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Shocking video of two churches pushing ex-gay therapy may help end the practice
While more US states prepare to ban so-called ex-gay conversion therapy, the harmful practice of trying to change someone’s sexual orientation remains legal through the UK. And a recent TV report has captured disturbing footage of two UK churches claiming that God can “fix” gay people.
An ITV investigative report revealed that Journey UK and World Mission Agency – Winners Chapel International (WMA-WCI) both advocate the idea that one can pray the gay away.
A man from Journey UK spoke to an undercover ITV reporter about how certain activities can help lessen one’s feelings of same-sex attraction. A pastor from WMA-WCI told the reporter that gay people are under Satan’s control and compared positive media depictions of gay people to Nazi propaganda.
The WMA-WCI pastor also said a 20-minute prayer over the reporter, even speaking in tongues, presumably attempting to “heal” him.
Conversion Therapy Is Still Happening And It's Killing LGBTQ Teens
This year, two movies about conversion therapy (or the idea that homosexuality and queerness are curable diseases) have hit the big screen to critical acclaim. Boy Erased, based on the memoir of the same title by Garrard Conley, and The Miseducation of Cameron Post, based on the novel by Emily Danforth, tell the stories of two teenagers from religious communities whose families enroll them in programs that promise to rid them of their same-sex attraction.
As someone from a religious background, I was moved by how realistic both films were about the pain of growing up in a community that rejects a major facet of your identity. But what I truly found to be one of the most emotional moments of Boy Erased was, in the film's final moments, when modern day conversion therapy facts started to appear on-screen. The film says that 700,000 LGBTQ people have been subjected to conversion therapy.
And it’s entirely true— conversion therapy is a reality. It’s still fully legally in 36 states, and strains of it run through too many religious communities to count. It's estimated that 20,000 LGBTQ teens will be subject to conversion therapy by a healthcare provider, and nearly 60,000 will be subject to "treatment" from a religious counselor before they turn 18.
Kentucky Baptist Convention severs ties with churches that support hiring gay employees
Ex-altar boy is first in Penn. to file lawsuit against Catholic Church since bombshell AG report
A former altar boy claimed in a lawsuit Monday that he was molested repeatedly by a Pennsylvania priest who had admitted sexually abusing another boy a decade earlier — and who had been cleared to work with kids by a New Mexico clinic for troubled clergy that was derided in Catholic circles as "Camp Ped."
Bruno Tucci, now 76, allegedly abused the altar boy — who is identified in court papers only as a 29-year-old "John Doe" — between 1999 and 2001 at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Nesquehoning, a small town 30 miles north of Allentown, Pennsylvania.
On one occasion, Tucci allegedly told the then pre-teen boy to "put his arms out like Jesus on the cross" while he fondled his exposed genitals, the lawsuit states.
Defrocked Nesquehoning Priest Charged with Sexually Assaulting Boy in 1981
Episcopal bishop goes against church leaders, bans same-sex marriages
Priest son of Hobbit author JRR Tolkien forced group of Boy Scouts to strip naked during trip but was sent for treatment by church officials rather than to police, abuse inquiry hears
Religious leader pleads guilty to sending dirty pics and trying to seduce teen boy he met on Grindr
A former rabbi from St. Louis Park, a suburb of Minneapolis, just pleaded guilty to grooming a teenage boy who he met online for sex.
44-year-old Aryeh Leiv Cohen entered guilty plea last Friday on one count of engaging in electronic communication describing sexual conduct with a child.
A student threatened to bomb his high school to ‘cleanse’ it of LGBT kids
A South Carolina teenager has been charged with making a bomb threat against his school and specifically naming LGBTQ students as a target.
Jonathan Logan-Guy Radford, 18, allegedly tweeted that he wanted to “cleanse” Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina, of LGBTQ people.
“The ultimate cleansing of all anti straight and non Christians will happen to day at 8:10 at James F Byrnes High School,” said one of the tweets, which is no longer publicly available.
Prosecutor: Altar girl in relationship with priest pregnant
Authorities are investigating whether a Roman Catholic diocese in Ohio responded appropriately last November when it learned that a priest for two of its parishes had taken a now-pregnant altar girl to a wedding reception, Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn told The Associated Press.
Blackburn's office on Tuesday charged the Rev. Henry Christopher Foxhoven with eight counts of sexual battery for his relationship with the girl, who is 17. He is being held on a $1 million bond and doesn't have an attorney.
Revelations about Foxhoven's behavior have shaken Catholics in the two small former mining towns where Foxhoven ministered, Blackburn said. The story began to unravel Oct. 26 when the 45-year-old priest and the teen told her parents she was two months pregnant. A spokesman for the Diocese of Steubenville said Foxhoven called Bishop Jeffrey Montforton the next day to tell him about the relationship.
Republican suggests supporters of same-sex marriage and abortion should be killed
A Washington state politician has suggested in a manifesto that those who support abortion and same-sex marriage should be killed.
The shocking suggestion was included in a document by a member of the Washington House of Representatives, Matt Shea.
