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  • 3rd November 2006

    Clergyman quits amid gay sex claims

    It comes as the Christian Right attempts to persuade US citizens to vote for “family values” at next weeks mid-term elections

    12:00 AM — The head of America's National Association of Evangelicals and prominent same sex marriage opponent has resigned after allegedly paying for sex with a man.Reverend Ted Haggard, Senior Pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado, who is married with five children denies the allegations but has stepped down while an investigation is conducted.

  • 2nd November 2006

    Campaigners question gay marriage poll 1

    A free vote on reopening the debate on same sex marriage will be held later this month

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are questioning a nationwide poll in Canada which shows that citizens believe marriage commissioners should be allowed to refuse same sex unions if it violates their religious beliefs.The poll conducted by COMPAS Inc for the Institute for Canadian Values and National Post shows that a large majority of Canadians want Parliament to act to protect freedom of religion in the light of legislation redefining marriage to include same-sex couples.

  • Archbishop holding meetings over gay rift 3

    Dr Williams has angered conservative leaders by not formally condemning homosexuality but instead encouraging dialogue

    12:00 AM — Conservative Anglican leaders will meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury to discuss a split from the communion amid disagreement over the ordination of gay clergy in the denomination.The Daily Telegraph reports that a secret meeting has been planned between Dr Rowan Williams and disheartened bishops from Africa.

  • 31st October 2006

    Israeli Rabbis cannot promise gay pride peace 23

    WorldPride is scheduled for November 10

    12:00 AM — Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem are threatening to strike a gay pride parade scheduled to take place in Jerusalem in two weeks, prompting police to re-evaluate the permit issued to parade organisers.Ynet News reports that most recently, Jerusalem Police Chief Ilan Franko met with orthodox leader Yitzhak Tuvia Weiss.

  • Green is not the only Christian voice 1

    Gay organisations and mainstream Christian groups of all denominations are singing from the same hymn sheet against Mr Green

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveCondemnation for Stephen Green and his religious sect The Christian Voice is widespread.Gay organisations and mainstream Christian groups of all denominations are singing from the same hymn sheet against Mr Green.Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association Secretary George Broadhead described Mr Green as worse than 1960s family values moral campaigner Mary Whitehouse.

  • Green with envy? 1

    Stephen Green has been to more gay pride events than many gay people

    12:00 AM — Kids get them for throwing bricks through windows and the elderly have been known to receive them for attacking the 'misguided' youth.A person can be given an ASBO if they are repeatedly perceived to be causing harassment in a public space. Stephen Green, director of the Christian Voice, proudly expresses his opposition to gay police officers and gay people.

  • 30th October 2006

    Scottish bishops row over gay “appeasement” 4

    The debate centres around comments from outspoken Bishop of Motherwell Joseph Devine, who has accused the Church of a “policy of appeasement” after he claims it does not speak out enough against homosexuality

    12:00 AM — A row has emerged between senior bishops of Scotland's Catholic Church over the denomination's stance on homosexuality.The debate centres around comments from outspoken Bishop of Motherwell Joseph Devine, who has accused the Church of a "policy of appeasement" after he claims it does not speak out enough against homosexuality.

  • 26th October 2006

    Chief Rabbi: Gay pride threat to Israel’s existence 23

    Last month, the Jerusalem police, State Prosecution, the Jerusalem Municipality and gay rights groups agreed that a gay pride march could take place on November 10, it has been widely opposed by religious groups and right wing conservative politicians

    12:00 AM — Israel's Chief Rabbi has joined protests against the scheduled gay pride march in Jerusalem.Shlomo Amar called on all Jewish people to opposed the WorldPride parade which is scheduled to take place next month.Rabbi Amar claimed that the parade is a threat to Israel's survival.

  • 25th October 2006

    Gay campaigner criticises Muslim ‘double standards’ 2

    Peter Tatchell claims there is a whiff of hypocrisy among some Muslims who, in the name of being spared offence, want to censor other people's opinions

    12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell claims there is a whiff of hypocrisy among some Muslims who, in the name of being spared offence, want to censor other people's opinions.Monday night's Channel Four studio debate, Muslims and Free Speech, exemplified the double-standards of some Muslim leaders. They object to people offending their religious sensibilities, but happily cause offence to others whenever it suits them.

  • 24th October 2006

    Gay row spreads to Australian Anglicans 3

    Factions of the Anglican Church have been rowing ever since the appointment of gay bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson in 2003

    12:00 AM — The Anglican row over homosexuality appears to be spreading from the US and Europe all the way to Australia after the Archbishop of Sydney reportedly received an "anguished letter" from another country pleading to become part of the more conservative church.It comes after the leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, Bishop Andrew Smith, backed same sex blessings in the state where civil unions are allowed, but now conservative factions of the church have had enough.

