Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

Pastor Advocates for LGBT Issues

(Source: Albany Times Union)

Rev. Nina Nichols, pastor of Christ Church United Methodist, in front of her church in Troy, N.Y., June 15, 2010. (Skip Dickstein/Times Union archive) Photo: Skip Dickstein / 2008

The Rev. Nina Nichols, pastor of Christ Church United Methodist, will be involved in the latest push to have United Methodists fully recognize lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.Love Your Neighbor Common Witness Coalition is supporting several changes to the United Methodist Church Book of Discipline to permit LGBT people to participate in the church. (more…)

Rural Montana Religious Colonies Fight Labor Law

(Source: Bloomberg Businessweek)

Religious colonies of Hutterites in rural Montana are fighting the state’s attempts to impose a labor law backed by businesses that complain they can’t outbid the low cost of the communal workers.

The Hutterites are Protestants similar to the Amish and Mennonites who live a life centered on their religion, but unlike the others, Hutterites live in German-speaking communes scattered across northern U.S. states and Canada.

They don’t pay wages, don’t vote and don’t enlist in the military. They make their own clothes, produce their own food and construct their own buildings.

“Their core belief is that they have no property. All the property and labor they have, they contribute to the colony,” Ron Nelson, an attorney for the Big Sky Colony, told the Montana Supreme Court. (more…)

Atheist Group Honors TN Student Who Portrayed Jesus as Fictional

(Source: The Tennessean)

Summit High School sophomore Jeff Shott has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship for dressing like Jesus Christ on fictional character day.

The Spring Hill student was not disciplined for his action back in January, but Summit High Principal Charles Farmer did advise him that if the costume caused distraction during the day that he would have to remove it, school officials say.

Shott voluntarily removed his robes and sash, a costume that included a hammer and nail.

“Both principals said they were worried my costume would spark religious debates in every class and take up large amounts of time. I was sternly warned that if even one teacher reported the slightest disruption, I would have to take off my costume. Then and there, I decided to take it off,” Shott wrote in a letter to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national organization devoted to promoting the separation of state and church. The group ended up awarding him a scholarship. (more…)

If Religion Were A Contest The Philippines Would Be Winning [Study]

(Source: The Inquisitr)

Phillipines And Religion

If we were to hold a competition today in order to determine which countries citizens were the most religious in terms of believing in God the Philippines would rule supreme. That’s because a recent study found that a vast majority of the countries people believe in god, 94% of the Phillipines citizens to be exact.

The study conducted at the University of Chicago focused on 30 of the world’s largest countries while researchers noted that almost all nations in the study had Christian majorities. The study is certainly not all inclusive but it sheds some interesting light on some of the world’s largest countries. (more…)

Pro-Gay Religious Voices Absent in Mainstream Media

(Source: Care2)

Pro-Gay Religious Voices Absent in Mainstream Media

A new study has found that religious contributors to the media are largely anti-gay, despite growing and often majority numbers among religious people favoring LGBT rights.

The Center on Religion & the Professions at University of Missouri, in partnership with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), studied three years of mainstream news media content.

They found that three out of four religious messages came from people whose religions have formal policies opposing LGBT equality — despite the fact that acceptance of LGBT people is growing across faith traditions. (more…)

Ethics Expert Apologizes for ‘offending’ Remarks on Trayvon

(Source: USA Today)

Southern Baptist expert Richard Land, the voice of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, borrowed his diatribe on President Obama’s Trayvon Martin remarks but, oops, failed to credit the sources for whole paragraphs of invective.

He even stood by his Trayvon-Obama comments when they came under fire.

But then a Baylor grad student blogger caught the quotes in Land’s regular radio br0adcast — where Land never mentioned any sources — and checked the language against the footnotes on his website where the original authors of the language were cited. (more…)

Same-Sex Marriage: Seattle’s St. James Catholic Cathedral Opts Out Of Anti-Gay Marriage Petition Drive

(Source: Huffington Post)
St James Gay Marriage

If the referendum campaign to block Washington state’s recently passed law authorizing same-sex marriage makes the state’s November ballot, it will not be with any official help of the Seattle archdiocese’s cathedral parish, despite Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain’s outspoken support of Referendum 74 and his call for parishioners to bolster its campaign.

In a short, two-paragraph email sent to St. James Cathedral parishioners April 11, pastor Fr. Michael G. Ryan wrote, “After discussing the matter with the members of the Cathedral’s pastoral ministry team, I have decided that we will not participate in the collecting of signatures in our parish. Doing so would, I believe, prove hurtful and seriously divisive in our community.” (more…)

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