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[VIDEO] Straight Christian Man Who Believes Homosexuality is Sin Goes Undercover as Gay Man For a Year
Timothy Kurek, 26, is a brave and righteous man because of what he did, all on his own. This straight Christian man was told by a friend of his that she was a lesbian; Thanks to that moment, he started to realize that he may not be right about his homophobia or his religious stance on being gay.
He took himself on a year-long journey where he ‘came out’ to friends and family, despite the fact that he was not actually gay. Although he told his mom and heard her reaction, he wanted to know how she really felt, and got his answer after reading some of her journal. (which is sneaky, not wrong, according to the 10 commandments)
‘I’d rather have found out from a doctor that I had terminal cancer than have a gay son,’ she’d written.
Ironically, this is what he should have expected, seeing as he grew up in this household, where this was what being gay meant, utter disappointment and disbelief. For him, he was able to overcome his fear and hatred to learn a valuable lesson in life.
The Cross in the Closet, the book that Kurek wrote, is being released today, National Coming Out Day. A percent of all the sales will go to an organization that helps homeless LGBT youth, which shows the transformation that has come from his year undercover.
The young journalist even went so far as to ask a man to be his pretend boyfriend. Shawn was a ’big, black burly teddy bear’ and Kurek was able to confide in him and even care about this man, his new friend.
‘I needed protection to keep me balanced and teach me the nuances of gay culture and how they flirt, and to give me an excuse when guys hit on me,’ he said.
[He was] ’the first gay person that I let into my heart. He was totally there for me through emotional turmoil. I trusted him.
Before Kurek embarked on this journey he said that the idea of even being around gay people repulsed him. After the journey, he said there is no lingering homophobia once so ever.
Sadly, Kurek wasn’t quite ready for the loneliness he felt and the sheer abandonment of those he loved.
‘The thing that struck me most was the isolation,’ he said. ‘Before I came out as gay, I had a very busy social life. After I came out, I didn’t hear from 95 percent of my friends.’
She called his year undercover a life-changing transformation.
‘It’s what you hope for – the goal of the Christian walk of faith,’ she said. ‘It’s enough for me that he transformed, but if others learn from him, what an extra blessing that is.’
In the past few days since Whitney Houston passed away, there are many articles coming out which shed light into who she really was and some of the secrets that she was forced to hide from people. According to many, Ms. Houston’s one true love in life (other than daughter, Bobbi Kristina)was a woman: Robyn Crawford.
Crawford was Whitney Houston’s assistant, and it was obvious to many that they shared more than a friendship. Peter Tatchell, who wrote an amazing article for DailyMail, discusses how he met Ms. Houston and ms. Crawford in 1991 at the Reach Out & Touch HIV vigil that was held in London. This is when Tatchell shared that it was clear to him that Houston and Crawford were madly in love.
They held hands in the back of the car like teenage sweethearts. Clearly more than just friends, they were a gorgeous couple and so happy together. To see their love was infectious and uplifting.
Gay rights campaigner Peter met Whitney at an HIV vigil in London in 1991
Whitney was happiest and at the peak of her career when she was with Robyn. Sadly, she suffered family and church pressure to end her greatest love of all.
Sadly, she was pressured into believing that the most important relationship to her, at the time, could damage her public image, and therefore, career. She eventually gave into the pressure that was put on her by the church and her family, and ended her lesbian relationship with Robyn Crawford. This situation is what led to the spontaneous marriage to former husband, Bobby Brown.
As we all know, Bobby Brown was not a good influence on Whitney and led her down the path of self-destruction. She was willing to down this path because she was emotionally traumatized by her recent split with her one true love.
It seems likely that the split with Robyn contributed to her substance abuse and decline.
There is a known correlation between denial of one’s sexuality and a propensity to self-destructive behaviour. Homophobia undoubtedly added to the pressures on Whitney and hastened her demise.
This is not a story to tarnish Whitney Houston and/or Robyn Crawford, but rather a story to show what homophobia can do to a person. It is also a way to honor their relationship seeing as it was pretty important to both of these women.
Tatchell wasn’t intending on outing Ms. Houston, because there had been many people before him that had hinted at the same message.
Years ago, she was outed by Bobby’s sister, Tina, and by her former bodyguard, Kevin Ammons.
