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Notre Dame University Accussed of Being Anti-LGBT, Faces Backlash For Hosting Ex-Gay Speaker

Notre Dame University Accused of Being Anti-LGBT, Faces Backlash For Hosting Ex-Gay Speaker

Notre Dame is facing a huge backlash for hosting author Dan Mattson, an ex-gay speaker on chastity.

In March, Mattson was invited to Notre Dame to affirm same-sex attracted people find healing and fulfillment by faithfully living out the teachings of the Church.

Sponsored by campus group Students for Child-Oriented Policy (SCOP), Mattson’s talk, “Same-Sex Attraction and Catholicism,” traced his embrace of the Faith and subsequent journey out of the gay lifestyle.

In Mattson’s lecture, he emphasized how Catholic teaching awakened him to the “transformative nature of God’s love.”

In a recent interview Mattson stated:

The idea of there being “homosexuals” and “heterosexuals” had never before been conceived when these terms were made up in 1862. From those words, you had to make people to fit those words. New words continue to be invented, and it does reach a level of absurdity. We’re following the course of Descartes, I think therefore I am, and Nietzsche, I will myself to be this way.

We have to see things clearly as they are and give them their right names; we’re experiencing a new Tower of Babel: come, let us make a name for ourselves. You may consider yourself “gay” or “bisexual” or “pansexual” or something else; what you’re really doing is taking on the name of God and declaring “I am what I am.” This litany of sexual identities is a form of idolatry and a rebellion against God.”

In an April 6 op-ed for university newspaper The Observer,  slammed Mattson of painting a “repressive picture of sexuality.”

“Does Notre Dame Fear the Queers?” the article stated and also pointed that Mattson’s lecture had “no basis in biological, psychological or sociological sciences.” and that hi talk was just “his interpretation” of Catholic doctrine.

To justify their position, they pointed to a body of heterodox German, Austrian and Swiss theologians.

Despite Mattson’s confidence in his interpretation of Catholic doctrine, it would appear that actual theologians are not totally in agreement. This is demonstrated in Church 2011, a memorandum signed by 260 Catholic theologians, which advocates for greater acceptance of same-sex relationships. It argues that the Church’s teachings do “not require the exclusion of people who responsibly live out love, faithfulness and mutual care in same-sex partnerships.”

The Observer also claimed that Notre Dame is unsympathetic to students who dissent from Church teaching on homosexuality.

This group “is not allowed to speak out against current Catholic doctrine on LGBT,” they wrote. “Notre Dame has persistently smothered such efforts of student expression.”

Over the past 10 years Notre Dame has been repeatedly accused of anti-LGBT sentiment including the invitation to VP Mile Pence in 2017 to speak at the schools graduation commencement which prompted over 100 students to walk out in protest. 

Columbus, Indiana: Mike Pence's Hometown To Host First PRIDE Festival - April 14, 2018

Columbus, Indiana: Mike Pence’s Hometown To Host First PRIDE Festival – April 14, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana. And his tenure as governor of that state made national headlines when he signed the controversial anti-LGBT Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law.

Over the past few months, the vice president again made national headlines on this topic — first, in a Twitter exchange with openly gay U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon ahead of the Olympic Games, then as comedian John Oliver trolled him with a children’s book in which the Pence family bunny was imagined in a gay relationship.

In a show of support and solidarity to the LGBT community Mike Pence’s hometown plans to hold its first  ever LGBT Pride Festival next month.

Erin Bailey, a high school student in Columbus who came up up with the idea and is helping to organize it told CNN on Wednesday that she wanted to host to the event to “make a change” in her community and in the country.

“I decided to host Columbus Pride Festival because I realized we didn’t have anything quite like it in Columbus,” she said adding that though she believes the Pence is “openly anti-LGBT, it doesn’t mean that the rest of us in his hometown are.”
\Samantha Aulick, a Columbus resident who is also helping Bailey organize the event, said her wife has lived in Columbus for more than 40 years and has never participated in a Pride event there. “We live in a conservative community that may actually be the most liberal in Indiana,” said Aulick, who operates the only LGBT Business Enterprise in their community, Artisan Foodworks. “But it is still Indiana and what created Mike Pence.”
Columbus, Indiana is one of a few towns in the state that has added LGBT protections to city ordinances

The event, which is set to take place April 14, will include educational booths, music, drag performances, rainbow-themed food, pride swag and an art show.

