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God Cried Today Over United Methodist Homophobic Defrocking


Gay Marriage-Methodists

Over the past month, I've share with you the story of Pastor Frank Schaefer. In case you missed it, he's a United Methodist pastor who performed the marriage ceremony between his son and his son's same-sex partner. They wished to be included in the church where they grew up, where they prayed, believed and where they felt they were welcomed. Seems the flock may have welcomed them, especially when the son and his partner lived in legal "sin" (cohabiting without being married) but when the time came for church acceptance along with their legal status, they received vengeance in it's place. Or actually their minister received the ultimate punishment.

Pastor Schaefer was brought up to the ruling body of the United Methodist Church a month ago -- facing discipline for performing the legal service in Massachusetts. After a hearing, the church jury found him guilty of sins against the church dogma, their Book of Discipline, and they meted out their punishment. Pastor Schaefer had to denounce his actions, declare publicly that he was wrong and promise NEVER to marry another same sex couple-- or he could choose to be defrocked.

Talk about a King Solomon type of decision. He had to turn his back on all of those loving and devoted followers of his faith who are LGBT people, just to keep his job. He would be prohibited from marrying any of his other same-sex couples, including either of his other two sons who are also gay.

NBC News:

Schaefer had been told to resign from the clergy by Thursday if he could not follow the denomination's Book of Discipline. But Schaefer has said the book discriminates against gay people and vowed this week that he would not voluntarily surrender his credentials.

Church spokesman John Coleman said that officials decided to defrock him.

He really had to dig deep and find within himself, what God meant to him and how the Church was going to interpret his decision. He chose God and said we are all one under His guidance and teachings. He told the church hierarchy that he couldn't and wouldn't meet their demands. And so today, Pastor Frank Schaefer is a better man, but a defrocked minister.

If this is a black eye on the United Methodist Church, it was self-inflicted. Any church, synagogue or temple that wishes to deny true believers based on sexual orientation faces the scrutiny as to whether they really deserve to be called a church. Even sinners can be allowed to believe. The UMC is treating them like they were lepers. Though they most certainly aren't, let's not forget that Jesus walked among lepers to comfort them. He didn't shun them like the United Methodists have done to the LGBT community.

There seems to be a disconnect in the church regarding one's sexuality. It is not that of choice, but of creation. It's about time that message broke through. If not, how long will it be before some religious zealot deigns blue eyes are the devil's sign and the church stop these blue eyed members of the flock their opportunity to pray among them?


Texas House LIVE VIDEO FEED: Coverage of abortion legislation


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Thank you Texas Tribune.


PhotOH! and VIDEO quickie: This is how they rally for women's rights in Texas, y’all.


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This is how you put on a women's rights rally, y'all. In your face, Rick Perry, who, by the way, hears voices. Correction: He only hears some voices. Apparently, new Democratic superstar State Senator Wendy Davis and her supporters got under his skin, because he popped out with this little nugget:

“The question is are you going to let a small group of people take over the process, an unruly mob, to keep from democracy from occurring.”

Too late, Ricky, it's occurring in spite of you:

Here's an amazing aerial shot of the crowd. [via mcorcoran]:

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Natalie Maines from The Dixie Chicks performed [via PPact]. Take that, Bushies:

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And finally, this is one message that resonates with me [vía Dan Solomon]...

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... because it reminds me of this:

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And we have the wonderful Wendy Davis to thank for getting the ball rolling. #StandWithWendy

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"It shouldn't be unusual for a public official to stand and fight for the men and women who elected them."

That quote is from a clip just played on MSNBC of Wendy Davis at the rally.

All (except the last two) courtesy of The Frisky, where there’s more. Check 'em out.

H/t: My pal @Anomaly100 at FreakOutNation.


LIVE VIDEO FEED: Texas Senate special session on restrictive abortion legislation


UPDATE: Well that was fast. They adjourned. Both House and Senate are recessing until Tuesday, July 9th

NOTE: Feed is going in and out. Go here for the stream if this happens.

Anyone who cares about women’s reproductive rights can watch this Texas Senate session live, thanks to the Texas Tribune.

Gov. Rick Perry has made a point of demanding another special session, because Perry hears voices. Correction: He only hears some voices.


Rick Perry hears voices. Correction: He only hears some voices.


