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The editors of America Magazine, which include the notable Jesuit author Fr. James Martin, have weighed in on Uganda’s deadly anti-LGBT law in an editorial, titled “When the Law Is a Crime”, denouncing criminalizing the LGBT community.
The White House had invited Rev. Louie Giglio, an Evangelical pastor of the Passion City Church, in Atlanta, to lead the benediction at President Obama’s inauguration. However, once Rev. Louis Giglio’s past anti-gay sermon surfaced, the White House has decided that he is not the right person to be praying for a blessing on the people of the United States.
Spirit Day isn’t until this Friday, but many churches used their weekend worship to kick off Ally Week, leading up to Spirit Day. Last Sunday, GLAAD challenged participants to ask their place of worship to go purple. So far, over 50 religious organizations and congregations have signed on to participate in Spirit Day, and many got the ball rolling over the weekend.
As Spirit Day approaches, the number of faith leaders and organizations going purple is growing. Organizations are reaching out to their members to encourage them to wear purple. Religious leaders of all stripes are speaking out against bullying in the lead up to Spirit Day.
James J. Martin, a leading Catholic theologian and Culture Editor of the Jesuit magazine America, has tweeted his support for Spirit Day. Millions of Americans will be wearing purple on October 19 to speak out against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.