Tagged with Homosexuality

NEWS: Christian Musicians Come out of the Closet

Contemporary Christian music (CCM) is decidedly conservative and evangelical. However, like most areas of life the closet is filled with all sorts of things, to include artists who have felt the need to live secret lives due to their sexual orientation. CCM artist Jennifer Knapp recently confirmed what many suspected. Douglas Harrison, assistant professor of … Continue reading

NEWS: Religious Freedom = Discrimination?

Helen Carter of The Guardian has reported on a recent case of alleged discrimination against a same-sex couple. Michael Black (aged 62) and John Morgan (aged 56) had booked a double room in a guest house in Berkshire, only to be turned away by the owners on the grounds that they could not be allowed … Continue reading

NEWS: (Un) Holy Matrimony?

The House of Lords has recently voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples to be married. Although British Law has recognised civil partnerships since 2004, the proposed amendment to the Equality bill would go further and enable same-sex couples to be married in religious premises. Despite any discomfort some religious groups may feel, it should … Continue reading

NEWS: American Evangelical Influence in Uganda

In November 2009 a Ugandan politician proposed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009. Ugandan officials and the international community continue to debate the bill which not only prohibits homosexuality but also, in its current form, includes a provision to hang homosexuals. Although most of the international community has condemned the bill, American Evangelicals have been linked … Continue reading

NEWS: New York Times Links US Evangelicals to Proposed Ugandan Anti-Gay Bill

Three US Evangelical Christians delivered a series of talks in Kampala last March denouncing homosexuality as “an evil institution,” according to this week’s New York Times. These men are now distancing themselves from the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009, proposed by Ugandan Parliamentarian David Bahati, which initially threatened homosexuals with hanging. The three evangelical speakers—Scott Lively, … Continue reading

NEWS: Religion and Workplace Discrimination

The European Commission has demanded that the British government amends its legislation relating to discrimination in the workplace. Although discrimination in the workplace was outlawed within the European Union in 2000, Britain did not enshrine this in law until 2003. Furthermore, the British government believed they could apply certain exemptions to the implementation of the … Continue reading

Is the Fight for Gay Rights Over?

Bishop John Shelby Spong is revered by those affiliated with progressive Christianity and scorned by conservatives. For years he has been an outspoken advocate for the cause of women, gays and lesbians, and people of color. Candace Chellew-Hodge considers Bishop Spong’s recent declaration: “The battle is over. The victory has been won.” Recalling the inanity … Continue reading

NEWS: BNP Accused of Hijacking Christianity

After Nick Griffin’s recent appearance on the BBC Question Time programme – aired on Thursday 22 October 2009 – the media has been caught up in a frenzy of analysis. Much of this has focused upon the discussion as to whether or not the British National Party [BNP] should have ever been allowed to propagate … Continue reading

NEWS: Update: The Episcopal Church and Gay Rights

Though it has been only a short time since the Episcopal Church’s July convention, where members voted to end the freeze on ordaining openly gay men and lesbians into the institution’s hierarchy (see the original post from July 17 here), church leaders in Minnesota and Los Angeles have already taken advantage of the kinder, gentler … Continue reading

NEWS: Homosexuality and Religion

Once again, the contentious and emotive issue of homosexuality within religion has been raised. As part of a two day London conference, the church group, ‘Anglican Mainstream’ has arranged for Dr Joseph Nicolosi to give a paper. Dr Nicolosi, an American psychologist, has claimed to have ‘helped many people to become heterosexual’. Although the Church … Continue reading

NEWS: GAFCON Closes: Deepening Rift in Anglican Communion

Hundreds of conservative Anglican bishops yesterday closed a meeting in Jerusalem where they met to discuss the future of the Anglican Communion in the face of an increasingly serious internal schism. The Global Anglican Future Conference (Gafcon) has been seen by many as a direct challenge and boycott of the Anglican’s 10-yearly conference in Lambeth. … Continue reading