Whoa! National Catholic Reporter Praises Obama’s LGBT Nondiscrimination Order

President Obama took a huge step earlier this month when he signed an executive order barring anti-LGBT discrimination in workplaces that receive federal contracts. In response, the National Catholic Reporter took a surprising stance:

Obama’s exemption was especially contentious among faith groups because it did not expand religious exemptions (though he did respect a Bush-era executive order allowing religious groups “some leeway” in hiring and firing on religious grounds). That’s why it’s so refreshing that in a staff editorial, NCR praised the executive order loudly and proudly, a far cry from the expected (and observed) Catholic response.

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Satanic Temple Claims Religious Exemption… in Support of Medically Accurate Information About Abortion

In light of the Hobby Lobby ruling, religious groups everywhere are jumping at the chance to deny women fundamental health care on the basis of the owners’ religious beliefs.

The Satanic Temple is using the same principle to do just the opposite.

In case you’re not familiar with them, The Satanic Temple is an organization whose mission is to “encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will.” In their next pro-human move, the group has just announced that it will assert a religious exemption from state-mandated “informed consent” abortion laws, and they say the Supreme Court’s decision strengthens their case.

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Backlash Ensues After Christian College President Signs Letter Supporting LGBT Hiring Discrimination

It’s becoming easier and easier for religious groups to defend their bigoted beliefs.

We obviously saw this in the Hobby Lobby decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled that the religious beliefs of certain corporation owners trump the needs of their employees, but the “religious exemption” claim has come up before, too — Christian-owned businesses refusing to serve LGBT people, for example, or Christian schools trying to shut out LGBT teachers and students.

One school in Massachusetts recently made a loud plea for legal, religious-based anti-LGBT discrimination, but thankfully their efforts may get cut short.



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Pot, Meet Kettle: Mark Regnerus Says Study Showing Same-Sex Couples Produce Happier Kids Has Methodological Flaws

Mark Regnerus, the Christian sociologist infamous for a miserably flawed study about LGBT parents, is upset.

He’s upset because earlier this month, researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia released the world’s largest study of same-sex parents and their kids. The study found that on certain measures, children of same-sex couples seemed better off than children of different-sex couples. Regnerus disagrees with those findings, as his own study will tell you. And he’s upset that we’re not as outraged as he is.

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Evangelicals Pose As Gay Pride Volunteers To Trick People Into Converting

It’s not unusual anymore to see Christian groups at gay pride parades. Members of the Mormon Church have freely marched at Pride in Salt Lake City. Members of the Chicago-based Marin Foundation attend pride festivals every year with signs reading “I’m sorry” to apologize for Christians’ hateful actions against LGBT people. Gay-affirming churches attend by the dozens.

That’s why it wasn’t shocking for passersby at Twin Cities Pride in Minnesota last month to see a Christian group called Trinity Works talking with people at the parade. Most thought it was a sanctioned Pride activity.

Not so much.

Trinity Works is an Evangelical group that claims it can heal HIV/AIDS through Jesus. And when it set up a “corn feed” at Pride to offer people corn, water and conversation, they were actually setting up a bait-and-switch operation to try to shame LGBT people into “surrendering” to Jesus.



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