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Gay in the Eyes of God: A 21-Part Series

Series produced by Interfaith Voices

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Image by: Ludovic Bertron/Creative Commons 

Open any Torah, Bible or Koran, and the passages about homosexuality seem clear: being gay is an abomination; a sin; something that incurs the wrath of God. But for many, these interpretations are changing.

"Gay in the Eyes of God" is a special production of Interfaith Voices, the leading religion news magazine on public radio. It explores the ways in which the major American religious traditions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) grapple with acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Made with the support of the Arcus Foundation.

Please also consider our hour-long special on this topic, created from our favorite interviews from the series: http://www.prx.org/pieces/94411-gay-in-the-eyes-of-god


21 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Weaving personal stories with interpretations of scripture, we explore how America’s major faith traditions deal with acceptance of LGBT people.

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 22
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Open any Torah, Bible or Koran, and the passages about homosexuality seem clear: being gay is an abomination, a sin, something that incurs the wrat...

  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 34:26
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For thousands of years, scholars have interpreted a handful of passages in the Bible, Torah and Koran as clear condemnations of homosexuality. From...

  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 12:06
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It all started on a Sunday afternoon in October, 1968. Twelve people gathered for worship in a living room in Huntington Park, California. It was t...

  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 12:05
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The Metropolitan Community Church wasn’t the only gay-friendly church in the early 70s. Around the same time, a small crop of churches and synagogu...

  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 21:38
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In Orthodox Judaism, to be both actively gay and "frum," or observant, is a theological taboo. Producer Jon Kalish spoke to four Orthodox men and w...

  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 10:38
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It all started with those two lines in Leviticus - a core text of Judaism. Two rabbis from opposite ends of the theological spectrum explain homose...

  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 18:53
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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 mo...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 10:26
  • Purchases: 1
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The director of one of the largest mosques in America presents Islam’s traditional approach to homosexuality: being gay is acceptable, but acting o...

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  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 04:38
  • Purchases: 1
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Bishop Marianne Budde, the spiritual leader of some 40,000 Episcopalians in the DC-Metro area, shares the church’s official stance on homosexuality...

  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 15:18
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In recent years, the Episicopal church has changed its rules on homosexuality, creating same-sex blessings and ordaining gay clergy. That hasn’t go...

  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 16:45
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Eve Tushnet is gay, Catholic, and proudly celibate. A recent convert, she decided she couldn't be a good Catholic and a practicing lesbian at the s...

  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 17:00
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When Celestine married Hilary 34 years ago, they were a typical heterosexual couple, bound by love and their vows of Catholic marriage. So 17 years...

  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 05:52
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Compared with mainliners, Evangelical Christians emphasize a more personal relationship with Jesus, and believe they have a sacred duty to share th...

  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 10:23
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Rev. Richard Cizik says he's undergone an "evolution" about the place of gays and lesbians in Evangelical Christianty - and says that American Evan...

  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 10:48
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African-American Christian denominations run the gamut, from Baptist and Evangelical to Roman Catholic. One thing they've have tended to share, tho...

  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 15:46
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Anita Sherrill knew she was a lesbian since she was a little girl. But reconciling her sexuality with her Christianity, and with her father, hasn't...

  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 07:40
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Like many other conservative-leaning Christian denominations, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially condemns homosexual acts. ...

  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 11:54
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For Buddhists, whether homosexuality is "right" or "wrong" isn't the question - it's more important to ask whether a behavior is "skillfull" or "un...

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  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 12:27
  • Purchases: 1
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The term "Hinduism" refers to a multitude of traditions, so it's no surprise that Hindu attitudes towards sexuality and homosexuality are complex. ...

  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 12:27