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March 31, 2014 · 13:23

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March 31, 2014 · 13:17

‘We don’t want a mustache man marrying another bearded man’

        

 

Ghana politician says Africa is under ‘satanic attack’ from gays

 
Ghana’s former deputy speaker of parliament has said that people advocating for the rights of LGBTI people in Africa are carrying out ‘satanic’ works and that if children are allowed to be raised by same-sex couples they will grow up to be ‘miscreants’
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Ghanaian retired MP Mike Ocquaye has called calls for the protection of LGBTI people in Africa ‘satanic attacks’ and has claimed that Africa’s traditional family system is being threatened by the West.

The former Deputy Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament claimed homosexuality was a foreign ‘abomination’ being pushed on Africa.

‘We consider this an abomination,’ Ocquaye told an anti-gay forum in Accra, according to GhanaWeb.

‘We don’t want a mustache man marrying another bearded man and it is the right of the children to call a man father and a woman mother. Children brought up in the other way will become what we call miscreants.’

‘The family is under satanic attack and we should take great care to protect it.

‘We Africans have certain values and our friends who want to remain our friends in the Western world must respect our values.’

Ocquaye claimed that British Prime Minister David Cameron had acknowledged that the family unit in Europe had been destroyed.

‘At least British recognizes it is in a serious crisis today because as they themselves say the family has broken down.’ Ocquaye said.

‘The family in Europe has broken down. Two years ago, the British Prime Minister himself made a public announcement of this.’

Ocquaye has previously claimed that African countries can resist gay rights by refusing to trade with the West because Africans import more goods than they export.

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“man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

imageThe RAF filled some fields full of wooden Spitfires in the second world war. Those did work for a while, and no doubt bought the RAF some valuable time as the Luftwaffe went about trying to destroy as much of the RAF as possible on the ground. But that’s all they did – bought time. That was their purpose. The Germans were always going to figure it out sooner or later.

Well, one day they did. Two young RAF conscripts were sitting in a hut, minding one such field of fake Spitfires when they heard an approaching aircraft. Assuming it was an air raid, they left their hut in order to take cover, but when they got outside they saw just a single German bomber approaching. This was sufficiently unusual that they hid behind their hut and waited to see what would happen. The bomber came in for a very low pass, which was also unusual because normally they would have bombed from a much greater altitude, in order to avoid the airfield’s defences. As the two incredulous young men watched, the bomber reached the middle of the field, and dropped a single wooden bomb. The message was clear – we’re onto you

 

1 Samuel 16:7

English Standard Version Anglicised (ESVUK)

But the Lord said to Samuel,“Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

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March 31, 2014 · 08:22

Gay marriage will change the Church of England forever

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Blog by Damian Thompson March 29th, 2014
Damian Thompson is Editor of Telegraph Blogs and a columnist for the Daily Telegraph. He was once described by The Church Times as a “blood-crazed ferret”. He is on Twitter as HolySmoke. His latest book is The Fix: How addiction is taking over your world. He also writes about classical music for The Spectator.

Gay marriage will change the Church of England forever
As of today, their power is broken

The first British gay weddings today face the Church of England with a perfectly simple question to which it can only reply with embarrassed throat-clearing. Do we go along with this or not?

David Cameron’s promise to safeguard the established Church from same-sex ceremonies rings pretty hollow when you read a story like this one, from our religious affairs editor John Bingham:
Gay clergy should follow their conscience and defy the Church of England’s restrictions on same-sex marriage, a prominent bishop has said as the most radical change ever made to the legal definition of marriage in Britain comes into force.
The Rt Rev Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, said priests should be “creative” to get around restrictions on blessings for same-sex couples and that gay clergy who wish to marry should do so in defiance of the official line.
He also claimed that several current serving bishops are themselves in gay partnerships, and urged them to publicly acknowledge their status for the sake of “honesty and truthfulness” and even consider marrying

Joined by an alliance of seven retired bishops, he condemned the Church’s position on gay marriage as “morally outrageous” and said it made him “ashamed”.
Bishop Wilson is a suffragan, not in charge of a diocese – but, really, that doesn’t matter. He’s a serving bishop with, it would appear, a ruthless streak: not so long ago, it was only Peter Tatchell who would state publicly that C of E bishops were in gay partnerships and should out themselves. And if they choose not to? Bishop Wilson won’t do it for them, but he must know that others will.