Bobby Brown hinted in his autobiography that she married him to dispel lesbian rumours: ‘I believe her agenda was to clean up her image . . . The media was accusing her of having a bisexual relationship with her assistant, Robin [sic] Crawford . . . that didn’t go too well with her image. In Whitney’s situation, the only solution was to get married . . . [to] kill all speculation.’
Telling the truth does not besmirch Whitney’s memory. It honours the most important relationship she ever had.
It would be nice to see people not have to jump into fake relationships to uphold the image that society has of someone. Love should be the reason behind spending your life with someone, not politics, or public façade. Poor Whitney is an example of what damage could be done.
- Bobby Brown kissed Whitney Houston’s casket yesterday then stormed out in a rage (muzicmagazine.com)
- Robyn Crawford: Whitney Houston’s Lesbian Lover? (rightcelebrity.com)
- Was Whitney Houston’s True Love a Woman? (celebs.gather.com)
- Is This Gay Activist Peeing On Whitney’s Grave With Talk That Her Inability To Accept Herself As Lesbian Drove Her To Drink And Drug? (bossip.com)
- Bobby Brown Performs With New Edition After Whitney’s Funeral! Watch HERE! (perezhilton.com)
- Whitneys daughter went to the funeral, then got high (wwtdd.com)
- Bobbi Kristina Brown allegedly used drugs after Whitney Houston funeral (thegrio.com)
- Whitney Houston ‘was a secret lesbian’, claims gay rights activist (mirror.co.uk)
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 27th @ 2:45pm – I don’t have anything more to add in regards to the story below, but I would liek to share a little bit about how I feel with the Supreme Court currently debating same-sex marriage. Being a lesbian, this is a pivotal time in history and I would like to see us receive the right to do what we want with whomever we want, because it in no way affects anyone but us. We are not benefiting from the institutions in place for legally married couples, and that is absolutely unfair and should not be legal in this country who constantly shares how “free” we are. In a showing of my support, I made this photo and would love for anyone and everyone to share The link to my FaceBook (where it can be easily shared) is HERE
This is an amazing photo that captured the moment a gay man hugged a member of a Christian group, that came to Gay Pride to apologize for the way the church has treated homosexuals. It’s nice to see people of faith have common sense enough to know that hate and prejudice is wrong. A step in the right direction towards equality and something everyone should learn from. THIS is the kind of compassion that religion teaches, but far too often doesn’t follow. Well done.
Since seeing this photo, a friend of mine had introduced me to more of the story. A man, by the name of Nathan, is the one you see above hugging the gay guy in his underwear, or Tristan rather. Well, Nathan wrote a blog about this day and this moment and what his and his fellow church-goers had done. Here is what he had to say:
I hugged a man in his underwear. I think Jesus would have too.
I spent the day at Chicago’s Pride Parade. Some friends and I, with The Marin Foundation, wore shirts with “I’m Sorry” written on it. We had signs that said, “I’m sorry that Christians judge you,” “I’m sorry the way churches have treated you,” “I used to be a bible-banging homophobe, sorry.” We wanted to be an alternative Christian voice from the protestors that were there speaking hate into megaphones.
What I loved most about the day is when people “got it.” I loved watching people’s faces as they saw our shirts, read the signs, and looked back at us. Responses were incredible. Some people blew us kisses, some hugged us, some screamed thank you. A couple ladies walked up and said we were the best thing they had seen all day. I wish I had counted how many people hugged me. One guy in particular softly said, “Well, I forgive you.”
Watching people recognize our apology brought me to tears many times. It was reconciliation personified.
My favorite though was a gentleman who was dancing on a float. He was dressed solely in white underwear and had a pack of abs like no one else. As he was dancing on the float, he noticed us and jokingly yelled, “What are you sorry for? It’s pride!” I pointed to our signs and watched him read them.
Then it clicked.
Then he got it.
He stopped dancing. He looked at all of us standing there. A look of utter seriousness came across his face. And as the float passed us he jumped off of it and ran towards us. In all his sweaty beautiful abs of steal, he hugged me and whispered, “thank you.”
Before I had even let go, another guy ran up to me, kissed me on the cheek, and gave me the biggest bear hug ever. I almost had the wind knocked out of me; it was one of those hugs.
This is why I do what I do. This is why I will continue to do what I do. Reconciliation was personified.
I think a lot of people would stop at the whole “man in his underwear dancing” part. That seems to be the most controversial. It’s what makes the evening news. It’s the stereotype most people have in their minds about Pride.
