Tuesday , 18 December 2018

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LGBTI activism, started by Ulrichs, is today a 149 years old

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On the 29 August, 1867 LGBTI activism was born when a journalist and jurist publicly came out and challenged the German Confederation to decriminalise anti-sodomy laws. This act, a 149 years ago, was a courageous and defining moment that would change our understanding of sexuality and human rights forever.  But how did we arrive to this moment?  Who was this ...

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Belief Matters…Or Not? The Subversive Nature of Amoris Laetitia

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Last week, I gave my initial thoughts on Pope Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia” (the Joy of Love), noting some of its positive features as well as its shortcomings. This week I look at some of the responses to “Amoris Laetitia” and draw some conclusions about its importance. The document is proving controversial, both within and outwith the Catholic church. Conservative theologians ...

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Pope Francis: mixed messages to LGBTI Catholics

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Pope Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia” (or “Joy of Love”), published today, does not change any Catholic dogma, and has sent mixed messages to LGBTI people, on the one hand speaking firmly against equal marriage and on the other a call for tolerance and acceptance. In the Joy of Love, the rules of the Church in relation to the family, marriage, divorce, ...

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Belief Matters…Or Not? Paul O’Grady, The Sally Army and the BBC

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Paul O’Grady’s new BBC TV series “The Sally Army and Me” is certainly good popular light entertainment and Paul is his usual camp self, often funny and seemingly able to get the best out of those he meets. At the same time as we laugh at his antics – for example, getting the drum beat wrong when playing with the ...

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Jackie Kay appointed new Scots Makar

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  Jackie Kay has been appointed the new Makar (Scotland’s national poet) to replace the previous incumbent Liz Lochhead. The word Makar originally referred to the royal or court bard, and was at its height in the 15th and early 16th centuries. Among the poets who held the post at that time were William Dunbar, David Lyndsay and Alexander Scott. ...

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Belief Matters…Or not? Faith in a Secular Society

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Earlier this week, the Daily Mail suggested the Queen did not approve of same sex marriage. Regardless of the accuracy of the report (and the Daily Mail is not always the most reliable of sources) it does raise the question of the role of faith in what is now a predominantly secular society. Secularists sometimes suggest that faith should be ...

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Biblical literalism: a conservative heresy?

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Supporters of fundamentalism and literalism argue that the authors of the Bible were directly inspired by the Holy Spirit, that every word is the direct word of God and that, as such, every word must be true. Adherents of literalism argue that the Bible provides an exact factual history of the world from its creation onwards. According to this logic, ...

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The literary life of Jackie Kay

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  Jackie Kay is one of Scotland’s most accomplished writers, equally at home with drama, poetry, fiction, memoir and children’s writing. She is also a broadcaster, columnist and librettist. She is of mixed race (a Highland mother and Nigerian father) and was adopted by a Marxist Glaswegian couple. She is both a mother and a lesbian. Her writing features English, ...

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European Parliament Calls for Greater LGBTI Rights

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In its annual Human Rights report, the European Parliament called for greater LGBTI rights both within and outwith the European Union. The report begins by calling on the EU and its members “to effectively address internal human rights challenges” including discrimination against LGBTI people. It also addresses the EU’s foreign policy in relation to LGBTI rights. The EU’s LGBTI Intergroup ...

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Scotland’s choice on Civil Partnerships: Discrimination or Equality?

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It is ten years since the first civil partnerships in Scotland, but there is still no equality before the law.  Now, after a rather biased consultation process, the Scottish government is about to make a choice for us.  The anniversary provides as with an opportunity to take a look at the role of civil partnerships in Scotland’s future, and ask: ...

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