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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77128 is a reply to message #77127] Tue, 30 June 2020 14:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Indeed! Equally surprising to me was that Monaco (usually thought of as hip and progressive) was so low on the Worst Countries list. Who'd have thought? Between Belarus and Russia?



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77129 is a reply to message #77127] Tue, 30 June 2020 19:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"The Composer wrote on Tue, 30 June 2020 03:30"
You surprise me with Malta: it was, for very long time, a very conservative Catholic community.

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So, if this is the case (I'll rely on your knowledge of the religious history there because for whatever reason I know little about it), Why such a contrast between Malta and Poland, Poland being very anti-gay and Malta being a polar opposite?



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77130 is a reply to message #76756] Wed, 01 July 2020 04:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5151&private=0 There have been some big changes in Malta with the left government which came to power, giving sweeping rights of equality to the LGBTQ+ community. However, Malta is a tiny island with half a million population (and no fresh water, it tastes a little salty!). Seriously, you should read this blog about growing up gay in Malta to get the real picture. It is good, but the changes are very recent and pretty dramatic, but with a lingering past.  https://nomadicboys.com/gay-life-in-malta/
Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77134 is a reply to message #77129] Fri, 03 July 2020 13:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Poland is still one of the most Catholic countries in Europe. During communist days, the church got an enormous boost by having the first the first Polish pope ever (up until then, they had all been Italian).

Over the last 14 years, I have visited Poland quite often. I wander through the city centres and often go into the churches. Quite often, in the middle of the day, there will be church services going on which are well attended.

It is still a very conservative country. Abortion is illegal. There was an attempt a few years ago to bring a ship into one of the Polish ports (Wladyslawowo) which would perform abortions on board. This met with a great deal of local opposition.

The current government is extremely conservative, and the EU have raised considerable doubts as to the freedom of expression and oversight of the judiciary in the country.
Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77144 is a reply to message #76756] Mon, 20 July 2020 22:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I just heard part of the speech given in Congress by John Lewis, who died last Friday, before the House of Representatives voted on legalizing same-sex marriage, in which he said "Marriage is a fundamental human right."
It was quite a striking contrast to the very unsettling piece by Jim Finn that I read yesterday about Secretary of State Pompeo's most recent efforts to declare war on human rights with the end game of eliminating same-sex marriage along with abortion.

A few gems from the Finn piece in case you missed this in the news:
·         Last summer, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formed the advisory Commission on Unalienable Rights to re-examine human rights and to issue guidance to the Secretary and other policymakers in considering, "a moral foreign policy."
·         The international human rights community sat up in alarm. Esteemed rights leaders noted Pompeo had packed the committee with religious zealots, anti-LGBTQ activists, and contemporary proponents of so-called "Natural Law," a dusty Enlightenment philosophy Roman Catholics and evangelical Christians have brushed off in recent decades to campaign against reproductive freedom and for the destruction of the civil equality of members of gender and sexual minorities.
·         The draft report is in and while ignoring international human rights law "The commissioners instead identify what they see as a critical problem: a proliferation of "new rights" that often compete with one another. They claim "new rights" have eroded international consensus around human rights. Their solution seems to be boosting religion and private property rights while diminishing others, like eliminating women's rights and LGBTQ equality."
·         Pompeo and other conservative Christians count on Trump delivering policies that elevate conservative religious values to center stage in the US and the world -- no matter how much those values diminish and harm marginalized minorities.

This is serious business, folks, and everyone concerned about human rights in general and LGBTQ rights in particular should read the article and become knowledgeable about Pompeo's gambit.
Finn's article ends with this comment: Those of us who value equality for all must do everything we can to ensure Trump doesn't win November's election. Dystopia approaches, and only engaged voters can stop it.

Those in the UK should not dismiss this out of hand: remember the conservative link between Bush and Blair that got the UK involved in that "righteous" war in Iraq.

Read Jim Finn's article on Medium



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77145 is a reply to message #77144] Wed, 22 July 2020 21:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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This article in LGBTQ Nation offers some real hope about conversion therapy, at least across the Atlantic. Sadly, here most of the dialogue about LGBTQ rights, same-sex marriage and conversion therapy is dominated by the conservative Christian churches, especially the Evangelicals, and they aren't giving up easily...even as some of their leaders conducting conversion therapy are shown to be frauds.

