demonstration against the presence of the Roman Catholic leader by Socialist youth organisations opposed to his hardline stance on homosexuality and other social issues."He doesn't want us to marry, to live in legal partnerships," Christian Hougel, an Austrian gay rights activists, told AP.

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