From the state of Paraiba, in the northeast, missionary Joseph McKinney writes today on the government approval of homosexual marriage and how that complicates life in Brazil.
Yes, homo-affective relationships – that is how same sex couples are being described in the new Brazilian law that gives their relationships legitimacy. The Brazilian Supreme Federal Court has determined that marriage goes beyond just a man and woman, giving homosexuals the legal rights to marital status: inheritance, pensions, child custody, health insurance benefits, the ability to open joint bank accounts, etc.
According to the president of the Transvestites Association of Paraiba, Fernanda Bevenutty, this was a victory for Brazilian homosexuals, but most will continue in anonymity for fear of the social reaction. The census counted 800 same sex couples in Paraiba, but Bevenutty said that in reality there are a lot more.
The next step the GLBT (Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transvestites) movement will push is the controversial PLN 122 law, that purposes to add sexual discrimination to the law that punishes racial discrimination, making any type of opposition to this lifestyle a crime. That could mean that a homosexual could sue a church if banished for his or her practices, or a elementary school if rejected as a kindergarten teacher. Preachers could be jailed for repeating what the Bible says about homosexuality. So things could get interesting here in Brazil…
Read the rest of his article here. The people generally don’t support this, but like many politicians and activist judges, when in office they do what they want to.
• This email came in just this morning. “Randal, a book has been donated to the Overton Memorial Library in your honor by Friends of Overton Memorial Library. The book will be available for viewing, and you will be specially recognized, at Honors Evening on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. Please join us in the McMeans Family Reading Area within the Overton Memorial Library 3625 Helton Drive, Florence, Alabama.” I felt honored on receiving the news. I have an idea of who might have put my name in the pot, but I guess that’s supposed to remain anonymous. Anybody willing to stand in for me on Honors Evening?
• On FMag today, my editorial, “The Christian Offering and the Ordinances of God,” centers on 1 Cor. 16:1 to consider the importance of God’s commandments and how they contribute to unity. I used today’s Portuguese meditation and developed that further for the article.
• We pray for the victims’ families in Joplin, Mo. So far, 89 lives lost amid tremendous destruction. I have a second cousin who was living there last I recall, but I saw her online this morning. Apparently, their “old house” was destroyed. Update: She and her family have moved back to Arkansas.
• The Christian Chronicle’s story about the “Restoration Movement college spared” in Joplin, headlines the non-event of the Christian Church’s Ozark Christian College not being hit by the tornado, with an interview by the college president. It gave the number of instrumental churches and a cappella churches. Since it talked about the Restoration Movement churches, why didn’t it include the Disciples of Christ in Joplin? There’s at least one. Why the discrimination? Does the Chronicle consider itself in fellowship with the Christian Church, but not the Disciples? Evidently, the Chronicle is reporting news of the former group with no apologies. Perhaps it should consider changing the plug on the website: “Official news blog of the international newspaper for Churches of Christ.”
• Speaking of media, catch these articles: first, from BNc, a TV station found a person’s objection to a Bible verse on a church sign newsworthy; then, my take on why the May 21 prophecy of the world’s end was hyped by the mainstream media.
• Saturday we had 20 people here at the house for study and fellowship. I mentioned that earlier on The Fellowship Room. See the fuller description of the moment there, along with a link of pictures. I also mentioned a bit of our day yesterday as well.