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LGBT Rights and Religion:

Discussion of religion in the context of LGBT rights is only allowed in this thread.

Discussion of religion in any other context is off topic in all of the "LGBT rights..." threads.

Attempting to bait others into bringing up religion is also not allowed.

edited 4th Oct '13 8:26:43 AM by Madrugada

 6401 deathpigeon, Tue, 1st Jan '13 4:30:05 PM from Bread, It Is Bread that the Revolution Needs! Relationship Status: One True Dodecahedron
Kaspar the Friendly Spook
[up][up] They'd have excellent chemistry.

[up] No, no, no. The Beast goes with Quasimodo.

edited 1st Jan '13 4:31:02 PM by deathpigeon

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@Blue: Kidding, kidding.

But I've never seen the lesbian princesses thing. Link?

Edit: Now you're just trying to Pair the Spares.

edited 1st Jan '13 4:32:17 PM by Ultrayellow

Except for 4/1/2011. That day lingers in my memory like...metaphor here...I should go.
 6403 Loni Jay, Tue, 1st Jan '13 4:37:36 PM from Australia Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
I have seen several 'gay Disney princes' pictures, probably just because of the tumblrs I look at. Those haven't become as popular?

... then I guess that's kind of our answer, isn't it?
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 6404 Blue Ninja 0, Tue, 1st Jan '13 4:41:33 PM from The Middle of Nowhere Relationship Status: Non-Canon
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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=404255869653357&set=a.131930970219183.36609.126718237407123&type=1&ref=nf

Assuming it links over properly.
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 6405 deathpigeon, Tue, 1st Jan '13 4:53:50 PM from Bread, It Is Bread that the Revolution Needs! Relationship Status: One True Dodecahedron
Kaspar the Friendly Spook
First comments on that very image:

Tanner Strong OR BI/GAY Prince

Chris Lavitt Or a gay prince!....Why can't I ever get to say my thoughts before someone else does
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Yeah, I wouldn't have noticed this. I don't really do tumblr and Facebook.
Except for 4/1/2011. That day lingers in my memory like...metaphor here...I should go.
 6407 deathpigeon, Tue, 1st Jan '13 5:09:59 PM from Bread, It Is Bread that the Revolution Needs! Relationship Status: One True Dodecahedron
Kaspar the Friendly Spook
Also, I wasn't just pairing the spades with the Beast and Quasimodo. They're both characters that are hated and distrusted for how they look. The Beast is stronger and more aggressive, so he'd be able to protect Quasimodo when Quasimodo himself fails, while Quasimodo is caring enough that he'd be able to calm down the Beast when necessary. They would make a great couple!
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 6408 Jhimmibhob, Wed, 2nd Jan '13 8:18:29 AM from Arm's reach of the julep machine Relationship Status: My own grandpa
Further, under the Montevideo Convention, a state must have a people - and no one is born in the Vatican (or at least, one hopes not...).

Not everyone who works/lives in the Vatican is a priest, bishop, or religious, any more than everyone who works in a Catholic church is. There's plenty of support personnel, lay scholars and clerks, etc. Now, whether the Vatican has anything in the way of medical or birth facilities is a whole other issue! Still, it wouldn't shock me to learn that the Holy See has a native-born citizen or three.
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It is a scary thing to have your assumptions challenged. Especially the ones that flow from something as integral to your being as your religious faith.

TV Tropes OTC discussions have left me angry, rattled, frustrated, and in some cases, bitterly sad. This has been one of the greatest and best things to happen me in the past year.

There are some people with conservative or right-wing or Christian leanings who see the progressive liberal bloc as taking away their right to be who they are. To be sure, there is a very fringe element of the progressive/liberal lobby that does want to infringe on religious freedom, but they are hardly indicative of the wider movement.

The truth is, you people have helped us become who we were meant to be. I can't speak for all, but when the dust settles from these discussions and the shock of realizing that *gasp* maybe I was wrong wears off, I realize that I now have the tools to be a better person, one who respects people's free will, one who reads beyond rhetoric and looks at deeds, one who can empathize with those who've been stepped on for far too long.

In other words, I've become a better Christian. A truer Christian. I can't think of a greater service that can be performed.

God bless all of you. In this new year, and forever.
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 6410 Lawyerdude, Wed, 2nd Jan '13 9:27:53 AM from my secret moon base
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[up][up] There's no requirement that a state have natural-born citizens. Even if nobody is ever born within the borders of Vatican City-State, it still has a resident population. A very small one, but a population nonetheless.