The Republican politician, in fact, admitted that he wrote and distributed a four-page document called the Biblical Basis for War. The document also includes 14 sections on how biblical war would unfold.
Gay Star News
Christian woman terrifies kids when she crashes children’s story time to yell anti-gay slurs
A woman in California interrupted Drag Queen Story Time with anti-gay hate.
An independent bookstore in Riverside, California, called Cellar Door was hosting a Halloween event for kids that had three drag queens reading books to children.
Tanzania Governor Launches Surveillance Squad to Identify Gay People on Social Media and Arrest Them
Pennsylvania’s Most Anti-Gay Lawmaker Daryl Metcalfe is Back Up to His Homophobic Deeds: WATCH
Bisexual man on the run: 'My father is trying to have me murdered'
A bisexual man is on the run because he believes his father is trying to have him murdered.
Will, a 32-year-old from Uganda, flew over 7,000 miles to escape his father. His father allegedly believes he is a ‘cursed thing’ that must be wiped off the planet.
His mother has told him his father has said he ‘must never have peace’ as long as he’s alive.
Gay sex is illegal in Uganda.
Gay Star News
'It's more than religion': Christian father reveals the shocking reason why he thinks his daughter is gay on Bride and Prejudice... and says he'll NEVER support same-sex marriage
'Sloshed' New Jersey priest who advises the Pope gets DUI for being found twice over the limit after crashing into pregnant mother on London highway
As a Vatican consultant and a former spiritual adviser to student priests in Rome, you might have expected Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo to be a model of sobriety.
But he was pictured 'visibly sloshed' with his dog collar askew after his hire car hit a pregnant solicitor's 4x4 on the M25. He was more than twice the drink-drive limit.
Figueiredo, 54, who is a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, in the US, pulled over after the rush-hour accident and was photographed in his dishevelled state by the other driver, Olivia Parfitt, on her phone.
Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting claims 11 lives; 4 officers among multiple wounded: Officials
Eleven people were killed and at least six more were injured -- including four police officers -- when a gunman opened fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning, authorities said.
The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting is another example of America’s gun problem
THE U.S. CATHOLIC CHURCH IS FACING AN UNPRECEDENTED WAVE OF SEX ABUSE INVESTIGATIONS
In the months since a Pennsylvania grand jury announced the names of more than 300 priests who’d abused at least 1,000 children, authorities across the United States have launched investigations of unprecedented scale into sex abuse within the U.S. Catholic Church.
On Wednesday, Virginia became at least the 15th state where officials have announced a plan to investigate sex abuse allegations within the Church. At the federal level, the Justice Department has subpoenaed records from at least seven of Pennsylvania’s eight Catholic dioceses, the Associated Press reported last week, in a probe believed to be the first of its kind, according to the Survivors Network of those Abuse by Priests (SNAP).
Pope Francis fires bishop of Memphis
Chile: abuse victims file complaint against ex-archbishop
Priest accused of lying about attack sidelined amid abuse allegation
WILL CATHOLIC CLERGY BE ALLOWED TO MARRY? THE POPE IS CONSIDERING IT.
This Community Is Tearing Itself Apart Over Non-Christians Owning
For over a century the “Chautauqua on Lake Michigan,” perched on a hillside overlooking a particularly scenic expanse of coastline, has served as a local cultural center and sacred retreat for families like Sheaffer’s, who mostly have been visiting for generations. But for the past decade idyllic, serene Bay View has been embroiled in a bitter internal conflict that’s sharply divided the tight-knit community and—because of its echoes of the ugly housing discrimination fights of past decades—resonated far beyond, tapping a nerve in the country’s culture wars and the broader debate about the role of religion in American life. The core of this dispute is that while anyone is welcome to visit Bay View or participate in its events—and many outsiders do—for decades only Christians have been allowed to actually own cottages and act as voting community members. In early August, after years of escalating tension, members voted to finally amend the bylaws to allow non-Christians to own property, but the dispute remains ongoing. A group of plaintiffs, arguing the new provisions still amount to religious discrimination, are forging ahead with a federal lawsuit against the Bay View Association.
Ex-gays to march to show 'Jesus' love delivered them from LGBTQ lifestyle'
A group of people who claim to be former ‘homosexuals’ and ‘transgenders’ will take to the streets Los Angeles to show Jesus changed them. They want to show that people can stop being LGBTI.
The Freedom March is a collective of people who claim to no longer be LGBTI. Their second ever march is happening on 4 November.
Gay Star News
263 San Francisco Bay Area priests branded sexual abusers in survivor's report
The attorney for a California clergy abuse survivor accused the leaders of three San Francisco Bay Area dioceses on Tuesday of engaging in an "institutional cover-up of an enormous magnitude" and released a list of 263 local priests whom they branded sexual predators.
The priests named in the 66-page report, compiled by the law firm of Jeff Anderson & Associates of St. Paul, Minnesota, are from the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the dioceses of Oakland and San Jose.