GailyGrind source: We thank The Gaily Grind for bringing this article to our attention and why this game is definitely not 'Religious Freedom' which underlines the very basis of the religious right with their view and right to hate and persecute others because they aren't as they would say gay's or the LGBT or the Liberal Left aren't 'real christian's'.
It wasn't long ago that Texas had a hate convention from the religious right wing nuts to decide in a competition to win a load of cash to draw the best possible prophet Mohammad which incited a couple a Muslim guys to retaliate and go on a shooting spree, this intolerance from the Christian right is wrong and must be stopped or we could see a new religious war caused by these crazy christian fundamentalists, quite frankly many people who are not religious are actually getting real sick and tired of the religious fundamentalists on the right with all their religious hate towards others especially minorities.
Ok, getting back to the main story here is that a California game developer, skateboarder, and failed Christian shoe promoter named Randall Herman, has launched what might be one of the most offensive anti-gay games ever created, called “Kill The Faggot.”
Shortly after its launch on The Steam’s downloadable games shop called Greenlight, the game was pulled after receiving an avalanche of comments from furious customers. (More reading after the Jump)
We at WOGP have stumbled across what has happened to be a small viral letter from the owner of a well known Indianan Bar & Grill in Evansville, IN by the name of Lamasco Bar & Grill so here is owner Amy's thoughts the other day in how to respond and she responds well. Just remember also Indiana recently passed a law regarding about religious freedom and some laws to discriminate based on your personal religious beliefs as an individual and or business owner under Gov. Mike Pence's signatory as he did not veto the bill. (Read more after the Jump)
New Year's Eve is a special time for many, and for Craig Friesen and Matt Wiens, it was especially meaningful.
The Saskatoon couple was married on Dec. 31 in Osler, Sask., in the presence of family, friends, and the church community.
The men's wedding marks a point in history for the Mennonite denomination in Canada. Friesen and Wiens are the first same-sex couple publicly married in a Canadian Mennonite church.
"Our relationship doesn't feel different, but our relationship with our community and with our faith has changed at least a little bit. It was really beautiful and freeing," Friesen said.
Craig Friesen and Matt Wiens were married on New Year's Eve. (Rachel Bergen/CBC News)Friesen and Wiens are hopeful other LGBT Mennonites will learn from their example that they don't have to choose between their faith and their sexuality.
"Historically, the church has been oppressive to the queer community," Wiens said. Full story here<<<
From NPR in a Sunday discussion with Pastor Allan Edwards from Kiski Valley Presbyterian church in west Pennsylvania discusses his life living of sin while still married to his wife who is pregnant and expecting their first child in July.
Allan Edwards is the pastor of Kiski Valley Presbyterian Church in western Pennsylvania, a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. He's attracted to men, but considers acting on that attraction a sin. Accordingly, Edwards has chosen not to act on it.
Feel free to listen and download the file just below, the interview is just over 10 minutes long...
"I think we all have part of our desires that we choose not to act on, right?" he says. "So for me, it's not just that the religion was important to me, but communion with a God who loves me, who accepts me right where I am."
Where he is now is married. He and his wife, Leanne Edwards, are joyfully expecting a baby in July.
But let's start earlier, in the mid-'90s, when Allan in high school, when he found himself thinking about boys more than girls. "It was a pretty immediate realization that it was in conflict with my faith," he says.
He didn't understand how he could resolve his feelings, he says, and had little support from his friends. "I didn't know anyone else who experienced same-sex attractions, so I didn't talk about it much at all," Allan says.
But at a small, Christian liberal arts college, he did start talking.
"My expectation was, if I started talking to other guys about this, I'm going to get ostracized and lambasted," Allan says. "I actually had the exact opposite experience ... I actually was received with a lot of love, grace, charity: some confusion, but openness to dialog."
Allan considered following a Christian denomination that accepts gay relationships, but his interpretation of the Bible wouldn't allow it, he says.
"I studied different methods of reading the scripture and it all came down to this: Jesus accepts the rest of the scripture as divined from God," he says. "So if Jesus is who he says he is, then we kind of have to believe what he believes."
Allan first met Leeanne in when they both worked as teenagers at a Christian summer camp. "I always joke with her that she was one of the cool kids and I was a raging fundamentalist nerd," he says.
They didn't click at the time, but in 2006 they both applied for the camp director job, and Leeanne got it. When she was ready to leave the position, he took her to lunch to scope out the job.
"We got off talking about the job and started talking about our experience of the last couple years," Allan recalls. "I don't want to be gushy or romantic, but I just melted inside, and thought, this is someone who understands graciousness. This is someone who understands acceptance, and this is someone I want to spend as much time with as possible."
He was drawn to her heart and soul, he explains. "Out of that was birthed our intimate relationship."
Leeanne says she knew Allan struggled against a sexual attraction to men. "I wondered if he was going to be able to put something like that behind him, or if it was going to be something that would affect our relationship," she says.
But they way they see it, people in any marriage must work to resist attractions from outside the relationship, whether from the same or the opposite gender.
"There's always going to be situations where a partner is sexually attracted to someone else and isn't necessarily dealing with sexual attraction with their partner," Leeanne says.
"Everybody has this experience of wanting something else or beyond what they have," Allan says. "Everyone struggles with discontentment. The difference, I think, and the blessing Leeanne and I have experienced is that we came into our marriage relationship already knowing and talking about it. And I think that's a really powerful basis for intimacy."
Allan says he does not identify as gay.
"I think I made conscious choices along the way to say this is something I experience," he says, "but this isn't the thing that defines who I am personally."
WOGP News - Over the past few days there has been some real dirty deeds in the American justice system over the balance of power of who controls who when it comes to woman's reproductive rights and lgbt rights.
Apparently when the SCOTUS announced the final verdict and ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby in which this company is based on religious values now has the right to refuse contraceptives to their female staff on their (ACA) Obamacare Healthcare Insurance plans.
This has now opened up Pandora's Box with now the first test of the 1st Amendment clause of ("Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof.") with the possibility that many more companies that are based on religious values to come forward in which they could deny certain rights to other minority groups.
But it didn't take long until other religious organizations wanted in on the SCOTUS ruling with Hobby Lobby's win, apparently a group of religious leaders have sent letters to President Barack Obama asking that he exempt them from a forthcoming executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people.
The letter, first reported by The Atlantic, was sent on Tuesday by 14 representatives, including the president of Gordon College, an Erie County, Pa., executive and the national faith vote director for Obama for America 2012, of the faith community.
"Without a robust religious exemption," they wrote, "this expansion of hiring rights will come at an unreasonable cost to the common good, national unity and religious freedom."
The leaders noted that the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act included a religious exemption:
Our concern about an executive order without a religious exemption is about more than the direct financial impact on religious organizations. While the nation has undergone incredible social and legal change over the last decade, we still live in a nation with different beliefs about sexuality. We must find a way to respect diversity of opinion on this issue in a way that respects the dignity of all parties to the best of our ability. There is no perfect solution that will make all parties completely happy.
The White House announced in June that Obama would issue an executive order forbidding contractors that receive federal funding from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender equality after the House had stymied ENDA. The White House declined to comment to The Atlantic on the Tuesday letter and did not immediately respond to TPM's request for comment.
The letter didn't mention the Hobby Lobby decision directly. But one of the signees, Michael Wear, the Obama 2012 veteran, told The Atlantic that the court decision meant the administration would need to address such concerns.
"The administration does have a decision to make whether they want to recalibrate their approach to some of these issues," he said.
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