RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) today issued an executive order that maintains House Bills 2’s provisions that force transgender people to use the wrong restroom while prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for state employees. The news follows the passage of House Bill 2, a measure that removes … More ACLU Statement on North Carolina: Governor’s Executive Order on LGBT Discrimination
The bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, the Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates and the Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, on April 7 issued the following letter to the clergy of the diocese, urging support for statewide nondiscrimination protections for transgender people now pending in the state legislature. The text of the letter follows. … More Mass. bishops urge support for transgender nondiscrimination law
By Reverend J. Edwin Bacon Jr. For much of the past two years, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has engaged in a prolonged and costly battle that purports to restore historical accuracy to the county’s seal by placing a cross atop a mission. The county’s stance seems simple enough, until you consider what … More The Cross Means What It Has Always Meant
Raw Story reports the baker said: ““I am here to bake cakes and to sell those cakes,” Moore explained to NPR host Renee Montagne. “I’m not here to decide arbitrarily who deserves my cake and who doesn’t. That’s not what I do. That’s not my job.”” More
On Sun., Apr. 3, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST), Mew York City’s LGBTQS (the S is for “straight”!) synagogue and the world’s largest such body, marched at noon from its longtime space in Westbeth in Greenwich Village, to its rented Friday worship space at Holy Apostles Episcopal Church on Ninth Ave. in Chelsea, to the … More Congregation Beit Simchat Torah: Coming Out and Coming Home
Responding to the passage of the North Carolina and Mississippi laws and to anti-LGBTQ legislation being considered throughout the country, today a broad faith coalition released a statement urging public officials to “reject anti-LGBTQ and, specifically, anti-transgender legislation and to commit to creating loving, just communities that embody justice for people of all gender identities … More Nearly 1,000 clergy and 2,500 people of faith respond to new state anti-LGBTQ legislation
“I grew up a fundamentalist in North Carolina,” said Bishop John Shelby Spong in a recent phone interview from his home in Morris Township, New Jersey. “My alcoholic father died when I was 12 years old and fundamentalism gave me security. “That religion taught me that segregation was the will of God and quoted the bible … More Can we get an Amen?
The BBC reports the Archbishop of Wales has apologised for “the persecution and mistreatment [gay people] have endured at the hands of the Church”. Dr Morgan also authorised prayers which can be said with same-sex couples following a celebration, but they fall short of a church blessing for civil partnerships and marriages.” BBC story here.
Another court has ruled (again) that gifts given to The Episcopal Church cannot be taken and used for a different church no matter what their schismatic bishop or his hand-picked clergy argue. More at the Fresno Bee.
Not only will this NOT happen – it should not happen. Christianity Today reports: “Conservative bishops and clergy within the US Episcopal Church have called on their delegates to next week’s Anglican meeting in Zambia to refrain from voting on “doctrine or polity”. Three African provinces are boycotting the meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council because … More Conservative US bishops urge liberals voluntarily to abide by gay marriage sanctions