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Who is the Pope to judge: This week's Religion News Summary

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GLAAD’s Faith Initiatives program elevates LGBT-affirming voices of faith in mainstream, regional, and community media. To find out more, visit www.glaad.org/faith. For additional religion and faith updates, be sure to subscribe via our online registration form. We welcome suggestions at faith@glaad.org.

When asked about LGBT people following the World Youth Day Pope Francis stated “who am I to judge?” Meanwhile, see how the Catholic University, Georgetown's gay student body President says faith helped him come out.

Christian lesbian singer, Mary Lambert, releases full track of “She Keeps Me Warm,” first introduced as a hook in Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love”

The United Christian Church cleans up and recovers after catching a criminal vandalizing a church in Minnesota, while a UCC minister in Indiana stands with the LGBT community as a result of the governor's support of a proposed amendment to the state constitution prohibiting same-sex marriage.

Find out about the launch of the Transfaith Institute

Televangelist, Pat Robinson,  stated that being transgender is not a sin during an airing of The 700 Club. And “Pink Mass” Satanists receive warrants for their arrest for "desecration of a grave,” which happens to be the grave of the mother of Fred Phelps, by the police department of Lauderdale County, Mississippi.

Anglican
Vicar Steps in After Anglican Church Says No to Gay Wedding
The New Zealand Herald, 7/19/13

Buddhist
Buddhist Bigots, Buddhism, and Trans Folk
The Trans Advocate, 8/3/13

Catholic
Pope: Who Am I To Judge Gay People?
Joe. My. God., 7/29/13
Pope Francis reaches out to gays, says he won’t judge gay priests
Washington Post, 7/29/13
Georgetown's Gay Student Body President Says Faith Helped Him Come Out (VIDEO)
Huffington Post, 8/2/13
Gay Former Priest Sees Hope in Pope’s Gesture
Voice of America, 8/2/13
Explaining Away the Pope
Religion News Service, 8/5/13

Christian
Mary Lambert’s ‘She Keeps Me Warm’ And Love Songs For All Couples
Think Progress, 7/25/13
Televangelist Pat Robertson Affirms Transgender Identities
Think Progress, 7/29/13|
Throwing Jesus Under the Bus
Huffington Post, 7/30/13


Episcopalian
Celebrating Equality in Song and Prayer: A Personal Reflection on the Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Decisions
Huffington Post, 7/23/13
What a Difference a Decade Makes
Huffington Post, 8/6/13

Interfaith
Transfaith Institute
Transfaith Online, 8/5/13
New Challenges to Gay Marriage Bans From Within States & Denominations
RD Magazine, 7/27/13

International
Gay Couple May Sue Church of England to Wed in Church
Washington Post, 8/6/13

Jewish
Gay Israeli Orthodox Jew Finds Acceptance As An Unorthodox Drag Queen
Queerty, 8/1/13
Who am I to Judge?
The Jewish Daily Forward, 8/3/13
Religious Jew is Devout Gay Drag Queen
YNetNews, 8/6/13

Methodist
Unlikely Collaborators Seek Out Their "Truth in Progress"
Windy City Media Group, 7/24/13

Mormon
Writer Sees Growing Gay Acceptance Among Mormons
Religion News Service, 8/5/13

Muslim
Op-ed: Being Black, Lesbian, and Muslim In The South
The Advocate, 7/26/13
Arrest Warrants Issued For Satanists That Performed Ritual At Westboro Gravesite  
Queerty, 7/25/13

United Church of Christ
Minnesota Church Camera Catches Vandalism Suspect in the Act
The United Church of Christ, 7/31/13
UCC Minister Questions Indiana Attempt to Discriminate Against LGBT Couple
The United Church of Christ, 7/26/13

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