Christian Pastor Who Preached Against Same-Sex Relationships Caught Trying to Hook Up on Grindr

The Ted Haggard Rule — I assume that’s a real thing — goes like this: No one cares about your sex life. But if you publicly oppose the very thing you’re doing in private, then that shit deserves to be blown up.

So when you’re Reverend Matthew Makela of St. John’s Lutheran Church and School in Midland, Michigan, and you post things like this about the LGBT community on Facebook…

… but you send pictures like this on Grindr…

… then the guy you’re sending them to may just pass them along to an LGBT-friendly website so they can out you.

Queerty got the scoop along with additional information:

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14 Lessons from a Conservative Christian Couple’s Book About Dating and Sex

Last month, I posted a list of 11 lies about homosexuality from Tim LaHaye‘s 1978 book The Unhappy Gays. (LaHaye later co-wrote the Left Behind series.)

Turns out LaHaye and his wife Beverly also wrote a book all about dating and sex: Against the Tide: Raising Sexually Pure Kids.

So you know I had to check it out.

Here’s what I learned:

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Sex Ed Pamphlet Used in New Zealand School Says Women Who Cohabitate Are “Cheap Prostitutes”

So this is what sex education looks like in a Christchurch, New Zealand school:

A common practice today is cohabitation, or “living together.” This is just a sinful grown-up way of “playing house.” A couple who lives together without marriage is a couple who has become habitual and irresponsible fornicators. She thinks he’s a wonderful man, yet he’s such a coward he can’t even ask her to be his wife. He thinks she’s a fine lady, yet she’s nothing more than a cheap prostitute who allows herself to be used for his sexual gratification in exchange for what seems to be a stable and secure home life. This make-believe game may fool people, but it doesn’t fool God.


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A Judge Dismissed Their Lawsuit, but Atheists Won the Ability to Officiate Weddings in Minnesota County

Last year, the Center For Inquiry won a lawsuit against the state of Indiana, giving non-religious people who were Secular Celebrants the ability to officiate weddings.

Before they stepped in, the only way an atheist could officiate was to direct the marrying couple to someone else to solemnize the wedding immediately afterwards, become a “minister” via a site like the Universal Life Church, or get certified by a group founded by Quakers.

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Judge Orders School District Teaching Abstinence-Only Sex Ed to Pay Parents Who Forced Them to Stop

In 2009, the Clovis Unified School District in California was teaching abstinence-only sex education. This actually went against state law that required public schools to “provide a pupil with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect his or her sexual and reproductive health from unintended pregnancy and STDs.”

But the curriculum was still one you’d expect to see in an evangelical church, not a place of learning:

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