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A day before Pope Francis met with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis — who has been a central figure in the opposition to gay marriage in America — the pontiff met with a same-sex couple.

Yayo Grassi, and his partner of 19 years, Iwan Bagus, met with Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 23, Grassi said. Grassi is one of the pope’s former students.

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Pope Francis waves as he departs the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican’s diplomatic mission in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, en route to the Capitol to address a joint meeting of Congress.Cliff Owen / AP file

“He met with me and my boyfriend — knowing that I am his friend and that my boyfriend is my boyfriend,” Grassi told CNBC. “We did not talk about gay marriage. I know what he thinks.”

Grassi said a video of the meeting was published online without his knowledge, but once the meeting became public, he felt the need to speak out about it.

“I need to testify to the fact that he’s not this homophobic person that people think he is,” Grassi said of the pope.

In the video, Grassi can be seen embracing Francis and introducing him to female friends, two of whom became visibly emotional in the Pope’s presence.

Toward the end of the meeting, the Pope embraces Grassi and then Bagus, who gives the pontiff a kiss on each cheek.

Grassi said his relationship with the Pope dates back to his days a as high school student in Argentina, where the pope was his teacher, and that he and Bagus had met with Francis once before, in Italy.

National Geographic reported that Grassi wrote to the Pope in 2010 to criticizehis views on gay marriage. “You have been my guide, continuously moving my horizons — you have shaped the most progressive aspects of my worldview. And to hear this from you is so disappointing,” Grassi wrote, according to National Geographic.

According to the magazine, Pope Francis wrote back to say that he had taken Grassi’s words to heart, but the Church’s position on gay marriage was fixed. But the pope also told his former student that homophobia has no place in his pastoral work.

“This was a personal interaction with him, we did not discuss anything else,” Grassi said of the meeting, adding that he was “just seeing an old friend.”

“We have been friends for a long time. He knows about me being gay and he has a lot of respect for me being gay and Iwan being my partner,” Grassi said.

Grassi also said that he thinks the Pope was not fully aware of who Kim Davis waswhen he saw her the next day. “My impression was that the Pope received the lady without full knowledge of who she was or the meaning of her being there with him,” Grassi said.

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Hilarious when our wishes actually came true lolx

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: MediaTakeOut.com obtained a very DISTURBING VIDEO – of a mentally disturbed woman in MEMPHIS, TENN. The video was uploaded onto Facebook by a man claiming to be the infants father. The video shows the mom THROWING his 19 day old old infant son, and ABUSING him.

Police came out to the residence but did NOT ARREST either the mother or the father. The mom was taken to a mental institution, and the father was NOT charged with anything. Authorities did remove the children from the home – they are now staying with relatives.

The Memphis Department of Children Services is activating a safety plan for the infant boy and another girl in the video. It’s not clear whether they will eventually be returned to their mother. They told the local FOX13 TV station in Memphis, “The investigation’s ongoing, and depending on upon when the investigation reveals that will dictate how we proceed forward.”

If you’d like to voice your concern with the Memphis Department of Child Services, here is their number:

Child Protective Services Assessments and Investigations
1925 South Third Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38109
(901) 947-8800

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BY ELENA GARCIA, CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER

July 10, 2008|10:19 am

A homosexual man has filed a $70 million lawsuit against Bible publishers Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, alleging that their version of the Bible that refers to homosexuality as a sin violates his constitutional rights and has caused him emotional distress.

Bradley LaShawn Fowler, an ex-con turned author, filed the federal suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Monday, the same day a judge refused to appoint him a lawyer for his suit against Thomas Nelson, The Grand Rapids Press reported.

“The Court has some very genuine concerns about the nature and efficacy of these claims,” the judge wrote.

Fowler, who is representing himself in both cases, claims that Zondervan manipulated Scripture by using the term “homosexuals” in 1 Corinthians 6:9 of their 1982 and 1987 revised edition Bibles. He also contends that the reference to homosexuality were deleted by the publisher in later versions without informing the public.

He alleges that since the older Kings James Version containing the term “homosexuals” is used by his family pastor, he has been outcast by his family.

The 39-year-old is suing the Grand Rapids publisher for compensation of 20 years of “emotional duress and mental instability,” he told WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids.

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In a hand-written suit, Fowler lists all sorts of charges against Zondervan including malicious negligence, strict liability, malice, libel, and violating his civil rights. He filed a suit in June against Tennessee-based publisher Thomas Nelson on similar grounds. He’s seeking $60 million from Zondervan and $10 million from Thomas Nelson Publishing.

Zondervan issued a statement to The Christian Post that said they do not discuss ongoing litigation. The company’s spokesperson Tara Powers, however, pointed out that they only publish Bibles, not translate them.

“Since Zondervan does not translate the Bible or own the copyright for any of the translations we publish, we are not in a position to comment on the merits of how a word should or should not be translated,” said Powers.

“We rely on the scholarly judgment of the highly respected and credible translation committees behind each translation and never alter the text of the translations we are licensed to publish. We only publish credible translations produced by credible biblical scholars,” she noted.

According to Fowler, Zondervan has 20 days to respond to the claims listed.

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/33219/#B3GXdKLueOyQ0jRP.99

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At least six fires have broken out in predominantly black churches since shooting at a Charleston church, pictured above. Getty

Another predominantly black church was on fire Tuesday night, this time in a small town northwest of Charleston. The fire at Mt. Zion Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina, follows several other fires at black churches since the Charleston shooting nearly two weeks ago in which an armed white man entered an African-American church and killed nine people.

The cause of the Zion AME church fire was not immediately known on Tuesday evening. The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) recently began investigating the other fires, which number at least five in five states across the South and Midwest. Tuesday night’s fire is the second at a black church in South Carolina since the shooting; other occurred in Warrenville, South Carolina, on Sunday.

 

This would not be the first time that Zion AME Church has burned to the ground. In June 1995, the church was destroyed in a fire and investigators determined that the cause was arson. Members of the Ku Klux Klan were later arrested in connection to the fire, according to a recent profile of the church burning in the Los Angeles Times, which noted that the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to address the high number of fires in churches that year.

“This year alone there have been 21 church fires involving African American churches,” former Rep. Henry J. Hyde, R-Ill., the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said at the time, and noted there was considerable evidence that some of these church fires were connected and that some were racially motivated incidents.”

Federal investigators looking into the other church burnings have indicated that there was no immediate reason to link any of the fires, however three of the first five were determined to be from arson.

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The number of people killed was close to 300, not 3000 as we initially reported.*** Ana Kasparian (The Young Turks, The Point) fills in for Cenk Uygur in today’s Final Judgment. Ana discusses the story of the Tulsa Race Riots which took place after a community known as Black Wall Street or Little Africa was burned down in 1921. The Tulsa Race Riots was basically a war by the KKK against a very prosperous African-American community in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After describing what happened Ana goes on to tell the story of how the KKK incited the riots. Do you think we’ve made any progress since then? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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