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  • 15th November 2007

    US Catholic bishops issue voting guidance

    The bishops say that conscience is the “voice of God.“

    4:55 PM — No to gay marriage, the death penalty, stem cell research, abortion, racism, torture and war crimes. That was the message America's Roman Catholic bishops have issued to the faithful ahead of next year's elections.Forming Citizens for Faithful Citizenship is the title of a document issued by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops yesterday."As Catholics, we should be guided more by our moral convictions than by our attachment to a political party or interest group," it read."

  • Baptist church expelled for embracing gays 1

    The Baptist State Convention also is expected to disengage from their cherished institutions and ministries of Baptist colleges.

    11:50 AM — The nearly 3,000 delegates that make up the North Carolina Baptist Convention voted this week to expel the Myers Park Baptist Church for welcoming and affirming lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Baptists in their congregation.Last year, the North Carolina Baptists decided to expel any member church that openly accepts and affirms LGBT people and same-sex relations from the Baptist community.The vote came after two of the church's leaders called on the delegates to open their hearts to LGBT people.

  • 14th November 2007

    Comment: Keep the EHRC door open to promote change 39

    Those who serve on EHRC are going to have to acknowledge the continued existence of suspicion, prejudice and resistance.

    4:00 PM — Reactions to the news that the Rev Joel Edwards, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, had been appointed to serve as one of the commissioners on the new Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), were swift and predictable.There was acknowledgement but little immediate comment in the religious press (many there are nervous about the news, for the opposite reason to PinkNews.co.uk readers) and annoyance and incomprehension in LGBT communities and among civil rights and secular activists.

  • 13th November 2007

    Catholic school in unholy row after ditching gay charity 5

    Actor Simon Callow, probably best known for his role in the hit British film Four Weddings and a Funeral, is also threatening to quit as patron of the Oratory School Choir, Schola.

    11:34 AM — London's premier Catholic state school, the London Oratory, is facing a furore from gay campaigners this week following their decision to drop a leading AIDS charity as the beneficiary for their World AIDS Day charity concert.Gay rights activists are believed to be planning to picket the Oratory School and distribute leaflets to inform students of the school's decision to suddenly cancel its plan to raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust, one of Europe's most-respected AIDS charities.

  • 11th November 2007

    Lesbian passed over in election of Bishop of Chicago 1

    Tracy Lind was passed over as Bishop of Chicago

    11:45 AM — An out lesbian was passed over during the Episcopal convention to pick the next Bishop of Chicago.The Reverend Tracey Lind, dean of Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland was one of three women who lost out to Rev Jeffrey Lee, rector of St Thomas Church in Medina, Washington.Bishop William Persell said the vote held yesterday was not a rejection of homosexuals or of women.

  • 9th November 2007

    Welcome for evangelical voice on equality commission 39

    The Evangelical Alliance are one of the most strident voices against gay rights in the UK.

    3:01 PM — A group that examines religion in public life has welcomed the appointment of the head of the Evangelical Alliance UK to the new Commission on Equality and Human Rights (ECHR).The think-tank Ekklesia says that the controversial evangelical taking his place on the commission is "an historic opportunity for evangelicals to shift toward full acceptance of the equalities agenda."Joel Edwards was a controversial choice for many LGBT activists. The Evangelical Alliance are one of the most strident voices against gay rights in the UK.

  • 6th November 2007

    Gay rabbi hits out at Bible-inspired homophobia 4

    Mr Greenberg is a symbol for the growing Jewish gay movement.

    10:10 AM — An Orthodox American rabbi spoke out against using the Bible to justify prejudice in a sermon yesterday.Steven Greenberg, America's first openly gay rabbi, shared his belief that the Bible is open to interpretation and should not be used to condemn homosexuality.According to The Columbus Dispatch, Mr Greenberg said: "No one can say, 'It says in the Scripture,' to ground any policy."

  • 2nd November 2007

    No comment from Bigot of the Year 6

    The bishop joins last year's “winner“ Chris Moyles in the Hall of Shame.

    5:59 PM — A bishop who asked a gay job applicant a series of humiliating questions and then rejected him for the post on the grounds of his sexuality was named Bigot of the Year at the Stonewall Awards last night.The gay equality organisation's chief executive Ben Summerskill told an audience of 400 gathered at the Victoria Albert museum in London that the Bishop of Hereford had been invited but claimed to be on holiday.

  • Foster couple agree to council diversity policy

    The intention of the Equalities Promise is to ensure that foster carers are aware that they should not discriminate against children in their care.

    12:05 PM — A Christian couple have agreed to abide by the local council policy on diversity, despite previously resigning as foster carers over a row about homosexuality.65-year-old Vincent Matherick and his 61-year-old wife Pauline attracted the attention of the press when they stood down after six years of providing foster care, claiming that Somerset County Council was asking them to "promote" homosexuality.They have now issued a joint statement with the council and signed the Equalities Promise and may be allowed to continue fostering.

  • 1st November 2007

    Christians call for boycott of Stonewall 1

    Other nominees for bigot of the year are Jeremy Clarkson, Ian Paisley Jnr and Roman Catholic activist Patricia McKeever.

    12:45 PM — The nomination of two senior bishops as Bigot of the Year at tonight's Stonewall Awards has angered an evangelical group of Scottish Christians.CARE Scotland said the nomination of the Bishop of Hereford and the Archbishop of Birmingham was an insult and in a letter to First Minister Alex Salmond called on the Scottish government to stop working with Stonewall.Archbishop of Birmingham was nominated for speaking out against new goods and services protections for gay people.