As recently as yesterday Christian conservative activist and pundit Jenna Ellis (who was hired by Donald Trump earlier this year as a lawyer and a legal advisor to his 2020 reelection campaign and has long opposed LGBTQ rights) tweeted support for conversion therapy!

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5152&private=0

Things are different in Europe, though not as rosy as the story might lead one to believe, as Talo sends this perspective along:

I don't think European countries have a great record on addressing this issue. In March 2018 the European parliament passed a resolution condemning the practice and urging member states to ban it. To date only three countries have passed laws banning conversion therapy. The first was Malta, followed by Germany and most recently Albania. 
 
The focus of the ban has been to protect minors who might often be pressured into undergoing treatment. Treatments which consist of giving these young people, mostly we are talking about teenage boys, electric shocks whilst showing them pornographic gay images. Treatment might also involve testosterone injections.
 
Available data from other European countries indicates that people who have undergone therapy are 8.4 times more likely to commit suicide, and 5.9 times more likely to suffer high levels of depression. [Source: France 24 (International Television News channel).]
 
Read the article in LGBTQ Nation here

[Updated on: Wed, 22 July 2020 21:52]




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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77146 is a reply to message #77145] Wed, 22 July 2020 22:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"Bensiamin wrote on Wed, 22 July 2020 14:51"
Available data from other European countries indicates that people who have undergone therapy are 8.4 times more likely to commit suicide, and 5.9 times more likely to suffer high levels of depression. 

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God, that's depressing! I was never subjected to conversion therapy but sometimes as a young adult felt like I just as well have been, having been brought up in a morphodite, evangelical sect that shamed you and taught you to get on your knees and pray for forgiveness for even having thoughts and natural reactions to visual stimulus. Looming hell fire, and all that. 



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77147 is a reply to message #77146] Thu, 23 July 2020 00:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Teddy;

Here's another equally depressing fact: over 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ. You know, most of them from the type of conservatives Christian homes you described. 

I get asked occasionally why I post this stuff, much of it not being upbeat and hopeful. The answer is that those of us here read, and some write, gay fiction. Fiction. That's imaginary events and people. Meaning it's easy to think things are OK out there, or getting better, based on a lot of fiction. The reality, especially in the US, is something different. I say that as a former Evangelical Christian myself. We're talking about the pious people who expect all of us to burn in hell, and they're currently setting the agenda.

As John Curran (not Jefferson) said a long time ago: The price of liberty is eternal vigilance!



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77148 is a reply to message #77147] Thu, 23 July 2020 02:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"Bensiamin wrote on Wed, 22 July 2020 17:38"
Here's another equally depressing fact: over 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ. You know, most of them from the type of conservatives Christian homes you described. 

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In the volunteer work I've done over the last 15 years I've run across many young men and women, but mostly young men who were raised in this kind of home. the case of one young man in particular stands out in my mind in horrifying relief. Here's the short version of his story:

Jerry, I'll call him, was raised in the home of an Evagelical pastor who worked on the staff of the Evengelical radio ministry, Insight for living. The founder and speaker of that ministry was, maybe still is but I've not looked it up, a man by the name of Dr. Charles Swindoll. At the time this event took place the ministry was based out of the Calvary Chapel in Fullerton, CA. 

As Jerry entered his teen years however, he began to realize he was gay and finally went to his parents for help. They sent him to a conversion therapy camp somewhere in the southeast where the director there raped him several times a week before sending him home in disgrace to his family telling them that he was unable to help Jerry because Jerry refused to cooperate with the program.

Jerry's dad, instead of taking him back home from the airport took him directly to West Hollywood and dropped him on on a street corner telling him never to return home. Jerry went through some rough times and was eventually taken in by a man who produced underage gay pornography. Jerry become the man's companion and "lover" and was eventually responsible for breaking in all the new boys the man brought into the stable. 

There was drugs, of course, and Jerry became addicted but he persevered and after graduating from the online home school high school program went on to kick his drug habit and graduate with honors from UCLA. 

Jerry was one of the lucky ones, I suppose, in that he survived but the cost was high. He was HIV+ and had a great deal to overcome, the biggest of which, other than the HIV was his anger issues.

I lost track of Jerry several years ago so I don't know whatever happened to him. His social media accounts went dormant then vanished. 