Sadly, most Christians want to run from such a sight rather than engage it. Most Christian won’t even learn if that person dancing in his underwear has a name. Well, he does. His name is Tristan.
However, I think Jesus would have hugged him too. It’s exactly what I read throughout scripture: Jesus hanging out with people that religious people would flee from. Correlation between then and now? I think so.
Acceptance is one thing. Reconciliation is another. Sure at Pride, everyone is accepted (except perhaps the protestors). There are churches that say they accept all. There are business that say the accept everyone. But acceptance isn’t enough. Reconciliation is.
But there isn’t always reconciliation. And when there isn’t reconciliation, there isn’t full acceptance. Reconciliation is more painful; it’s more difficult. Reconciliation forces one to remember the wrongs committed and relive constant pain. Yet it’s more powerful and transformational because two parties that should not be together and have every right to hate one another come together for the good of one another, for forgiveness, reconciliation, unity.
What I saw and experienced at Pride 2010 was the beginning of reconciliation. It was in the shocked faces of gay men and women who did not ever think Christians would apologize to them.
What I saw and experienced at Pride 2010 was the personification of reconciliation. It was in the hugs and kisses I received, in the “thank you’s” and waves, in the smiles and kisses blown.
I hugged a man in his underwear. I hugged him tightly. And I am proud.
THIS is truly heart-warming. I am crying as I write this because I am proud of this man and his willingness to share what he believes, despite the criticism he may receive. After this, even more came together to keep this story going. Someone had recognized Tristan from the photo, and Tristan got in touch with Nathan. These two shared how this moment meant so much for each of them, and that is what’s remarkable. One person meets another, and for each of them, this was a lasting experience and memory.
To read the interview that nathan did with Tristan, visit Nathan’s blog HERE
All of the photos above were taken by photographer, Michelle, whose work can be seen HERE. She can also be reached in the following ways:
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- Russia: Gay pride suspicion stops nationalist jog (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Christian Voice blames Tesco fall on gay pride (liberalconspiracy.org)
- Dana Miller on Gay Pride Parade: ‘It’s the Presentation, Stupid!’ (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Obama Campaign Hits Romney For Disavowing Gay Pride Flyers (thinkprogress.org)
- Chicago Cardinal Warns of Gay Pride ‘Ku Klux Klan’ Against the Catholic Church: VIDEO (towleroad.com)
- Christian Voice lunatic calls on ATHEISTS to support his ‘Boycott Tesco’ petition (freethinker.co.uk)
I’m sorry God, but what the fuck was that? Yes, I don’t go to church and if I ever did while this man was singing, you could bet your ass you would never see me set foot inside one ever again. After 20 seconds of listening to this angelic voice, I seriously contemplated shooting myself. And come on people, who the fuck in Salisbury, North carolina told this man that this was a great song and he should continue singing it in churches all over? That was just cruel. But fortunately for him, this song has made him ‘pretty famous these last few years’ as well as taken him ‘places (he) never thought (he) would go’. Yep, I absolutely believe that…
Francis George, a Catholic Cardinal, is heard above comparing people involved in the Gay Liberation movement to those of the Ku Klux Klan. When the reporter states that the remark is a rather harsh comparison, George explains that they both have a common enemy: the Catholic Church.
Personally, my belief is that the KKK’s enemy was a majority of the people who live in America, not just those of Catholic descent. And as gays, we don’t have any enemies…we are seen as the enemy. It’s one fucking day, a day that we go out and celebrate who we are despite the belief that who we are is sick… to some people. The parade passes many businesses I’m sure, and if they looked into how their parade affected each business, I’m sure there would never be a parade. This is not a deliberate attack on the church nor is it a protest in any way.
I’m going to go ahead and make a better comparison, that if said on the news, would most certainly cause an uproar:
The Catholic Church is like the Ku Klux Klan. The church discriminates against me because of my sexuality and the KKK discriminated against minorities because of their origins. Fitting, isn’t it?
- Chicago Cardinal Warns of Gay Pride ‘Ku Klux Klan’ Against the Catholic Church: VIDEO (towleroad.com)
- Cardinal George: LGBT movement could ‘morph into Klu Klux Klan’ (thegrio.com)
- Cardinal George: Chicago Gay Pride Parade Could ‘Morph Into Klu Klux Klan’ (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Mitt Romney’s Slogan Used By Ku Klux Klan, Anti-Immigrant ‘Know Nothing’ Party (brandtstandard.com)
- Mitt Romney’s Slogan Used By Ku Klux Klan, Anti-Immigrant ‘Know Nothing’ Party (huffingtonpost.com)
People who were attending mass on Sunday were stunned when another worshipper ripped both of his eyes out during the priest’s sermon in at Sant’Andrea church in Viareggio, near Pisa, in northern Italy. The man who now has lost his sight, Aldo Bianchini, 46, is thought to have heard voices, which could have led to this incident.
