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By Sunnivie Brydum

…rms declined, and continued to staff its booth at the East Lansing Farmers Market. Between the end of the 2016 farmers market season and the beginning of the 2017 season, the East Lansing Farmers Market updated its own vendor policies, adding a provision that stated vendors must comply with East Lansing’s non-discrimination ordinance. To submit an application, vendors had to agree to adhere to this policy not only while at the farmers market, but…

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By Peter Montgomery

…ave endured homophobic taunts during matches at the Rio Olympics, although USA Today reported that “there were signs of acceptance during the opening ceremony.” At Outsports, Tony Scupham-Bilton estimates that “more than 250 LGBT Olympians have made their mark in sport” since 1928. The shortlist for the UK’s sixth annual Polari First Book Prize, which is awarded to a writer “whose first book explores the LGBT experience, whether in poetry, prose,…

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By Peter Montgomery

…ry Jew and his family without discriminating against his lifestyle.” The Jerusalem Post reports, “Reaction from the haredi world was however swift and scathing, with ultra-Orthodox MKs speaking out against the decision and haredi groups in the US also voicing intense criticism.” “This wretched decision will have a boomerang effect against the intentions of [Gidon] Sa’ar who wants to ‘bring back the children to their land’, and many good Jews will…

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By Daniel C. Maguire

…l will know that you are my disciples” (John 13:35). This document is good news for the poor and bad news for the Tea Party. It says we need globalized solutions for globalized problems; it favors a market economy but not this one; it calls for “supranational authority,” a healthy, non-tyrannical “world political authority” to tame the greed games that strip the poor and gorge the rich; it calls names, deriding “neoliberalism,” the Neocons’ Credo,…

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By Sarah Posner

…from a fake news site. Not like Jon Stewart fake news. Or even Onion fake news. Actual fake news. “By the way,” Stetzer added, “if you are a pastor you should already know that no one can make you officiate anything. In fact, you can refuse to officiate an interracial marriage. You’d be an idiot and a racist, but you wouldn’t be arrested.” The other “story” Stetzer highlighted claimed “a sodomite ex-con turned author, Bradley La Shawn Fowler” sue…

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By Peter Montgomery

…targeted if ISIS does make a concerted attack on Lebanon. A gay man in Beirut told Gay Star News, “From my point of view, once ISIS crosses the borders, I will be taking the first plane to Istanbul. Everybody will try to leave. But a lot of the gay community can’t afford it. Once they are here we will be one of the targets because gay people are evil for them, so we should be killed. We have a lot of dating applications and websites so I think it…

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By Peter Montgomery

…san Goff, supports the blessing of same-sex unions. More from Christianity Today’s Ruth Gledhill: In his pastoral letter, Archbishop Okoh says: “In the beginning, the focus of our concern was North America and we thank God that he has raised up the Anglican Church North America as a new wineskin in that continent. “Now our concern is increasingly with the British Isles. A line has been crossed in the Church of England itself with the appointment o…

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By Patricia Miller

…h issue.” But this framing is nonetheless important, according to Patton. “News media often say they don’t make news, they cover it, but politicians and some members of the Catholic hierarchy in part drive the news coverage of contraception due to their positions objecting to the ACA mandate,” she notes. And the fact that OB/GYNs were so rarely used as sources of information is troubling given how often the Catholic bishops made false medical clai…

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By Jeffrey Scholes

…ht.  If an overwhelming majority of viewers side with Aslan over Green/Fox News, then what did “we” win? In one sense, both Aslan and Fox News won: Zealot has shot up to the top of the Amazon Best Sellers list, and Aslan is reveling in his good fortune, while many who’d never heard of Lauren Green are likely to tune in (or, more accurately, log on) to cheer the next time she scolds a non-Christian, or to feel smug satisfaction the next time she “e…

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By Peter Montgomery

…eh, Regional Program Coordinator for Middle East and North Africa spoke to BBC Newshour on Sunday about human rights violations in Iran. From Alizadeh’s comments: Last year the head of the Iran Human Rights Body who is the brother of the head of Iran’s judiciary Mohammad Javad Larijani had a speech in Geneva in which he publicly said that the right to life is not applicable to homosexuals. On Friday, he had a speech in Geneva again, during the uni…

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