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AP: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis asked. “We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society.”
BBC: He was responding to questions about whether there was a “gay lobby” in the Vatican. “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge them?”
Christian Concern: The Oxford English Dictionary has said that the definition of the term ‘marriage’ will be changed to include same sex couples.
C-FAM: Eastern European countries are following Russia’s lead to protect children by curbing advocacy for “non-traditional” sexual acts. Homosexual groups are reacting furiously.
Telegraph: Mr Cameron told guests at the same reception one year on that Britain was now “the best place to be gay, lesbian or transgender anywhere in Europe”. He added: “That is a great achievement. That’s not my measure; that is an internationally recognised measure. But there’s still a lot more work to be done.”
Christian Institute: The Prime Minister says he does not support a ban on topless images of women in the Sun newspaper – believing it is up to consumers, not regulators, to decide. A group campaigning against Page 3 criticised David Cameron, saying the pictures are “damaging for women”.
AP: Several hundred people shouting “Kill the gays” attacked gay activists and clashed with police on Wednesday in a bid to disrupt the first ever pride event in staunchly conservative Montenegro, which is seeking to improve its human rights record as it bids to join the European Union.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: The European Ombudsman has last week published his conclusions regarding the hosting of a controversial photo-exhibitionpromoting same-sex “marriages”, gay adoption, and similar at the premises of the European Commission in Brussels, with Commission vice-president Viviane Reding having granted her patronage to the event.
Jonah Goldberg at NRO: I understand that we are in a very libertarian moment. I myself have become far more sympathetic to libertarianism over the years. But I just can’t get as worked up about David Cameron’s porn crackdown as Charlie can.
Charlie C. Cooke at NRO: In his announcement, the prime minister lamented that the ubiquity of pornography on the Internet is “corroding” Britain’s morality. In response, he proposed to do what British politicians always propose be done when they sense a threat to the righteous: Censor.
Catholic Culture: He warned against the belief that “the only real value is free will, and that no one has the right to violate this value, even when a person chooses evil or a socially dangerous behavior.”
Boston.com: Attorneys for Christian parents who fled Germany in order to home school their children but have been denied U.S. asylum said they are preparing to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case and were working with Congress to try to change asylum law.
AP: Enraged Nigerians are using petitions, protests and social networks to demand the Senate revisit a constitutional amendment on the age of consent.
Christian Institute: David Cameron has asked web firms to rebrand their safety settings as “default-on” without actually changing how they work.
AP: More than 1,000 people in Haiti participated Friday in a rare street demonstration to protest homosexuality and a proposal to legalize gay marriage in the Caribbean nation.
Global Post: “The International Olympic Committee is clear that sport is a human right and should be available to all regardless of race, sex or sexual orientation,” the statement said. “The Games themselves should be open to all, free of discrimination, and that applies to spectators, officials, media and of course athletes. We would oppose in the strongest terms any move that would jeopardize this principle.”
Daily Beast: What isn’t included in a vacation package these days? Last year, a Dutch company, aptly named Divorce Hotel, announced plans to spread their message of luxury marital splits to America—and now other companies are following suit. The Dutch business offers a low-rate, all-in-one weekend escape for estranged spouses to settle their differences once and for all. Through partnerships with a variety of hotels in the Netherlands, they bring couples to a high-end retreat for a three-day, paperwork-filled getaway. “We offer you an affordable 5 star divorce made-to-measure,” the website boasts.
AllAfrica (Reuters): A Marriage Bill which seeks to unify Kenya’s various marriage-related laws and customs and strengthen women’s rights in marriage was introduced to parliament on Tuesday and caused uproar among Kenyan men, many saying it is ‘punitive’ and should not become law.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: On July 17th 2013, I published a study on “Abortion and the European Convention on Human Rights”, in the Irish Journal of Legal Studies (available on line here). The purpose of this study is to present in an objective, complete and coherent manner the status of abortion under the European Convention on Human Rights.
Christian Concern: Mrs Minichiello Williams wrote to the Archbishop of Canterbury – copied to all the Lords Spiritual – asking for an explanation as to why so few of the bishops were present at Report Stage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
C-FAM: Homosexual groups were dealt a humiliating blow at the end of last month by the world’s largest regional security organization. The Organization for Security and Cooperation of Europe (OSCE) shot down a resolution recognizing a controversial declaration on homosexuality by a vote of 24 to 3. Even countries that are usually friendly to homosexual groups deserted them.
Boston Globe (AP): The French like to make fun of the British, joking about their repressed ways in matters of the heart. But when it came time to debate same-sex marriage, it was France that betrayed a deep conservative streak in sometimes violent protests — while the British showed themselves to be modern and tolerant.
British House of Commons Gives Final Approval To Same-Sex Marriage; Authorizes Study of Humanist Ceremonies
Religion Clause Blog: In Britain yesterday, the House of Commons approved the House of Lords amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill (full text of bill), sending the bill to the Queen for Royal Assent– a formality in Britain.
