Southern Baptists Reject Transgender Identification, Saying It’s Not Part of “God’s Good Design”

The same week that Laverne Cox made history as the first transgender cover girl, the Southern Baptist Convention affirmed:

… God’s good design that gender identity is determined by biological sex and not by one’s self-perception.

The SBC went on to say that transgender people should “trust in Christ and… experience renewal in the Gospel.”

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How Can You Not Have Pride When You’re With a Group Like This?

Over the weekend, the Society of Edmonton Atheists took part in the local Pride Parade. And based on this picture, it went extraordinarily well:



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Wisconsin Judge Who Struck Down Gay Marriage Ban Also Ruled Against National Day of Prayer in 2010

Yesterday, Judge Barbara Crabb‘s ruling overturned a gay marriage ban in Wisconsin, much to the chagrin of bigots everywhere.

Because my review of that law convinces me that plaintiffs are entitled to the same treatment as any heterosexual couple, I conclude that the Wisconsin laws banning marriage between same-sex couples are unconstitutional.

It was another wonderfully-written rebuke to the typical arguments made by the Christian Right, much in the same vein as Judge John E. Jones III did in Pennsylvania.

And, also like Jones, Crabb (below) deserves recognition for her important decisions regarding church/state separation.

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You’ll Want to Support This Documentary About a Former Westboro Baptist Church Member

Nate Phelps is one of the children of Fred Phelps, the infamous founder of Westboro Baptist Church who died earlier this year. Unlike his father with his “God Hates Fags” signs, Phelps is now a strong supporter of LGBT rights. After his father’s death, he beautifully wrote, “I will mourn his passing, not for the man he was, but for the man he could have been.”

Brad Johnson, Jason Badgett, and Terrie Johnson are filmmakers who want to share Nate’s story with the world — and if the trailer for their upcoming documentary is any indication, the full movie will be incredible.

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Catholic School Anti-Gay “Morality Clauses” Are Pushing Good Teachers Out of the Profession

Just last month, life-long Catholic Molly Shumate resigned from her position as a first grade teacher after the Cincinnati Archdiocese told her she had to sign a contract that forbade her from publicly supporting the “homosexual lifestyle.” Given that her own son was gay, there was no way she was going to put her religion’s archaic rules before the love she has for her son:

She’s not alone.

A lot of teachers who work at Catholic schools are pushing back against the rigid, homophobic rules that many religious officials are trying to force onto them. There used to be something of a “don’t ask, don’t tell” mentality, but now these teachers have no choice but to choose sides.

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