When a persons sexuality or gender expression is denied by the force of religion or government, the results are horrendous.
By Kelli Busey
May 26, 2008
According to a 2004 study by Bishopaccountablity.org a group concerned with the the Roman Catholic Church in Britain, it is facing its greatest threat since the Reformation, according to research.
Over three decades Mass attendance has slumped by 40 per cent, baptisms by 50 per cent, Catholic marriages by 60 per cent and confirmations by 60 per cent.
In a separate study conducted in 2003 a senior clergyman spoke of how he felt “torn” following the revelation that nearly 150 complaints of abuse about priests and church workers in the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales were received last year.
The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Birmingham, said the statistics made him feel “very uncomfortable” but at the same time were proof that the church was making progress in the area of child abuse.
“I feel torn because on the one hand I am very uncomfortable when it is clear that there are more people coming forward and saying that priests in the past have behaved very wrongly,” he said.
In the Unites States the clergy sex abuse crisis — some would have us believe — is largely about priests taking advantage of or being seduced by older teenage boys. In other words, it's a gay thing.
That's the view of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, as articulated by the group's president William A. Donohue.
"Too many sexually active gays have been in the priesthood, and it's about time they were routed out," Donohue told Fox News at the height of the scandal. The clergy sex abuse crisis is "a homosexual scandal, not a pedophilia scandal," he said on NBC's Today Show.
Let's look at what the 2003 John Jay study actually says. From the Executive Summary:
The largest group of alleged victims (50.9%) was between the ages of 11 and 14, 27.3% were 15-17, 16% were 8-10 and nearly 6% were under age 7. Overall, 81% of victims were male and 19% female
While the Catholic Church is preying on innocent, unprotected social segments to defer the public awareness of the sickness that is eating it from the inside YOUR CHILD may be sexually assaulted NOW as you read this in a Catholic sanctuary.
The sin is that the Catholic Church is permitting this and has the audacity to hurl hateful and wrongful allegations towards the GLBT community. You and your loved ones suffer now and in the future when they are unable to reconcile themselves with Christianity.
Anyone who would doubt these claims only need look in their own family or friend to find a witness of these terrible events.
When a persons sexuality or gender expression is denied by the force of religion or government the results are horrendous.
Catholic Church Facing largest threat ever and its not from Lesbian, Gays, Bisexual or Transgender people.
Kim Pearson executive director of TransYouth Family Allies is visiting and speaking in the Austin TX community during the month of May at various locations sponsored by TACT(Transgender Advocates of Central Texas) Equality Texas, and PFLAG. During her talk at the monthly membership meeting of TACT at Genuine Joe in Austin Kim Pearson related how this group founded in the fall of 2006 could have enjoyed such phenomenal growth and success.
According to Kim " Amazing things can happen when you put 4 mothers in a room". Transyouth gained national acclaim documented in this interview on CNN.
According to Kim Pearson the children with whom she becomes involved with who have gender expression issues have come to a point in their lives when the reality of the situation dictates a response. Kim Pearson states " the child does not transition, we do".
. TYFA's mission is to empower children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected. They envision a society free of suicide and violence in which all children are respected and celebrate.
Southern Voice, GA, USA
HRC president apologizes for 'misspeaking' at transgender conference
Solmonese talks with Atlanta activists in private meeting
By DYANA BAGBY, Southern Voice | May 6, 7:37 PM
Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese met with a handful of
transgender activists in Atlanta last week and apologized for
"misspeaking" at last year's Southern Comfort conference, where he
promised HRC would only support an Employment Non-Discrimination Act
that included gender identity, according to people attending the
by Kelli Busey
Tuesday May 9, 2008
I will not accept this behaviour as acceptable from the largest "human rights" organization.
Submitted 05/06/08 to Southern Voice, sound off section pending
Joe Solmonese has once again showed his true colors.
He gathered a group of potentially sympathetic transgender people and
portrays this as actual dialogue.
He offers a explanation that he mis-spoke at southern comfort. Some
of these "activists" are either overwhelmed by by Solmonese or brain
dead when they declare a apology was issued. Thankfully some of the
activists were clear thinking and rejected this side ways
Where is the acknowledgement from Solmonese that a political agenda
was being followed in September 2007 and continues to this date to
exclude and marginalize gender variant people.
As far as HRC meddling in my job where does HRC get off telling my
employer how to treat me? HRC needs to get out of my business. Am I
writing papers for the employers of gay people telling how to treat
them? Am I using political blackmail to force congressional leaders
to vote against Gay People? NO I AM NOT.
HRC LEAVE TRANSGENDER PEOPLE ALONE. You have done enough harm. Every
time you do us wrong people die. Lawrence Kings death is on your
hands HRC. This death is a direct result of your policy. Find it in
your heart Joe Solmonese to direct HRC to stop killing us.
By John Wright
May 1, 2008 - 7:48:28
LGBT Methodists, supporters surprised by votes upholding anti-gay church policies
Onlookers tearfully react to a vote Wednesday, April 30 at the United Methodist Church’s General Conference. - PAUL JEFFREY/United Methodist News Service
FORT WORTH — LGBT members and their supporters suffered two major setbacks on Wednesday, April 30, at the United Methodist Church’s 2008 General Conference in Fort Worth.