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Faith, Family and God: Sexualizing Homosexuality at the Risk of Diminishing Equality

Faith, Family and God: Sexualizing Homosexuality at the Risk of Diminishing Equality

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Without the act of sex, what does it mean to be LGBTQ? A person of faith sent me a link to an article featuring a video and photos showing very muscular, attractive Eastern Europe men almost nude in a Christian, religious setting. The article portrayed these hunks as priests and […]

Faith, Family and God: Prayer, Miracles, Patience, and Vampires

Faith, Family and God: Prayer, Miracles, Patience, and Vampires

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Vampires have intrigued me since childhood. Maybe it’s because they can accumulate great libraries over the ages and have time to read, absorb and apply the knowledge. Of course, as the years accumulate in my life, the appeal of vampires increases. I’m getting old. As gravity slowly takes its toll, […]

Faith, Family and God:  Dancing with Atheism as a Person of Faith

Faith, Family and God: Dancing with Atheism as a Person of Faith

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— It may surprise some readers of this column, but I struggle with faith. There are days I’m a Christian and others when I lean toward deist, or “c”hristian-atheist—a person believing in the principles of Jesus, without a belief in Christ’s divinity, an afterlife or higher authority. Intellect gets in the […]

Faith, Family and God: Appearances, LGBTQ Religious History, Why You Should Care

Faith, Family and God: Appearances, LGBTQ Religious History, Why You Should Care

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Several years ago, I wrote a weekly column for a daily paper. In the photo, I wore a bow tie. It’s amusing the conclusions people made about me based on my appearance. During World War II, my father saw his village destroyed and friends and family fall victim to the […]

Faith, Family and God: Building up Instead of Tearing Down

Faith, Family and God: Building up Instead of Tearing Down

By: Paul P. Jesep*/ TRT Columnist— Apostle Paul cautions us in how we react to things. “Let no evil talk come out of your mouths,” he wrote in one of his letters to the early Christians, “but only what is useful for building up” (Ephesians 4:29). This should include sending out biting emails, too. I […]

Faith, Family and God: The Pope’s Bad Science

Faith, Family and God: The Pope’s Bad Science

By: Paul P. Jesep*/ TRT Columnist— In the past, I cautioned LGBTQ Christians, especially Catholics, not to expect too much from the nice man wearing white now living in the Vatican. I also said his comments about not judging sinners, specifically LGBTQ children of God, though unintentional, were a form of spiritual abuse. Sadly, Pope […]

Faith, Family and God—Rev. Fred Phelps is Dead

Faith, Family and God—Rev. Fred Phelps is Dead

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— The Satanic Temple of New York, dedicated to the wisdom and philosophy of Lucifer, will celebrate a “Pink Mass” over the grave of Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., Westboro Baptist Church founder and notorious homophobic clergyman. Phelps, the man long associated with the phrase “God Hates Fags,” died March 20. Purportedly, the […]

Faith, Family and God — Space for People We Hate

Faith, Family and God — Space for People We Hate

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— In late January, I had the opportunity to twice attend Holy Eucharist at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City on Park Avenue. I always try to spend time at St. Bart’s when in New York, whether for Eucharist, evening prayer or to sit quietly in a side chapel with its […]