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Ann Coulter Says God Punished Houston Over Their Lesbian Mayor

Ann Coulter is on an anti-lgbtq, ignorant hate spree again, for a change.

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The far right political commentator said that Hurricane Harvey is God’s response to Houston electing a Lesbian mayor, and not the result of Climate Change, the product of mankind’s greed and irresponsible behaviour with the environment.

Coulter was referring to Annise Parker, the first openly lesbian individual to be mayor in Houston until stepping down in 2016.

In a twitter tweet, she said:

Ann, who has said in the past that “gay marriage is not a right” and gay men who have sex should  “feel guilty about it.” also refuses to believe in the overwhelming, tangible evidence by scientists that proves that climate change is very real.

Despite what some governments in support of coal mining and fracking say about global warming, there is a a global scientific consensus that humans are altering the climate by pouring greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

In addition to rising global temperatures, climatologists believe more intense weather patterns – from stronger storms to more frequent droughts – are potential consequences.

Warmer air and water could feed the size and wetness of hurricanes.

 

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Historic: First Norweigan Gay Couple Tied The Knot in Church Wedding

Pastor Bettina Eckbo  led the historic ceremony in the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church

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In the very second that the clock struck midnight and the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church’s new liturgy allowing gay couples to marry in church weddings came into force, Kjell Frølich Benjaminsen and Erik Skjelnæs tied the knot in Eidskog Church.

A church synod voted on Monday to approve the new liturgy, or service, allowing same-sex couples to get married in the church.
“It was great fun and really cosy to be a part of,” Eckbo told NTB.
The newlyweds have lived together for 36 years – longer than Eckbo has been alive.
“They already represent the values that marriage is about – faithfulness and supporting one another on good days and bad,” she said.
The ceremony marks a new milestone for gays and lesbians in Norway, which like its Nordic neighbours is at the forefront of gay rights in Europe. Civil marriage and adoption have been open to gays since 2009 and the Church also authorises the ordination of homosexuals.

Pakistan: Transgender Population To be Counted In Population Census For The First Time

For the first time in the history of Pakistan, the population census will recognise and count Pakistani transgender people

The Lahore High Court on Monday instructed the federal government, National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) and the interior ministry to include the transgender community in the census while hearing a petition filed by a transgender individual Waqar Ali in November 2016.

Ali in his petition had called for the enforcement of the community’s fundamental rights, including enrolment in the upcoming census and issuance of national identity cards specifying their gender.

A deputy attorney general from the federal government was present in court during the hearing and assured the court that the transgender community will indeed be part of the upcoming census.

RELATED: Pakistan Passed law Allowing Transgender People to Legally Marry under Islamic Law

Ali’s petition, filed through Advocate Sheraz Zaka, had pleaded that the transgender community in Pakistan has been marginalised, citing an event witnessed in Sialkot where a transgender was tortured.

Pakistan’s sixth population census will begin on March 15, 2017.

BREAKING: Truck ploughs into christmas market in Germany. 9 dead, over 50 injured.

A big lorry has ploughed into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing and injuring several people.

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Police on the ground have said this is a suspected attack on German shoppers.

A witness said “people are crushed” while another said people are passed out on the ground underneath the articulated truck.

Videos and pictures emerging online have shown market stalls crushed by the huge lorry.

The driver has been arrested, according to reports.

The truck drove up the Budapester Strasse onto the footpath and came to a stop before the gigantic Norwegian Christmas fir tree erected just a week ago.

One person at the market said the truck was travelling “fast” and crashed with a loud bang.

As many as 50 people have been injured and locals are reporting several fatalities.

Anti-KKK “March For Love” takes over North Carolina and trumps turnout for KKK rally

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hundreds marched in Uptown to counter a Ku Klux Klan rally that was scheduled in Raleigh.  It was a “March for Love” and it trumped the turnout for the KKK rally that was nearly nonexistent.

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“Right after the elections, the ‘Royal White Knights’ of North Carolina said they were going to have a celebratory parade,” said Rabbi Judith Schindler.

That didn’t fly with dozens of community leaders. Grassroots organization “March for Love” in Charlotte through a celebratory parade of their own. One step at a time, people marched in Uptown to fight back against hate.

“The mothers of three children didn’t want a message of hate to be share with our community,” said Schindler.

“So this is an anti-hate rally.”

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With flowers in hand, somewhere in the ballpark of 500 people paid respects to three monuments that exemplified the power of love over hate- the Holocaust, Martin Luther King Jr. and “Mahatma” Gandhi Memorials.

Along the way people like Mona McCallum and Heidi Henderson sparked relationships and bridged the gap between different communities.

“I’m just grateful to be here and experience the compassionate love for people that don’t look like me,” said Mona McCallum of Sacred Souls Community Church.

