Tag Archives: LGBT

4 different looks at Islamic State

More than a year after Islamic State took over Mosul it is easy to get used to the fact that one of the most violent, extreme and expansionist theocracies in modern history rules over 10 million people. Today I’ve collected four different articles from this week that in some way relate to the rise of IS and its horrifying treatment of its ‘citizens’. Continue reading

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Pope Francis, gay rights and the 21st century

This week the first big news came out of the Vatican synod, a gathering of bishops called together by Pope Francis to discuss the church’s teaching on the family. A preliminary report suggested that the church should take a more positive stance on homosexuality, and that gays and lesbians have “gifts and qualities to offer the Christian community”. It’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of gay marriage, but it is by far the most positive wording to come out of any Vatican statement so far. So is this really a turnaround for the Catholic Church and homosexuality? And how does it fit in with attitudes across the world? Continue reading