Church and State: January 2008 Archives

January 21, 2008

Christians criticise appointment of anti-gay campaigner to equality body

United Kingdom: The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has published a 10 page document criticizing the government's decision to appoint homophobic Christian activist Joel Edwards as an Equality Commissioner. Edwards has campaigned against equalities legistlation in the past, and the LGCM report uses his own words to demonstrate why Joel Edwards should not have been appointed to the Equality Commission and should resign. The report summarises the case against Edwards on page 1:

  • Joel Edwards aggressively lobbies against law reforms introducing gay equality
  • Joel Edwards promotes groups seeking to cure gay people
  • Joel Edward’s organisation seeks exemptions from the very laws Equality Commissioners are charged with upholding

They note that the organisation he leads, the Evangelical Alliance, explicitly opposes any kind of fair treatment for lesbians and gay men.

a homosexual lifestyle is a choice and is not to be classified in terms akin to race or gender. [p.3]

Of course, Edwards regards such criticism as religious discrimination and whines I therefore find it a shame that the LGCM considers my belief system less equal than others and a barrier to my serving the British public. Of course, as a religious lifestyle is a choice, surely it's not deserving of any kind of protection anyway, at least not according to Edwards' reasoning.

Joel Edwards and The Evangelical Alliance: Opponents of human rights for lesbian and gay people [Word document]—Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, 21st January 2008; Gay Christian group criticises new equality commissionerThe Guardian, 21st January 2008.

January 14, 2008

More shorts

  • Hello Kitty Jesus tattoo. Yes, you read that right. Hello Kitty Jesus Tattoo = ScaryTokyomango, January 2008.
  • England: Another "Christian" claims it is discriminatory to expect her to do the job she's paid to do. Registrar threatens legal action against council over civil partnershipsEkklesia, 13th January 2008.
  • Australia: Politician behaves differently before and after election: The shadowy Exclusive Brethren religious sect has been guaranteed another $10 million in taxpayer funding for its school campuses, despite being branded an "extremist cult" which "breaks up families" by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd before the election. EXCLUSIVE: Labor backflip on BrethrenLiveNews, 14th January 2008.
  • Australia: A man who believed he had supernatural sexual powers killed his partner's best friend after encouraging her to sleep with him to exorcise her demons. Killer said sex would 'exorcise demons'Sydney Morning Herald, 14th January 2008 (via Red Wolf).
  • Cthulhu BalloonNeatorama, January 2008.
  • Wales: Naughty vicar story! A Church-in-Wales vicar has been questioned by Dyfed-Powys Police for offences relating to indecent images of children. Vicar arrest over indecent imagesBBC News, 14th January 2008.

January 11, 2008

Miscelleny

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