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Compassionate or confusing? The Dalai Lama on same-sex marriage
One of the world's best known religious leaders has came out in favour of same-sex marriage. But what does he really think?
By Zac Alstin
March 11, 2014
Widely reported as having recently "thrown his moral weight behind gay marriage", the Dalai Lama's actual words to talk show host Larry King were not quite so compelling. He described sexual morality for the non-religious as a "personal matter", but noted that same-sex marriage was "up to the country's law". When pressed further on his personal opinion, he replied "That's okay. I think individual business".
Westerners have confused and contradictory impressions of Eastern religions and philosophies. On the one hand, fantasies of the mysterious and enigmatic Orient are nothing new: Omar Khayyam was as popular in Victorian England as Jalalladin Rumi is in America today. Nor need we watch Madam Butterfly to understand how Asia has continued to serve as a canvas for weird Western dreams, projections, and insecurities.
The Rev. Ian Mitchell: What a Difference Thirty Years Make
By Don C. Warrington
February 28, 2014
One of the more interesting albums I posted (or more accurately reposted) is Ian Mitchell's American Folk Song Mass. At the time he was living in Chicago. Listening to the album, it doesn't take a genius to figure out which side of the political spectrum Mitchell was coming from. But I've always taken an open view of that subject when considering albums of the Jesus Music era, which should be obvious to anyone who's looked through them.
Evidently he headed for the coast, for this appeared (appropriately) in the 31 October 1985 issue of the Los Angeles Times:
Christian counsellor expelled from Association of Christian Counsellors
Therapeutic Counselling for unwanted same-sex attractions at issue
February 28, 2014
The Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) has bowed to pressure from a government statutory body to expel a long-serving member and to deny an accreditation pathway to another, for offering therapeutic support to people with unwanted same-sex attraction. It is now unclear whether organisational members offering professional support in this area are welcome as ACC affiliates. Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of Christian Legal Centre, commented: "It appears that the ACC has succumbed to pressure from the State. This is highly disturbing."
Gender Bender Insanity
BY BILL MUEHLENBERG
February 14, 2014
If you want to destroy a society, just target its sexual norms and values. If you can subvert and pervert human sexuality you can effectively kill a culture. We are seeing this played out before our very eyes right now. The bitter fruit of the sexual revolution of the 60s is still being manifest, and it does not look pretty.
The sexual anarchists knew that they could fundamentally transform a culture by unleashing a no-holds-barred sexual revolution. And it has been every bit as momentous and far-reaching as the various communist revolutions of last century.
Caesar, Coercion, and the Christian Conscience: A Dangerous Confusion
By ALBERT MOHLER
February 24, 2014
Several states are now considering legislation that would provide explicit protections to citizens whose consciences will not allow an endorsement of same-sex marriage. The bills vary by state, as do the prospects for legislative passage, but the key issues remain constant. Millions of American citizens are facing a direct collision between their moral convictions and the demands of their government.
The cases are now piling up. A wedding photographer in New Mexico, cake bakers in Colorado and Oregon, and a florist in Washington State have all found themselves in this predicament. Each now faces the coercive power of the state. They are being told, in no uncertain terms, that they must participate in providing services for same-sex weddings or go out of business.
The bills now being considered in several states are attempts to protect these citizens from government coercion. They take the form of remedial legislation - bills intended to fix a problem. And the problem is all too real, and so is the controversy over these bills.
Pope Francis Extends a Hand of Love Across the Tiber to Pentecostal and Evangelical Protestants
By Fr. Randy Sly
February 24, 2014
Having spent more than 30 years in Protestant ministry, I know the separation that has existed and continues to exist between that world and the Catholic world. Pope Francis addressed it head on.
I can just imagine the electricity felt in the room when these Christian leaders from a completely different face of Christianity saw the Holy Father and heard his voice, speaking right to them. Having spent over 30 years in Protestant ministry, I know the separation that has existed and continues to exist between that world and the Catholic world. Pope Francis addressed it head on. Christian unity begins with love. Not by laying down the gauntlet and challenging issues that divide but first come together on the basis of what we have in common.
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - At a recent meeting of Charismatic and Pentecostal ministers hosted by Kenneth Copeland Ministries, the attendees received an amazing surprise; a video greeting from the Holy Father, Pope Francis. The message was a spontaneous gesture by the Pontiff during a private meeting with Bishop Tony Palmer of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC), an old friend of his for many years.
Obama Showcases Hypocrisy at National Prayer Breakfast
By Rebecca Downs
Feb. 13, 2014
While we commend President Obama for his themes of encouraging religious freedom abroad at the National Prayer Breakfast, it is rather ironic for the president to be making such comments when domestically we are suffering from great abuses of religious freedom. The president also made statements which may have sounded pro-life in nature, though certainly the pro-abortion head of state was not referring to the unborn. He also mentioned issues on his political agenda such as gay rights and climate change.
While it is noteworthy that the president mentioned the plight of Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is being held in prison in Iran for his Christian faith, by name, time will tell how much the Obama administration acts on this urgent matter. After all, words are just words. And, Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho), who represents Saeed's home state, recently criticized the U.S. State department for not doing enough. We can hope that with the president's call to action, more efforts will be made to release Pastor Saeed, as well as countless others being targeted for their faith.
Adoption: the Noble Option
By Mike McManus
February 12, 2014
The March for Life on January 22, the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, has always been about abortion. However, this year's Choose Life theme was "Choose Adoption."
Ryan Dobson, the adopted son of Dr. James Dobson, introduced his father by saying,
"My birth mother was 17 years old. She wasn't married. She didn't have a boyfriend. She didn't know what to do.
Whatever Happened to the Gospel?
By BILL MUEHLENBERG
February 5, 2014
One thing you can always bank on is this: if we preach a wishy-washy gospel, we will end up with wishy-washy Christians. If we proclaim an anaemic message from the pulpits, we will end up with anaemic believers in the pews. If radical discipleship is not taught in our churches, we will not have radical Christian disciples.
One of the greatest tragedies of the Christian church in the West today is that we have lost the gospel. Yes, we have lost the gospel. Even those who claim to be Bible-believing evangelicals have often gone astray here. What is proclaimed and heard in our churches is such a feminised, worldly message that the clear biblical gospel is getting woefully garbled if not lost altogether.
Is opposing gay marriage the same as being a racist?
Conservative opposition to same sex marriage is deeply rooted in religious belief
By Damon Linker
February 13, 2103
When it comes to sexuality, the Bible is pretty clear.
Writing at The New Republic, Isaac Chotiner doesn't much appreciate my argument about the growing cockiness of secular liberals. Where I see liberals arrogantly (and illiberally) pushing traditionalist religious believers into a corner with ObamaCare's contraception mandate and anti-discrimination laws surrounding gay marriage, Chotiner sees...no problem at all. That's exactly how I'd expect a committed secular liberal to respond. Which is why I wrote the column in the first place.
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