Archive for Religion
In She Said, She Said #85 Genia and Andrea:
* Discuss the NC pastor who encouraged his congregation to kill queers and homosexuals
* Discuss the big news for SistersTalk Radio
* Discuss relationship challenges
In my email box today:
My name is Nicole and I’m a proud lesbian. I have an important question. My girlfriend recently broke up with me because she thinks that gay people are going to hell. I’ve never believed that but I would like your opinion on it.
Thanks so much,
I don’t believe in Hell, but for those of you who do, here’s a list of SistersTalk Radio podcasts that address the issue of homosexuality and salvation.
Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence is a collection of stories told by ex nuns. Readers hear stories from ex nuns who discuss their short stay in convents all across the United States. Each woman left the convent for various reasons and each of them is living a full life as an out lesbian.
Co-author Nancy Manahan joined us on SistersTalk Radio to discuss the book. We also discussed the challenges spiritual people often feel as they attempt to reconcile their religious beliefs with their sexual orientation.
Listen to the interview here.
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While scrolling through a digest of news items related to the LGBT community today, this article jumped out at me: President Appoints ‘Transgendered’ Individual to Federal Post.
Whenever members of the conservative christian reich want to claim a certain group of people don’t really exist, they place that group’s identifier in quotation marks. You’ll often see “gay” instead of gay and “transgendered” instead of transgender (the correct way to format the word).
It was no surprise to see this kind of ridiculous disrespect on a conservative christian web site, but this is what I did find extremely interesting (bold emphasis is mine):
“This isn’t like appointing an African-American in order to try to provide diversity and right some kind of discriminatory wrong,” he said. “This is about political correctness.
Did one of the nation’s largest conservative web sites just suggest the following:
1. Hiring a Black person is a good thing
2. Hiring a Black person is a sign of true diversity
3. Hiring a Black person has nothing to do with political correctness
Has this group of hateful christians replaced their hatred for Blacks and Affirmative Action with their hatred for homosexuals and transgender people?
Those people haven’t swapped one hatred for another; they’re simply pretending they give a shit about Blacks because they’ve used Black christians to fuck over homosexuals and transgender people for awhile now.
If I were Jesus, I would be really pissed off right about now.
Members of the Catholic Church hierarchy in DC announced they will prohibit Catholic Charities from providing services to DC residents if DC’s City Council decides to recognize all married couples – even same-sex couples – as equal under law.
That’s some seriously fucked up divide and conquer goin’ on right there. What kind of church withholds charity from a group of people in order to convince them to fuck over another group of people? I’m sure there are some really decent Catholics out there who are extremely embarrassed by all this.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints supported two proposed Salt Lake City ordinances protecting gay and lesbian residents from housing and employment discrimination, but only because the law does not “do violence to the institution of marriage.”
It seems this particular group of Mormons are willing to protect the rights of LGBT people – as long as they don’t plan on asking for gay marriage rights. What happens if Utah residents pass pro gay marriage laws? Will these Mormons no longer protect the LGBT community from housing and employment discrimination?
Tonight on SistersTalk Radio, we interviewed Ben Patrick Johnson. Ben is a gay rights activist, model, author and journalist.
He appears on CBS (promoting Survivor, CSI: NY and other shows), Fox (advertising House, Bones, NASCAR and Major League Baseball), the cable channels Starz!, NFL Network, Big Ten Network and others. His voice is used to promote movies and in commercials for Burger King and Kellogg’s.
Hear Ben discuss:
*His career as a voice-over artist
*What happened when Extra found out he was gay
*Why the LGBT community should care about developing a relationship with communities of Christian faith
*His organization the Ben Patrick Johnson Foundation
*His latest novel ‘If the Rains Don’t Cleanse’
*How he’s dealing with some of the negative reviews that claim his book glorifies cultural imperialism
I just finished liveblogging today’s Senate hearing on ENDA. Here’s a brief summary:
The panel included Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC; Helen Norton, Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, CO; The Honorable Lisa Madigan, Attorney General, State of Illinois, Chicago, IL; Virginia Nguyen, Diversity & Inclusion Team Member, Nike, Inc., Beaverton, OR; Mike Carney, Police officer, City of Springfield Police Department, Springfield, MA; Craig Parshall, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, National Religious Broadcasters Association, Manassas, VA; Camille Olson, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, Chicago, IL
There was lots of focus on the religious exemption, mostly because Parshall spent most of his time explaining why ENDA would hurt the religious community. The pro-ENDA panel partricipants (especially Norton) did a great job of countering Parshall’s claims.
The one complaint we heard the most from our liveblog participants was there was a lack of trans-identified representation, even though much of the discussion addressed the needs of trans-identified people.
To read the transcript of the liveblog, head on over to iQreport.