21st August 2007
Nigerian bishops to boycott Anglican conference 13
12:40 PM — The Church of Nigeria gave its strongest indication yet on Monday that it would boycott next year's conference of global Anglicans to protest against what it called "intransigence" by pro-gay U.S. and Canadian churches.American liberals and conservatives from Africa, Asia and Latin America have been locked in a battle for the soul of the 77-million strong Anglican Communion for over a decade.
20th August 2007
Mormon attitude towards homosexuality softens 5
6:10 PM — A new instruction pamphlet issued by the Mormon church advises parents not to reject gay children, in what is being seen as a softening of attitudes towards homosexuality.God Loveth His Children, is aimed at church members who are "troubled with same-gender attraction" and was released at the end of July.It states that gay people do not "choose" their orientation and counsels that homosexuals should remain celibate.
US black congregations split over gay issues 1
11:00 AM — Conflicting views on homosexuality are now sparking disputes in black churches in the United States, just as they have done in predominately white Protestant denominations for years."It's going to be a real challenge," said the Rev. Carlton W. Veazey, founder of the National Black Religious Summit on Sexuality, reports United Press International."We're just beginning to really deal with it."
14th August 2007
Kenyan bishop to consecrate dissident Americans 1
5:16 PM — In a further sign of the deterioration of the Anglican communion, Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi will consecrate two American clergy as assistant bishops in his province of Kenya at the end of the month.The crisis in the Anglican church worldwide over gay issues began in 2003 with the ordination in New Hampshire of the first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson.Evengelical and conservative American Anglicans have rejected the authority of gay-friendly bishops in their country and are seeking religous leadership from a range of African leaders.
Gay hate preacher attacks Irish tolerance 6
1:01 PM — The religious extremist who pickets the funerals of American soldiers killed in action has turned his attention to Ireland.Rev Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist church are best known for their "God Hates Fags" campaigns in the United States.He has now launched godhatesireland.com in protest at the introduction of laws in the Republic protecting gay people from harassment.
13th August 2007
Church cancels funeral for gay man 2
4:17 PM — A Texas church withdrew an offer to host a funeral once they found out the deceased was gay.Cecil Sinclair died last Monday, aged 46, and Arlington's High Point Church cancelled its invitation to host the service on Wednesday. The service was planned for Thursday.An arrangement had been made for the church to provide a memorial service, photo presentation and feed guests.
C of E Bishop to attend LGBT health conference
2:35 PM — The Anglican Bishop of Manchester will be among the speakers at unique conference in the city next week.Final preparations for this year's annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Health Summit are being made for the two-day event which takes place at Manchester Town Hall over the 20th and 21st August.The summit, presented with the theme Choices, Voices, Knowledge and Power, will host 16 workshops.
Lutherans choose middle path on gay clergy
10:25 AM — America's largest Lutheran denomination on Saturday urged its bishops to refrain from disciplining gay ministers who are in committed same-sex relationships, but rejected measures that would permit the further ordination of gays churchwide.Those in favour of full inclusion of gays were still encouraged, calling the resolution a powerful statement in support of clergy with same-sex partners.Conservative group Lutheran CORE was critical of the vote.
9th August 2007
Science and religion clash over Russian schools 5
6:05 PM — A representative of the Russian Orthodox Church has warned of the dangers of science taking too prominent a role in the education system.According to The Associated Press, Father Vsevolod Chaplin said that teachers should inform children not to follow the vicious examples of "homosexuals and prostitutes."His comments came during a debate between leading figures of the religious and scientific communities.
LGBT rights activist claims Jesus was gay 20
1:12 PM — A leading campaigner for gay equality in Northern Ireland has hit back at criticism of a placard carried at last weekend's Belfast Pride by stating he is convinced Jesus was a gay man.Belfast City councillor Christopher Staltford led calls for restrictions on future gay parades, claiming he was offended by a placard reading "Jesus is a fag."In a discussion on BBC Radio Ulster P A MacLochlainn responded that in his view the details of Jesus' life as presented in the Bible led him to conclude that he was a homosexual.