And in any case, "Vatican City" doesn't have a diplomatic corps. Papal nuncios are accredited by the "Holy See", which operates out of, but is legally distinct from, the country of Vatican City.
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 6411 Matues, Wed, 2nd Jan '13 11:30:10 AM Relationship Status: Reincarnated romance
[up][up]

[awesome]

edited 2nd Jan '13 11:30:16 AM by Matues

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 6412 Achaemenid, Wed, 2nd Jan '13 1:58:36 PM from my desk. Relationship Status: You can be my wingman any time
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This piece in the Manchester Guardian may be of interest to this discussion:

For the past six years, Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Warwick Street in Soho has offered special masses to LGBT Catholics. The Church teaches that homosexual Catholics should live lives of celibacy, and not indulge in the sinful behavior. She offers such devotees pastoral care in this connexion. These special masses have been offered over and above that. However, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, de facto head of the Church in England and Wales, has announced that these are to cease, and whilst pastoral care will continue to be offered, masses will not. His reasons are detailed here. The Our Lady of the Assumption is being transferred to the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, which is a personal ordinariate for Anglicans who have crossed the Tiber.

edited 2nd Jan '13 1:59:38 PM by Achaemenid

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 6413 joeyjojo, Wed, 2nd Jan '13 2:03:52 PM from South Sydney: go the bunnies! Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Happy thanksgiving!
Anyone else getting massive reposts of the "lesbian Disney princess" picture? While I'm obviously supporting of gay rights, I wonder how many fewer reposts there would be if the two figures were, say, Aladdin and Prince Charming

Are you referring to controversy surrounding a their age discrepancy or the the public's mistrust of Arabs?
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 6414 Morgikit, Wed, 2nd Jan '13 2:06:43 PM from Lavender Town Relationship Status: In season
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Thank you Catholic heiarchy, for proving even if LGB Ts play by your rules you still won't accept them. I suspected this, but the confirmation is appreciated.
 6415 L Mage, Wed, 2nd Jan '13 2:31:33 PM from Miss Robichaux's Academy Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
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[up][up]

I know for a fact that there was a "Gay Disney Prince" photo set floating around Tumblr.
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 6416 Blue Ninja 0, Wed, 2nd Jan '13 3:42:03 PM from The Middle of Nowhere Relationship Status: Non-Canon
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@joey: Neither, I was referencing the fact that lesbians are more openly welcomed than gay men. Neither of those two options even occurred to me. I suppose I took an extra dose of Patriarchy™* before posting that. tongue
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Hmmm... Patriarchy™: operation of heavy debate or machinery is not suggested after use. wink
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 6418 Radical Taoist, Wed, 2nd Jan '13 8:08:34 PM from the #GUniverse
scratching at .8, just hopin'
Extremely bad side effects if taken with Homophobia or Bigotry. Of course, you have dumb junkies out there mainlining all three.
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If I understood post 6412 correctly that church was merely helping the LGBT people not have sex, rather than admit that there is no actual reason for homosexual sex to be a sin in the first place.

Still, it was better than nothing I guess.

edited 3rd Jan '13 5:24:36 AM by Medinoc

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 6420 Jhimmibhob, Thu, 3rd Jan '13 6:24:28 AM from Arm's reach of the julep machine Relationship Status: My own grandpa
Thank you Catholic heiarchy, for proving even if LGB Ts play by your rules you still won't accept them. I suspected this, but the confirmation is appreciated.

In fairness to the Archbishopric, the apparent problem was that the masses and their attendees weren't playing by the rules. Several observers had noted that the Soho masses appeared to consist overwhelmingly of non-celibate gays, and that the sermons, governing assumptions, and overarching ethos were dedicated to sustained denial of the Church's teachings on homosexuality. If so, then it's scarcely the hierarchy that wasn't playing fair—and it shouldn't outrage anyone if they decided their outreach was being abused, and turning downright counterproductive.
"She was the kind of dame they write similes about." —Pterodactyl Jones
 6421 Morgikit, Thu, 3rd Jan '13 6:41:49 AM from Lavender Town Relationship Status: In season
Queen of Foxes
Several observers had noted that the Soho masses appeared to consist overwhelmingly of non-celibate gays

I'm a little curious as to how they knew who wasn't celibate (unless they admitted to it, I guess).

and that the sermons, governing assumptions, and overarching ethos were dedicated to sustained denial of the Church's teachings on homosexuality

My mistake...

