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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. 

Katy did more than just kiss a girl despite trying to “pray away the gay” 

Pop sensation Katy Perry was honoured at the Human Rights Campaign Gala in Los Angeles where she opened up about her own religious upbringing and sexuality, according to News.com.au.

Perry received the National Equality Award, telling the audience she spent much of her adolescence trying to pray “the gay away in my Jesus camps” due to her strict religious upbringing. She also discussed exploring her sexuality and how she had to reconcile same-sex liaisons with the fear of going to hell. 

Cemetery vandalism leaves veterans cross 

ABC News reports on a Brisbane court case involving two Christians who tore down a sword adorning a war memorial cross which they insist should not be combined.

Outside the court one of the accused men claimed the sword was a desecration of the cross and that they didn’t accept the charge that they damaged anything.

Veterans groups and the city’s council criticised the actions, although the men insist the act was not intended to provoke veterans.

Thou shalt steal (the Pope’s hat)

Relevant Magazine reports on a young girl’s meeting with the Pope where she tried to steal his hat (or zucchetto). Pope Francis took the moment with good humour, laughing at the cheeky act of daring.

Cyrus prophecy pros trump Don’s cons? 

The Guardian offers an opinion piece exploring the evangelical support for Donald Trump and whether the Cyrus prophecy plays a large part.

Cyrus, a pagan Persian king, served God’s plans despite not being one of God’s people, and viewed through this lens, some evangelicals see President Trump as serving God’s plans despite his own apparently “un-Christian” characteristics.

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