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Pope Francis On Gays: Who Am I To Judge Them?.
"Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?" the pontiff said, speaking in Italian. "You can’t marginalize these people."
I don’t want to underestimate or overestimate the importance of this statement. It doesn’t mean all is well and that the RC Church will treat #lgbt people any better, but it is certainly a different tone than the usual condemnation.
Huffpost via Enrique Molina. More after the jump.
Desmond Tutu 'Would Not Worship a Homophobic God'.
The former archbishop compared the struggle for LGBT equality to South Africa’s battle to end apartheid.
"I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven," Tutu said, according to Australia’s Herald Sun. ”No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place… I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.”
If you don’t know who Tutu is and how renowned he is, you should learn more about him.
More after the jump. From Advocate via Enrique Molina
A member of my family recently posted a “10 things people should know about homosexuality,” which was an article, by a pastor, that was very homophobic in nature. It made me, a queer Christian, incredibly angry. So I sat down and wrote out a rebuttal using the Bible (and a few resources you wonderful folks provided) to debunk the list and create a new one supporting our community. Anyway, thought you’d like the link to the post: http://disgruntledchristian.tumblr.com/post/55891842870/dear-pastor-mike
Thanks guys! You’re doing such an awesome job. :)
I quite like what this person has written.
I had a very vivid dream last night, and I had this long conversation with an imaginary preacher. I asked him:
"Why is it that we base our supernatural beliefs so strongly off a physical book? Is God nothing more than physical words? Is he no more than just verses and scripture? Also, what’s with the whole "he" thing anyway? We can assume Jesus identified as "he" since he refers to himself as such, but God only says "I am." Somehow I don’t think it’s accurate to assume that God is a man, or has a penis, because the only reason our society refers to someone/something as "he" is if they are a man or have a penis and from what I understand, God doesn’t reproduce, God creates. Why is it that we’re constantly limiting teachings and references to only the Bible? Can we not look around and see all the many blessings that are around us and learn from our experiences? Can we not learn from small acts of kindness, good deeds, or love? I don’t think the Bible is complete fallacy, but it is not right to say that we believe in a supreme being and yet only base the teachings of that being off a physical book that has been changed by man over thousands of years. If we are to truly believe in the word of God then we should have enough faith to believe that the Bible is not the only way of preaching and teaching God’s love. I honestly wasn’t brought to the Lord though the Bible, I was brought to the Lord through the love of my family and the love I experienced around me. I was very young when I accepted Christ, so it’s safe to say I wasn’t looking for an explanation, or answers to some bigger question about life. I wasn’t looking for salvation from Hell (which I probably didn’t even know what that was at the time). I simply wanted to find love, and a place of belonging. How have we gotten to this point? How have we as a people resorted to scare tactics and hate? Love is of God. Why can’t people see it?"
I don’t remember him ever having an answer for me, but a few minutes later, I woke up.
can we submit our stories?
Yes! Everyone send me your stories! I want to know how your sexuality has affected your journey with God, whether it made you lose your faith or get closer to our heavenly Father, your relationship with the Church, how you came out, the highs, the lows! Let the world see our stories, because our stories deserve to be told! Too long have we been silenced and ignored!
"these people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me." maybe it’s already been posted, but it’s my favorite line when talking with a christian who thinks that when jesus said love is the fulfillment of the law he only meant heterosexual love
From 10am to 10pm this blog will remain silent in remembrance of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters who have been silenced by bullies, suicide, bigotry and murder. Let us stand together against hate.