I get angry when thinking of the throw away young men and women out there, LGBT+ or otherwise who, through the negligence or gross misconduct of their parents end up on the street. I get very angry when it comes to kids like Jerry who are throw out by families who claim to be participants in a religion of love. I don't have near the problem with the tennents of the religion as I do with the willfilly ignorant and power hungry adherants to the religion. If they would stop and logically think about it I don't see how they could possibly act in the way they do. But I guess that's the point, isn't it? They don't think. The react according to their own selfishness. smh...



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77149 is a reply to message #77148] Thu, 23 July 2020 11:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Given all this, it's truly amazing that the bible makes almost no references to homosexuality, whether for, or against. Leviticus might appear to take a veiw, certainly, but most scholars are of the opinion that what little it has to say on the subject is used entirely out of context. It has been pointed out that Jesus himself might not have been as straight as the church would have us believe. Doubtless Jesus, as all of us do, loved his diciples in the same way we love our friends. No big surprise, right? Yet the New Testament specifically makes mention thus; .... especially John, who Jesus loved...

Please note that this is only my personal opinion, but if the scriptures are to be taken seriously as the Word of God manifesting itself through the writings of his devout followers, and not, as I suspect, an early example of mass indoctrination, why is it that when compiling the King James version of the Bible, so many books were edited out? Try Googling Missing books of the bible and you'll be surprised at the amount of stuff that's been tossed into the trash bin. 

The bible, so it would appear, is just propaganda stitched together by powerful people, not God, in an attempt to brainwash the masses into accepting their rules, and deliberately omitting that which they saw as subversive and contrary to their veiws.

And to think we're still buying into this crap....



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77150 is a reply to message #77149] Thu, 23 July 2020 15:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Andy;

I have previously mentioned the publications of Jonathan on sexuality and theology, and last month he published one on this very subject titled The Man Who Outed Jesus, about the scholarship of Theodore Jennings who studied the Messiah's sexuality.

It's also about the war Jennings had to fight against the religious institution's position. It's quite eye opening and discusses some of the issues around John, the beloved disciple too!

Link to it on Medium




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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77177 is a reply to message #77150] Tue, 04 August 2020 17:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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As if we didn't already know how extreme is the hypocrisy of evangelical christian leadership, Jerry Falwell Jr. (he who condems same sex marriage and homosexuality and makes constant noise about moral purity, etc.) just got caught for what he is when he posted a vacation picture on Instagram.

Relevant magazine broke the piece showing Falwell and his "young female friend" both proudly standing with their zippers down...and then the picture disappeared off the Instagram account!

You can read the article (yes, and see the picture!) here

T
here's a good reason Franky Schaeffer titled his "tell all" book about evangelical leadership "Crazy For God!"

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5156&private=0

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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77178 is a reply to message #77177] Wed, 05 August 2020 00:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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One has to wonder why he thought it was a good idea to post it to his IG. Unless he thought he was sending or posting it privately. 

And of couse he says he didn't do it. Denial is the only plausible route he has available. But it's becoming more clear by the month 
that he's not what he says he is. Everyone knows it at this point except for those addicted to denial, and for him, they're the only 
ones who count.

This is the guy who has the ear of the president and who is bent on damaging/destroying the LGBT+ movement, community, and
individuals. smh



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77179 is a reply to message #77178] Thu, 06 August 2020 16:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Conversion Therapy is alive and well, a subject Teddy has commented on regularly. To illustrate how retrograde things are in the US (compared to the EU), did you know:
  • Only 19 states have outlawed conversion therapy
  • Meaning only 47% of LGBTQ Americans live in states where it is banned;
  • And 3% of LGBTQ Americans live in states that have only partially banned it;
  • Leaving 50% of LGBTQ Americans living in states with no laws that ban conversion therapy for minors!

It goes without saying that the major promoters of conversion therapy continue to be religions, especially evangelical Christianity. In spite of a number of leaders of Christian conversion therapy recanting, or even coming out themselves as LGBTQ, it is still a real problem and a complex subject area.

A good, short read on the current state of things is a piece on Medium by Elizabeth Lind titled Conversion Therapy in America.




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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77189 is a reply to message #77179] Sat, 08 August 2020 00:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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So Falwell has been asked to take an "indefinite leave of absence" frorm his position as President and Chancelor of Liberty Univerrsity.
After first denying the photo was real he now says it was taken aboard a yacht during a "costume party". 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/07/us/jerry-falwell-jr-liberty-u niversity-leave/index.html



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77190 is a reply to message #77189] Sat, 08 August 2020 00:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Re: Conversion Therapy

Those figure do not surprise me in the least. I am, however, glad progress has been made here in the states to limit its scope.