The Church’s real problem, however, is not the hypocrisy of closeted prelates. It’s that so many priests are perfectly content to solemnise homosexual marriages in church and will indeed be “creative” in finding ways to do so.

How will Archbishop Justin Welby respond? “I think the church has reacted by fully accepting that it’s the law, and should react on Saturday by continuing to demonstrate in word and action, the love of Christ for every human being,” he told the Guardian in best Rev J C Flannel mode. Uh-huh. Oh, and there will be “structured conversations” to help resolve the problem

Here’s my prediction. As of today, pro-gay clergy will begin to unpick Cameron’s “triple lock” banning parishes from holding gay weddings; during the next Parliament it will cease to exist. Priests who want to marry same-sex couples, or indeed marry their own gay lovers, will just do it. Anglo-Catholic and Evangelical parishes that reject the whole notion won’t be forced to host such ceremonies, but both these wings of the C of E are moving in a liberal direction, and in the long run demographic change will finish the job.
It’s hard to overestimate the weakening effect this will have on the central structures of the Church. The General Synod’s deliberations will be rendered irrelevant. The fiction of the “Anglican Communion” will be abandoned. Conservative provinces in Africa will repudiate the C of E; the last Lambeth Conference’s disciplinary action against the anything-goes American Episcopal Church will cease to mean anything.
In the 1990s, when I started reporting on Anglican affairs, gay marriage was regarded as a non-negotiable horror by most clergy and churchgoers. The shattering of that consensus has happened far more quickly than even the most optimistic Christian gay campaigners thought possible

.And if the centre cannot hold, one has to ask: what is up for negotiation next? Belief in an afterlife? The divinity of Jesus of Nazareth? After today, one thing is uncomfortably clear: the Church of England has lost the power – and even the inclination – to draw a line in the sand.

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This little girl was pulled out of Christian school for her tomboy haircut

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Sunnie, 8, keeps her hair short and likes wearing sporty clothing.

By Katie Knibbs, The Daily Dot

Sunnie Kahle is like lots of other young girls. She likes to run around outside. She loves her grandparents. She has a big, warm smile.

But unlike most 8-year-old girls, Sunnie has had to endure humiliation at the hands of her educators: Her grandparents have pulled her out of the private Timberlake Christian School in Lynchburg, Va This happened after they received a letter that made it clear their adopted child was no longer welcome.

The letter criticized Sunnie for confusing the other students about her gender identity, and went on to imply that the child was sexually immoral. The school referenced Bible versions they interpreted to affirm Christianity’s opposition to homosexuality and alternative gender identities.

“We believe that unless Sunnie as well as her family clearly understand that God has made her female and her dress and behavior need to follow suit with her God-ordained identity, that [Timberlake Christian School] is not the best place for her future education,” the letter from school administrator Becky Bowman reads.

Sunnie keeps her hair short and likes wearing sporty clothing, which seems like good old fashioned common sense for a kid who likes going outside. But her preference for a close crop has made her ostracized at her school.

“She cries every morning to get on the bus, she cries when she comes home because she wants to go back to Timberlake Christian with her friends,” her grandmother, Doris Thompson, told the local news. Sunnie now attends public school.

Sunnie isn’t the only little kid getting kicked around by school officials that favor dress codes more than common sense and compassion: a little girl who shaved her head to support her friend with cancer was suspended from her Colorado school, although the decision was reversed after the incident garnered viral support through social media.

Here’s hoping something similar can happen in Sunnie’s case.

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March 28, 2014 · 10:05

Social Bite (from the Herald)

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WHO would have thought a sandwich shop would feed the dreams of two homeless men?

Sonny Murray and Billy McCondochie grew up in Glasgow in shattered homes and crawled their way through care homes, prison and homeless units. Their existence was dominated by drink, drugs and violence. But in their mid-30s they both realised it was time to break the spiral.

