Africa / Americas / Commentary

N.Y. Times under continued attack for anti-LGBTI article

The New York Times has not backed off its damaging and inaccurate article of Dec. 20 about the alleged problems of U.S. support of LGBTI rights in Africa, but today it has published two letters to the editor that challenge the article’s accuracy. The letter from Tom Malinowski, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Commentary / Faith and religion

Dear Rick Warren, please save African lives, not just souls

[Editor’s note: In a message to the blog, Warren stated (1) that this commentary misstates his record of speaking out about Christians’ responsibility for loving their homosexual neighbors as themselves and (2) that the All Africa Purpose Driven Church Congress is now scheduled for late 2016. I am seeking further information on both those subjects … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Faith and religion

African-American pastors’ Africa tour seeks end to anti-gay bias

  Excerpt from the Equal Eyes recap of worldwide LGBTI-related news: US: Black pastors launch African tour to counteract Rick Warren’s anti-gay movement Spearheaded by The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, Bishop Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder and Bishop-Elect Pastor Joseph Tolton, the organization’s international outreach ministry has launched a month-long tour of key African nations where LGBTI … Continue reading

Africa / Faith and religion / Uncategorized

Rewriting the anti-gay history of Rick Warren in Uganda

Rick Warren, pastor of the Saddleback megachurch, traveled to Uganda in 2008 and declared that homosexuality is not a natural way of life and thus is not a human right. The next year, the anti-gay bill that became this year’s  Anti-Homosexuality Law was first introduced in Uganda’s parliament. In this commentary, Eric Ethington, communication director … Continue reading

Americas / Asia / Faith and religion

Unpublicized religion: ‘Sex tourism of the Christian Right’

Multinational battles over LGBT rights — opposed by many conservative Christians and supported by progressive faith leaders — came in at No. 9 on a list of 13 under-publicized stories about religion in 2012. The list, published on the Religion Dispatches website, was compiled by Peter Laarman, executive director of Progressive Christians Uniting.  Here’s what he … Continue reading

Americas / Faith and religion

Rick Warren opposes Uganda anti-gay bill — again

Megachurch pastor Rick Warren has again made clear that, although he’s no fan of gay rights, he opposes Uganda’s punitive Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The best-selling author of “The Purpose Driven Life,” Warren sent a message on Twitter last Friday, stating, “An unjust law in Uganda is back in the news. I opposed it 3 yrs ago … Continue reading

Faith and religion

More heat on Rick Warren about Uganda anti-gay bill

Best-selling author Rick Warren, the megachurch pastor at Saddleback Church in California, is under increasing pressure to end his recent silence on Uganda’s punitive Anti-Homosexuality Bill. In a Washington Post commentary, the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches, stated: California megachurch pastor Rick Warren is back on the circuit to sell … Continue reading

Americas / Commentary / Faith and religion

World AIDS Day: Christians, your anti-gay stance boosts AIDS

In this message for World AIDS Day (Dec. 1), the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle reflects on obstacles that anti-gay Christians create for people attempting to eradicate AIDS. The following paragraphs are the beginning of his latest RGOD2 commentary in the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News. By the REV. CANON ALBERT OGLE COMMENTARY: Many of … Continue reading

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Over a million speak out against Uganda’s anti-gay bill

More than a million people have registered their opposition to Uganda’s  Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which the speaker of the Ugandan parliament has promised will be passed before Christmas. Here is a listing of some of the many appeals to Ugandan government officials to block passage of the bill, which earned the nickname “Kill the Gays Bill” … Continue reading