Bianchini in originally from Britain, but has lived in Italy most of his life. On Sunday he was at mass with his mother, who was horrified when she saw her son fall to the ground in large amounts of blood. Father Lorenzo Tanganelli was the one who then proceeded to alert authorities and get assistance.
After he was taken to the hospital, surgeons had attempted to reattach the eyes and reestablish his eyesight, but they could not do so. Unfortunately, he will now remain blind for the rest of his life.
Doctors said that before the surgery Bianchini had told them he had ‘heard voices’ telling him to tear out his eyes and Dr Gino Barbacci said: ‘In all my 26 years of service I have never seen anything like this before.
‘He was in a great deal of agony and he was covered in blood. He said that he had used his bare hands to gouge out his eye balls after hearing voices telling him to do so – to do something like that requires super human strength.
‘We tried to operate and save his sight by reinserting the eye balls in both sockets but there was nothing we could do and he will now remain blind.’
This is by far one of the best videos I have seen in awhile. A student at Penn State chooses to stand up to Mr. Rick Santorum in regards to his beliefs about Homosexuality, and the effects they have on society. He asked for evidence which proves that children who grow up in same-sex household are okay and then dismisses it saying that there ‘is none’. At this point a brave student who admits she does not know of specific studies, fights back against his judgmental and, in my opinion, immoral beliefs.
He seems upset that Piers Morgan called him a bigot and explains how this was said only to tarnish his image, but not because it was valid. I’m sorry Mr. Santorum, but Mr. Morgan was absolutely correct in his description. A bigot, according to Merriam-Webster is “a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance “
You do not tolerate homosexuals and by not allowing them the freedom to get married and bear children, you are treating them with hatred. You are set set in your own opinions (regardless of the fact that they also happen to be the opinions of the Catholic Church), and you judge us based on a belief that the church put in place hundreds of years ago. Not only do I think you’re a bigot, but now I must admit that I think you are an ignorant and proud asshole as well.
Watch the video below to see the full thing play out:
Dale Richardson, a pastor at Freedom Free Will Baptist Church in Ladson, South Carolina, has been charged with raping and kidnapping three women at gunpoint. He allegedly kidnapped one other female who was not sexually assaulted.
The incident started when Richardson stopped and picked up a 20-year-old female who needed a ride. After she attempted to get out of his vehicle, he pulled out the gun, “bound her hands, covered her head and took her to the grey-blue trailer home behind the church.”
Fortunately, after being dropped off in a deserted wooded location, the young female was able to identify her rapist thanks to the churches very own website. This case led him to be charged with two other similar cases that occurred last year.
The pastor has chosen to not speak too much on the charges or his involvement, but does plan on putting together a strong defense due to his lack of a criminal history. The church-goers and a few friendly faces from town are also planning on standing by his side. In no way do they believe this man can be capable of such heinous acts; Here’s what they had to say:
‘I don’t believe any of this. I have never had a problem with him.
‘He’s kind. He’s a member of this community. He mows the neighbours’ lawns. I am just blown away by all these accusations.’
Virginia Davis, who has been attending the church about a year, said: ‘He’s always been a real sweet person. He’s always taught God’s word.
‘He’s been honest with me since Day 1. I’d let him look me right in the face and tell me he did it, because I don’t believe he did it.’
I have contemplated posting this for a little bit, but have decided to go ahead and share. This little boy started preaching at 22 months. Here, you will see the video that went viral and launched this young boy’s career into hyper drive:
The weird thing is he’s not saying anything important, but he mimics the behavior of many preachers amazingly. His inflictions, tone of voice and body language is adorable, yet also shows how easy it is to persuade an audience without actually saying anything of value.
He is a famous preacher, whose eloquence and energy has inspired church congregations and wowed millions of followers online.
And aged just four years old, he’s pretty cute as well.