  • Pope to meet Saudi King Abdullah 4

    Tuesday's meeting between Benedict XVI and King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz will be the first between a Pope and a Saudi ruler.

    11:10 AM — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church is to hold meetings with the head of state of Saudi Arabia.Tuesday's meeting between Benedict XVI and King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz will be the first between a Pope and a Saudi ruler.The King has been on a controversial state visit to the United Kingdom, which ended today.

  • 31st October 2007

    Gay hate church trial nears end 3

    On Saturday alone, members the Kansas family demonstrated at the funerals of three soldiers.

    10:43 AM — Shirley Phelps-Roper took the witness stand last week as the lawsuit brought against her father's Westboro Baptist Church drew to a close.Phelps-Roper told jurors at the courtroom in Baltimore that she was an angel sent to speak the truth to "earth dwellers" about the hate God has for their evil.She explained last week that's why she picketed the funeral of Matthew Snyder, a 20-year-old Marine who was killed in Iraq in March of 2006.

  • 30th October 2007

    Study claims homophobic literature is available at UK mosques 3

    Extremist texts that encourage hatred of gays, Christians and Jews can be easily found at many of Britain's mosques, a survey has found. photo: syN+H@flickr.com

    2:00 PM — Extremist texts that encourage hatred of gays, Christians and Jews are available at Britain's mosques.Researchers for the centre-Right think tank Policy Exchange claim to have found such publications in a quarter of the 100 mosques and Islamic institutions they visited, including London Central Mosque in Regent's Park, which is funded by Saudi Arabia.Many of the publications allegedly called on British Muslims to segregate themselves from non-Muslims and contained repeated calls for gays to be executed.

  • Catholic Archbishop supports gay discrimination 13

    Cardinal Pell's comments were backed by evangelical Christian group the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL).

    12:30 PM — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia has said it is acceptable to discriminate against people because of their sexuality.Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell said that comparisons between gay and racial discrimination are false.Australia's federal elections will be held on November 24th and the religious leader's comments are an attempt to influence discussion about gay equality.

  • 29th October 2007

    Evangelicals call for ban on Harry Potter books 10

    Other Christians groups have never been fans of the books, because they think they promote witchcraft.

    1:05 PM — America's largest conservative organisation has called for the banning of the Harry Potter books and films after author JK Rowling revealed that main character Albus Dumbledore was a gay wizard.The Christian Coalition of America claims to have 2.5 millions supporters and describes its mission as "defending America's Godly heritage."Its chairman, Roberta Combs, said she was disappointed that Rowling chose to out one of the most popular characters in children's literature.

  • 26th October 2007

    Gay baby campaign is “strange” says Vatican 2

    Gay activist group Arcigay congratulated the Tuscany region on being at the “forefront“ but another activist was unhappy.

    4:45 PM — A senior Roman Catholic Cardinal has criticised an anti-discrimination poster that features a baby wearing a wristband with "homosexual" written on it.The government of the Italian region of Tuscany is poised to display thousands of copies of the poster in public places and municipal offices as part of a campaign against discrimination.The tagline on the posters - Sexual Orientation Is Not A Choice - has divided gay people, while conservative politicians are outraged that public money has been spent on it at all.

  • 25th October 2007

    Gay marriage divides Church of Sweden 3

    Opinion polls show that 46% of Swedes are in favour of gay marriage, with 31% opposed.  photo: megan ann@flickr.com

    2:20 PM — A proposal by Sweden's three opposition parties in to legalise gay marriage has divided the Church of Sweden.Until 2000 the Church was established, meaning was is the official state religion. It now has autonomy from the government.However, it now faces being required to marry gay and lesbian couples or withdraw completely from performing the legal element of marriages.The Church governing body has voted 161 to 74 in favour of retaining the right to carry out legally-binding weddings.

  • 22nd October 2007

    Suspended Vatican priest has list of gay colleagues 5

    The Curia is the governing body of the Roman Catholic Church.

    4:50 PM — A Roman Catholic Church official suspended after he was identified in a television broadcast supposedly declaring his homosexuality and making advances to a young man has a dossier of gay clergy who work in the Vatican, according to a TV report.Monsignor Tommaso Stenico has a "list of names and circumstances implicating a certain number of priests and even bishops working at the Curia," Italian current affairs show Panorama revealed on Friday.The Curia is the governing body of the Roman Catholic Church.

  • 18th October 2007

    Homophobia turns young people off Christianity 3

    75% of young non-Christians thought that present-day Christians are too involved in politics - half of young Christians agreed.

    2:50 PM — Research into the declining respect for Christianity among young people has identitfied religious hostility to LGBT people as a major factor.An investigation by The Barna Group, an evangelical market research company, into the attitudes of Americans aged 16 to 29, makes grim reading for religious leaders.91% of young non-Christians and 80% of young churchgoers said "anti-homosexual" describes Christianity.

  • 17th October 2007

    Moldovan church leader attacks gay equality

    Around 20 activists attempted to march for gay rights in the Moldovan capital Chisinau last May. photo: dittaeva@flickr.com

    3:05 PM — The Metropolitan of Chisinau and All Moldova, has attacked gay marriage at a theological conference of globalisation challenges held in the country.He said that equality between same-sex marriage and heterosexual marriage is contrary to "Christian convictions."The Metropolitan also expressed his conviction that politicians should be loyal to their faith above all other considerations.

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