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Posted: Jun 15, 2016 - 1:52pm

Catholic Bishop: Religion ‘Breeds Contempt’ For LGBT People

While some Christians celebrate the Orlando massacre, others begin to take responsibility for the hate.

In the wake of the terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Bishop Robert Lynch laments the role religion has played in breeding contempt for the LGBT community.

Writing in his blog, Bishop Lynch admits religion breeds contempt for LGBT people:

…sadly it is religion, including our own, which targets, mostly verbally, and also often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people. Attacks today on LGBT men and women often plant the seed of contempt, then hatred, which can ultimately lead to violence.

In his blog post, titled Orlando, Orlando We Love You, Bishop Lynch acknowledges that many religions promote hatred for homosexuals, including the Catholic faith.

Bishop Lynch goes on to caution religious leaders, pointing out that hate-filled religious rhetoric can fuel “deranged people,” noting:

While deranged people do senseless things, all of us observe, judge and act from some kind of religious background. Singling out people for victimization because of their religion, their sexual orientation, their nationality must be offensive to God’s ears. It has to stop also.

Bishop Lynch is correct. Religion does breed contempt for LGBT people. In fact, contempt for LGBT people is baked into all three of the Abrahamic faiths.

Bottom line: It is nice that Bishop Lynch admits there is a problem, and admits that religion does indeed breed contempt for LGBT people. However, the larger question remains: How do religious fundamentalists overcome the hatred for LGBT people that their religious scriptures mandate?

Bishop Robert Lynch (Image via YouTube)
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Posted: Jun 1, 2016 - 1:09pm

The Secret Life of Mormons: As Told by Prodigal Daughter, Novelist Judith Freeman | Religion Dispatches

(...) Looking back was revelatory for me. There are certain moments—for example, receiving a patriarchal blessing, so sacred to Mormon people, which I describe in the book, or being healed by the laying on of hands—when patriarchy is inculcated in the physicality of a moment and then there is the patriarchy you sense when it becomes twisted or tweaked or placed in the hands of someone who is confused or troubled or has his own secret agenda or who simply feels entitled and anointed by his maleness. As I describe in the book, there was the Mormon male boarder who lived with my family, and who tortured me with accusations of moral and sexual impropriety when I was a girl.

We live patriarchy with a particular intimacy in Mormonism. A Catholic priest does not live in your house with you and act as your father, but a Mormon bishop might be your father, a Mormon priest is your brother, an elder is your uncle. The power is inculcated through familiar close relationships. Sometimes in a gentle kind way, but there are many men in the world who love to play this role of intimidating women and frightening girls, and there were some of those people in my ward , and I disliked them intensely. There were hypocrites, and then there are the rosy-cheeked fumbling men who make the awkward suggestion that you are wearing your cutoffs under your dress, like the Mormon male neighbor from my girlhood whom I describe in my book, who have their own longings and are trapped, as trapped as women who have no power. What drew me to want to write novels was this incredible range of human behavior, motivation, and attitude, the deceit, the sense both institutional and private that the community needs secrets in order to function. (...)


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Posted: May 26, 2016 - 4:15pm

Women Are Leaving Church, And the Reason Seems Clear
(...) This drop in church attendance for women coincided with the period when the Catholic bishops began making abortion a litmus test for Catholic politicians, as in the 1984 election when Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro was attacked for being pro-choice.

And Pew’s own numbers appear to back this up. According to Pew, women are slightly more likely than men to say that churches should keep out of politics (55 percent vs. 53 percent), and overall 60 percent of Catholics say church should keep out of politics.

Women’s church attendance did recover somewhat in the early 1990s, but then began a long slide in the mid-1990s that continued to 2012, when the GSS data end. While the GSS numbers don’t break out attendance by religion, church attendance for both men and women appears to have bottomed out around the time the sex scandals broke in the Catholic Church in 2001. Other studies have a found “a significant decline in religious participation as a result of the scandals,” and it’s possible this decline was large enough to affect overall church attendance.

But while both men’s and woman’s attendance recovered somewhat after the early 2000s, women’s attendance dropped noticeably between about 2004 and 2012, while men’s remained fairly stable. This period saw evangelicals taking an increasingly hard line about traditional “Catholic” issues like birth control, which may have alienated some women.

And in 2004, the Catholic Church released a controversial document by soon-to-be Pope Benedict that was critical of feminism and said women’s characteristics were “Listening, welcoming, humility, faithfulness, praise and waiting.” The following years of Benedict’s papacy were particularly unwelcoming to progressive women in the church.

