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Conservatives Claim Pete Buttigieg Can't Be Both Gay And Christian...


      I know very well what it feels like to have "Christians-In-Name-Only" say the same to me, but now I just don't care.

      These 'Evangelicals" follow a man...

      who does not love his neighbor,

      whose god is mammon,

      who lies, and lies and lies.

      He cares not a atll for the widows, the orphans, the poor...

      His administration is ungodly cruel to children, tearing babies away from thier parents and locking them in forgotten cages.

      He doesn't care if the people go without healthcare

      They follow him because they crave power.

      They want Supreme Court Justices that will represent the "Evangelical" right, not the people.

      They want worldly power.

      They are no longer the salt of the earth

      The great love of their church has grown cold

      Now I don't care at all what the Pharisees of today think or say about Christianity.

      and I bet neither does Pete.

      "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”


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      My Publication On Medium


          I started a publication of my own on Medium...partly to see what could be done on the platform, and partly as a way of getting my story out...and continuing the fight for transgender rights...as well as to share stories and musings on life as a transgender woman in the South.

          I encourage people to check it our and follow my publication at https://medium.com/tales-of-a-transgender-tarheel

          Also, follow ME on Medium at https://medium.com/@angelabridgman

          I really wish Yabberz was not changing, I hope those I have made friends with over the years here will follow along. I will still post at the new Yabberz, which I have found out you CAN do...even as a non-paying member - but original articles you post at Yabberz as a non-paying person...can ONLY be seen by those who already follow you.

          Apparently, responses to any article that you can see...you will also see my responses as will everyone else. That is the best, so far, I can determine about how the Medium platform works.

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          Mormons Do About-Face On Kids Of Gay Parents


              The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons) has waged war against gay folks for decades. They accept gay members... as long as those members never have gay sex. And of course they forbid same-sex marriage for their members. Gay guys marrying straight women or vice-versa is A-OK, though. (Fun Fact: Utah leads the nation in anti-depressant prescriptions.)

              Mormons have also worked hard to forbid same-sex marriage for members of other religious faiths as well--they were the principal force behind California's Prop 8 in 2008. The excuse for all of this has always been that these policies are God's wishes, revealed to Church hierarchy through the special gift of revelation.

              And until today, the Church also forbade baptisms and blessings (a huge deal in Mormonism) to the children of gay parents. Because nothing says Christian Love like discriminating against little kids who never did anything wrong but be born.

              However, today--as with previous historic reversals (polygamy, banning blacks in the priesthood)--God apparently changed His mind on this one.

              Baby steps.


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              Openly Gay, Openly Christian Buttigieg Challenges The Religious Right


                  Openly Gay, Openly Christian Buttigieg

                  Challenges the Religious Right

                  Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
                  Who’s going to cast the first stone at Mayor Pete for not being a “real” Christian?

                  March 27, 2019

                  As someone whose identity includes serious Christianity and serious progressive political stances, I’ve always been wary of trying to counter the Christian right with some sort of Christian left, in a Bible-quotation–loaded competition to claim God for a party or ideology. As Barack Obama once convincingly argued, doubt about what God wants people to do politically is an important part of an attitude of humility which used to be called “the fear of God.” It’s also part of the foundation for the great American doctrine of separation of church and state, which was sacred to Southern Baptists when I was growing up in that faith community (they’ve dramatically flip-flopped since then, alas).

                  Still, it’s important now and then to challenge the conservative assertion — often shared in ignorance by secular media — that religiosity, and particularly Christian religiosity, dictates reactionary positions on culture and politics. So I found it interesting and provocative that 2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker goes out of his way to talk about his own religious faith:

                  [Booker] bids fair to become the most overtly Christian Democratic presidential candidate since Jesse Jackson and perhaps even Jimmy Carter, at a time when his party is trending irreligious and the opposition claims a monopoly on all things biblical. What makes Booker different from many left-of-center figures who are “personally” religious is that he purports to be progressive because of his faith, not despite it or incidentally alongside it (e.g., the way John F. Kennedy referred to his own faith as an “accident of birth”). If this becomes central to his identity as a presidential wannabe, it will be provocative to both the Christian right and to secular Democrats. And that could be both a benefit and a handicap for Booker ’20.

                  As E.J. Dionne observes, there is another 2020 Democratic presidential candidate who’s conspicuously talking about his faith, the fast-rising dark horse Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana:

                  During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” last week, the 37-year-old from South Bend, Ind., made a modest plea: “I do think it’s important for candidates to at least have the option to talk about our faith,” he said. He specifically targeted the idea that “the only way a religious person could enter politics is through the prism of the religious right.”

                  An Episcopalian and a married gay man, Buttigieg pointed to the core Christian concept that “the first shall be last; the last shall be first.”

                  He added: “What could be more different than what we’re being shown in Washington right now — often with some people who view themselves as religious on the right, cheering it on? . . . Here we have this totally warped idea of what Christianity should be like when it comes into the public sphere, and it’s mostly about exclusion. Which is the last thing that I imbibe when I take in scripture in church.”

                  Dionne notes that Booker and Elizabeth Warren share Buttigieg’s willingness to talk about Christian faith. But what makes Mayor Pete especially interesting is that he challenges the idea that Christianity is inherently homophobic in a direct and personal manner. To him, LGBTQ folk aren’t third parties who are the subject of some argument between Christians and progressives: He’s Christian, progressive, and gay. So conservative Christians who like to imply that their more accepting co-religionists aren’t “real” or “orthodox” because they don’t exclude gay people need to be willing to tell Buttigieg he’s taking the Lord’s name in vain. And that may be — and certainly should be — uncomfortable for them.

                  The Episcopal Church of America accepts gay parishioners, priests, and bishops in churches that recite the Nicene Creed every Sunday and have as authentic a claim to “orthodoxy” as any other church and more than many. So, too, do such solid elements of the American and global religious landscape as the United Church of Christ (a.k.a. Congregationalists), the Presbyterian Church (USA) (the largest gathering in that faith tradition), the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ditto), the Unitarian-Universalist Association, and many congregations and whole regions of the United Methodists and my own Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) that embrace gay people as equals in every way. There are many smaller denominations and nondenominational gatherings that do the same. And that’s aside from the millions of individual Catholics, Evangelicals, and Pentecostals who reject, quietly or openly, the homophobia of their own denominations.

                  Any Democratic presidential nominee who can authentically talk about his or her faith would be well advised to do so if only to confound Christian-right leaders and followers who have cast their own lots with the heathenish warlord in the White House. But Pete Buttigieg offers a particularly interesting contrast with the 45th president. Would anyone be confident in accusing this married, churchgoing, Afghanistan veteran of being ethically inferior to Donald Trump? Not without risking hellfire.

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                  TIME TO MARCH AGAIN

                      Arguably, the most tyrannical, divisive, hateful, destructive political movement in the country will once again urge children and teens to disrupt government schools for an entire day on Friday April 12, 2019. And for the 23rd year in row, spineless Christians will take it on the chin. They tolerate the ....
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                      Why Transgender Candidates Don't Win Elections



                          This is a lengthy piece, but an important one that needs to get more exposure. Please you Yaberzers who are on Twitter and Facebook, if you could share this.

                          This has to happen if we're to be a truly democratic country.

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