Christians behaving badly

LivePrayer's Bill Keller really did not need to comment on a tragedy he knows nothing about, but he did.In a press release out today, Keller used the suicide of 15 year old Jamie Hubley to go on a rant about gays.Keller blames the victim, Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow and Ellen DeGeneres for the suicide, assuming that the boy was in distress because he had come out as gay.Last Friday, a 15-year-old Ottawa boy Jamie Hubley, committed suicide after documenting his hardships of being … [Read more...]

Now Cameroon

Arrests of gays are taking place in the West African nation of Cameroon.YAOUNDE — Cameroon authorities have charged four people aged 17 to 46 with homosexuality and remanded them in custody, their lawyer told AFP on Saturday."All four were remanded in custody yesterday (Friday) after having been charged the same day," said Michel Togue.Two of them were also charged with "indecent behaviour involving a minor".The lawyer said one of the accused "said he was arrested at his home on A … [Read more...]

American Anti-gay Campaign in Africa: Family Watch International

Late yesterday, Religion Dispatches posted my lengthy report on the anti-gay work of Family Watch International and the World Congress of Families.I became curious about FWI when I saw that they had distanced their organization from Martin Ssempa. I reported way back in January 2010 that Ssempa was associated with the group. However, efforts then to get FWI to respond to the issue were ignored.  Recently, however, FWI made a change which according to Slater was a reflection of their belief … [Read more...]

Ghana's administration sends mixed signals on gays

Ghana's President has not spoken but a recent appointee seems to have taken on the role of government spokesperson. Lauretta Lamptey, a recent appointment to the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice clarified the position of her office on Tuesday.In short, the government is leaving it up to Parliament to either decriminalize homosexuality, to make the penalties stronger or leave things as they are. Lamptey says that being homosexual is not a crime but some kinds of … [Read more...]

Ghana's government silent on calls to jail gays

Yesterday, I posted a piece at Religion Dispatches about the response of Ghana's government to my inquiries about the recent calls for arrests of gays. Here is the lead:In the face of reports that Ghana’s Western Region Minister recently called for the arrest of gays, a Ghanaian government source told RD today that the government was not “clamping down” on sexual minorities. The source, who did not want to be named since he was not speaking officially, said that Ghana is a law abiding country a … [Read more...]

Is Ghana the next Uganda?

Judging from this June, 2011 report, a safe prediction is that Ghana’s Parliament might soon follow the lead of Uganda in some manner. I have been observing a steady stream of articles from religious and political leaders calling for tougher restrictions on homosexuality. Click the link above to read some, and then consider this recent one calling on Christians to vote against any politician who proposes any law favorable to homosexuality. Also, listen to the interview on the page. One minister, … [Read more...]

Politifact rates Tim Pawlenty's views on sexual orientation

On the July 10 Meet the Press program, Tim Pawlenty was asked by David Gregory whether or not homosexuality is a choice and if it is genetically caused. Politifact rated Pawlenty's answers and overall did a pretty good job of it.They rated Pawlenty as mostly true on the genetics question but false on the question of choice. Go give it a read. Also, what do you think of this money quote from Michael Bailey?:"If you can't make a male attracted to other males by cutting off his penis, … [Read more...]

Do parents cause homosexuality? A reply to Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson has a special place in the evangelical world, being a convert to Christianity after being in the Nixon administration during the Watergate scandal. He went to prison for his activities and became a champion of prison reform. He has donated much to charities and humanitarian efforts that many don't know about. So I was sad to see his recent column at Crosswalk.com where he promotes Joseph and Linda Nicolosi's book on "preventing" homosexuality. He seems to say a series is coming. I … [Read more...]


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