8th August 2007
Dissident Anglicans want church property 1
4:07 PM — Three churches in Los Angeles that rejected the authority of their diocese over the ordination of a gay bishop are asking the California Supreme Court to give them control of parish properties.The parishes of All Saints in Long Beach, St. David's in North Hollywood and St. James' in Newport Beach placed themselves under the jurisdiction of the Ugandan Anglican Church when they split from the LA diocese. Lower courts had sided with the parishes, who argued they were being victimised for their views on gay clergy.
Lutheran priests come out in protest at sex ban
10:45 AM — In a co-ordinated campaign of opposition to a rule banning lesbian and gay ministers from having sexual relationships, 82 Evangelical Lutheran clergy came out of the closet yesterday.The Church's Assembly in Chicago is expected to vote on the issue tomorrow.Previous efforts to suspend the celibacy rule have failed, and the mass coming out is intended to show that there are a significant number of gay and lesbian ministers already in loving, monogamous relationships.
3rd August 2007
Akinola to ordain dissident English bishop 15
3:40 PM — The gay-hostile Archbishop of Nigeria is planning to ordain his own 'flying bishop' in England, in a direct challenge to the authority of Rowan Williams.Archbishop Peter Akinola has already appointed a bishop to minister to Anglicans in America who object to gay people in the church, despite a plea from the Archbishop of Canterbury not to split the worldwide Communion.A source describing himself as a 'worker in the Nigerian diocese' said Archbishop Akinola's plans were common knowledge.
1st August 2007
Gays keep the church open, says Bishop Robinson 2
5:23 PM — The openly gay Anglican bishop whose ordination sparked the crisis in the worldwide Communion has claimed that without gay members the Church of England, "would be close to shutting down."The Right Reverend Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, who lives openly with his male partner, said the church's denial over the number of gay and lesbian Anglicans was 'terrible.'He added that he found it 'mystifying' that the Anglican Communion could not be honest about it.
31st July 2007
Trans prisoner must be given hormone treatment, court rules
4:45 PM — A prison inmate who performed a self-castration with a razor blade after being refused treatment for gender identity disorder should have female hormone therapy paid for by the state, a federal judge has said.Jenniffer Spencer, born Randall Gammett, sued the Department of Corrections in the US state of Idaho for violation of her constitutional rights and for the punishment she was subjected to when doctors failed to diagnose gender identity disorder and treat her with female hormones.
27th July 2007
Catholic adoption agency closes rather than accept gay couples 14
4:05 PM — A Roman Catholic adoption charity is to turn away children in care because it refuses to accept the government's gay rights laws.Catholic Care will end its 100-year-old adoption service, which places 20 children with new families every year, because it does not want to help same-sex couples adopt.The Sexual Orientation Regulations, passed earlier this year, protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people from discrimination when accessing goods and services.
26th July 2007
Anglican bishops will boycott conference over gay issues 4
5:27 PM — The Global South group of Anglican church leaders has decided that it will boycott next year's Lambeth conference.As many as 120 bishops will not attend unless the American part of the Anglican church repudiates its current accepting attitude towards gay clergy and relationships.Conservative and liberal branches of the worldwide Anglican communion have been at loggerheads over the issues of homosexuality.
25th July 2007
Malta teachers take on Roman Catholic homophobia 6
4:18 PM — Malta's Union of Teachers is threatening to publish the details of four attempts to oust gay and lesbian teachers from Roman Catholic school posts, unless the government launches an independent inquiry into sexual orientation discrimination.According to the union, Church schools were under pressure from parents to fire the teachers, leading to four interventions in the past five years.Students even scrawled insults on one teacher's chalkboard, according to John Bencini, President of the union.
20th July 2007
Scottish bishop’s threat over gay adoptions 1
3:08 PM — The Roman Catholic Bishop of Motherwell said yesterday that the Church in Scotland would close its biggest adoption agency rather than help same-sex couples to adopt children.Bishop Joseph Devine said that St Margaret's Catholic Adoption Agency in Glasgow would close rather than abide by the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Catholic agencies place around 40 of the 200 children adopted in Scotland every year.
TURING: Of homosexuality and the church 2
11:06 AM — Love or hate it, it's hard to ignore organised religion.While your columnist is of the opinion that religion should strictly (and I do mean strictly) restricted to consenting adults in private, and while some leading intellectuals want religion completely wiped off the map of the earth, it is hard to reconcile these opinions with the fact that more than 90% of the world's population subscribe to some form of organised religion.