Thursday, May 31, 2012
FEEL THE CHRISTIAN LOVE?
Congregation of Apostolic Truth Tabernacle erupts in thunderous applause after the song; Pastor now getting death threats
The song performed at the alter of Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Greensburg, Indiana, included these lyrics: "The Bible’s right, somebody’s wrong. The Bible’s right, somebody’s wrong. Romans one, twenty six and twenty seven; Ain’t no homos gonna make it to Heaven."
The congregation can be heard erupting in cheers after the performance by the 3-year-old boy.
TMZ.com reports that church members say Pastor Jeff Sangl received a death threat at home and is worried about his safety.
Security has been stepped-up at the church. A prayer meeting scheduled for Wednesday evening (30 May) at church had to be moved to a secret location.
But the church members interviewed by TMZ continue to stand by the message of the song and their reaction to it.
Said one: 'The people who are upset just don't read the word of God. If we don't teach the children the truth early they will never learn.'
It's the third video to emerge in recent weeks showing rampant homophobia among some churches in the US. One North Carolina pastor advocated putting all gays and lesbians behind an electric fence while another suggested parents 'punch' their sons if they act gay.
We flocked to 14th Street to see the setting sun bathe Manhattan in golden light, but right when things were getting good, the rain came instead. It didn’t stop some resourceful Instagrammers, however, from taking some gorgeous photos of the city we love, in all its gray, soggy, foggy splendor.
Day 2 is tonight, Wednesday the 30th, at 8:25 p.m. Yesterday was just a half-sun, but today is the Real McCoy — a full orb visible as it plummets just past New Jersey, and our city grid aligns with the sunset so that each street has a fantastic view.
Wondering what is all this exactly? Why does this happen, and can someone explain all the science-y stuff behind it? We won’t even bother paraphrasing Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space:
He also tells you where to stand for optimal visual splendor. Come a half-hour early, he says, and “for best effect, position yourself as far east in Manhattan as possible. But ensure that when you look west across the avenues you can still see New Jersey. Clear cross streets include 14th, 23rd, 34th. 42nd, 57th, and several streets adjacent to them. The Empire State building and the Chrysler building render 34th street and 42nd streets especially striking vistas.”
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
YOU NEED A NEW SHRINK.
Homosexuality Is A Mental Issue - Chief Psychiatrist from ghanaweb.com
He said the excuses given by many western nations in support of the homosexuality are only borne out of political expediency and not a genuine belief that the sexual orientation is normal.
“Those who are in such situations they have a certain constituency in terms of numbers and in terms of voice,” he said.
Speaking to host of Breakfast XYZ, Emefa Apawu, on Radio XYZ 93.1 FM, Dr. Osei posited that “only for political reasons worldwide, [homosexuality] has been said to be normal but strictly speaking, I believe it is a mental health issue.”
“In the past, until some forty years ago, it was considered a mental health issues,” he said explaining that the powerful gay society of America in the 1960s started advocating to get the medical assumptions scrapped, which was eventually obliged by the American Psychiatrists.
“The bottomline of whether something is normal or not is whether it is a significant departure from normality or whether the departure brings about pain to the individual or the society. If something is a significant departure from the norm and causes pain to the individual and the society, then that is a mental health issue,” adding “a man going for a man is a significant departure from the normal and in our society; it causes distress to the society. It is a mental health issue.”
He said like HIV AIDS, anytime a disease takes roots in a country, it will be considered as normal, and that is what is happening with homosexuality.
He said the fact that the practice is accepted in Europe does not mean that it should be accepted and allowed to flourish in Ghana.
Petition urges Ukraine president to stop anti-gay gag law GAY STAR
Generation will be 'forced into the shadows' if anti-gay 'propaganda' law is passed
| By Matthew Jenkin
Activists have launched a petition calling on the president of the Ukraine to denounce an anti-gay 'propaganda' bill.
The bill, similar to the one passed in St Petersburg, is expected to be voted on this week and would amend existing laws on ‘the protection of morals’, media and publishing, as well as the criminal code, effectively banning virtually all information on gay and bisexual issues and criminalizing LGBT human rights work in Ukraine.
Over 21,000 people from around the world have already signed AllOut.org's online letter to President Viktor Yanukovych, which urges the leader to speak out against the proposed bill and stand up for LGBT rights before he meets with an EU human rights delegation on Friday (1 June).
Kyiv's first ever gay pride parade was cancelled on 20 May after a threat of violence from right-wing football hooligans and the event's organizer Svyatoslav Sheremet was later beaten by thugs.
