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LGBTQ people suffer when religion & government mix
A pair of recent decisions from two of the southern federal Circuit Courts of Appeals should be alarming us all. Instead, they’re only alarming a handful of us – because, overall, our community still clings to the inexplicable belief that religion can be our friend or, at least, a friend that we will be able to use to defend ourselves from certain others who also claim religion to be their friend.
Of the two recent decisions, only one has a direct LGBTQ component. Even so, it is truly difficult to say which one is the more disturbing, though the non-LGBTQ one, United States v. Brown, probably deserves the nod.
The Brown in question is Corrine, a former member of Congress from Florida, convicted on a slew of counts, the specifics of which are strangely irrelevant for purposes of what makes one of the opinions in her case problematic.
What does matter is that she was convicted by a jury. On appeal she took issue with the trial court’s decision to not allow “Juror 13” to contribute to rendering a verdict.
Shortly after deliberations began, “Juror 8” informed the judge that “13” had said, “A Higher Being told me Corrine Brown was Not Guilty on all charges” and that he “trusted the Holy Ghost.”
Do those sound like the words of someone who is going to make a decision based on earthly evidence?
What the LGBTQ community has never learned is that, when religion merges with government and science is reduced to having no more standing than faith, our religions and faiths and beliefs (or lack thereof) will never be recognized when they conflict with the particular religion and faith and belief of those who have seized power – legitimately or otherwise.
Once religion enters the government picture, everyone loses – at least everyone not sitting at the table of power.
Gay basher accused of “one of the vilest” hate crimes will get off with maximum six months in jail
Investigators believe that Ferlenda got enraged at the sight of the gay couple together as they were leaving a concert at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse this past August 24.
Ferlenda allegedly punched one of the men in the face, starting a rage-fueled attack that lasted half an hour, as the couple tried to escape on foot and then by car.
Ferlenda followed them, shouting anti-gay slurs. And he didn’t stop when they got to their car.
The Amish Keep to Themselves. And They’re Hiding a Horrifying Secret
The memories come to her in fragments. The bed creaking late at night after one of her brothers snuck into her room and pulled her to the edge of her mattress. Her underwear shoved to the side as his body hovered over hers, one of his feet still on the floor.
Her ripped dresses, the clothespins that bent apart on her apron as another brother grabbed her at dusk by the hogpen after they finished feeding the pigs. Sometimes she’d pry herself free and sprint toward the house, but “they were bigger and stronger,” she says. They usually got what they wanted.
As a child, Sadie* was carefully shielded from outside influences, never allowed to watch TV or listen to pop music or get her learner’s permit. Instead, she attended a one-room Amish schoolhouse and rode a horse and buggy to church—a life designed to be humble and disciplined and godly.
2 Mass. Priests Suspended Amid Decades Old Abuse Complaints
French trial exposes how church covered for predator priest
Senators demand review of Army Reserve sexual assaults
Three armed men rob Palm Springs business; flee with cash after striking employee
Three armed men entered a Little Caesar's Pizza in Palm Springs just before 10 p.m. Sunday, demanded money and fled with cash after striking an employee in the head. Palm Springs police announced Thursday.
Kanye West’s new religious fanatic friend joins anti-LGBTQ “freedom march”
Rapper Kanye West announced he will appear at Awaken2020, a stadium-sized prayer rally hosted by some of the nation’s most anti-LGBTQ religious conservatives.
Now one of the organizers of the event has announced he will join an upcoming anti-LGBTQ “freedom march.”
Related: If you’re boycotting Chick-fil-A, why aren’t you protesting Adidas & Kanye West?
Pastor Lou Engle will join “former homosexuals” in Boston to help lead a “rainbow revival.” Engle has said America has become like Nazi Germany because of gay rights. He helped fan the flames of hate in Uganda at a time when this nation was debating whether to enact the infamous “Kill the Gays” bill.
Kanye West’s Dark Turn to the Anti-Gay Christian Right
Minnesota Senate Leader: Sexual Assault, Bad Parenting Make People Gay
Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka defended conversion therapy and claimed that sexual assault can cause homosexuality, all in a wide-ranging interview with televangelist Andrew Wommack.
The senator, a Republican, recalled hearing the story of “a lady that was lesbian, and [a counselor] said before you judge her, let me just tell you her backstory. … He said she was chained to a toilet as a like 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-year-old girl and raped by her dad, for years and years. How do you think she’s gonna feel? In other words, he’s trying to get you to realize that there’s a deeper backstory, and if you understand that, you can love them while you’re … bringing truth and trying to help them.”
He also contended that lack of closeness to a parent of the same sex can cause a person to be gay. In a conversation with a gay man, Gazelka said he asked if the man was raised by a mother and father or just by his mother; it turned out the man was brought up by his mother and grandmother. “We actually had a conversation that we could talk about the issues around the why and the what,” the senator said.
“I think the best place to land is let the church have the total freedom to do as they please, and then for professional counselors, if an adolescent comes into their office, says I have unwanted same-sex attraction, I’m hoping that counselor can say ‘How can I help you?’” Gazelka told Wommack.