I have a young cousin; well, a child of cousin, currrently in his early 20's, whose parents turned him over to the operators of a
conversion therapy "camp" in central America some years ago when he was 14 years old. It was one of those horror story
situations where the child is kidnapped with permission of the parents, with no warrning, at night while they are sleeping. He
was down there somewhere between 6 and 12 months and when he came back home all the "sparkle" was gone from his life.
He went from a kid with ambition and stars in his eyes to one who was drifting with no purpose. I find it very disturbing and
unsettling. He's still a mess. I've reached out to him but he seems to be in no place to respond.



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77191 is a reply to message #77189] Sat, 08 August 2020 07:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"Teddy wrote on Sat, 08 August 2020 01:22"
So Falwell has been asked to take an "indefinite leave of absence" frorm his position as President and Chancelor of Liberty Univerrsity.
After first denying the photo was real he now says it was taken aboard a yacht during a "costume party". 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/07/us/jerry-falwell-jr-liberty-u niversity-leave/index.html

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There will now be a short pause for a caption competition to name Captain Zipper and his slag lady(!) friend. Twitter prevents my inhaling the unsavoury picture here, but then, who wants to see that?

[Updated on: Sat, 08 August 2020 08:39]




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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77192 is a reply to message #77191] Sat, 08 August 2020 14:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"timmy wrote on Sat, 08 August 2020 07:57"

"Teddy wrote on Sat, 08 August 2020 01:22"
So Falwell has been asked to take an "indefinite leave of absence" frorm his position as President and Chancelor of Liberty Univerrsity.
After first denying the photo was real he now says it was taken aboard a yacht during a "costume party". 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/07/us/jerry-falwell-jr-liberty-u niversity-leave/index.html

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There will now be a short pause for a caption competition to name Captain Zipper and his slag lady(!) friend. Twitter prevents my inhaling the unsavoury picture here, but then, who wants to see that?



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77194 is a reply to message #77191] Sun, 09 August 2020 03:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"timmy wrote on Sat, 08 August 2020 01:57"
Twitter prevents my inhaling the unsavoury picture here, but then, who wants to see that?

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True.  Sometimes there are some things that are just plain off better off unsaid (or unviewed, in this case...).
Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77201 is a reply to message #77194] Mon, 10 August 2020 08:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I recently got in contact with a new author who's book I am reading, his first story Damien the Shy Boy. It may well appear on here soon if it gets accepted for publication. It isn't a story that would be rejected on content, however the author is Polish, so English is his second language. There are a few quirky English sentences, but in a way it adds to the authenticity, because the protanganist is recounting his life in post communist Poland, circa the end of the nineties.

This introduction brings me to the point of this post - it's not a plug for his book - it is to give people a glimpse into one gay person's view on life in Poland. I truly believe it is enlightening to know what life is like for gay people in different countries and what better than a personal account. So reproduced here with Arch Hunter's kind permission is a view on gay life in Poland today.
...living in one of the major cities, being gay is hardly an issue for me. There are several openly gay people in the company I work for and even one couple that met there. I'm attending all family meetings, parties and weddings with my boyfriend and no one bats an eye, old or young. But there has been some public outrage you might have heard of. The thing is, homosexuality hadn't even been discussed until about 15 years ago publicly. So now that gays started being heard by society and fighting for their rights, there are many angry conservative voices opposing. And yes, the currently ruling conservative political party only adds to the fire by discretely supporting nationalists and using occasional hate speech. I think it is the worst for kids living in small cities and villages in conservative families and the politicians are partially responsible for all bullying they face. But for me, living in Wrocław, it's hardly an issue. I myself originally come from a small town and of course there was no way I could come out when living there. I would even risk saying that it's better than ever to be gay in Poland. There is some conflict and we are still far from legalizing marriages but that's infinitely better than the nation-wide don't ask don't tell policy that persisted for decades. 

Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77207 is a reply to message #77201] Tue, 11 August 2020 18:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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In the latest developments at Liberty University concerning Jerry Falwell, Jr. and the forced leave brought about by his now infamous "open zipper" social media photo with a woman other than his wife...don't assume anything will change in terms of Liberty University and the role it play in the culture wars against LGBTQ people. In fact, it might get worse!

