10th September 2007
Christians may be sued over Little Britain posters
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
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
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
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
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.
5th September 2007
Cardinal attacks homophobic radio station
12:02 AM — Poland's most influential cardinal has launched a broadside attack on a notorious radio station branded anti-Semitic and homophobic by its critics.Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the Archbishop of Krakow, spelt out fears that the position of the church in Poland was increasingly being confused with those of Radio Maryja, run by Fr Tadeusz Rydzyk - a Redemptorist monk."Pastoral work is gradually slipping out of bishops' control and into the hands of others," he said.
28th August 2007
Anglican bishop compares gay hate to slavery 5
5:04 PM — The openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire has attacked the attitudes of homophobic African bishops in an interview with BBC Radio 4 this morning.Gene Robinson spoke openly about his view on the current controversy surrounding the Anglican Church."It's very painful for me," he said. "Coming out of the experience of the United States, where we treated people from Africa as less than human."
23rd August 2007
Homophobic Christian thinks gays are all white 13
11:45 AM — Stephen Green, an activist with extremist group Christian Voice, has questioned the presence of racist group the National Front at Pride events, on the basis that "homosexuals are not black or Asian as a rule."The controversial preacher made his observation as part of his report on the group's website about his protest at this year's Brighton Pride celebrations.He also complains that the NF are "copying" his idea of protesting at gay events.
21st August 2007
Ugandan churches demonstrate against gay acceptance 5
12:40 PM — Following last week's historic press conference by gay rights advocates in Uganda, the Christian churches in the country showed their disapproval today with a demonstration.It was the first anti-gay rally in the country's history and was organised by the Uganda Joint Christian Council.UJCC member churches include the Roman Catholic and Anglican Church of Uganda. The organisation's mission is to uphold Christian values and address issues of human rights and social justice.
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.