Back2Stonewall will be there covering the event and invites all to come and join to not only to support it and make it a success but to also make a strong political statement 

Indiana Man Sentenced To 65 Years In Prison for Fatal Beating of Gay Army Veteran

A northern Indiana man convicted of fatally beating a gay Afghanistan war veteran has been sentenced to the maximum 65 years in prison.

Jabreeh Davis-Martin was sentenced Tuesday after being convicted of murder in the January 2016 slaying 27-year-old Jodie Henderson, a member of the Army National Guard.

Henderson, 27, was found the morning of Jan.16, 2016, lying in the street, beaten to death in South Bend.

Henderson was a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and he was also gay. Henderson had feelings for Davis-Martin, and supposedly Davis-Martin was also gay, according to testimony during the trial. Davis-Martin’s lawyers argued that  their client killed Henderson because he was going to out him.

But even though sexual orientation motivated the killing, hate crime legislation had nothing to do with the sentencing. Indiana is one of only five states that lack hate crime protections. Not for race, religion, sex, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation. Henderson’s family supported reform, but an attempt to make such a law failed in February at the state’s General Assembly.

Indiana Company “Carrier”: Nanananana! We’re Still Sending 1300 Jobs To Mexico So There!’

Indiana Company "Carrier": Nanananana! We’re Still Sending 1300 Jobs To Mexico So There!'


Via Mediaite:

“While this announcement is good news for many, we recognize it is not good news for everyone,” says a letter sent by Carrier to its employees in the wake of the deal set up by Donald Trump that will prevent them from outsourcing some 800 jobs to Mexico. About 1300 Indiana-based jobs are still heading south of the border, which is a detail that has been lost in the commotion.

It is the loss of these jobs that has infuriated some, while the fact that any business will be able to threaten to leave and be rewarded financially by the Trump administration that has angered others. The Wall Street Journal has now joined in, calling what Trump did in Indiana a “shakedown.” Their anger stems from how it was Trump’s threats, not his incentives, that got Carrier to retain a portion of its American jobs.

So in the end Indiana will actually lose 1300 jobs and 7 million dollars  in revenue, and Carrier has created a  a blueprint for the rest of corporate America to use Trump against american workers.

Also lets look at the the tax abatement’s  mathematically.  At $7,000,000.00, and there are 6.597 million people in Indiana, meaning to save 800 jobs, it is cost each man, woman and child $1, Now, assuming that 1/2 the population is employed, and the other half are either old enough to be retired or too young to work, if the same amount, $8,700.00 per job were applied to all the employed people in the state, it would cost the state taxpayers over $28,696,950,000.00

That’s suppose to be reasonable in Trumps mind.




Trumps AmeriKKKa: Indiana Church Bars Gay Man from Singing at His Grandmother’s Funeral

Trumps AmeriKKKa: Indiana Church Bars Gay Man from Singing at His Grandmother’s Funeral


Connor Hakes, an Indiana man, wanted to honor his grandmother by singing at her funeral, but was told by the parish priest that because of his ‘gay lifestyle’ he wouldn’t be allowed to do so.

Father Bob J. Lengerich, saw a photo of Hakes and his friends at a Gay Pride festival, and told him that he wouldn’t be able to sing at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur because he was openly advocating for gay rights.

conor-hakeWrote Hakes:

I can no longer sing at my Grandma’s funeral, because I attended a gay pride rally and a picture was posted publicly (years ago). The priest’s reasoning is by attending such event, I am opposing the Catholic Church’s fundamental marriage belief. Both my Grandma and Grandpa would be disgusted by their parish. Their compassion and empathy was abundant, no matter who you were. They saw beyond race, religion, sexuality, and social class. They loved everyone. That is what is means to be a Christian. That is what it means to be Catholic. Please SHARE!

Hakes posted the letter, which says that it would “cause scandal” because he has “embraced the homosexual lifestyle” and that any person who serves in the church or as its representative must uphold its values

The letter outlines the reasons why Hake was banned from his grandmother’s funeral mass. According to Father Lengerich, “the Catholic Church forbids those who openly defy tenants of our faith to serve in [any official church capacity]. This included people who have been divorced or remarried (with the benefit of a declaration of annulity), have openly supported abortion rights and are openly participating in unchaste same-sex relationships.”


The letter continues:

The Catholic Church upholds the dignity of those with same-sex attraction. At the same time, it does not permit same-sex relationships or openly advocating for them because it causes a scandal…

There are many ways for those with same-sex attraction to participate with full communion on the Catholic Church, such as chastity, prayer, and attending holy Mass. At St. Mary’s we have several LGBT parishioners who have openly declared their intentions to embrace a homosexual lifestyle – the attend Mass each Sunday (some throughout the week) and are warmly welcomed to worship with us.