Times of India: The decision of the education department of Madhya Pradesh to introduce a chapter on the Bhagwad Gita in classes XI and XII has triggered a debate among city students on the viability of having religious elements in their syllabus.
LA Times: Through his office window, Philippe Brillault can see the palace of Versailles, where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were beset by an angry mob and forced to move to Paris in the beginning days of the French Revolution.
Mirror News: The first same sex weddings will take place in England and Wales in the summer of 2014 after the controversial legislation cleared the House of Lords today.
PressTV: Muslims were especially outraged with the draft and the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), which represents some 500 Islamic institutes in Britain, said it was “deeply disappointed” that the curriculum made no reference to Muslims and Islam.
Bloomberg: The U.K. House of Lords passed Prime Minister David Cameron’s bill to allow same-sex marriage, sending it back to the lower House of Commons for final agreement. The upper, unelected chamber approved the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill without a vote in London today. Some members of the house wore pink carnations to mark the occasion.
BBC: The proportion of children born out of wedlock rose in 2012 for the 40th consecutive year to 47.5%. By 2016 it is expected to rise to more than 50%. Figures from the Office for National Statistics go back to 1938 when just 4% of babies had unmarried parents.
C-FAM: European lawmakers are facing a dilemma following a survey on discrimination and violence against homosexuals in Europe. It is being touted as the “largest and most comprehensive study ever carried out” on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Nearly 93,000 responses purportedly came from individuals that identified as LGBT. Experts say the survey not only has significant methodological flaws but also does not show a problem of any magnitude.
The Cable: Opposition to President Obama’s nominee for U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic reached a fever pitch this week as religious organizers stage a “Lunes Negros” or Black Monday protest against James “Wally” Brewster.
BBC: A major UN child rights protection body has asked the Vatican to disclose details of thousands of paedophilia cases involving Catholic clergy.
CBC.ca: The RCMP have completed their investigation into the polygamous community of Bountiful, B.C., and a special prosecutor is now considering whether sexual exploitation or polygamy charges will be laid.
Telegraph: Children’s books used in primary schools should feature same-sex parents to help teach tolerance among youngsters, according to an academic.
Christian Institute: More than half of grassroots Conservatives are against gay marriage, according to new research. The YouGov poll showed that 59 per cent of ordinary Tory party members are against the Government’s proposals.
“NIH: $357K For Spanish Ad Campaign Convincing Gay Illegal Aliens to Use Free Condoms, Get Treated for HIV”
CNSNews: The National Institutes of Health has provided a $375,087 federal grant to fund a Spanish-language ad campaign to convince gay, “foreign-born” Latinos – including illegal aliens – to take advantage of widely available taxpayer-funded healthcare services offering free condoms and HIV testing.
AP: The Church of England’s governing body has voted to restart the process of allowing women bishops following a widespread backlash over the failure of such legislation last year.
The Independent: This week, the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly voted for a change to its “Law of Young People”, which covers social services and marriage laws. It was only once the bill had passed did unwitting conservative lawmakers realise that their liberal counterparts had inserted language that could open the door to civil unions for gay couples.
Christian Concern: Bishops are thought to be privately considering whether to introduce services of “thanksgiving and dedication” for same sex couples in civil partnerships.
UK: Promises to protect teachers who believe in traditional marriage are “hollow”, former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe has said.
Christian Institute: Promises to protect teachers who believe in traditional marriage are “hollow”, former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe has said.
AP: This conservative city-state convicted men for homosexual behavior as recently as seven years ago, and the British colonial-era law it used is still on the books. The government shows no interest in making a change: The prime minister’s advice has been to just let things be.
LifeSiteNews: Legislation tabled by the Conservative government last year to allow foreign homosexual couples to divorce after taking advantage of the country’s liberal same-sex “marriage” law has sailed through the Senate. It had previously escaped a word of debate in the House of Commons.
AP: New wording in the law requiring people to visit or keep in touch with their elderly parents or risk being sued came into force Monday, as China faces increasing difficulty in caring for its aging population.
AP: Laying bare a clash of cultures, President Barack Obama on Thursday urged African leaders to extend equal rights to gays and lesbians but was bluntly rebuked by Senegal’s president, who said his country “still isn’t ready” to decriminalize homosexuality.
C-FAM: An international lawyer has filed complaints against France in the UN Human Rights Council for brutalizing peaceful demonstrators. Videos show French police beating marriage demonstrators, using tear gas and clubs against women, men, elderly and children.
France24.com: A gay couple are suing a mayor in the southwest of France for discrimination after he refused to marry them. The 60-year-old mayor, who faces up to five years in prison, said he would rather serve a jail sentence than marry two men.
Catholic Culture: An Israeli appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling in a case that involves the Catholic stance on divorce.