  • 23rd October 2006

    Gay activists criticise “Catholic Taleban” 3

    On the website, Catholic Truth claims that naming suspected gay clergy is “a great work of charity“ and promises to investigate allegations made against priests by the public

    12:00 AM — A Catholic activist in Scotland has been condemned as a "modern-day witch hunter" by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) after she harassed a priest over allegations of homosexuality.According to this week's Catholic publication The Tablet, Patricia McKeever, of radical Christian group Catholic Truth, has been "harassing and intimidating" Fr Ed Hone, a Redemptorist at St Patrick's in Edinburgh.

  • 20th October 2006

    Pope attacks “weak and deviant” gay relationships 3

    Italian gay rights group Gayleft accused the Pope of having “offended the dignity of millions of Italian men and women.“

    12:00 AM — The leader of the world's largest Christian denomination has called upon Italians to oppose moves to grant a form of civil partnership to gay and lesbian couples.The centre-left coalition government of Prime Minister Romano Prodi, elected in May, has promised some limited form of partnership legislation.

  • Manchester Imam defends execution of gay people 3

    “Muslim and gay people know the pain of prejudice and discrimination. We should be working together to challenge homophobia and Islamophobia.“ photo: horizon @ flickr

    12:00 AM — A Manchester Imam has allegedly stated that the execution of sexually active gay men is justified.Mr. Arshad Misbahi, who is based at the Manchester Central Mosque, is said to have confirmed his views in a conversation to Dr John Casson, a local psychotherapist.Dr Casson told PinkNews "I asked if the execution of gay Muslims in Iran and Iraq was an acceptable punishment in Sharia law"

  • Iraqi gays fear for their lives 1

    Iraqi gays fear for their lives as militants hunt them down in Baghdad

    12:00 AM — Homosexuals across the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, are being targeted and murdered by Islamic militants and the police.Inhabitants of the Al-Amiriya and Al-Jamia'a neighbourhoods have told of how extremist groups have raped and beheaded gays in the street and also targeted their relatives.Under Saddam's regime, gays were imprisoned. However, the Iraqi constitution approved by referendum in December 2005, refers to Islam as being "the official religion of the state and a basic source of legislation".

  • 18th October 2006

    Christian handbook snubs gays

    The UK Christian Handbook, which is produced every two years and provides contacts for organisations and services related to the religion, has reportedly snubbed advertising requests from the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement

    12:00 AM — A Christian directory has been accused of homophobia after snubbing gay members of the faith.The UK Christian Handbook, which is produced every two years and provides contacts for organisations and services related to the religion, has reportedly snubbed advertising requests from the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM.)

  • 10th October 2006

    Bermuda church denies “gay bashing” plans

    Churches in Bermuda were planning to boycott a multi denominational service on human rights because they fear it may unfairly target homosexuality

    12:00 AM — A church conference in Bermuda has promised to steer clear of "gay bashing."Churches in Bermuda were planning to boycott a multi denominational service on human rights because they fear it may unfairly target homosexuality.

  • 9th October 2006

    Scottish gay laws “jeopardising family life” 5

    Bishop Tartaglia said gay marriage advocates had lost sight of God's will

    12:00 AM — The Scottish Executive is "jeopardising family life" by allowing civil partnerships, a Catholic bishop has warned.The Bishop Of Paisley, Philip Tartaglia, used a speech to legal figures in Edinburgh yesterday to attack the concept of gay unions.He accused lawmakers of going against "God's purpose," he said: "A raft of legislative measures have jeopardised, recklessly I think, family life as intended by God's purpose for human beings.

  • Prince Charles joins gay church debate 1

    The British public usually expects controversial gaffes to come from Prince Philip, but now like father like son, the Prince of Wales looks set to anger the Church of England

    12:00 AM — The British public usually expects controversial gaffes to come from Prince Philip, but now like father like son, the Prince of Wales looks set to anger the Church of England after backing the denomination's first openly gay clergyman.Prince Charles praised the openness of the late Harry Williams, who used his autobiography in 1982 to come out.

  • Bermuda churches boycott ‘anti-gay’ service

    The Bermuda coat of arms

    12:00 AM — Churches in Bermuda are planning to boycott a multi denominational service on human rights because they fear it may unfairly target homosexuality.A third of churches believe the service, organised by United By Faith, will preach that the Human Rights Act should not protect sexual orientation.

  • 6th October 2006

    Edinburgh church backs gay unions

    Last May The Church of Scotland's General Assembly considered the issue of civil partnerships

    12:00 AM — The Edinburgh Presbytery of the Church of Scotland has given its backing to civil partnerships, making it the first part of a major British denomination to support gay unions.Last May The Church of Scotland's General Assembly considered the issue of civil partnerships and in a controversial vote, which many ministers had threatened to resign over, 372 votes to 240 supported giving individual laymen the freedom to bless civil partnerships.

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