That is where Social Bite, set up by Josh Littlejohn and his partner and co-founder Alice Thompson, comes in. The sandwich shop chain, with two shops in Edinburgh and now in Glasgow’s St Vincent Street, not only turns profits over to charities, but its recruitment policy guarantees one in four staff are from the ranks of the homeless.

Mr Murray said the Social Bite had turned his life around. “I was turning up at the Social Bite at the end of the day because they give out unsold sandwiches free,” he said. “I loved the idea of the business, how it cares for people and so I asked Alice for a job.

“Clearly I represented a risk, because I was homeless and on a drug detox programme, but she gave me a chance. And because I landed a full-time job I was able to get accommodation.

“My life has changed, thankfully, and thank God because I’ve got a girlfriend with a baby girl on the way in May. It means we can have life together under one roof.”

Mr Murray, who was taken into care as a youngster, ‘fell in with the wrong crowd’, took to drugs, which led to shoplifting to feed the habit, which led to prison, and the loss of his council house. While sleeping rough last year he determined to turn his life around. He has been drug-free for several months.

“The Social Bite took a chance on me,” he said. “Now, I want to progress with them. I love it.”

He added, smiling: “And if my cheesecake is anything to go by, I will be successful.”

Mr McCondachie was taken into care at the age of 13. But his life truly darkened when aged 16 he was slashed twice on the face in a random attack. He became fearful, he turned to alcohol and drugs found himself in prison for a long series of ‘silly’ offences.

“The scarring changed me,” he said. “I lost the plot. And I ended up spending my life sleeping on friends’ couches. But then I heard about the Social Bite from Street Soccer.”

The social inclusion football programme is run by former Rangers player Ally Dawson.

“Street Soccer encouraged me to go for a job with the new Social Bite in Glasgow,” says Mr McCondachie.

“I did, and it’s been fantastic for me. I work as a chef, having learned to cook in prison.”

Surveying the new Glasgow shop, he added; “What’s also great for your self-esteem is I’ve actually been given the keys to open the shop. For the first time in my life I’m being trusted.”

He added: “What I do want is people in the same situation to know there is hope. And the Social Bite has given me that.”

 

 

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March 28, 2014 · 00:42

You’re “Pastor” your sell-by date, Pat

imagePat Robertson compares gays to abortion and calls them oppressors against religious people

Televangelist also says: ‘In Jesus’ time if two men decided they wanted to cohabit together, they would have been stoned to death’
27 MARCH 2014 | BY GREG HERNANDEZ

Televangelist Pat Robertson renewed his attack against gays this week when discussing a Colorado baker being sued for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.

‘What would have happened in Jesus’ time if two men decided they wanted to cohabit together, they would have been stoned to death,’ Robertson said on his 700 Club television show. ‘So Jesus would not have baked them a wedding cake nor would he have made them a bed to sleep in because they wouldn’t have been there.’

He added: ‘But we don’t have that in this country here so that’s the way it is.

Robertson then went on to call gays the ‘oppressors’ against ‘people with religious views’ because of their increasingly successful fight for equality when it comes to marriage, the workplace and the military.

He also compared same-sex relationships to abortion because ‘both of them deny the reproduction of human species.’

Robertson, 84, has a long history of anti-gay comments.

Last summer he claimed that that gay men in San Francisco try and purposely spread AIDS by cutting people with a special ring when shaking hands.

He had previously spoken out against gay adults being involved in scouts and lumped them together with pedophiles. He also had claimed that gay people can change their orientation just as murderers, rapists and thieves can change, had said gays are ‘possessed,’ and that it is possible to ‘un-aquire gayness.’

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The utterly unpleasant Franklin Graham (son of Billy)

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In just the first 60 seconds of this interview with Franklin Graham, the son of charismatic preacher Billy Graham, viewers are treated to his condemnation of gay adoption as “recruitment,” fear-mongering about a political gay agenda, as well as a strong endorsement of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s harsh policies towards LGBT individuals.