Which just leads me to wonder why LGBT Christians stay with denominations that go against their own beliefs. I mean, wasn't there some Catholic group that split off from the main church over this issue? Why not support them?
 6422 Lawyerdude, Thu, 3rd Jan '13 7:27:36 AM from my secret moon base
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Which just leads me to wonder why LGBT Christians stay with denominations that go against their own beliefs.

I've asked that question before, and it seems to me that, ultimately, they just don't care. If their Church started adopting openly racist or sexist beliefs, some would leave, but when it comes to refusing to tolerate LGBT individuals, they choose to stay. Near as I can tell, while they may say they disagree with their Church's teachings on that issue, it's really not that big a deal to them.
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 6423 Jhimmibhob, Thu, 3rd Jan '13 7:29:31 AM from Arm's reach of the julep machine Relationship Status: My own grandpa
[up][up]I dunno. For one thing, splitting off from the Catholic Church pretty much makes you "Protestant" by definition, whatever you might like to call yourself. If one is committed specifically to Catholicism, that's a problematic step.

For another thing, maybe there's some tension between their beliefs and the Church's doctrines that they just don't feel like resolving. For better or worse, where birth control is concerned a lot of Western Catholics seem able to live with pretty fundamental cognitive dissonance between their opinions and the Church's established stance. One way or the other, grasping the nettle would exact some costs that many people don't feel like paying.

Finally, most Christian churches are packed to the gills with people who—gay, straight, or otherwise—are sinners by their churches' standards. Even if Catholic teaching on homosexuality is 100% correct, I doubt that from God's viewpoint I'd stand any better than the average gay congregant, or be considered less fundamentally broken in my own particular ways. We've all got issues.

edited 3rd Jan '13 7:30:41 AM by Jhimmibhob

"She was the kind of dame they write similes about." —Pterodactyl Jones
 6424 Radical Taoist, Thu, 3rd Jan '13 7:53:20 AM from the #GUniverse
scratching at .8, just hopin'
The Coptic and Orthodox Churches say wassap. Although it is probably the case that the Catholics split off from THEM, not the other way around.
 6425 Morgikit, Thu, 3rd Jan '13 8:10:19 AM from Lavender Town Relationship Status: In season
Queen of Foxes
For one thing, splitting off from the Catholic Church pretty much makes you "Protestant" by definition, whatever you might like to call yourself. If one is committed specifically to Catholicism, that's a problematic step.

Yeah, I'd rather not get into the debate over who gets to call themselves what. Besides, Catholic means "universal". While the Roman Catholic Church is the largest denomination, I wouldn't call them universal.

For another thing, maybe there's some tension between their beliefs and the Church's doctrines that they just don't feel like resolving. For better or worse, where birth control is concerned a lot of Western Catholics seem able to live with pretty fundamental cognitive dissonance between their opinions and the Church's established stance. One way or the other, grasping the nettle would exact some costs that many people don't feel like paying.

Maybe I'm just weird that way. When my old church basically said homosexuals burn in hell, and anyone claiming otherwise was serving the devil, I left and never looked back. Eventually I left the faith altogether but that's a different story.

Finally, most Christian churches are packed to the gills with people who—gay, straight, or otherwise—are sinners by their churches' standards. Even if Catholic teaching on homosexuality is 100% correct, I doubt that from God's viewpoint I'd stand any better than the average gay congregant, or be considered less fundamentally broken in my own particular ways. We've all got issues.

I've heard the "we're all sinners" argument before. But it's my impression that non-heterosexuality is generally treated as a sort of "super-sin", receiving far more attention and condemnation than its fair share. Don't believe me? Compare how much religious opposition there is to same-sex marriages (even when performed by other religions or as completely secular) as opposed to how much religious opposition there is to divorce. The Bible could be said to argue against both, but the former in this day and age is treated as a much bigger deal.

And that's not even getting into the fact that some Christians (or if you prefer, people who identify themselves as Christians) don't believe non-heterosexuality is wrong in and of itself. And I just really don't understand why said people would choose a religious group that not only believes the opposite, but actively campaigns against their religious freedom as the Catholic hierarchy is known to do.

edited 3rd Jan '13 8:13:26 AM by Morgikit

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