Irene Mornoe: The UMC continues to be contradictory in its policies concerning LGBTQ worshippers, and the church’s contentious views reared their ugly head at the 2016 meeting of global delegates.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Because of the GOP’s continued aversion to diversity — people of color, LGBTs, immigrants, and Muslims, to name a few — the tribe has become an aging White nostalgic throwback of Jim Crow days.
Irene Monroe: Jane Doe recalled an incident where “male guards forced her to stand, cuffed and naked for 30 minutes, in front of the open door to her cell, exposing her body to at least a dozen male prisoners who gawked and made crude sexual remarks about her breasts.”
Irene Monroe: If Trump had his way, he would militarily eradicate transgender people from existence. Tuesday, Trump’s Supreme Court delivered his wish in supporting the exclusion of transgender men and women.
Irene Monroe: Her message of self-empowerment to women—young and old—spoke a truth across generations, centering it as the theme for the evening.
Irene Monroe: With forty years since the Jonestown massacre, a more disturbing image of the Revered Jim Jones’s treatment toward his LGBTQ parishioners emerges.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Is it possible that my “gaydar” is off about “Sesame Street”? Perhaps. But hasn’t “Sesame Street” over the years, in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, winked and nodded to the LGBTQ community?
Rev. Irene Monroe: While the two warring factions—conservative versus liberal wings—wrestle with the direction the Catholic Church needs to go in this modern era, the church, nonetheless, is still stymied and stained by continued unaddressed claims of sex abuse by unprosecuted sex offenders.
Irene Monroe: If a tape of Trump using the N-word appears, a tape that former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman says exists, will the GOP have a cutoff point? What stance will the Republican Party take?
Rev. Irene Monroe: The confusion illustrates what happens when an epithet like the n-word, once hurled at African-Americans in this country and banned from polite conversation, now has a broad-based cultural acceptance in our society.
Irene Monroe: With Trump appearing to be both unstoppable and invincible, questions about the afterlife not only speak about social anxiety but, sadly, they also speak about hopelessness.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Our LGBTQ community continues to be clobbered with biblical texts to either scare us straight or terrorize our everyday existence.
Irene Monroe: While the Justices also did not say the decision will not influence opponents of same-sex marriages, like photographers, florists, wedding planners, wedding venues, honeymoon resorts, to name a few, Justice Kennedy’s narrow ruling, no doubt, will keep this debate going.