As LGBTQ Nation reported today, Falwell has been replaced by Jerry Prevo as Acting President. Prevo is currently President of the Liberty University board.

You can read the article here.

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5164&private=0

Prevo has a long history of anti-LGBTQ everything, from founding the Moral Majority in Alaska, to wreaking culture war havoc in Alaska politics, to withdrawing his church from Boy Scouts after they stopped condemning gay youth and accepting them into Scouts, and on and on.

That Prevo is a real bigoted piece of work you can tell not only from his Falwell/Moral Majority/Liberty University connection, but by whom he invited to share the stage with him when he preached his last sermon before retiring!

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5162&private=0

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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77212 is a reply to message #77207] Fri, 14 August 2020 15:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Chains and Padlocks tell the story, and the counterpoint is that no one should be taken in by the church's (in this case the Catholic church) positive sounding words about accepting LGBTQ persons.

The complete ban on LGBTQ people from the Detroit Archdiocese was reported yesterday by LGGBTQ Nation.

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5165&private=0
 
Dignity Detroit, a group of LGBTQ Catholics who gather together to worship, has met for 45 years with the blessing of the church hierarchy. Fortunate Families Detroit, a support group for queer families, was also "forbidden from meeting in any parish church, chapel, or institution of the Archdiocese of Detroit," according to a letter sent to the group.

The clergy is not longer allowed to associate with Dignity Detroit and they're not allowed in any Catholic parish. To add insult to injury, the Archdiocese "invited" LGBTQ organization to join their ministry for people with same-sex attractions, which turns out to be a 12-step conversion therapy program!

When you get down to what's behind this and how/why did it happen, it all hinges on one short phrase: "ministry that is faithful to the teachings of Christ's Church."

As Al_N has pointed out here and as we detail on the page It's the Underlying Doctrine that Causes the Real Harm! It doesn't really matter what the Pope or the leaders in any other church say publicly. Until and unless the underlying doctrine changes, nothing has really changed. The Roman Catholic catechism hasn't changed and homosexuality is still defined as intrinsically and gravely disordered behavior.

That's what the phrase "faithful to the teachings of Christ's Church" means. And when you look at the equivalent of the Catholic catechism in other churches (their doctrinal statements or confessional statement, etc.) you'll find most are still in a very similar position-defining homosexuality as a depraved sin.

One could make the case of giving credit to the Archbishop of Detroit for being consistent with the Church's teachings. At least he's not being hypocritical about it. Cruel and heartless, yes! But, not hypocritical!

Read the LGBTQ Nation article here.

[Updated on: Fri, 14 August 2020 15:53]




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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77226 is a reply to message #77212] Fri, 21 August 2020 17:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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While Trump is praising himself as the most pro-gay President ever (see Trump Laugh of the Week), he and his administration are steadily eroding LGBTQ rights already in place.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released a draft text for a revised version of their Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Policy, removing several references to LGBTQ people that were included in the previous version from 2012. Get that? Gender Equality and they've removed references to LGBTQ people!

The previous version defined gender-based violence, and listed types of organizations that USAID should work with including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocates--those have been removed from the 2020 version.

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5173&private=0

Read the LGBTQ article here.

[Updated on: Fri, 21 August 2020 17:25]




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The Fallen Angel and the Anti-LGBTQ Republican Platform

Most of us, whether in America or overseas, are only curious about the Republican convention taking place this week for its litany of darkness and out right lies. There are some details that matter, though!

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5175&private=0

The photo above is one taken of Jerry Falwell Jr. endorsing the Republican platform in 2016, including its Anti-LGBTQ positions. It's comically ludicrous given that last week Trump claimed he is the 'most pro-gay President ever," and the recent fall from grace of Jerry Falwell Jr.

Why does this matter today? It illustrates two things. First, the degree to which self-serving hypocrisy is a vein that runs very deep in the Evangelical Christian world. After the Falwell sex scandal broke (Falwell and his wife have three-way sex with a pool boy) and he resigned from Liberty University, we learn today that Franklin Graham's grand-daughter Jerushah Duford has split with the family and joined the Lincoln Project which is working to unseat Trump because of four years of "blatant misogyny, civil unrest and failed leadership." So, while there is unrest in some corners of Evangelical-land, the vast majority still strongly support Trump and his agenda.