The interview, conducted by Charlotte Observer religion reporter Tim Funk, stands in stark contrast to the statement released earlier this week by major Christian charity World Vision, which announced that it would treat gay job applicants the same way that it would consider straight ones.

“Gays and lesbians cannot have children,” Graham commented. When Funk pointed out that they could adopt, he retorted, “Yeah, they can recruit.”

He went on to imply that gay adoptions are tantamount to exploitation of children:

You can adopt a child into a marriage, but you can also recruit children into your cause. I believe in protecting children, OK? From exploitation, all exploitations.
During the interview, Graham insisted that he was simply speaking out the way his father once did, despite the unpopularity of his views.

“You talk about controversy – my father stood with Martin Luther King in the early 1960s,” Graham told Funk, according to the Charlotte Observer. “My father never worried about polls. I don’t care about them, either. And with the issues we are facing today – if my father were a younger man, he would be addressing and speaking out in the exact same way I’m speaking out on them.”

Dartmouth professor Randall Balmer, author of The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond, questioned Franklin Graham’s assessment of his father’s civil rights record in an email to The Huffington Post:

Billy Graham, to my knowledge, never stood publicly with MLK. He did invite King to give the invocation one evening at one of the gatherings during his 1957 revival campaign in Madison Square Garden, but Graham was conspicuously absent during the March on Washington or the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in the wake of the police shooting of Jimmie Lee Jackson in nearby Marion.
For Franklin Graham to compare the Civil Rights movement to his opposition to gay and lesbian rights is not only laughable, it is, frankly, odious.

Graham’s comments over the course of the interview are not limited to jabs at the LGBT community — he also warns of the threat posed by American Muslims, the left-wing media, and the Obama administration.

Watch it above, if you can stomach it.

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March 27, 2014 · 08:53

Women – wheesht!

 

 

Pastor Steven L. Anderson Wants Women Silent In Church — Not Even An ‘Amen’
03/26/14  Huff Post
Pastor Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona has drawn criticism for a sermon uploaded to YouTube on Sunday in which he makes the controversial statement: Women should remain silent in church.

Anderson refers to 1 Timothy 2:11 to establish his claim. “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection,” he reads. “But I suffer not a woman to teach nor to usurp authority over the man.”

Anderson then flips to 1 Corinthians chapter 14, saying, “Let your women keep silence in the churches for it is not permitted unto them to speak.”

By these Biblical passages Anderson develops the argument that women may chat before the service and even sing hymns, but “when it’s learning time, it’s silence time.”

Women doing any sort of preaching, Anderson says, is out of the question. But even more, the pastor believes women should not ask questions, indicate their enthusiasm or even say ‘Amen.’

“First of all, it’s not for a woman to be doing the preaching. And second of all, it’s not for women to be speaking. Even if they were to have a question, they’re not to ask that question in the church, number one. And number two, even if they wanted to ask questions of their husband, they should wait until they get home.”
God-forbid a woman should ever disagree with Anderson (as one did at one point, the pastor mentions, causing him to “blow up.”)

The video has garnered over 14,000 views, with comments ranging from the appalled, to the dismissive, to the disconcertedly justifying.

Support generally followed this commenter’s sentiments:

“I can’t believe so many people find bible preaching so offensive. God bless you Pastor Anderson.”
Another commenter did her homework to contradict Anderson’s teaching:

“So what if a woman gets saved and her husband doesn’t? Should she not go to church then? Just confused. There seems to be some biblical contradictions to this statement and like you have instructed in the past I checked for other supporting biblical texts and found that there are women prophets in the new testament (Anna-Luke 2:36-38; and the daughters of Phillip-Acts 21:8-9) How can you prophesy and be silent??? What about Acts 2:17; Joel 2:28 in the Bible that says: And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon ALL FLESH: and your sons and your DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.”
All in all, this commenter wasn’t too concerned:

“There’s no need to get upset over this. Just let this man have his own insular little group where he can rail against women….and Jews….and other Christians….and other Bibles….and, well, anyone who thinks differently than him. Must be fun in the kingdom of Me.”

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