Lengerich goes on to tell Hake that he is “welcome to honor your Grandmother with a special tribute in song as long as it is outside of the Mass and outside of the Church, perhaps at the Funeral Home or Parish Hall during the viewing, at the cemetery after the committal and/or even at the luncheon.”

The pastor concludes with his “hope we can remain in each other’s prayers as Grandma Carolyn prayers for all of us.”

Here’s a photo of the gay face priest in question.

Father Lengerich

And here’s the damning Gay Pride photo:

Gay Pride

You can contact St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur @ 260-724-9159 or by sending an email to the Father Lengerich at  blengerich@stmarysdecatur.org

Watch the News Channel 15 report below:



Indiana Church Will Leave Hateful Anti-Gay Graffiti In Defiance To Push A Message of Tolerance


Members of a Brown County, Indiana church say they will not paint over or wash off the hateful anti-gay messages swastikas that was tagged  on the LGBT accepting church  for several weeks attempting to turn the hateful message into a message of love and acceptance by allowing the community to see it on their walls.

“We could be angry, we could be embarrassed, we could be hurt,” said Reverend Kelsey Hutto of St. David’s Episcopal Church,  “But the fact of the matter is those are on our walls because we’re doing the right thing. And we choose to look at them as symbols of hope. This was meant to cause divisiveness, this was meant to cause hatred, and we’re not falling into that trap. We’re responding with love and we’re going to use those images as images of hope.”

The spray painted graffiti was discovered early Sunday morning. The tagging included a swastika, the phrase “Heil Trump,” and an a message saying “Fag Church”. Hutto believes her church was targeted because the Episcopal church recognizes same-sex marriage.

Hutto believes leaving the graffiti up for several weeks will allow members of the community to recognize why the church was targeted. The symbols of hate could be transformed into a beacon for those searching for a welcoming place to worship, she said.

“If anybody in the surrounding area feels like they need a safe haven, we are that place,” Hutto said. “And if it takes somebody tagging our church for that to happen, then we’re okay with that.”

Indiana State Police are urging Hoosiers to report hate crime cases to authorities because the information is forwarded to the FBI and other Federal agencies that track all hate crimes.

“Some of these hate groups, they may travel from state to state,” said Indiana State Police Trooper Nick Klingkammer. “And being at the federal level, they can cross those state boundaries and enforce that.”

#BoycottIndianaAgain – Indiana Senate Advances Heavily-Amended “LGBT Rights” Bill Now With MORE “Religious” Exemptions

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Yesterday the Indiana Senate Rules and Legislative Procedures committee advanced a heavily-amended Trojan horse of a “LGBT rights” bill that will actually makes the lives of Indiana’s LGBT citizens worse if passed.

“Senate Bill 344 provides such a broad license to discriminate based on religion that it is nothing short of a Super RFRA,” said Camilla Taylor, Counsel in the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal. “This bill also does not even pretend to protect transgender Hoosiers, excluding them entirely, which is completely unacceptable. The sheep’s clothing barely covers the wolf. Like last spring, we need all hands on deck. As written, SB 344 is designed to hurt LGBT people in Indiana. Anyone who supports this bill doesn’t have the best interests of the LGBT community in mind.”

According to media reports cost to the City of Indianapolis alone after last years Religious Freedom Restoration Act debacle caused the city to lose an estimated $60M in revenue.

Senate Bill 344 extends very limited civil rights to lesbian and gay people in employment, housing and public accommodations but the bill also includes broad religious exemptions that give businesses and publicly funded social service agencies legal permission to discriminate against LGBT people in Indiana. Furthermore, SB 344 completely excludes any protection for people who are transgender and another amendment added would allow adoption agencies to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, even if they receive state funding

Indiana Republicans’ LGBT Protections Bill Only Protects The Religious Right. ARE WE SHOCKED?



Copying the worthless Utah LGBT Discrimination Bill that passed erlier this year with major criticism from the LGBT community. , Indiana Senate Republicans introduced legislation Tuesday that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s civil rights laws while carving out large exemptions for those with radical religious objections.

The bill explicitly protects religious leaders such as pastors, priests and rabbis from being required to perform marriages for same-sex couples. But it also includes exceptions for churches and religious-affiliated institutions such as charities, private universities, hospitals, colleges, adoption agencies and day care providers to still be able to discriminate against the LGBT community.  The very offenders which the bill is needed to protect against.