Bali villas targeted by authorities for “catering” to the LGBTQ community
Republicans declare war on transgender people in state legislatures all over the US
Texas man allegedly called for ‘all the black people’ to be shot at NJ school
A college student in Texas who called for “all the black people” to be shot at a New Jersey high school is facing upgraded charges for suggesting the sick stunt, prosecutors said.
The comment from Kenneth Petersen, 21, of Stephenville, came in a group chat organized by a student at Northern Burlington Regional High School who was discussing senior pranks in May 2018, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday.
Shocking video shows man making swastika from MTA flyers inside subway station
Virginia Capital on Edge as F.B.I. Arrests Suspected Neo-Nazis Before Gun Rally
Academic had gruelling sex swap surgery and then changed his mind at the last minute - and is now accusing the 'transition' industry of pushing vulnerable people like him into irreversible operations they'll regret
I have come to believe that for many of the growing numbers of men, women and, most alarmingly, children wishing to change sex, gender reassignment is nothing more than escapism.
It certainly was in my case. The least we can do is start to tell the truth.
The less we brag, the less they'll hate. (If we are all equal, what is the need?) 09-Jan-2020
An art professor beat her colleague with a poker after confessing unrequited “love” for the woman
Rie Hachiyanagi, a 48-year-old art professor at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, has been charged with attempting to murder an unnamed female co-worker over the age of 60 with a rock, a fire poker, and garden shears after the colleague didn’t return Hachiyanagi’s romantic advances. The alleged attack occurred in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve.
Kentucky judge accused of having a threesome in the courthouse
Priest removed from ministry after he was busted taking “disturbing” pics of high school wrestlers
“Britain’s most prolific rapist” sexually assaulted nearly 200 unconscious men & filmed it all
A 36-year-old man named Reynhard Sinaga has been called “Britain’s most prolific rapist” and sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison after being found guilty of raping or sexually assaulting at least 48 young men in Manchester, though its thought that he raped closer to 200 men.
Michigan man charged in Grindr murder says he ate part of victim after killing, court docs show
Gruesome details emerge in cannibal killer’s cold-blooded slaughter of young gay man
Britain’s ‘Most Prolific Rapist’ Has Been Sentenced to Life in Prison
Zachary Levi Wasn't Sure If He Wanted to Live Anymore, Battled Feelings of Failure Before Shazam! Role Changed His Life
Zachary Levi may have had a super hero save his life. The actor previously best known for NBC's Chuck was cast as Shazam! in the DC Comics big screen universe and now admits that the casting helped him find a new will to live. After struggling to find work while chasing his dream of being an actor, Levi began to doubt himself and look down at his failures along the way. When he seemed to be reaching rock bottom, he turned down an opportunity to try out for the Shazam! role out of fear of failing, however, a little bit of self help through therapy and other avenues convinced him to give it a shot -- and his life is changed forever for it.
"This last year has been fascinating. The last few, actually," Levi said on Instagram. "Two years ago today I was moving to Toronto, for the 4th time 3 years, to begin working on [Shazam!], one of the single greatest gifts I’ve ever been handed. Ironically, just 4 months prior, I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to live anymore. My goals, and visions, and hopes, and dreams, and therefore expectations for myself, have always been a lot."
MASSIVE BRAWL INVOLVING OVER A HUNDRED TEENS CLOSES DOWN TWO CALIFORNIA MALLS
A conflict involving well over 100 teens in Stockton, California, resulted in the closure of two malls as the violence spread wildly out of control.
KCRA reported that the chaos began at around 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Weberstown Mall. Police say that between 150 and 200 juveniles were involved in a large-scale skirmish at the shopping center. Fifteen police cruisers were dispatched to the scene, and officers worked to evacuate the combatants and lock down several entrances to the mall to prevent them from coming back inside.
Once the brawling teens were escorted to the parking lot, a number of additional fistfights began to erupt as police and security tried to calm the crowd.
How to survive the holidays when your family doesn't know you're gay
No one wants to spend Christmas in the closet, but for many people, it’s a fact of life. Even though I am very publicly queer, some of my extended family members have opted out of processing that message. I rarely see them, but when I do, everyone pretends I’m not gay. While I’m a big fan of coming out, for some folx, coming out can be emotionally or physically dangerous. Trying to spend quality time with people who don’t acknowledge your identity can be alienating and painful. I asked some of my most trusted mental health experts how we can deal with spending the holidays with family who don't know you're gay.
Identify what your choices are...
The first thing you need to know is that you have choices. “I think one of the most important things is to decide whether or not you want to spend time with family members who don't know,” says Stefani Goerlich, a Detroit-based psychotherapist. “Not everyone is ready to come out to their relatives, but for those that are ready, being forced back into the closet for the holidays can be an incredibly painful experience.”
Tenn. Mom Fatally Shot 'Happy and Upbeat' 12-Year-Old Son Before Turning Gun on Herself
Authorities in Tennessee have confirmed the deaths of a mother and her 12-year-old son were the result of a murder-suicide.
On Tuesday night, the bodies of Rachel Narancich, 43, and her son Asher Narancich were found inside their Franklin home by a family member.
Woman in Florida leaves three kids alone in bus overnight to smoke pot on boat
Zymere Perkins’ sickening death exposes NYC’s unforgivable child welfare failures