Black pastors launch African tour to counteract Rick Warren’s anti-gay movement and Indiana, Arkansas enact fixes to avoid accusations of anti-gay bias

By Junior,

Africa is considered a green pasture  in order to fuel and spread american religious extremism, Africa dumping places for religious culture war of the USA,  it is about about time to counter religious extremism here in the United States and all around the world being promoted and exported under the guise of religious freedom i thank you these pioneer African American pastors who wanna tour to spread the truth to their fellow african brothers and sisters in order to set them free from this unprecedented religious extremism that is reaching dangerous level here in the mainland with religious freedom to discriminate bills popping up and spreading across this great nation like wildfire in order to continue  the fatal american culture of oppressing and persecuting LGBT people below please check out this article below:

Black pastors launch African tour to counteract Rick Warren’s anti-gay movement

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – Spearheaded by The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (“TFAM”), its founder and presiding Bishop Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder and executive director, Bishop-Elect, Pastor Joseph Tolton, the organization’s international outreach ministry, The Fellowship Global (“TFG”), has launched a month long tour of key African nations where LGBTI communities continue to experience extreme discrimination and persecution. These countries include: Uganda, Rwanda, Cote D’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”) and Kenya.

Until April 30, Pastor Tolton will be on the ground working to counter this effort and provide an uplifting alternate narrative. The message advocates for inclusion, economic justice and the reconciliation of all people of African descent globally. “As black gay Christians who identify with Pentecostal worship and as people of social justice, we are countering the work of conservative, mostly white American evangelicals who are doubling down on their attempt of spiritual colonization of Africa,” said Pastor Joseph Tolton.

The mission of the tour is to: bring global attention to these human rights issues in Africa; support affirming African organizations and local movements; and, promote governmental policies and the policies of organized religious structures that support LGBTI dignity, inclusion, and justice. A variety of certified academic trainings, worship events and economic development opportunities will be made available.

One of the tour’s primary goals is to clearly articulate the inextricable link between the global agenda of US conservative Christians like Rick Warren, the future of Christianity, and the fate of LGBTI people in Africa. The future of Christianity is not Europe or North America, but Africa, Asia, and Latin America,” said Pastor Rick Warren. Africa is ground zero for the Christian evangelical right-wing movement. Under the veil of economic development, Rick Warren is also planning a conference in Rwanda that sells a dangerous theology. This anti-gay propaganda has spawned the passage of anti-gay legislation across Africa and notably in Nigeria, Uganda and Gambia.

In addition to promoting TFG’s message of equality and justice, the organization plans to establish new chapters ohttp://lgbtweekly.com/wp-admin/post-new.php?post_type=postf the United Coalition of Affirming Africans (“UCAA”) in the DRC and Cote d’Ivoire. UCAA chapters were established in Kenya in October 2013 and in Rwanda in May 2014. TFG will also produce at least eight spiritual/worship events to advance the message of equality before God. A variety of certified theological workshops and revival worship services will be held, as well as establishing economic development projects based on gay/straight alliances.

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And here is what is happening so far here in the mainland below :

Indiana, Arkansas enact fixes to avoid accusations of anti-gay bias

http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/indiana-arkansas-enact-fixes-to-avoid-accusations-of-anti-gay/article_f39a7c8d-a49b-5743-81ce-6f25915d3417.html

15 hours ago  • 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. • Lawmakers in Arkansas and Indiana passed legislation Thursday that they hoped would quiet the national uproar over new religious objections laws that opponents say are designed to offer a legal defense for anti-gay discrimination.

The Arkansas House voted 76-17 to pass a revised bill after Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, asked for changes in the wake of mounting criticism. Hutchinson signed it only moments after the vote, saying the new version recognized that “we have a diverse workforce and a diverse culture.”

A parallel process played out in Indiana as the House and Senate passed changes to a law signed last week by Gov. Mike Pence, also a Republican, who quickly approved the revisions.

“Over the past week, this law has become a subject of great misunderstanding and controversy across our state and nation,” Pence said in a statement. “However we got here, we are where we are, and it is important that our state take action to address the concerns that have been raised and move forward.”

The new legislation marks the first time sexual orientation and gender identity have been mentioned in Indiana law.

The Arkansas measure is similar to a bill sent to the governor earlier this week, but Hutchinson said he wanted it revised to more closely mirror a 1993 federal law. Supporters of the compromise bill said it addressed concerns that the original proposal was discriminatory.

The Indiana amendment prohibits service providers from using the law as a legal defense for refusing to provide goods, services, facilities or accommodations. It also bars discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or U.S. military service.

The measure exempts churches and affiliated schools, along with nonprofit religious organizations.

House Speaker Brian Bosma said the law sent a “very strong statement” that the state would not tolerate discrimination.

Business leaders, many of whom had opposed the law or canceled travel to the state because of it, called the amendment a good first step but said more work needed to be done. Gay rights groups noted that Indiana’s civil rights law still does not include LGBT people as a protected class.

Former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, now a senior vice president at drugmaker Eli Lilly, praised the changes but noted that work needed to be done to repair damage to the state’s image.

“The healing needs to begin right now,” he said.

Democratic leaders in Indiana said the amendment did not go far enough and repeated their calls to repeal the law. “I want to hear somebody say we made a grave mistake, and we caused the state tremendous embarrassment that will take months, if not years, to repair,” House Minority Leader Scott Pelath said.

The lawmaker behind the original Arkansas proposal backed the changes, saying he believed the bill would still accomplish his goal of protecting religious beliefs.

“We’re going to allow a person to believe what they want to believe without the state coming in and burdening that unless they’ve got a good reason to do so,” Rep. Bob Ballinger, a Republican, told the House Judiciary Committee.

Like Pence, Hutchinson has faced pressure from the state’s largest employers, including retail giant Wal-Mart. Businesses called the bill discriminatory and said it would hurt Arkansas’ image. Hutchinson noted that his own son, Seth, had signed a petition urging him to veto the bill.

After Hutchinson signed the compromise bill, the House voted to recall the original proposal from his desk. Conservative groups said they would have preferred Hutchinson sign the original bill, but they grudgingly backed the compromise measure. “The bill that’s on the governor’s desk is the Rolls Royce of religious freedom bills. It is a very good bill,” said Jerry Cox, head of the Arkansas Family Council. “The bill that just passed … is a Cadillac.”

The revised Arkansas measure addresses only actions by the government, not by businesses or individuals. Supporters said that would prevent businesses from using the law to deny services to individuals. Opponents said they believed the measure still needs explicit anti-discrimination wording.

The original bill “gave us a black eye. This bill ices it,” said Rita Sklar, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas. “We still need some Tylenol.”

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights group, called the new law an improvement but said it could still be used be used to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

The revised bill also faced opposition from Republicans frustrated over the governor’s request for changes to a proposal he had initially planned to sign. “I, for one, do not appreciate someone hiding behind this body when they’re unwilling to take a stand one way or the other,” Rep. Josh Miller, R-Heber Springs, said.

More than a dozen states have introduced similar proposals, patterned after the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.Twenty-one states now have comparable laws on the books.

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