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is it like this in your country - most of the mainstream denominations have left the small towns to the likes of the fundamentalists - any walk through a country town in NSW on a Sunday evening - will get ya a whole bunch of bible bashing fundamentalists... but not one mainstream church dares opens it's doors - they're all shut up and lights out... but at every god bothering looney bin.... the lights are on and they're packed to the rafters singing those damn hillsong lyrics

is it time I gave up on Religion

the reason for all this doom and gloom, is the last service for the Uniting Church in Lismore for an - Evening Service closed tonight 'cause of lack of interest

it's a sad day to see that the looneys have taken over the churches

I thought it atrocious that the Salvos used public donations given to them as a charity to further their agenda of homophobia

Education Helpline / Religion is killing teens
« on: November 04, 2010, 08:21:22 AM »
Gay Bishop: Religion Is Killing Teens

Gene Robinson, the gay bishop of the New Hampshire diocese in the Episcopal Church, writes on The Huffington Post that antigay religious leaders are responsible for bullied gay teens taking their lives.

Robinson says that antigay speech — like that heard from Mormon leader Boyd Packer — convince young gay people that they are worthless, and contribute to some taking their lives.

"Just as many gay kids grow up in these conservative denominations as any other," Robinson writes. "They are told day in and day out that they are an abomination before God. Just consider the sheer numbers of LGBT kids growing up right now in Roman Catholic, Mormon, and other conservative religious households. The pain and self-loathing caused by such a distortion of God's will is undeniable and tragic, causing scars and indescribable self-alienation in these young victims."

The bishop says even gay children not reared in religious households absorb messages of hate and damnation from homophobic religious leaders.

Theology Forum / QUEER THEOLOGY
« on: November 04, 2010, 08:17:24 AM »
Queer Theology is concerned with questions about the meaning of existence, as they are posed by lesbian, gay, transgender, intersex, bisexual, or "questioning"--or perhaps even in some other way "queer"--seekers. The classic problems of theology apply: the problems of both natural and human evil; the problem of "God," or the ultimate source of the universe; the problem of the purpose of human life; the problem of ethical conduct; and the problem of human desire for eternal life. Queer Theology is, however, a topic worthy of separate consideration from theology per se, because the teleological significance of same-sex love remains a mystery, and because the orthodox theologies of the most powerful religions have traditionally been used as weapons against sexual minorities.

Queer Theology begins in a difficult position: neither the concept "queer" nor "theology" is easily defined or understood. "Queer" is a vague and controversial term generally referring to sexual minorities. It is often prized by some for its defiant tone but still, even today, resented by others for its origins in hate speech. "Theology," another vague and ambiguous term, is currently defined by Wikipedia as "the study of a god or, more generally, the study of religious faith, practice, and experience, or of spirituality." However, the more straightforward identification of theology with its problem domains, as identified above, makes it more clear what is at stake.

Theology Forum / Synoptic Gospels
« on: November 04, 2010, 08:15:59 AM »
so do folk know about this or what - that most of the books of the Gospels are just copies of Mark or a long since lost script called 'Q'

so just curious - are you anti war

is there such a thing as a 'just' war

and what do ya reckon about the Afganistan thing - I reckon we should just get out and leave 'em to it

Theology Forum / diff. strokes for different folks
« on: November 02, 2010, 06:40:33 PM »
ain't it funny - that what passes for 'diversity' is code for letting the queers in... but downunder it's code for finally lettin the coloured folk in - we're what on some social fronts some 50 or so years behind you yanks -

UCC Café / just lost 15 smackas 'cause of you yanks
« on: November 02, 2010, 06:26:54 PM »
who would've guessed that a horse named "american" with a frog ridin 'im would've taken the cup that stops a nation -

especially within the educational context - have teachers a role to play.... is it all simply just a matter of removing bullying - or are there any factors at play... can anti-discrimination legislation be a complete blanket for removing discriminators for queer kids... or do we need to consider the current exemptions [for religious practice] under various state legislations concerning discrimination for glbt's as part of the problem rather than the solution and as a logical conclusion do we need to affirm ssm by way of providing positive normative role modelling for our young queer kids

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