Christian Institute: A group of polyamorists say they want the same legal status as other relationships, following the group’s first national convention in Canada.
Gay Star News: Openly lesbian Kathleen Wynne is to become the first sitting provincial premier to march in the Toronto Pride Parade – though she’s been marching as a civilian for years.
ABC: The handling of the event encapsulates the U.S. administration’s cautious promotion of gay rights in Africa, an issue that is likely to come up during President Barack Obama’s visit this week to three African nations — South Africa, Senegal and Tanzania — the last two of which punish homosexuality with jail time. The U.S. has made it a priority to promote gay rights overseas, but officials pick and choose when they talk about it, often citing concerns about igniting a backlash that could endanger local activists.
Activate CFLP: Guest Blogger: Georgialee Lang is a lawyer who recently presented the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s arguments before the Supreme Court of Canada in the Attorney General of Canada v. Bedford case in which Canada’s prostitution laws were being challenged.
AP: Several church pastors in Jamaica led a revival meeting Sunday to oppose efforts to overturn the Caribbean country’s anti-sodomy law and turn back what they see as increasing acceptance of homosexuality.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: The doorbell rings. You open the door. Outside stand two men in uniform. “Good afternoon. We come from the local sex ed department. It seems that you have two minor children aged five and three living in this household. We have been sent to administer them the compulsory gender-sensitive sexuality education foreseen by the law. May we come in?”
Turtle Bay and Beyond: The number of European countries standing up against the EU’s activities in sponsoring moral corruption increases. The latest example is Bulgaria, where the authorities of the city of Sofia, following massive protests from the population, have decided to cancel a so-called “Gay Pride” event, in which homosexuals exhibit “pride” about what normal people would feel ashamed for.
Christian Institute: In an astonishing statement in the Lords, the Government says fidelity is “not required” in marriage.
Christian Institute: Civil partnerships could be introduced for heterosexual couples under new Scottish plans dubbed “a marriage-lite alternative” by critics.
AP: In the first major global review of violence against women, a series of reports released Thursday found that about a third of women have been physically or sexually assaulted by a former or current partner. The head of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, called it “a global health problem of epidemic proportions” . . .
Daily Mail: If an unmarried couple have sex they are considered husband and wife – and would have to ‘divorce’ if they split, an Indian court has ruled.
TheAge.com.au: Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi says he has been “proved correct” that legalising same-sex marriage would lead to demands to endorse polygamy.
Christian Institute: The former Commons Speaker Michael Martin has raised concerns about plans to make the Commons chapel a multi-denominational venue for gay weddings.
AP: China has announced that individuals and groups are banned from privately adopting abandoned infants, in a country where tens of thousands are abandoned each year and where baby trafficking has been a perennial problem.
AP: Russia is on its way to formally prohibiting all adoption by same-sex couples and also banning the adoption of Russian children by single people or unmarried couples from countries that allow same-sex marriage.
UK: I’m Not Sure That Google’s New Child Pornography Database Is Going To Work | Tim Worstall at Forbes
Tim Worstall: Forbes: There’s been a lot of political pressure over here in the UK for Google GOOG +1.35% to “do something” about child pornography on the web. The argument seems to be, and it’s about as logical as most political arguments, that Google should make sure that the entire internet is wiped free of the horror that is that child pornography.
LifeSiteNews: Almost three-quarters-of-a-million Croatian citizens have said they want to decide for themselves whether to change the nation’s definition of marriage, but the left-leaning coalition government is trying to move the democratic goal posts.
One News Now: The president announced in recent days he is appointing five open homosexuals to ambassador positions around the globe, including an HBO executive and a hedge fund manager. There are already three open homosexuals serving as ambassadors in the Obama administration. – See more at:
CNSNews: The State Department through its Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) is planning to spend $450,000 in taxpayer dollars “to support programs that increase protection of transgender persons who face acute forms of violence and harassment.” – See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/state-department-spend-450000-protecting-transgenders-overseas#sthash.MLAQpM46.dpuf
ACLU: With Gov. Kitzhaber’s approval of HB 2093 yesterday, transgender people in Oregon will no longer have to show proof of surgery in order to change their birth certificates to accurately reflect their gender.
Telegraph: Openly gay clerics will be questioned about the intimate detail of their sex life on behalf of the Archbishops of Canterbury or York before they can be considered to be a bishop, the Church of England has disclosed.
AP: Pope Francis waded diplomatically into the gay marriage debate Friday, telling the Archbishop of Canterbury he wants to work together to promote family values “based on marriage.”
France24.com: The Australian government has announced new guidelines on gender recognition which state that individuals should be given the option of selecting “male”, “female” or “intersex” on their personal documents.
Ken Connor at Townhall: When we gaze across the pond at our European cousins, the general assumption is that we’re looking at our future. From food and fashion to politics and culture, Europe is on the cutting edge – the avant garde. Depending on your ideological sympathies, this is either seen as a good thing or a bad thing.