#AceNewsReport – Sept.04: Man linked to online threats against LGBT community facing federal charge, FBI says
A man linked to a series of online threats against South Florida’s #LGBT community that alarmed many residents and led to stepped-up police patrols in Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale is being charged with a federal crime, authorities announced Sunday.
Craig Allen Jungwirth, 50, is accused of violating people’s rights …
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Pastor John MacArthur
Pastor John MacArthur said during a recent edition of his “Grace to You” show that parents of LGBT kids should cast them out of their lives and “turn them over to Satan.” Americans Against the Tea Party reported that the pastor was responding to a question from a congregant about parenting a gay child.
“My adult child just ‘came out,’” wrote MacArthur’s viewer, “‘in other words declared to be a homosexual. What do I do?’” “You know, the answer depends,” answered MacArthur. “If that adult child professes Christ, claims to be a Christian, then that becomes an issue for confrontation of the sternest and strongest kind because that falls under Matthew 18.”
“If that person doesn’t repent and turn, you take two or three witnesses, and confront again. If there’s still no repentance, then tell the church. And if the church pursues it and there’s still no repentance, then there’s a public putting-out of the church, that person who professes to be a Christian. That’s how you deal with that.” Non-believers, he said, don’t matter. “They’re just acting like a non-Christian.” However, “if they profess to be a Christian, you have to alienate them,” he said. “You have to separate them. You can’t condone that, it’s inconsistent with the profession of Christ. So, you isolate them. You don’t have a meal with them. You separate yourself from them. You turn them over to Satan, as it were, as scripture says.”
#AceWorldNews Several brewers, including Guinness, said they were refusing to sponsor St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York and Boston, while mayors of the cities cancelled their participation in the events, after gay people were not allowed to march under LGBT banners.
Irish brewer Guinness, a key sponsor of the New York City parade, announced on Sunday afternoon it was withdrawing its participation.
“Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all. We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade,” a statement by brewer’s parent company, Diageo, reads.
“We will continue to work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy.”
A few days earlier, two more brewers dropped their sponsorship of St. Patrick’s parades over the gay rights issue: Heineken in New York and Sam Adams in Boston.
#AceWorldNews says Police in the Russian capital have detained 10 LGBT activists after they tried to stage an unsanctioned rally at Moscow’s Red Square, Novaya Gazeta reports. The protest was timed to coincide with the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Games at 20:14 MSK on Friday.
The activists attempted to unfold rainbow flags and sing the Russian national anthem. Two of the activists are Swedish nationals.
#AceWorldNews says UN chief condemns attacks on the LGBT community ahead of Olympics
The UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, has used a speech ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi to condemn attacks on the LGBT community, the Guardian reported.
Addressing the IOC, the UN secretary-general highlighted the fact that the theme of the UN’s human rights day last December was “sport comes out against homophobia.” Speaking to reporters after his address, Ban said he appreciated the assurances of President Vladimir Putin that “there will be no discrimination and that people with different sexual orientation are welcome to compete and enjoy this Olympic Games.”
#AceWorldNews says according to latest RT News President Vladimir Putin has reassured a group of international journalists that athletes and spectators would have no problems at the Sochi Olympics in a discussion dominated by questions on Russia’s “gay propaganda” law and security.
While visiting Sochi ahead of the Winter Games, the Russian president shared his vision of the coming Olympics with journalists from America’s ABC News, Britain’s BBC, China’s CCTV, and the IOC’s own Around the Rings agency, as well as with Russia’s Channel One and Rossiya-1 TV channels.
“None of the guests of the Sochi Olympics will have any problems,” Putin said.
Despite Putin saying that the Olympics were meant to “depoliticize the most pressing international issues,” the majority of questions he had to answer dealt with politics, with much of the interview time being devoted to dispelling fears that LGBT visitors to Sochi would face any discrimination.
Putin reiterated that LGBT community representatives were absolutely welcome in Russia.
Full Interview from the Kremlin: http://kremlin.ru/news/20080