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My Message To The Church

Actually, I think that quote is from Milton's Paradise Lost which was written after Luther's time.  (Jun 29, 2011 | post #6)

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Bills would take Texas' illegal sodomy ban off books

NikkLondon, I think you are right about some of the major cities being more tolerant but rural regions tend to be less so. Visibility is the issue. Actually knowing and interacting with homosexual individuals (as opposed to "having gay friends") can change attitudes. I have experienced that myself personally. But come on, Nikk, Willis???? Maybe it has gotten better since I lived in Conroe but Willis used to be the armpit of Montgomery County where IQ and the number of teeth were roughly the same  (Mar 26, 2011 | post #3)

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14-year-old boy acclaimed for 'awe-inspiring' speech in d...

Your ignorance of facts is a choice. Homosexuality is not.  (Nov 19, 2010 | post #7)

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N.J. weighs new bullying laws after suicide

I agree. Although we are born gay or straight, no child is born a bigot. They learn that at home.  (Oct 26, 2010 | post #3)

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Lawyers: Gay Marriage Ban Aim Was to Deny Stature,

Our marriage won't be recognized by the Feds either way right now. But if we lose at the Supreme Court level, even a Massachusetts marriage could be invalidated. We want to avoid a California style complication so we decided to go where there would be less chance of it being overturned. You don't need to know all of the reasoning behind that decision. As for your comment regarding the effectiveness of this plan of action, it's a slow process to change long held prejudices but in the long run slow change is more effective. We just need more people to join us in this.  (Oct 19, 2010 | post #13)

Gay/Lesbian

Lawyers: Gay Marriage Ban Aim Was to Deny Stature,

I totally agree. I have approached this problem in my community as living by example. People fear what they do not understand and cannot see for themselves. There are still pockets of resistance but overall most are accepting. The next step for our plan B is a trip to Canada with my partner in January to get that what Texas says we cannot have. I will be proud to call him "husband. "  (Oct 19, 2010 | post #10)

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Banning gay marriage would boost economic growth, activis...

No, we shouldn't ban Christianity or any religion but it should be taxed like everyone else. If the wing-nuts are truly concerned about fractured families, ban divorce. Of course if all divorces were rescinded, then a lot of them would become polygamists.  (Aug 3, 2010 | post #3)

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Houston, You're Not Gay Enough, Survey Finds

Having lived in Texas all my life, I have to say that there are places where it is ok to be gay if you know where to look. The areas tend to be localized such as Cedar Springs in Dallas and Montrose in Houston. There is even a gayborhood in San Antonio centered around N. Main. And although the attitude of the general population is one of distrust of homosexuality, I think it is changing. I have even managed to get a district court to agree to allow a same-sex marriage to satisfy a personal legal issue. So even though there is not true equality in Texas, I think it is improving.  (Jul 21, 2010 | post #4)

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Gay magazine: Pastor attends gay support group

He should be given the benefit of the doubt. There is nothing in the article to indicate why he was there. He could certainly be struggling with his sexuality or he could be trying to gain some first hand insight into homosexuality beyond what his religion was telling him. As for Jack's (Jack-off?) response, a cursory study of epidemiology would show that you are an idiot.  (Jun 23, 2010 | post #9)

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Gaydar really exists: Scientists prove gays can pick out ...

Apply the following to any politician, right winger, or your garden variety homophobe when the rant about gays... The lady doth protest too much, methinks. Hamlet Act 3 Scene 2 If the above phrase matches, chances are they're gay and desperately trying to hide it. Better than gaydar any day.  (May 28, 2010 | post #10)

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Lesbian pastor officially recognized by ELCA

This is not entirely a myth. In my small town, I know of two churches that have voted (overwhelmingly) to leave their respective national organizations because of this issue. One was ELCA and the other was UCC. Another is currently in discussions on whether to do so. Similar votes have occurred in churches in surrounding communities. Those that I have talked to about it seem proud to have stood up for their principles not realizing that this is the very opposite of Christ's message. They point out that the Bible is clear and infallible on this issue and don't take too kindly to my response that they are arrogant to think that their own interpretation of the Bible is also infallible. No good can come from using the Bible as a basis for hate. Until I see real change at the local level, I will continue to view religion as a commercial enterprise and stand by my screen name.  (May 25, 2010 | post #5)

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Lutheran Church Abolishes Antigay Policies | News

Unfortunately, this may not actually change anything. As I have said before, Lutherans love nothing more than a good schism. Those churches that voted to leave the ELCA after the gay clergy vote last summer are not likely to come crawling back and the recent action may actually drive more congregations out which cannot let go of old deeply held prejudices.  (Apr 21, 2010 | post #4)

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Gay Divorce? Texas Says No

The logic in this is so twisted it's ridiculous. The "good" people of Texas don't want same-sex couples to be together and marry but when those couples want to be apart, the "good" people of Texas insist that they stay together. If they're not careful, their heads might explode trying to figure that one out. They can't have it both ways.  (Apr 20, 2010 | post #3)

Gay/Lesbian

Attorney general intervention denied; Travis County gay d...

The bigots claim gays are promiscuous and lack commitment so they deny us the ability to form a legal committed relationship. If such a relationship is formed but fails then the bigots try to force them to stay together which is what they had their knickers in a knot about in the first place. Yet somehow they don't see just how ridiculous their logic is.  (Apr 1, 2010 | post #1)

Gay/Lesbian

Lutherans seeing fallout over gay clergy issue

Lutherans love nothing more than a good schism. Congregations have split over arguments about which hymnal to use. It is apparent that congregations are like country clubs. If you don't like who they let in as members, just leave. God forbid, you actually get to know them as a person. That might force you to have to give up your self-defining prejudices.  (Feb 26, 2010 | post #3)