But, back to the Anti-LGBTQ Republican platform. The current one adopted by the RNC is simply a restatement of the 2016 platform which Falwell, Graham and other evangelical leaders all endorsed:
What's worth noting is:
  • The GOP's 2020 platform "condemns" marriage equality, which has been legal across the United States for five years and is supported by two in three Americans.
  • The GOP's platform supports Trump's efforts to legalize anti-LGBTQ discrimination.
  • The GOP platform endorses Trump's cruel and widely unpopular ban on transgender people serving openly in the military.
  • The GOP platform endorses discrimination against LGBTQ parents, families, students, workers, individuals experiencing homelessness, and customers.

As an earlier Forum post this year points out, this is all a part of successfully waging the religious culture wars which have as their goals overturning both legalized abortion and same-sex marriage rights.

Trump, Falwell and all the rest are self-serving crooks, but they're also sold out to the culture wars agenda, and LGBTQ people are one of the targets!

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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77244 is a reply to message #77241] Wed, 26 August 2020 02:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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And, this is just too good to pass up!

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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77245 is a reply to message #77244] Wed, 26 August 2020 03:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"Likes to watch"

Hahaha... So it would seem! I think there's a word for that, yes? hahahaha



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77246 is a reply to message #77245] Thu, 27 August 2020 15:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks to the Graham's for crystalizing the message!

One of the problems for LGBTQ people of faith is that very often there is a major contrast (often actual conflict) between what their pastor/priest or church says publicly, and what the formal church creed to belief statement says. Most people don't know that the majority of churches still condemn homosexual behavior as depraved and severely restrict the roles they can play in churches. See the table on our LGBTQ and Faith page.

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5177&private=0

Even in some Evangelical circles the "put a nice face on it" approach is most common, though it is becoming more strident as the culture wars heat up. It feels like it's coming to a boil now as the campaign for President hits full speed.
Tuesday night Cissie Lynch, daughter of Franklin Graham and granddaughter of Billie Graham essentially crystalized the message: if you're opposed to LGBTQ rights you have to vote for Donald Trump. The rational for this came in her supporting arguments that Trump has been an advocate for "people of faith," that he's appointed conservative judges, he's ensured religious ministries would not be forced to violate their beliefs, and he'll promote religious freedom...like, for instance, Christian bakers not having to back wedding cakes for LGBTQ people!

This isn't just religious rhetoric, as we can see by what has been undone during this administration. Translate the agenda that Lynch and Graham and company promote into practical terms and it means a roll back of anti-discrimination rights and same-sex marriage rights! In their frenzy to re-elect Donald Trump, at least they are becoming clearer and clearer about what they believe and what they want!

Read the LGBTQ article here.

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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77252 is a reply to message #77246] Fri, 28 August 2020 15:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We've taken a short detour to observe the Jerry Falwell Jr. mess because few things are more satisfying than seeing a religious hypocrite taken down, especially if its done to themselves by themselves!  Particularly so if said hypocrite is an active homophobe.

As Timothy Egan said today in the NY Times, "Hypocrisy among holy rollers in high places is as old as the stones of Rome's first church. But in this case, the tie to Trump's world is telling: Becki Falwell, wife of the disgraced evangelical, was on the advisory board of Women For Trump. She appeared in a campaign video last year promoting--what else?--traditional family values!

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5179&private=0

The single best summary of this scandal, with all the insightful humor he brings to bear, was delivered by Stephen Colbert!

Prepare to be rolling in the aisles!

[Updated on: Fri, 28 August 2020 15:25]




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This is the latest stunt to try and get beyond demeaning the military and lying about the COVID pandemic - promising his base even more conservative judges.

No one should forget this is part of a package deal driven by the conservative christians: rescind abortion rights and rescind same-sex marriage!

Cotton is what has to be described as savagely conservative!

You can read the LGBTQ article about Cotton, Curz and Hawley, the top contenders, and their history on the subject by clicking here

[i]http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5186&private=0[/i]

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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77358 is a reply to message #77316] Mon, 21 September 2020 15:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg opened a seat on the US Supreme Court and a host of political machinations that will be all consuming, but also brings into focus a real threat to both women's rights and LGBTQ rights in the United States.

I think it is poorly understood how pivotal RBG has been in the achievement of the level of LGBTQ rights that have come to almost be taken for granted in this country. James Finn chronicles her role in Supreme Court decisions and addresses that point in a very important and well written article in Medium.

