Ukip Christians call LGBTQ people ‘depraved sodomites’

This video from Los Angeles in the USA says about itself:

Homophobic Street Preachers Ambushed by Brick Stone @ 2013 Gay Pride Parade

The 2013 L.A. LGBT Pride Parade was protested by Open Air Street Preachers–who it turns out are not the Westboro Baptist Church– declaring that gay marriage is wrong, lesbians are unattractive, and calling West Hollywood’s gay population fat somehow. Brick Stone (comic Dave Sirus) headed over to upset them as best he could.

Shot by Jordan Santos.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Ukip urged to cut ties with Christian group over gay ‘depravity’ comments

Party distances itself from Christian Soldiers of Ukip after newsletter suggests gay people can be converted from state of vice

Rowena Mason, political correspondent

Tuesday 3 February 2015 20.00 GMT

A Ukip-authorised Christian group has been condemned for distributing a newsletter that refers to gay people as depraved sodomites and argues that they could be converted from a state of vice.

On Tuesday night, the party distanced itself from the publication by the Christian Soldiers of Ukip but was facing calls to categorically cut all ties with the group, which holds events annually at the party’s conference and has previously published articles by the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage.

The comments emerged in an article about last year’s Manchester Pride event, which was described in the Christian Soldiers newsletter as an “annual parade of depravity”. It said: “Thousands of people proclaiming their pride in their depravity paraded through the streets watched by multiple thousands of supporters applauding the display of wickedness and seeking to drown out the voices of the few crying in the wilderness.

It went on to suggest that gay people can be “converted” away from their “vice”. “There are those who say that we shouldn’t be witnessing at these events because they are given over by God to this vice as per Romans Chapter 1.

The King James translation of the Bible translates Romans 1 inter alia as:

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Christian fundamentalists in the USA and elsewhere base their calls for punishing homosexuality by the death penalty on this.

The Guardian article continues:

While this is undoubtedly true of many, it is not true of all because homosexuals are being converted. The same could be said of most sinners.

“Please write to Asda and tell them that as a Christian you will no longer shop with them because of their support for the ‘gay march’ in Manchester which took place in front of little children during the day.”

The newsletter drew attention to the presence of police officers and teachers at the parade, suggesting this was inappropriate. “There were two floats representing teachers unions: the NAWT [sic; NASUWT] and the NUT. As the NUT passed the witness, one of their number taunted the Christians over a loudspeaker. He kept repeating: ‘We teach your children.’ One wonders just how many Christians who send their children to state schools are bothered by this. Well they ought to be!”

Ukip has been attempting to stress its openness to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members despite its opposition to same-sex marriage and controversies over homophobic comments made by some associated with the party.

A Ukip spokesman described the Christian Soldiers group as “authorised but not official”, adding: “They do not represent the party or its policies. This leaflet was recently brought to our attention. Authorised groups are not allowed to invent Ukip policy and we do not consider that this leaflet is of an acceptable standard to be associated with the Ukip brand.”

Peter Tatchell, a leading gay rights campaigner, called on the party to go further and discipline those involved in the homophobic remarks. “These intolerant, inflammatory views are very similar to those expressed by the British National Party,” he said. “These opinions are not isolated and they are being repeated by Ukip members all over the country.”

Elizabeth Biddulph, a leading member of Christian Soldiers of Ukip, stood by the group’s decision to publish the article, which she said objected to the way some teachers on the pride march had shouted at Christian protesters. …

She added that the newsletter had a disclaimer on the back making clear that its views should not be taken as those of Ukip and the party had not previously objected to any of its newsletters. Meanwhile, a Ukip general election candidate has quit in relation to an internet posting that referred to gay people as “perverts” and “paedophiles”.

Donald Grewar apologised for his “foolishness” after it was reported that he backed a post about same-sex marriage on the BNP website and another post by the English Defence League calling for “no surrender to militant Islam or political correctness”.

Homophobic Chinese quackery clinic loses court case

This video from the USA says about itself:

Samuel Brinton, “Ex-Gay Ministries”

4 July 2014

Hear Samuel Brinton, son of two Southern Baptist ministers, talk about the years of reparative therapy designed to “cure” him of his homosexuality. Sam speaks often about his experiences in the hopes that others who have endured similar struggles will find hope.

The quackery of supposedly ‘curing’ (rather, torturing) people of being LGBTQ was advocated even by ‘liberals’ in the Netherlands in the 1960s.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Beijing clinic must compensate gay ‘shock therapy’ victim

Friday 19th December 2014

A BEIJING court ordered a clinic today to pay compensation to a gay man who sued it for administering electric shocks it claimed would make him heterosexual.