Kanon Tipton was born into a family that has already been on the preacher path for quite some time. Damon Tipton, Kanon’s preacher father, insists that he does not coerce his son into preaching, but him and his wife, Kandi, allow him to go up on ‘stage’, or pulpit rather, when he feels interested.
Kanon has explained that he sees his father go up and preach, and he chooses to do so because he enjoys seeing his father preach. Before father and son were preaching, so was Kanon’s granddaddy. Whether this is truly God’s hand coming down and blessing this boy, or he’s simply giving a great performance is up to interpretation.
Here is a more recent video of the adorable Kanon preaching:
This article struck me as odd, and after reading it, my opinion hasn’t changed. Here is some of the article as posted on Dailymail -
The five teenage girls might look like they’re in a normal class, eagerly reading their textbooks and answering their teacher’s questions diligently.
But the textbooks are Bibles and the girls all have crosses instead of protractors, as they train to become exorcists – real exorcists who fight demons, curses and evil spells.
‘People do look a bit surprised when I arrive,’ admits graduate exorcist Brynne Larson. ‘When people call for an exorcist, they don’t picture a 16-year-old high school girl.’
Bible and cross: Savannah Shurkenback, 19, right, and Brynne Larson, 16, are two teenage exorcists who fight demons, curses and evil spells
But Brynne, from Phoenix, Arizona, is one of a new breed of qualified teenage demon slayers, who answered a call when the Church made the admission of there being a worldwide exorcist shortage.
But despite drastic efforts, supply has still not met demand for the controversial ceremony.
The Vatican’s chief exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth, 85, has revealed that he alone has dealt with 70,000 cases of demonic possession.
So if the forces of darkness start getting the upper hand, who should you call? Evangelist Reverend Bob Larson of Spiritual Freedom Churches International – and his remarkable school for exorcists.
‘Think of it more of an exorcist franchise,’ Rev Larson tells MailOnline exclusively.
‘The Church just can’t keep up with demand. But I have 100 teams of trained exorcists working all over the world, and outbreaks of demonic possession are getting out of control.
‘Our phone lines are ringing constantly – we receive up to 1,000 individual requests monthly, and we travel to countries like Africa, Ukraine, England and even Australia.’
But while his teams include exorcists aged up to 70, one group of his protégées are causing waves in the religious community. They are teenage girls.
Savannah Scherkenback, 19, and her sister Tess, 16, are Rev Larson’s latest graduates from his school for exorcists.
‘We have found that our female, teenage exorcists are particularly effective at curing the possessed,’ says Rev Larson, whose daughter Brynne is a supernaturally talented exorcist.
In Case you think you’re possessed, here are the 5 signs:
‘FIVE SIGNS OF POSSESSION’
- Feeling suicidal/ self harming
‘Many of the demons we encounter encourage people to hurt themselves,’ says Rev Larson. ‘They can drive you to suicide if they’re not dealt with.
- Becoming sensitive to religious material
‘The possessed will vomit if they go to a church. They will scream if they come into contact with holy water,’ says Rev Larson. The possessed will reportedly not be able to look at statues of Christ.
- Harbouring feelings of murder
Have you suddenly started to feel intense hatred towards colleagues or even family members? It may be a demon inside of you, says Rev Larson. ‘One of the most common demons is called “murder”.’
- Sickness/ Tiredness
Having a demon within you is a tiring game. Sleeplessness, anxiety and headaches are common complaints, along with less subtle symptoms like levitation and a 360-degree spinning head.
- Speaking in a foreign tongue
The possessed have been known to suddenly start speaking in Latin, Spanish, or even Italian, explains Rev Larson. Watch out for a deepening voice too, he says. ‘I’ve heard that voice all too often. It’s deep and growling.’
LETTERS & EMAILS FROM CLIENTS
Below is a selection of genuine calls for help sent to Reverend Bob Larson:
- ‘My life is a living hell. I practice the occult every night with Lucifer. I signed a pact in my blood and buried it with real human bones. My fingers make the shape of claws. I wake up at night growling. I throw up if I go to church. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!’ (‘Lori’)
- ‘I grew up in Satanism. I have a multitude of physical and sexual abuse. I want to die. Can you help me?’ (Name withheld)
- ‘I have suicidal thoughts and dreams of hurting others. I am fighting something deep within me. Your show forced me to look at the possibility of having a demon inside me.’ (‘Adam’)
- ‘I have tried to kill myself and have homicidal thoughts. I even made a list of people I want to kill. I really need some answers.’ (‘Laura’)