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5193&private=0

I won't reiterate the whole piece, but will share these two quotes to make the case.

She was our champion and the architect of an expansive vision of gender equality that was broad and capacious enough to include LGBT people.

He goes on to point out that religious conservatives are calling for a reigning in of human rights, and says:

All the decisions Ginsburg participated in were hotly contested. Conservatives are demanding a return to older ways, shaken by the Court's recognition of our basic human rights. President Trump, if he is able to fill Ginsburg's seat with such a conservative, may achieve the dream of his Evangelical Christian base: forcing LGBTQ people to live second-class lives with second-class rights.

It should be lost on no one that what is given can be taken away, and that religious conservatives have been working hard on a disenfranchisement agenda for years, and the main targets of that agenda are abortion and same-sex marriage.

Get involved. Support the organizations that are working to preserve our rights. The stakes are getting very high!

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No, It is not poorly understood, at least by myself and those I hang with. Even should we get Trump out of office and the GOP out of contol of the US Senate, We are quite likely in the next few years to see marriage equality for LGBTQ persons here in the US be revoked.

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The nomination of a replacement judge to the Supreme Court in the USA is already amping up to the level of being quasi-hysterical and totally partisan.

That said, there are serious concerns the all LGBTQ people should be well aware of.

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5195&private=0

The "balanced LGBTQ Catholic view" (and, yes, there is such a thing!) is that Amy Coney Barrett is actually an even handed Judge, at the 7th Circuit Courts of Appeals...and is actually a moderate who rarely lets her personal politics sway her legal opinions. I received that from a knowledgeable Catholic friend who is gay, who can add to this post if he so chooses.

That said, this is a major area of concern that bears watching because it carries huge risk for the LGBTQ community that you can read about in today's LGBTQ Nation, and is summarized in this quote:

In 2015, just after the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality in all 50 states in the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, she signed an open letter supporting the Catholic Church's teachings "on the meaning of human sexuality, the significance of sexual difference and the complementarity of men and women; on openness to life and the gift of motherhood; and on marriage and family founded on the indissoluble commitment of a man and a woman."

And the problem? It is summed up in the following from the IOMFATS pages on LGBTQ and Faith:

In the Roman Catholic tradition, the common term is that homosexuality is an intrinsic moral disorder, and thus you're intrinsically immoral if you are gay, but when you drill down in the doctrine you find that it is also a mortal sin (Latin: peccatum mortale ) meaning it is a gravely sinful act, which can lead to damnation if a person does not repent of the sin before death. A sin is considered to be "mortal" when its quality is such that it leads to a separation of that person from God's saving grace. Another way to say it would be perverse and damned.

If one subscribes to the Catholic Church's teachings, then one is not only opposed to same-sex marriage, one has to believe that being homosexual is a mortal sin. (Get that? The state of being homosexual is a mortal sin!) I find it very hard to believe that any judge can be completely objective about either subject with that kind of underlying commitment. A recent example is what happened to homosexuals in the Diocese of Detroit, as detailed in the August 14 post above.

We'll have to wait and see, but the practical problem is that Obergefell v. Hodges is only five years old, and that hardly qualifies as being an established legal tradition, particularly when those making the decisions are fundamentally committed to opposing beliefs. Laws that don't carry with them the weight of established legal tradition are not hard to overturn!

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For those in the US who are overwhelmed with all the Trump craziness and electoin news, this landmark event, and its corresponding threat to LGBTQ rights, should not be missed.

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5204&private=0

You can read the article on LGBTQ Nation.



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AND, IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

The apology rendered was about her continual use of the term "sexual preference," religious code work for being gay is a choice, and which goes against almost 50 years of medical and psychiatric research and publications.

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5210&private=0

In a parallel position statement, about climate change, she also said, "I'm not a scientist!" This is a big deal in America.

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And if this doesn't prove (to their everlasting shame!) that in the end it's all about winning the culture wars (including rescinding same sex marriage), I don't know what does!

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5213&private=0

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Well, as I recall, the Christ for whom Christianity was named said that wolves dressed up as sheep would be running loose among the flock! Go, Preacher, GO! The whole christianity thing is a sham driven by greed for money, power, and authority.



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A breath of fresh air:

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5222&private=0

But we should all keep in mind that this is just one person's "personal view!"

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