FAITH & GAY RIGHTS: Michigan mechanic says he won’t serve gay people, wonders why people are upset.

Brian Klawiter owns Dieseltec shop in Grandville, Michigan, and this last week he made an announcement on his company’s facebook page that he would turn away LGBT customers: “I am a Christian. My company will be run in a way that reflects that. Dishonesty, thievery, immoral behavior, etc. will not be welcomed,” he said. “I [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS: Family values in Ireland.

On May 22nd Ireland will vote on whether or not to legalize gay marriage.  This commercial calls on LGBT people and allies to bring their family to the polls: My parents are LGBT rights activists.  I could not be more proud of them for that.  My brother came out, much later than you’d expect someone [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS: Indiana has hired a PR firm to rebuild the state’s image.

After trying to make it legal for Christian businesses to discriminate against LGBT clientele went, to put it lightly, poorly, the state has hired a PR firm to help rebuild its image: The state of Indiana has hired a global public relations firm to help rebuild its image in the wake of national criticism that [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS & FAITH: Ohio lawmaker wants his state to be the next to lose a lawsuit.

In Ohio certain people are allowed to sanctify a marriage.  These include many government officials: Ohio’s existing law allows anyone registered with the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office as a “minister” to sanctify a marriage, along with mayors and municipal and probate judges. With a pending federal case likely to bring equality to the Buckeye [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS: A monument to love.

A while back a story went viral of a gay man from Mountain Home, Arkansas who took his own life.  Afterward his childhood church refused to hold his service and some members even called to cancel the reception at the local fire station.  The man was James Stone, who I knew in High School.  There [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS & FAITH: Anti-gay crowd must be running out of arguments…

Man, there were some pretty loopy things said today.  Let’s start with the Liberty Counsel.  Even though same-sex marriage has been the law of the land in Florida since January 6th, and even though Judge Hinckle clarified his ruling as applying to the whole state, the Liberty Counsel has filed three briefs seeking to prohibit [Read More...]

FAITH & GAY RIGHTS: Pastor James David Manning: we must be willing to kill to stop sodomites.

I’m always told that faith in Christ makes people better, yet there are so many examples of people whose faith has clearly made them worse.  How can that be? So often we hear the message, “What I’m doing can’t be bad – the bible says to do it!”  Meanwhile, to everybody else, it occurs to [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Louisiana governor wants to pass RFRA worse than Indiana’s.

Governor Bobby Jindal would like to pass an, ahem, religious freedom bill that is even worse than Indiana’s original: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is throwing his support behind a religious freedom bill that’s broader in many ways than the controversial one in Indiana that Gov. Mike Pence (R) wasforced to clarify after a national uproar. [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS: Springfield, MO votes to repeal protections for LGBT.

My private voice students are in hell week for their production of All Shook Up.  The directors have asked me to come give what insights I can, so I’m heading over there later today.  However, a lot’s happening in the news – so get ready for short posts. Last October the City Council of Springfield, [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS: Josh Feuerstein’s search for anti-Christian discrimination.

Joshua Feuerstein is at it again.  This time he thought he’d be clever by marching into a bakery and asking for a cake that read “We do not support gay marriage” and announcing anti-Christian bigotry when they refused to make it: Cut the Cake bakery said it has lost business and faced harassment since last [Read More...]