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November 18, 2009

Homophobic splinter group breaks off from Lutheran church

New Lutheran body to form after gay pastor vote - Yahoo! News Are there going to be two flavors of every church now? Tolerant and Bigoted?
NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. – The split over gay clergy within the country's largest Lutheran denomination has prompted a conservative faction to begin forming a new Lutheran church body separate from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Leaders of Lutheran CORE said Wednesday that a working group would immediately begin drafting a constitution and taking other steps to form the denomination, with hopes to have it off the ground by next August. "There are many people within the ELCA who are very unhappy with what has happened," said the Rev. Paull Spring, chairman of Lutheran CORE and a retired ELCA bishop from State College, Pa. At its annual convention in Minneapolis in August, ELCA delegates voted to lift a ban that had prohibited sexually active gay and lesbian pastors from serving as clergy. The new policy, expected to take effect in April, will allow such individuals to lead ELCA churches as long as they can show that they are in committed, lifelong relationships.

Photo Gallery: How the Nazis celebrated Christmas

How Hitler's Nazi propaganda machine tried to take Christ out of Christmas | Mail Online
Nazi Germany celebrated Christmas without Christ with the help of swastika tree baubles, 'Germanic' cookies and a host of manufactured traditions, a new exhibition has shown. The way the celebration was gradually taken over and exploited for propaganda purposes by Hitler's Nazis is detailed in a new exhibition. Rita Breuer has spent years scouring flea markets for old German Christmas ornaments. She and her daughter Judith developed a fascination with the way Christmas was used by the atheist Nazis, who tried to turn it into a pagan winter solstice celebration.
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November 13, 2009

Do we really need the Christian bible on our Xboxes?

The Bible on Your Xbox - mediabistro.com: GalleyCat
Just in time for Christmas, B&H Publishing Group has adapted The Good Book into a Xbox 360 application, a digital version of the Holman Christian Standard Bible for video game aficionados. Entitled "Bible Navigator X," the application features the complete Old and New Testaments, a search tool, bookmarking, and adjustable settings--for big screen viewing and customizing reading themes. In early December, Xbox users can download the game in the "Indie Games" section of Xbox.com for "$5/400 Microsoft Points." Here's more from Aaron Linne, B&H Publishing Group's executive producer of digital marketing: "The Xbox isn't just secular entertainment anymore. We can use technology that other people developed to study Scriptures through a new medium. Some people are just more comfortable with a controller in their hands than a book."

November 12, 2009

Homophobe beauty pageant winner Carrie Prejean storms off Larry King

And it wasn't because anyone asked her about her recent sex tape that surfaced. Duh Aficionado Magazine: Carrie Prejean Is An Asshole - Awkward Live TV - Videogum

November 11, 2009

After spending millions last year to deny equality in California, the Mormon church comes out in favor of gay rights?

Salt Lake OKs gay rights laws with Mormon backing Oh I see. They are allowing the city government to pass a law prohibiting discrimination based upon sexual orientation, but are still vehemently against gay marriage.
The Mormon church for the first time has announced its support of gay rights legislation, an endorsement that helped gain unanimous approval for Salt Lake city laws banning discrimination against gays in housing and employment. The Utah-based church's support ahead of Tuesday night's vote came despite its steadfast opposition to gay marriage, reflected in the high-profile role it played last year in California's Proposition 8 ballot measure that barred such unions. "The church supports these ordinances because they are fair and reasonable and do not do violence to the institution of marriage," Michael Otterson, the director of public affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said. Passage made Salt Lake City the first Utah community to prohibit bias based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Under the two new ordinances, it is illegal to fire someone from their job or evict someone from their residence because they are lesbian, bisexual, gay or transgender.

November 10, 2009

Christopher Hitchens & Stephen Fry vs. The Catholics: Is the Catholic Church a force for good in the world?

An Intelligence Squared debate. The rest is after the jump.

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