Flowers were left at the Holocaust memorial, in Charlotte
Flowers were left at the Holocaust memorial, in Charlotte

LGBT-Friendly Church Puts Transgender and Pride Flags Back Up After Being Stolen

“They must have brought a ladder because it’s quite high,” he said. “They’d have needed to get up there to cut the ropes and wheel it down. It’s not an accident, they haven’t blown away; it’s been done deliberately.”

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London, United Kingdom — St. Mary With All Souls church in Kilburn is a progressive, accepting, LGBT-Friendly church.  The church began flying the pride flag in the early days of march 2015, and one year later, they added the transgender pride flag, too.

Earlier this month, however, Vicar Father Andrew Foreshew-Cain discovered that the flags had been stolen.

But far from feeling intimidated or worried, Father Andrew was angry about it, and vowed to continue fighting discrimination.

In an interview, he said: “How dare they try and silence who we are and what we believe and think that’s an acceptable response,” he commented. “Engage in debate all you like, tell me I’m wrong to my face all you like, but don’t vandalize my church.”

Foreshew-Cain says that people’s reaction to putting the flags in the church has been enormously positive, with people taking photographs and tweeting very positive comments about it.

“That’s what’s made this case of vandalism so surprising and troubling.” he said.

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“It’s an attempt to bully and silence,” he explained.

Foreshew-Cain plans to go ahead with the first London meeting of Open Table, a new worship service “for queer Christians, led by queer Christians.” The initiative began in Liverpool and has since spread throughout the UK, Buzzfeed Reports.

“My personal motto is ‘No surrender’,” he said. “Gay and lesbian people are not going away in the church. You can cut our flags down, you can refuse to licence us as priests, you can refuse to ordain us as clergy, but we’re already in the church. Get over it. We’re not going anywhere.”

RELATED: Prince William: “I would confront the bully and comfort the victim.”

 

Caitlyn Jenner Should Use the Men’s Bathroom, North Carolina Governor Says

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Caitlyn Jenner / @Caitlyn_Jenner / Twitter

During a debate, moderator Chuck Todd asked North Carolina’s Governor, Pat McCrory, and Attorney General, Roy Cooper, which bathroom should Caitlyn Jenner use.

Loyal to his discriminatory rhetoric, Pat McCrory said that Caitlyn should use the men’s bathroom.

Watch the debate below (~1min. / Youtube)

RELATED: Hurricane Hits and Record Floods NC, Leaves Many Dead, but Governor Pat McCrory keeps Using Public Funds To Discriminate against Transgender Women

 

Hurricane Hits and Record Floods NC, Leaves Many Dead, but Governor Pat McCrory keeps Using Public Funds To Discriminate against Transgender Women

NC, United States — As the death toll left by hurricane Matthew raises to 33, with 17 deaths in the state of North Carolina alone, Governor Pat McCrory keeps using public funds to harass, intimidate and push his anti-LGBT agenda further, instead of helping the victims of the hurricane.

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Pat McCrory, NC Governor / CharlotteObsesrver / Screen Capture

Buzzfeed reports that, as Hurricane Matthew approached the coast of North Carolina on Friday, Governor Pat McCrory spent the night on stage, with far-right religious leaders, asking them to support the discriminatory, anti-LGBT legislation known as House Bill 2 or HB2.

While emergency services in North Carolina were overwhelmed, and the death toll raised in the state —inlcuding the fatal shooting of a motorist, who was driving through a flooded area– McCrory was recorded telling the far-right christian audience: “You have five weeks, or four-and-a-half weeks, to speak out in North Carolina.”

“I don’t agree with the concept of redefining gender, let your congregations and your businesses, and everyone else know. Are there people behind this issue or not? We’re going to find out.” He added.

RELATED: Charlotte Mayor, in contrast to the Governor’s stance, defends LGBT rights in NC’s Largest City

While the governor was using public funds to host a meeting with hateful groups, the citizens of North Carolina were far from happy, and this was not due to any bathroom hysteria.

A Greenville resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “We have no power. The cash is going to be running out. We’ve already got street vendors hawking water, Cokes and cigarettes. Cigarettes are at seven bucks a pack,” they said. “It’s nuts here, and it’s going to get worse.”

Last week, Andrew Bieszad, a writer for the right-wing religious site Shoebat, explained that “Hurricane Matthew had nothing to do with climate change, instead, it’s God’s way of punishing people for hosting an LGBT parade in Florida” in the memory of the 49 victims of the Orlando massacre.”

In spite of Mr. Bieszad’s claims, most of the reported casualties are in the state of North Carolina, one of the very few states in America where religious persecution and discrimination is not only legal, but also encouraged by their current administration.

 

By Eleanor Hope  (Follow Eleanor on Twitter /  Facebook