Church of England rejects homophobic proposal


This video from England says about itself:

15 February 2017

A controversial report on homosexuality and same-sex marriage praised by the Archbishop of Canterbury as a “road map” has been rejected by the Church of England’s General Synod.

Read the full story here.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

LGBT Christians welcome church dismissal of report

Friday 17th February 2017

LGBT Christians have hailed a decision by the Church of England’s ruling body to throw out a controversial report on same-sex marriage as “a victory for love and equality.”

The report by the House of Bishops, presented to the General Synod on Wednesday, had called for the church to adopt a “fresh tone and culture of welcome and support” for gay people.

But crucially it said it should not change its opposition to same-sex marriage and reaffirmed that such unions should not be blessed.

Under the recommendations, marriage would continue as “a union, permanent and life long, of one man with one woman.”

Lucy Gorman, an LGBT activist from York and member of the Church, thanked the Synod for rejecting the report, saying: “With that vote we’ve sent a message to the outside world.”

She said that as a Christian in her twenties she is a “dying breed,” in part because of the Church’s discriminatory approach to LGBT people.

“Most people have a friend or family member who sits somewhere on the gender sexuality spectrum — and why would they become part of an organisation which is seemingly homophobic?”

Jay Greene, from Winchester, who is in a civil partnership, said many were “deeply disappointed” by the report and its “tone of fear.”

More than 400 Church leaders gathered for a “take note” debate on the issue at Church Hall in Westminster, where they voted to symbolically reject the recommendations by 100 votes to 93 with two abstentions.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, who urged the Synod to approve the report claiming that it was a good first step for moving forwards, said the church needed a “radical new Christian inclusion.”

Pope gives in to homophobes


This video says about itself:

Pope Says Gay Marriage Threat to Human Existence

7 January 2013

The Pope indicates that gay marriage is a threat to the future of humanity, rather than wars, climate change, or anything else.

Another video, no longer on YouTube, used to say about itself:

Dec 21, 2012

The Pope decided to use his annual Christmas speech as a platform for his over-the-top, anti-gay agenda. Tis the season!

These videos were about Pope Benedict XVI, the predecessor of the present Pope Francis I. A pontiff under whom one often was better off as a child abuser than as a LGBTQ person.

Has Pope Francis I brought improvements? Some improvements. But not enough.

By Antonia Blumberg, Associate Religion Editor, The Huffington Post in the USA:

The Pope Just Approved A Very Troubling Document On Gays And Priesthood

The Vatican declared that “persons with homosexual tendencies” can’t be admitted to seminaries.

12/07/2016 08:12 pm ET

The Vatican has reaffirmed its position that gay men are barred from entering Catholic seminaries.

In a document entitled “The Gift of the Priestly Vocation,” published online Wednesday, the church outlined a wide range of guidelines for priestly formation. One section addressed “persons with homosexual tendencies,” who it said cannot be admitted to seminaries or to the priesthood.

“The Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called ‘gay culture,’” the document stated.

The Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy drafted the 90-page document, which reinforces a position first iterated by the Congregation for Catholic Education in 2005. Pope Francis approved the document, dated Dec. 8, 2016, and ordered its publication, according to a conclusion signed by Cardinal Beniamino Stella.

The document’s tone stands in contrast to Francis’s famous response to a question about gay priests in 2013. “Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?” Francis said during an on-flight press conference.

“The new document on priestly formation is a profound disappointment,” said Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of LGBT Catholic group DignityUSA.

“What does Francis really believe about LGBTQI people? The signals are ever more mixed,” she told The Huffington Post.

Duddy-Burke called the document “a slap in the face” that “entrenches [gay people] as second or third class citizens of the Church.”

The rhetoric surrounding gay people and the priesthood emerged shortly after the clergy sexual abuse scandal broke in the early 2000s, noted America Magazine. Prominent Jesuit priest Rev. James Martin argued in a 2010 HuffPost blog that such language may have been an effort by church leaders to blame the scandal on gay priests.

Martin noted that he knows “scores” of priests who are gay, and who lead pious, chaste lives like their straight peers. Since the release of the 2005 document, he said, many gay priests and seminarians have chosen to keep their sexual orientation to themselves ― and some seminaries simply operate on a “don’t ask, don’t tell” basis.

Even Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, said after the document’s release that a gay man with a strong vocation to become a priest “shouldn’t be discouraged.”

Wednesday’s document, however, acts to further strengthen the church’s attitude toward prospective priests who happen to be gay. But Francis DeBernardo, executive director of LGBT Catholic organization New Ways Ministry, said in a statement that it isn’t too late for the Vatican to change course.