In what is believed to be China’s first case involving so-called conversion therapy, Lawyer Li Duilong said the Haidian District People’s Court had ordered the clinic to pay ¥3,500 (£360) to compensate Yang Teng for costs incurred during the therapy.

The court ruled that there had been no need to administer shocks because homosexuality was not an illness and did not require treatment, Mr Li reported.

Mr Yang said he was “very satisfied with the results, which I didn’t expect. The court sided with me, and it has supported that homosexuality is not a mental disease that requires treatment.”

He said the therapy had included hypnosis and electric shocks that harmed him both physically and emotionally.

Mr Yang said he voluntarily underwent the therapy in February following pressure from his parents to marry and have a child.

He added that said the verdict would help gay rights advocates to stop clinics offering such treatments and persuade parents not to pressure their gay children to undergo therapy.

The suit alleged that the clinic had claimed the electric shock treatment was not dangerous.

It sought compensation to cover the cost of the therapy, travel and lost earnings, as well as damages for psychological and physical harm. The court did not award damages.

China declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in 2001.

See also here.

Ferguson solidarity women fall in love

Alexis Templeton and Brittany Ferrell

From SheWired in the USA:

Love Through Activism: Two Ferguson Protesters Get Engaged

Alexis Templeton and Brittany Ferrell proclaimed their love with a marriage proposal at St. Louis City Hall.

By: Trudy Ring

December 17 2014 6:22 PM

Love has blossomed through protests: Two women active in the protests over the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., are engaged to be married.

Alexis Templeton, 20, and Brittany Ferrell, 25, met in August at demonstrations calling for police accountability after Brown was shot to death by a Ferguson officer. Both are Ferguson residents and students at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, but they didn’t know each other previously. In an interview with The St. Louis American, Ferrell recalled when she first saw Templeton.

“She had on an UMSL shirt,” Ferrell said. “I was like, ‘Oh, hey.’ I embraced her just because she was there. You hug people and you welcome them, especially in a time like that.”

Their attraction to each other grew quickly. Templeton’s sister, Bre, said she learned about the relationship in mid-September. “Alex came up and sat with my son and she fed him,” she told The Huffington Post. “She was like, ‘Dude, I got a crush.’ I was like, ‘OK, that’s cool.’ And she was like, ‘No, I got a crush on a girl.’ I asked her how she felt about it and she said good. I asked her if she wanted to talk about it and she said no.”

Templeton and Ferrell discussed marriage in private Monday night, then made a public declaration Tuesday at St. Louis City Hall. “One hundred and thirty days ago, I fell in love with somebody and her 6-year-old mini me,” Templeton said to Ferrell in her proposal, in front of friends, strangers, and media, the American reports. “I didn’t expect you to want to be with me … other than fight on the front lines with me. You have every single piece of my heart.”

The women then obtained a marriage license, the city of St. Louis currently being the only jurisdiction in Missouri issuing licenses to same-sex couples, as onlookers chanted. “Black love matters.” They could have gotten married the same day, but they say they want to plan a gala ceremony. They have 30 days before the license expires.

“There’s going to be a lot of food, drinks, happiness,” Templeton told the American. “I’m going to be the DJ — music over the people,” a reference to her Twitter handle, @musicoverpeople.

The two will continue to be partners in activism. With another woman, Ashley Yates, they founded Millennial Activists United. A friend, James Spann, who acted as best man for their proposal, lauded Templeton and Ferrell’s activism and love.

“Day in and day out, I’d lock arms with these two and stand in the face of quite literally tyranny and oppression, as they shoot rubber bullets at us, as they shoot tear gas at us,” he told the American. “It didn’t matter what the National Guard and the police threw at us. As long as we were together, we built power together and fed off each other’s love and energy.” Seeing them fall in love, he said, was “like watching poetry write itself,” and their dedication to social justice “gives me more than hope.”

As he and the couple left City Hall, Spann jumped and shouted, “Revolutionary love, love, love!” and the three raised their fists in the air.

This video is called Ferguson protest leaders get engaged & apply for marriage license at St. Louis City Hall.

From the Human Rights Campaign Blog in the USA:

Finding Love in Ferguson

December 18, 2014 by HRC staff

Post submitted by Samantha Master, HRC Youth and Campus Engagement Manager

Brittany Ferrell and Alexis Templeton found love in a seemingly hopeless place.

The couple — leading organizers in Ferguson, Missouri, and at the forefront of a movement that has galvanized youth of color against police brutality — was engaged on Tuesday, December 16 at St. Louis City Hall. Their friends held celebratory signs and chanted “Black love matters,” they got their marriage license — an impossibility just a few months ago.