Results tagged “religion” from Last Word

The United States first major secular and humanist event, the Reason Rally, attracted between 10 to 20,000 participants to National Mall on Saturday, March 24, 2012. A cold drizzle and blowing wind could not douse the warm reception given to the world's leading proponents of atheism, skepticism, free thought and Darwinian evolution. Most of the speakers drew applause for their ... [Read]

Televangelist and former 1980s teen icon Kirk Cameron went on NBC's Today Show to promote his latest Christian film and to defend his recent denigration of gay relationships and homosexuality. Today Show host Ann Curry grilled him lightly about the remarks he made on CNN earlier this month. He did not apologize nor did he back down from his labeling of ... [Read]

Two hundred people of faith gathered in the city of Frederick yesterday to tell legislators the time has come to legalize civil marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Several Maryland officials attended the packed meeting including Attorney General Doug Gansler, Delegate Galen Clagett (D-Frederick Co.), Senator Ron Young (D-Frederick & Washington Cos.) and Senator Rob Garagiola (D-Montgomery Co.). They were given standing ovations by a diverse ... [Read]

Maryland's Attorney General, Doug Gansler, joined a standing-room only crowd at a church in Frederick on Sunday to support gay marriage. Gansler called Maryland's current ban against same-sex marriage "unconstitutional." He then explained his reasoning for supporting equality for gay and lesbian couples. Gansler also offered his take on the nature of negative feedback from Republicans and religious leaders. And ... [Read]

Edwin O'Brien, Baltimore's soon-to-be Cardinal, used a speech this week to denounce marriage rights for Maryland's gay and lesbian couples. He angrily attacked the pending passage of marriage bills in the House and Senate. Maryland's Governor, Martin O'Malley, is a strong supporter of marriage equality and he helped to introduce the bills this past Tuesday. On Wednesday, O'Brien put his own spin ... [Read]

The Pope's anti-gay marriage statements made it to the set of ABC's The View on Tuesday. Despite their mixed bag of terminology and examples, they at least seemed put off by Joseph Ratzinger's insinuation that gay marriages threaten "the future of humanity."  Barbara Walters discussed the Elton John and husband David Furnish's son, Zachary, who was born in December 2010 via ... [Read]

''That was a Catholic who wrote to me. She is very upset that I left the Catholic Church, and she writes e-mail after e-mail, and she said, 'You have no concept of the Holy. How could you watch a Satanic show like True Blood?' And I wrote back, 'Vampires don't exist. Don't worry about this.''' Novelist Anne Rice speaking ... [Read]

''I went at the invitation of David Bahati, who is a member of parliament in Uganda who has proposed the kill the gays bill.... [He] was very candid about his political education in the United States has friendships with American politicians, his great admiration for Senator Jim Inhofe who has visited a lot and talk about the moral underpinnings ... [Read]

''I believe in civil rights, according to Walter Fauntroy, who's one proponent of our DC marriage bill here that we're working on, said that housing, education, salary, and also fair treatment in court is ultimately the essense of what civil rights is really all about....'' ''I'm concerned about the next generation, the children.... Many blacks are outraged that the civil ... [Read]

''Well, it's fairly simple. We look at gay marriage as -- not a civil rights issue, but a moral question. And the moral question is that, in our tradition two men together, or two women together, it makes no sense. It makes no biblical sense to us....'' ''We love Coretta [Scott King], but she was absolutely, fundamentally, 100% wrong ... [Read]

''So the bottom line is that what the secular world means by the word 'marriage' is not even close to what the Church means. Is it time for us to accept this and start using a different word? Perhaps it is and I would like to propose a new (really an old) term and hear what you think. I ... [Read]

''It occurred to me to wonder what Jesus would say about the redefining of Marriage that is happening in this country of the last number of years? Many today insist that Jesus never said anything about homosexuality or so-called Gay Marriage.... I am using here the Catholic NAB translation: '[Jesus said] whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is ... [Read]

Dr. Rachel Maddow questioning the ex-gay promoter Richard Cohen on his ties to the upcoming bill in Uganda which in part calls for the imprisonment and/or execution of gay people. Cohen and his ridiculous "International Healing Foundation" have had close relations with the top proponents of the "kill the gays" bill, as have other ex-gay proponents, and many other ... [Read]

''I believe the people of the diocese, by the grace and power and influence of the Holy Spirit, went beneath skin deep, went beneath the superficial characteristics and boxes into which we put people to really look at individual people.'' Mary D. Glasspool, 55, who has just been elected by the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. She is the first ... [Read]

''Homosexuality will not be promoted, encouraged or supported in Uganda.... It is never, ever, a standard practice in the civilised world for a diplomat to address the press of a country in which he or she is serving on how the host country is handling affairs of its land.... It is clear to government and whoever cares to understand ... [Read]

''The sins that keep you out of heaven are not the just those sins of being gay, those are sins of lying, murdering, unforgiving, all kinds of sins. When you look at anyone you believe is not living a life along the principles of Christianity, you pray for them that they will one day see the error in their ... [Read]

''The fundamental dignity of every person, our right to be free, and the freedom to make moral choices are gifts endowed by God, our creator. However, it is not my personal calling as a pastor in America to comment or interfere in the political process of other nations.'' Saddleback Church leader Rick Warren responding to a request from Newsweek ... [Read]

[Has working with AIDS changed your view about homosexuality?] Absolutely. Much more, uh, sympathetic understanding the pains and reactions. I have understood that so many people today, uh, get stigmatized for different things. Now of course, I have Biblical beliefs about homosexuality. But when somebody's dying on the side of the road, you don't walk up to 'em and ... [Read]

''[The unclean spirit] came out.... [I'm] no longer gay, but it's still a process that I have to go through to be fully delivered. See, I'm not -- the spirit of homosexuality is not in me because I choose not to live in that way. I allow God, the Holy Spirit to come in me, to change the things ... [Read]