“It’s not too late for the pope to retract this document,” DeBernardo said. “That would be a healing balm to many who are surely going to be pastorally hurt by this step, and many others who are sure to leave the Catholic Church because of it.”

LGBTQ conversion quackery ban in Malta


This video says about itself:

15 April 2014

Malta’s gay community celebrates new law recognising same-sex partnerships as marriages

Malta’s Labour Prime Minister Joseph Muscat joined around 1,000 people celebrating a new law on the Mediterranean island which recognises same-sex marriage on a legal par with marriage and gives gay couples the right to adopt.

The opposition Nationalist party abstained from the vote and said it had reservations about gay adoptions claiming 80 percent of the population were against the law.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Gay conversion therapy‘ becomes illegal in Malta

Today, 18:12

Malta has introduced a ban on therapies that aim to ‘cure’ homosexuals from their orientation. The law was passed unanimously by parliament.

Therapists who go wrong may get a prison sentence or fine. The same applies to medical professionals who prescribe such therapies.

So far in Europe, therapies ‘curing’ LGBTQ people had not been punishable anywhere. Only in some states in the United States, it is forbidden by law to treat minors because of their sexual orientation.

Quackery

Gay advocacy group COC in the Netherlands has asked Minister [of Health] Schippers two years ago to have such a ban. The minister said she did not need new rules, because these treatments in the Netherlands are considered to be inadequate therapies. Against that, the Inspectorate for Healthcare can act.

Kill gays, Israeli Chief Rabbi says


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Orthodox Jews threaten violent reaction if gay parade goes ahead

Jerusalem – 1 November 2006

1. Wide of Israeli policemen mounted on horses chasing demonstrators
2. Policemen arresting Ultra Orthodox protester
3. Ultra orthodox gathering during protest burning tires

FILE: AP Television
Jerusalem – 30 June 2005
4. Gay Parade in Jerusalem
5. Various of people marching in gay parade
6. Back shot of two women
AP Television
Jerusalem 2 November 2006
7. Mina Fenton, Orthodox member of Jerusalem’s city council sitting at desk
8. Sign reading (in English) “Yes to Jewish values – No to gay pride
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mina Fenton, Orthodox member of Jerusalem’s city council:
“The pride parade has nothing to do with rights and equality it is just provocation; hurting, not taking in consideration the other people.”
FILE: AP Television
Jerusalem – 30 June 2005
10. Various of religious protesters
11. Protester holding sign reading (in English) “homo (homosexual) sex is immoral”
12. Various of religious protesters shouting (in Hebrew) “Aids carriers-out!”
13. People marching in gay parade
AP Television
Jerusalem 2 November 2006
14. Sa’ar Nathaniel, openly gay City Council member, sits down
15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sa’ar Nathaniel, openly gay City Council member:
“I think what this (gay) parade is doing is putting a mirror in front of the Israeli society and the people in Jerusalem and ask them a very simple question – do you want this city to be Tehran, completely Tehran? Do you want this city will have an ally with Kabul? This is the capital of Israel. Israel, the last time I checked was still a democratic country.”
FILE: AP Television
Jerusalem – 30 June 2005
16. Ultra orthodox man being arrested after stabbing several marchers
17. Various of man injured from stabbing
18. Women injured from stabbing
AP Television
Jerusalem 2 November 2006
19. SOUNDBITE: (English) Yehuda Levin, Rabbi from Brooklyn, New York:
“If someone comes to my house or even my neighbourhood; attacks my wife, my daughters, my children, my bible, my God and everything that religious life is all about, you ask me, am I going to respond in a very strong way? Is there going to be violence?’ I don’t even think I have to answer that question.”
FILE: AP Television
Jerusalem – 30 June 2005
20. Religious protesters chanting
21. Ultra orthodox man being dragged along by policemen
22. Two women marching at gay parade kissing
STORYLINE:
A week before a gay pride parade hits the streets of Jerusalem, the city’s religious Jews warned that it will spark a violent reaction and a government minister said the march might have to be cancelled altogether in order to keep the peace.

Gay rights activists fear the parade could be similar to last year, when three marchers were stabbed by an ultra-Orthodox protester, or worse.

“The pride parade has nothing to do with rights and equality it is just provocation; hurting, not taking in consideration the other people,” said Mina Fenton, an Orthodox member of Jerusalem’s city council who has led the fight against the parade.

More than 100-thousand people will attend a counter-demonstration on the day of the march should it be allowed to go ahead, she said, and violence was certainly a possibility.

