LGBT-affirming religious groups

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) affirming religious groups (also called gay-affirming) are religious groups that welcome LGBT members and do not consider homosexuality to be a sin. They include entire religious denominations, as well as individual churches and synagogues. Some are composed mainly of non-LGBT members and also have specific programs to welcome LGBT people, while others are composed mainly of LGBT members.

History[edit]

Abrahamic religions[edit]

The Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, have traditionally forbidden non-heterosexual and non-vaginal sexual intercourse (both of which have been variously labeled as sodomy), believing and teaching that such behavior is sinful and derived from the behavior of the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah.[1][2] Today, several denominations within Christianity and Judaism accept gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members and permit the ordination of openly LGBT candidates for ministry. Examples are the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements in Judaism, the United Church of Christ, United Church of Canada, Episcopal Church in the United States, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), Community of Christ, and the Metropolitan Community Church.[citation needed] Some of these traditions have made provision for same-sex unions or marriage. In Europe, a number of Lutheran, Reformed, United and Old Catholic churches have adopted increasingly accepting policies towards LGBT members.[citation needed]

A number of Christian ministries seek to create officially sanctioned "Safe-spaces" in a similar vein as gay-straight alliances in various schools. LGBT ministries differ from lay-lead movements for the inclusion of LGBT parishioners in that most lay movements do not receive open and official support from clergy. They also differ from LGBT-oriented congregations (such as those of the Metropolitan Community Church) formed explicitly for LGBT parishioners in that the clergy of such congregations are not historically motivated toward opposition to LGBT dignity and equality upon establishment of the denomination.[citation needed]

Other religions[edit]

Satanism[edit]

LaVeyan Satanism is critical of Abrahamic sexual mores, considering them narrow, restrictive and hypocritical. Satanists are pluralists, accepting bisexuals, lesbians, gays, transgender people, BDSM, and polyamorists. Sex is viewed as an indulgence, but one that should only be freely entered into with consent. The Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth only give two instructions regarding sex: "Do not make sexual advances unless you are given the mating signal" and "Do not harm little children", though the latter is much broader and encompasses physical and other abuse.[citation needed] This has always been a consistent part of CoS policy since its inception in 1966, as Peter H. Gilmore wrote in an essay supporting same sex marriage:

Finally, since certain people try to suggest that our attitude on sexuality is “anything goes” despite our stated base principle of “responsibility to the responsible,” we must reiterate another fundamental dictate: The Church of Satan's philosophy strictly forbids sexual activity with children as well as with non-human animals.

— Magister Peter H. Gilmore[3]

In that essay he also stated:

The Church of Satan is the first church to fully accept members regardless of sexual orientation and so we champion weddings/civil unions between adult partners whether they be of opposite or the same sex. So long as love is present and the partners wish to commit to a relationship, we support their desire for a legally recognized partnership, and the rights and privileges which come from such a union.

— Magister Peter H. Gilmore[3]

Theistic Satanism accept lgbtq .[4]

Raëlians[edit]

The Raëlian Movement looks positively on sexuality including homosexuality. Raël recognised same-sex marriage, and a Raëlian press release said that sexual orientation is genetic and likened discrimination against gays to racism.[5] Some Raëlian leaders have performed licensed same-sex marriages.[6]

Unitarian Universalism[edit]

Unitarians and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) have a long-standing tradition of welcoming LGBTQ+ people.

Wicca[edit]

Many Wiccans are generally welcoming of LGBTQ+ people. Wiccans tend to view sex in a positive light without guilt.[7] Some strands of Wicca go beyond welcoming gays and actively celebrate gay relationships.[8]

Vodou[edit]

Homosexuality is religiously acceptable in Haitian Vodou.[9][better source needed]

Epicureanism[edit]

Homosexuality was generally seen as normal in Ancient Greece and is today accepted in Epicureanism, as in other forms of secular humanism.[citation needed]

The Rabbit God[edit]

Tu'er Shen or The Rabbit God is the only gay god worshipped in the world. In 2006, Lu Wei-ming founded a temple for Tu'er Shen in Yonghe District in the New Taipei City in Taiwan.[10]About 9000 gay pilgrims visits the temple each year for praying to get a suitable partner[11]The Wei-ming temple also performs love ceremony for gay couples.[12]It is the world's only religious shrine for Homosexuals.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bishop Soto tells NACDLGM: 'Homosexuality is Sinful' Archived 30 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine catholic.org, accessed 29 September 2008
  2. ^ Help topics[permanent dead link] Assemblies of God (USA), accessed 6 July 2009
  3. ^ a b "Founding Family: 'Morality' versus Same-Sex Marriage".
  4. ^ Promoting religious tolerance - Defending a humanistic ethic: The example of opposing homophobia retrieved 9 July 2013
  5. ^ A modern nation is a nation where gays and lesbians are free retrieved 4 August 2013
  6. ^ A Raelian official licensed to perform legal marriages for same-sex couples in Hawaii retrieved 4 August 2013
  7. ^ Wicca for Beginners: Fundamentals of Philosophy & Practice, Thea Sabin - 2006
  8. ^ Women's spirituality, women's lives — Page 127, Judith Ochshorn, Ellen Cole - 1995
  9. ^ Homosexuality And Voodoo retrieved 9 July 2013
  10. ^ GOLD, MICHAEL (26 January 2015). "Praying for a soul mate at Rabbit Temple". The Star Online. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  11. ^ "Why Taiwan's 'Rabbit' Temple Is Almost Exclusively Gay". HuffPost. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  12. ^ Alexander Stevenson 1/22/2015. "Thousands Of Gay Pilgrims Trek To Taiwan To Pray For Love At "Rabbit" Temple". LOGO News. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  13. ^ "Taiwan's gays pray for soul mates at 'Rabbit' temple". Reuters. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2019.

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