If McClendon is right and the trend of growing disaffiliation correlates to women’s decline in attendance, it’s also worth noting that Catholics make up the largest portion of the nones exiting a religion. Almost one-third (28 percent) of nones are former Catholics, which is the single largest share of any religious group.

Why have women stopped going to church? It isn’t because they’re too busy or too well educated. Maybe they stopped going when conservative politics took over the pulpit.


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Posted: May 24, 2016 - 7:37am

Two Tennessee pastors are among 32 arrested for human trafficking during undercover sting
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Posted: May 16, 2016 - 6:24pm

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School Teaching Creationism With Video From Islamic Sex Cult
An Ohio school district is using a video made by a Holocaust-denying Muslim to undermine evolution in science class.
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Posted: Apr 26, 2016 - 3:00pm

A New Perspective of 'Jihad' in Christianity and Islam
Craig Considine
Politicians and anti-Muslim activists frequently take to audiences and websites to criticize the term “jihad” as a form of Islamic supremacism, oppression, and violence. Muslim extremists, on the other hand, argue that “jihad” refers to a “holy war” against non-Muslims. Viewing the term “jihad” though these frameworks alone, however, would be playing into the hands of extremists who forego the other elements encompassed by the term “jihad.” (...)
Two sides of the same extremist coin...
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Posted: Apr 18, 2016 - 12:18pm

Arab Youth view ISIL as major Mideast Obstacle, want less Religion | Informed Comment
The annual Arab Youth survey conducted by pollsters Burson-Marsteller is out, reporting on 3500 interviews with Arabs 18-24 years of age in 16 countries. (...)

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Posted: Apr 16, 2016 - 12:06pm

There's Only One State Where You Can Marry Without God as a Witness
The surprisingly sweet and tolerant uses of a 330-year-old law.
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Posted: Apr 16, 2016 - 6:20am

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Posted: Apr 16, 2016 - 2:14am




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Posted: Apr 14, 2016 - 11:05am

She runs disastrous day cares. But her church makes her untouchable | Reveal
Deborah Stokes, seen in a mug shot, has operated a string of church day cares across southern Alabama even though she has been arrested multiple times, for crimes ranging from theft to child endangerment.

Deborah Stokes, seen in a mug shot, has operated a string of church day cares across southern Alabama even though she has been arrested multiple times, for crimes ranging from theft to child endangerment. Credit: Courtesy of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office

She’s been called a crook. A con artist. A snake in the grass. But in Alabama, the only thing that really matters to state regulators is that she calls herself a Christian. (...)


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Posted: Apr 14, 2016 - 8:23am

Indonesia's Aceh province canes non-Muslim for selling booze

A 60-year-old Christian woman was whipped nearly 30 times with a rattan cane before a crowd of hundreds in Aceh province for selling alcohol. 

 

 

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-s-aceh-province/2691464.html?cid=fbint

 


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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 - 1:25pm

not sure where to post this so i'll try here
i stumbled across this and thought it would be of interest
Musk is 44 years old, give me 44 million years i'd still not catch up
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http://fundersandfounders.com/how-elon-musk-started/

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Posted: Apr 10, 2016 - 1:03pm

Spirituality in a bottle: Indian guru builds empire on ‘holy’ bodywash for the faithful
Yoga teacher Baba Ramdev is now a key political figure as his retail empire takes £530m in past year

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Posted: Apr 9, 2016 - 2:16am

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Posted: Apr 7, 2016 - 1:55pm

Pat Robertson: Islam Is A Dangerous Infection That Must Be Eliminated

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Posted: Apr 7, 2016 - 12:27pm

Sharia is alive and well in America, but here it's called "religious freedom".
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Posted: Apr 7, 2016 - 11:44am

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Mass-produced opium...

 
There was an old movie called In God We Trust starring Marty Feldman as Brother Ambrose, an innocent sent out into cold cruel world to get money to save the monastery.  One of my favorite scenes was where he briefly gets a job doing that manually and has such a pained apologetic look as he tacks them on and then has to wash his hands after each one.
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Posted: Apr 7, 2016 - 11:06am

Mass-produced opium...

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Posted: Apr 7, 2016 - 6:58am

A Look Inside Britain's Muslim Sex Grooming Gang Scandal

 

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/04/a_look_inside_britains_muslim_sex_grooming_gang_scandal.html

 

 


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