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May 23 2015 User Rating:  / 0

THE UK LGBT Humanist charity The Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has warmly welcomed today's positive outcome of the Irish referendum on same sex marriage.

PTT Secretary George Broadhead said:

This is splendid news and a major triumph for LGBT rights campaigning. It is also a slap in the face for the Pope who has described same-sex marriage as the work of the devil and a ‘destructive attack on God’s plan’. The Pope has also said that gay adoption is ‘a form of discrimination against children’ and compared trans people to nuclear weapons.

It is clear that the majority of No campaigners are motivated by a view of marriage informed by their religious faith. They argue that the vote is about the nature of the family, and that children are entitled to a relationship with their birth parents. A letter advocating a No vote was read out in Catholic parishes prior to the referendum. Ireland is a country where the Catholic Church was an unassailable institution for decades. It didn’t even decriminalize homosexuality until 1993 – and only did so as a result of a European court judgment.

The result of the referendum is a huge blow to the Church which is already reeling from the scandal of predatory paedophile priests in its midst. Its hostile stance on homosexuality is given in its Catechism which describes homosexual acts as “intrinsically disordered”. This is in sharp contrast to the staunch support given by the Humanist and secular movements and prominent Humanists like Stephen Fry and Richard Dawkins.

Apr 26 2015 User Rating:  / 0

The UK gay Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) had roundly condemned  the UK Prime Minister’s handshake with African homophobic witch-hunting Pastor Rev Enoch Adeboye.

Prime Minister David Cameron was photographed glad-handing the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God at the recent Festival of Life programme held in London, where Adeboye prayed for the Tory leader.

In a statement issued this week, PTT Secretary George Broadhead said:

This must disgust anyone who knows about Adeboye and his Church’s teachings, particularly on homosexuality and witchcraft. Rev Adeboye was one of the pastors who openly canvased support for the anti-gay bill in Nigeria stating that homosexuality would wipe out humanity.

Last year Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed a bill that bans same-sex marriage and criminalises homosexual associations, societies and meetings, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail. Since this came into force, many LGBT Nigerians have been turned into criminals in their own country and become refugees abroad.

Supporting this draconian legislation, the wealthy conman Adeboye said:

Same-sex marriage is an anathema to the will of God for human beings to be fruitful, replenish and multiply on earth. Anything contrary to that is evil. How can a man who marries a fellow man produce a child and how can a woman who marries a fellow woman produce a child?

If this evil is allowed to stay, there will not be newborns again in the world. As the older generation dies, will there be a new generations to succeed it? Even plants and animals have new generations to succeed them.

Adeboye’s Redeemed Christian Church of God is among the Pentecostal ministries that are propagating witchcraft narratives in Africa. The preachings of these ministries are a major driving force for the witch-hunting which is ravaging many parts of Africa and African migrant communities, including those in the UK.

Broadhead said:

Participation by the British Prime Minister in a meeting organised by such a church gives it credibility. A handshake with its pastor is an endorsement of his teachings. As the UK general election approaches, it is obvious that Cameron went to this event in search of votes from minority communities. But is congregating and praying with a homophobic and witch-hunting pastor the way to achieve this?

Nigerian Humanist Leo Igwe, who is researching witchcraft, is quoted in this report as saying:

Participation by the British Prime Minister in a meeting organised by such a church gives it credibility. A handshake with its pastor is an endorsement of his teachings. As the UK general election approaches, it is obvious that Cameron went to this event in search of votes from minority communities. But is congregating and praying with a homophobic and witch-hunting pastor the way to achieve this?

Jan 30 2015 User Rating:  / 0

Irish TV interviewer Gay Byrne was rendered practically speechless when actor, comedian, writer and atheist Stephen Fry let loose on God yesterday.

Byrne, interviewing the newly-married broadcaster on his show The Meaning Of Life, asked Fry what he would say to God when he dies and pitches up at the pearly gates. Fry replied:

'I'd say, bone cancer in children? What's that about? How dare you? How dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault? It's not right, it's utterly, utterly evil.

Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God that creates a world that is so full of injustice and pain?

Flabbergasted, Byrne sputters:

And you think you're going to get in?...

Fry replies:

But I wouldn't want to. I wouldn't want to get in on his terms.

Watch the amazing video:

Nov 02 2014 User Rating:  / 0

The UK gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) is one of the signatories to a letter sent by the Alliance for a Secular Europe to Martin Schulz MEP, President of the European Parliament. The letter concerns the President’s decision to invite Pope Francis to address the European Parliament.

The Alliance for a Secular Europe brings together organisations that promote secularism and are committed to democracy, human rights and non-discrimination. It is especially concerned at the way some reactionary religious forces are seeking to undermine secularism in Europe by imposing by law on everyone patterns of behaviour that have their origin and only justification in religious doctrine.

The letter to President Schulz expresses the Alliance’s deep regret at his decision to invite Pope Francis to address the European Parliament and states:

We do not think it appropriate for any religious leader to be invited to speak to a secular parliament. Having invited one, what justification can be offered for not inviting leaders of other religions and competing denominations or sects? The invitation is even more inappropriate given the Catholic Church’s doctrinal positions on the start and end of life and sexual matters, including women’s reproductive rights: The issues on which it campaigns most forcefully are those on which it is at variance with its followers, especially in Europe, as evidenced by numerous polls. Such positions are also generally at variance with the majority of the European population as a whole. Worse, it continues to actively oppose human rights which the European Union defends, seeking to impose on the rest of society a dogmatic moral vision, in defiance of the principles of freedom of conscience and equality.

PTT Secretary George Broadhead commented:

The reference in the letter to the doctrinal position of the Catholic Church on sexual matters includes its hostile stance on LGBT relationships and rights which is clearly set out in its Catechism: Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity [Cf. Gen 19:1-29; Rom 1:24-27; 1 Cor 6:10; 1 Tim 1:10], tradition has always declared that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

 

Oct 06 2014 User Rating:  / 0

LABOUR'S LGBT rights envoy Michael Cashman who is also a patron of the gay British chariity, The Pink Triangle Trusthas condemned the imprisonment in Morocco of a British man for "homosexual acts".

Ray Cole, 69, a retired magazine publisher from Deal in Kent, was arrested last month, during a holiday to Marrakesh to visit a Moroccan man, Jamal Jam Wald Nass.

On Thursday he was found guilty of ‘homosexual acts’ and sentenced to four months behind bars, alongside Mr Jam Wald Nass.

Lord Cashman, who was appointed by Ed Miliband as his LGBT rights envoy two weeks ago, told PinkNews:

This man should be released immediately. If not, then the Morocaans must face the economic and diplomatic consequences that will follow.
What is clear is what I’ve always argued – the rights we enjoy in the United Kingdom are not the same rights when we travel abroad.

That’s why it’s vital that the UK leads in the European Union, so that where we have trade agreements and association agreements they are based on upholding the rights that we have in common with the EU, and that includes non-discrimination on the grounds of being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

As Labour’s newly-appointed LGBT global envoy, this is part of the work that I will be undertaking with colleague within the UK and within the EU and the Commonwealth, to try to achieve a common set of principles that are based n fundamental human rights.

Mr Cole’s son Adrian said previously:

The trial was a complete farce, it was just farcical. They’ve gone through his phone and found photographs that they’re using as evidence for a homosexual act.

He’s had a couple of minor strokes before and has a minor heart condition. He has also been suffering with depression, which the court didn’t take into account.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said:

We can confirm the detention of a British national in Morocco. We are providing consular assistance.

 Update (October 7,2014): The BBC today reported that Ray Cole has been released,

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The Pink Humanist is a 16-page quarterly magazine launched by the PINK TRIANGLE TRUST  in 2011 and edited by veteran gay journalist and photographer, Barry Duke, who lives in Benidorm on Spain's Costa Blanca.

The Pink Triangle Trust was established as a UK registered charity in 1992 – and is the only charity of its kind in the UK.

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