Notice boards in Jerusalem were plastered with posters condemning the march and prominent rabbis issued calls to prevent it.

In one, Shlomo Amar, one of Israel’s two chief rabbis wrote that by ignoring religious laws prohibiting homosexuality the march “threatens the existence of the people of Israel in its land” and was more destructive than “Nebuchadnezzar and Titus,” referring to two historical figures who sacked Jerusalem.

This has not helped calm opposition, which now includes hardliners from abroad.

By Omri Ariel in Israel:

LGBT community shocked by Rabbi’s remarks that homosexuals should be killed

Several members of the LGBT community have filed police complaints against the rabbi for incitement to murder, after he said in an interview that the Torah obligates killing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Nov 17, 2016, 9:27PM

Members of the LGBT community in Israel have filed numerous police complaints against Jerusalem’s Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar over remarks he made in a recent interview, in which he called LGBT people “a cult of abomination” and said the Torah obligates putting them to death.

Rabbi Amar told Yisrael Hayom that he refused to attend the funeral of 16-year-old Shira Banki, who was murdered by an ultra-Orthodox man during last year’s Jerusalem pride parade. “They call it an orientation, but it’s nonsense,” he said. “A person can overcome his desires if he wants to.”

Shirley Kleinman, a transgender LGBT activist, filmed herself filing the complaint and encouraged others to do the same. “An influential public figure, who gets his salary out of my pocket, has just called for the murder of my brothers and sisters,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

“Exercise your right as a citizen and file a complaint, even if you’re not part of the community,” she added. “Let’s make sure this man doesn’t remain in a public position. This is not an anti-religious debate. I have nothing against religion. I only care about protecting my right and yours for life.”

MK Michal Rozin said statements such as these “strengthen and inflame violent attacks against the LGBT community.”

Rainbow flag outside Chief Rabbi Amar's office

Young Meretz activists in Jerusalem decorated the entrance to the office of Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Shlomo Amar with a gay pride flag in protest against his harsh comments regarding the LGBT community. Nov 20, 2016, 10:30AM: here.

British homophobe ‘donkeyphobe’ running for UKIP leadership


This video from Britain says about itself:

Ukip hopeful John Rees-Evans on the ‘gay donkey’ who tried to ‘rape’ his horse

24 October 2016

After a Polish right-wing politicians attacked a ‘gay’ elephant and the fictional bear Winnie the Pooh, now a British right-wing politician attacking a ‘gay’ donkey.

By Conrad Landin in Britain:

Ukip politician who claimed gay donkey raped his horse stands for leader

Tuesday 25th October 2016

A UKIP politician who once claimed that “a homosexual donkey raped my horse” announced his intention to seek his party’s leadership yesterday.

John Rees-Evans said he was standing for the top job because “significant changes to the culture of politics in Britain are long overdue.”

But the former parliamentary candidate immediately faced questions about embarrassing comments exclusively exposed by the Morning Star in December 2014.

Then standing in the Welsh valley seat of Cardiff South and Penarth, Mr Rees-Evans was one of a clutch of Ukip activists who confronted anti-racist protesters outside the party’s Merthyr Tydfil offices.

He was asked to explain comments made by other Ukip activists, including former Ukip branch chair Julia Gasper’s remark that “some homosexuals prefer sex with animals.”

Mr Rees-Evans responded: “Actually I’ve witnessed that … a homosexual donkey raped my horse.

“I was personally quite amazed, I’ve got a horse, it was in the fields … a donkey came up which is male and, I’m afraid, tried to rape my horse.”

When contacted by the Star at the time, Mr Rees-Evans defended the remarks …

But he appeared to be frustrated when he was quizzed about the incident on BBC2’s Daily Politics programme yesterday.

“It was a bit of playful banter with a mischievous activist,” he said. “I’m sorry if I offended anyone in doing that.

“I concede it was a mistake to be playful with an activist in a street. The fact is I’m not a politician. The guy was just asking me questions in the street. It was an error of judgement.”

Mr Rees-Evans, an ex-soldier who migrated to Bulgaria but says he moved back to Wales before last year’s general election, also disputed reports he carried a handgun in Ikea to fend off terrorists.

A Vice News article also reported that his planned “fortress” in the country would incorporate a church, a leisure complex, an underground bunker, a firing range, and a panic room and a watchtower.

His opponents in the race include MEP Suzanne Evans, deputy leader Paul Nuttall and “alt-right” activist Raheem Kassam.

Earlier this year, Mr Kassam tweeted: “Can someone just like … tape Nicola Sturgeon’s mouth shut? And her legs, so she can’t reproduce. Thanks.”