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Oh the hypocrisy. Texas Governor Rick Perry is picky, picky, picky about which day he chooses to revere the First Amendment and exactly whose voices matter (other than the ones he hears inside his own head). Apparently, State Senator Wendy Davis's voice and those of her supporters need not bother to use theirs.

Per L.A. Times, Perry and GOP Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are confident that their dream of anti-abortion legislation will come true:

"It will pass overwhelmingly and will become the law in the state," Perry said in an interview Friday with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. "I think the voice of the people of Texas will be heard." [...]

[Perry] called on antiabortion activists to fill Capitol hearings and galleries this week as their opponents have done, to make their voices heard via Facebook and the Twitter hashtag #stand4life.

"We will pass this bill," Dewhurst said, insisting the legislation's supporters are in the majority. "Texas is and will always be the most pro-life state in America."

Dewhurst's idea of being the "most pro-life state in America" undoubtedly includes being the state that puts the most people to death, too. No hypocrisy there:

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More from the Times:

Supporters of the legislation — who planned to wear blue — also called on activists to head to the Capitol to speak on the legislation when it comes up in committee.

"The committee hearings have not been scheduled but could be as early as Tuesday at 2 p.m.," the Texas Alliance for Life posted on Facebook. "Please prepare a 3-minute testimony explaining how abortion has hurt you or someone you love. Bring your friends, family, and invite your church. Come prepared for a long night."

Joe Pojman, the alliance's executive director, said time would be on the legislation's side, and he hoped more protesters would be too.

Here is what CNN is reporting this morning:

But the Republican governor cautioned that there won't be the same "turmoil" and "mob rule" from protesters in the public gallery as there was last week.

..."The lieutenant governor and the speaker both are not going to allow that to occur in their chambers," Perry said in an interview with KFYO, a radio station based in Lubbock, Texas.

Then Perry said this:

"The question is are you going to let a small group of people take over the process, an unruly mob, to keep from democracy from occurring."

Um, Ricky, voicing opposition IS democracy.

Perry said the "absolute anarchy that we saw in the last 15 minutes in the Senate chamber (was) not appropriate or normal."

Well now, Ricky, yes, it was appropriate. What isn't appropriate is your despicable War on Women, their privacy, their reproductive rights, their health services, their equality, their dignity, their freedom to choose to undergo a legal procedure (abortion), and their freedom to decline an unnecessary, invasive procedure (vaginal probe) forced upon them by mostly male legislators.

Next, after whining about how unruly Democrats have no right to express themselves, he "called on the anti-abortion community to have the same intensity as their opponents in the days ahead but to conduct themselves with 'decency, civility and decorum'."

Of course, protesting, pro-forced-birth, "anti-big-government" conservatives are decent and civil, but protesting pro-choicers are indecent and uncivil.




Photo of the Day- Ohio Gov Kasich, Flanked by Six Men, Signs Stringent Abortion Restrictions Into Law



Click to enlarge, though unless you're trying to induce vomiting I don't recommend.

The new provisions will make it harder for family planning groups like Planned Parenthood to receive federal funding, while making it easier for crisis pregnancy centers, which often counsel women against having an abortion, to receive the same money. The provisions also work to keep abortion clinics from obtaining transfer agreements with public hospitals and require doctors to perform ultrasounds before an abortion, informing the woman if they find a heartbeat.

Many more disgusting details here and here.


Making a Believer Out of U.S.?


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Fred Rich, on the Huffington Post reports an unusual result of a recent survey.

When asked whether they would favor or oppose establishing Christianity as the official state religion in their state, 34% of respondents were in favor (with 20% "strongly" in favor). You read that correctly: 34% in favor of establishing Christianity as the state religion, as in creating a theocracy. There's more: when asked whether they would favor an amendment to the U.S. Constitution making Christianity the official religion of the United States, 32% said yes.

They'd favor an amendment, huh?  Well, let's consider this -- there's already an amendment -- one of the originals, part of the Bill of Rights. It prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of a religion.

It was adopted in 1791 as the FIRST of the original ten amendments.  

If you're going to defend your right to guns with our second amendment, you have to abide by the first one as well.  We can't pick and choose. Obviously the framers had time to think this one over and it must have weighed heavily on their minds if they made it number one.