Even today, defendants convicted of killing white victims are 17 times more likely to receive the death penalty than those convicted of killing Black victims. It may be the biggest challenge facing America next to climate change. But the social science designed to accomplish this is incompatible with the teachings of Christ, per the academic leaders of the SBC. Returning to the religious tomfoolery de jour, there is no doubt the SBC Executive Committee is within its rights both constitutionally and ecclesiastically to expel the errant congregations. That is to say, the congregations that are actually following the teachings of Christ. Remember, dear reader, these are not the Churches of Leviticus where being gay, a pig farmer or even a Saturday yard-mower could earn you a stoning.
The doors to the cathedral were opened to them, and they were welcomed personally by the leader of the Archdiocese of Newark, Cardinal Joseph W. I am your brother, as a sinner who finds mercy with the Lord. But Cardinal Tobin, whom Pope Francis appointed to Newark last year, is among a small but growing group of bishops changing how the American church relates to its gay members. They are seeking to be more inclusive and signaling to subordinate priests that they should do the same.
Move aside, BTS. There is a new international boy band ready to take over. CNCO , the Spanish version of One Direction — they were literally solo artists who were brought together on the first season of the talent competition La Banda — is going mainstream and is set to perform at the Teen Choice Awards.
All homosexual or same-sex sexual activity is forbidden by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints LDS Church in its law of chastity , and the church teaches that God does not approve of same-sex marriage. Members of the church who experience homosexual attractions, including those who self-identify as gay , lesbian , or bisexual remain in good standing in the church if they abstain from all sexual relations outside an opposite-sex marriage,    but all, including individuals participating in same-sex sexual behavior, are allowed to attend weekly church worship services. The LDS Church previously taught that homosexuality was a curable condition   and counseled members that they could and should change their attractions and provided therapy and programs with that goal. Again, the individual has the right to define the desired outcome. The LDS Church has campaigned against government recognition of same-sex marriage ,  and the issue of same-sex marriage has been one of the church's foremost political concerns since the s.