Other exemptions would allow schools, employers and others to determine their own restroom policies for transgender people; businesses with fewer than four employees to refuse wedding services to same-sex couples; and religious-affiliated adoption agencies to reject prospective same-sex parents.

Also Transgender individuals would be required to live as their preferred gender for a year or receive a medical opinion before able to file a discrimination complaint. And the measure would also create a $1,000 penalty for “frivolous” discrimination complaints and prohibit local governments from enacting stricter non-discrimination ordinances.

“This bill is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, This doesn’t protect LGBT people — it is a road map for discrimination against LGBT people  It aims to guarantee the right of some medical, social services and other institutions to discriminate against married same-sex couples, and to do so with taxpayer dollars. It aims to write separate, lesser protections for LGBT people into state law.” said Jennifer Pizer, law and policy project director at Lambda Legal. 

The sham Bill would also prohibit local municipalities from passing any protections that extend beyond the state’s limitations. Specifically, “an ordinance may not establish requirements that are more stringent or otherwise are in conflict” with the bill, and any such regulation is “preempted”.

In an open letter to the governor and legislative leaders, Lambda Legal explained that it could not support legislation that:

  • leaves any segment of the LGBT community behind by not offering full, explicit protections;
  • treats discrimination against LGBT people differently from other forms of discrimination prohibited under Indiana law, including by the addition of hurtful carve-outs for service providers who wish to refuse to serve LGBT people for religious reasons;
  • lessens or waters down protections in existing law for other groups that face discrimination;
  • leave out full employment, housing, and public accommodations protections for LGBT people.

The Republicans’ bill blatantly violates all four tenets, sending a clear signal that LGBT people are not meant to enjoy equal protection under the law, in Indiana and are nothing more than hated second-class citizens.


Over 100,000 People Attend Indiana Pride To Show Support After Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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More than 100,000 people were estimated to have attended Saturday’s Indiana Pride March and Festival in Indianapolis to show their support just months after the Republican-dominated state legislature passed, and Gov. Mike Pence, signed, a religious exceptions law that  would allow business owners to refuse service to gay couples on religious grounds. The law, officially called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

If you would have told me that it would ever be this big, I would have laughed out loud,” longtime attendee Amber Maynard said.

The days after Mr. Pence signed the religious exceptions law are recalled in gay circles here with dread.  But the LGBT community and it’s allies across the country stood up for what was right with boycotts and major businesses and conventions including Angie’s List threatening to pull out of the state.

“We hate that we had to go through that,” said Chris Morehead, president of Indy Pride Inc., a local gay rights group that organized this week’s events. “But on the back side of it,

Mr. Morehead said new corporate sponsors signed on for this year’s pride festivities, and many straight people became more vocal in their support for gay rights. Even Gov. Pence, who has said that he abhors discrimination and that the intent of the religious exceptions law was misunderstood, *snort* wrote a brief letter welcoming pride week attendees to Indiana. (In which Pence never mention L. G, B, or T of course.)

“Indiana is a strict, Republican, old-school, man-woman-children” place, said transgender activist  Andrea  Lacy, who has lived in the state her whole life. “Everything that is not of the norm is always not talked about, it’s pushed to the side, and we have to fight for it.”

And fight we did.

Happy PRIDE Indiana!

Angie’s List CEO Resigns, Considers Launching Challenge Against Anti-Gay Indiana Governor Mike Pence



Via the Indianapolis Star:

Bill Oesterle is quitting as CEO of Angie’s List, saying he wants to re-enter state politics and help repair the “shellacking” Indiana’s image took from the passage of the “religious freedom” act. The news caught both the state’s business and political communities by surprise, and some see the move as a direct effort to unseat Gov. Mike Pence over his handling of the controversial issue. Oesterle, 49, co-founded the online consumer review company 20 years ago and has been its only chief executive. He hasn’t been involved in state politics since he managed two-term Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ first election campaign in 2004. Oesterle’s announcement amounts to “an announcement of trying to unseat a governor,” said Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics. “If you think about the individual positions that could have made a difference about this (RFRA), that’s only one, that’s the governor.” “That is somebody who is saying either he is running for governor or is looking for somebody to run for governor,” Downs said of Oesterle.

Interestingly like Pence, Oesterle is a Republican and his move could signal a split in the state’s GOP pitting Republican-leaning business leaders against religious conservatives. Pence is up for reelection in 2016.