A spokesman for AllOut.org said President Viktor Yanukovych is the only person with the power to stop the 'gay gag' bill and warned he must take action now before 'an entire generation will be forced into the shadows'.
'Ukraine has been trying to forge a "special alliance" with the European Union for years,' he said.'If we create a massive outcry in the next three days across Europe, President Yanukovych will be forced to finally speak out against the law or risk endangering his lucrative EU partnership.'
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Gay Military Students Graduate Openly At Academies Nationwide
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Gay students at America's military service academies are wrapping up the first year when they no longer had to hide their sexual orientation, benefiting from the end of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that used to bar them from seemingly ordinary activities like taking their partners openly to graduation events.
For the first time, gay students at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis were able to take a same-sex date to the academy's Ring Dance for third-year midshipmen. The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., officially recognized a club for gay students this month. And gay cadets at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., are relieved they no longer have to worry about revealing their sexuality.
Several gay students from the nation's major military academies said the September repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," an 18-year-old legal provision under which gays could serve as long as they didn't openly acknowledge their sexual orientation, meant significant change.
"For the most part, it allows us to be a complete person, as opposed to compartmentalizing our lives into different types of boxes," said newly commissioned Air Force 2nd Lt. Dan Dwyer, who graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday. West Point held its graduation Saturday, and the Naval Academy's was set for Tuesday.
Official recognition by the Air Force school in May of the social club Spectrum means gay students there won't have to meet underground anymore.
Students and gay alumni also say the repeal is creating professional benefits by opening doors to mentorship possibilities. Being open about their orientation gives students and experienced military personal one more common experience that can foster a mentoring relationship, they said.
"That's what makes this type of networking a little bit more meaningful in our lives, because they've gone through the same thing and, yeah, it's great to have that family. It's great to have that support," Dwyer said.
Dwyer did not know that a gay alumni group of academy graduates even existed before repeal of "don't ask, don't tell." On Thursday, Trish Heller, executive director of the academy's gay alumni group called The Blue Alliance, swore him in as an Air Force officer.
"That was all based on the networking and mentorship relationship from Blue Alliance and Spectrum that would not have happened before, because we just didn't have that much of a presence and that much of a connection with the cadets," Heller said.
At West Point, the alumni gay advocacy group Knights Out was able to hold the first installment in March of what is intended to be an annual dinner in recognition of gay and lesbian graduates and cadets. Cadet Kaitlyn Kelly was among the dozens of cadets who attended the privately sponsored dinner. The 22-year-old Chicago resident was finally able to openly introduce her civilian girlfriend at an event marking 100 days before graduation.
"It was a remarkable thing for me, because I had taken her to previous things ... but I had to do the ambiguous, `Oh, she's my best friend,'"
Kelly emphasizes that she had always been respected by her fellow cadets and officers at West Point and that changes in her day-to-day life have not been dramatic. But both she and fellow graduating cadet Idi Mallari said the repeal lessened their stress.
"My friends and I, we were so relieved that we didn't have to worry about that. Where we might not have necessarily worried about it 100 percent, it was still something in the back of your mind that you kind of always have to watch your step," Kelly said.
Mallari, who was awarded a Purple Heart during his prior service in Iraq as a combat medic, said everyone at the academy has been accepting, with just a couple of exceptions.
"I think it has to do with the fact that we're here at West Point and everybody here is just a little more educated," said Mallari, a 26-year-old Chicago resident.
In Annapolis, a gay couple attending the U.S. Naval Academy and their classmates posed for a photo in front of the academy's Bancroft Hall with a dozen heterosexual couples for the Ring Dance, when students in their third year receive their class rings.
Midshipmen Andrew Atwill, of Fulton, Ky., and Nick Bonsall, of Middletown, Del., said they received many compliments for bravely standing out in a way students had not before, and they did not receive any negative feedback from attending together.
"Because they made us feel so comfortable for going to the dance with each other, we didn't have to worry about any negative consequences," Atwill said.
Associated Press Writer Michael Hill in Albany, N.Y., contributed to this report.
In case you didn't already know, every year the Annapolis Naval Academy freshman class, known as 'Plebes,' climb a monument covered in lard to retrieve the Plebian Sailor's hat and replace it with an officer's hat. The tradition is one step in marking the end of wearing freshman headgear and moving up to headgear more like a U.S. Naval officer.
It is amazing and beautiful. more pics -- buzzfeed
It is amazing and beautiful. more pics -- buzzfeed