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Gay in the Eyes of God
May 23, 2013
Weaving personal stories with interpretations of scripture, we explore how America’s major faith traditions are grappling with acceptance of the LGBT community.

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Homosexuality and Judaism: Two Views
It all started with those two lines in Leviticus - a core text of Judaism. Two rabbis from opposite ends of the theological spectrum explain homosexuality in Jewish law.

Rabbi Meir Fund, leader of the Orthodox Congregation Sheves Achim in Brooklyn, New York
Rabbi Debra Kolodny, leader of the Congregation P'nai Or in Portland, Oregon
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On Being Gay and Muslim
A gay, devout Muslim man recounts growing up in Pakistan, where being homosexual wasn’t just abnormal, it “wasn’t part of the vocabulary.” After moving to America, he grappled with the Quran’s seemingly clear condemnations against being gay, and eventually became a student of scripture interpretation. In our interview, he chose to remain anonymous and simply be called “Adam.”

“Adam,” a Ph.D student in New York
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Islam and Homosexuality: A Traditional View
The director of one of the largest mosques in America presents Islam’s traditional approach to homosexuality: being gay is acceptable, but acting on it is a sin, as stated by the Quran. “If a person has such feeling,” he says, “they are urged to control that.”

Imam Muzammil Siddiqi, past president of the Islamic Society of North America, 1997-2001
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Gay and Episcopalian: A Progressive View
Bishop Marianne Budde, the spiritual leader of some 40,000 Episcopalians in the DC-Metro area, shares the church’s official stance on homosexuality. She says attitudes are rapidly changing, and reflect a widening acceptance across all mainline churches.

Bishop Mariann Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC
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Gay and Episcopalian: A Traditional View
In recent years, the Episicopal church has changed its rules on homosexuality, creating same-sex blessings and ordaining gay clergy. That hasn’t gone over well with some conservative members, many of whom who have formed their own, unofficial churches within the wider Anglican Communion. One of them is the Right Reverend Julian M. Dobbs.

Rev. Julian M. Dobbs, Bishop in the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, also known as CANA