“We are doing everything, both the organizers and our athletes and fans, so that participants and guests feel comfortable in Sochi, regardless of nationality, race or sexual orientation” Putin told Thomas Bach, the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), on an inspection visit in Sochi on Monday. - Via Reuters
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As Father Helminiak points out, the Bible has no concept of homosexuality, which is a modern concept and word. What one can study is what the Bible says about what we would class as some forms of homosexual behavior. But the biblical authors lacked the concept, and so could not classify anything as homosexual. Therefore, there can be no general condemnation of homosexual behavior (our concept) in the Bible, like it or not. That’s the fact.
a study of the Greek shows that Jesus affirmed a gay couple !
The mega-church pastor insists that God ‘accepts you, he approves of you.’ And when pressed during a recent interview if that included gay people, the televangelist offered a surprising answer.
“I’m not trying to get them to join my religion, I’m just trying to plant a seed of hope in their heart.”
“In Buenos Aires I used to receive letters from homosexual persons who are ‘socially wounded’ because they tell me that they feel like the church has always condemned them. But the church does not want to do this. During the return flight from Rio de Janeiro I said that if a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge. By saying this, I said what the catechism says. Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person.
Maybe if the states in Tornado Ally treated gays better, we would protect them from more tornados! San Francisco never gets tornadoes. Coincidence? I think not!
Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church
In this sure-to-be controversial book, former seminary professor and church official Jack Rogers argues unequivocally for the ordination
of homosexuals and for the extension of full and equal rights in society to all people who are homosexual. Christianity, he observes, has moved through history in the direction of ever-greater openness and inclusiveness.