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  • Pope opens synod; calls for welcoming Church but no gay marriage

    10/04/2015 12:09:53 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 4, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Sunday reaffirmed Catholic opposition to gay marriage as he opened a three-week gathering of bishops from around the world but said the Church had to show love and understanding towards all. Francis presided at a solemn Mass in St. Peter's Basilica to open the meeting, known as a synod, on the theme of the family in the modern world.
  • Archbishop:'True Intention Behind' Push for Same-Sex Marriage is 'Imposition of Totalitarian System'

    08/27/2015 6:24:08 PM PDT · by xzins · 36 replies
    CNS ^ | August 27, 2015 | Mark Judge
    Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron of Agana, Guam has posted a message on his archdiocesean website stating that the “true intention” behind the push for same-sex marriage “has always been about the destruction of the family and the imposition of a totalitarian system.” The archbishop also predicted the next step in the process would be to use the education system so “that our children, your children, will be forced to assimilate to this pattern of non-gender.” “It is important to understand that the political pressure to push the agenda for same sex ‘marriage’ has never been about gay rights; the true...
  • Pope Francis Says Government Workers Have The Right To Refuse To Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

    09/28/2015 10:02:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 28, 2015 | Rick Moran
    <p>September 28, 2015 Pope Francis Says Government Workers Have The Right To Refuse To Issue Gay Marriage Licenses By Rick Moran Pope Francis told reporters on his flight back to Rome from the U.S. today that government workers issuing gay marriage licesnses have a "human right" to refuse to do their duty if it goes against their conscience.</p>
  • Obama Warns Christians: Gay Rights More Important Than Religious Freedom

    09/28/2015 7:43:26 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 80 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/27/2015 | Charlie Spiering
    As Pope Francis flew back to Rome, President Obama issued a stern warning to Christians, warning them their attempts to assert their religious liberty to oppose gay rights would fail. We affirm that we cherish our religious freedom and are profoundly respectful of religious traditions, he insisted during a dramatic speech at a LGTB fundraiser in New York City on Sunday night, praising the progress made on gay rights under his administration. But we also have to say clearly that our religious freedom doesnt grant us the freedom to deny our fellow Americans their constitutional rights. The fundraiser for the...
  • Obama says religious freedom is not an excuse to deny gay people and other's constitutional rights

    Freedom of religion isn't reason enough to deny any American their constitutional rights, President Barack Obama said Sunday as he addressed members of the LGBT community, one of his major sources of political and financial support.
  • Gay marriage fight shifts as politicians spy an opportunity

    09/20/2015 4:59:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 20, 2015 10:55 AM EDT | Adam Beam
    Politicians who may have thought they wouldnt have to say much at all about gay marriage once the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized it now must answer a different question: Do you support Kim Davis? The Rowan County clerk, who has become a darling of many conservatives despite being a Democrat, cited Gods authority and religious liberty in choosing jail time over issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Some social conservatives have cast Davis as a hero, shifting the gay marriage debate from one about civil libertiesa matter that appeared to have been settledto one about religious liberty.
  • Oh, no! You Christians are Just Being Paranoid!

    09/11/2015 1:43:04 PM PDT · by ru4liberty · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Sept. 11, 2015 | Alfonzo Rachel
    Oh, no! You Christians are Just Being Paranoid!
  • Idaho citys ordinance tells pastors to marry gays or go to jail (1st Amendment Rights Violation)

    09/09/2015 8:13:52 PM PDT · by GailA · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Coeur dAlene, Idaho, city officials have laid down the law to Christian pastors within their community, telling them bluntly via an ordinance that if they refuse to marry homosexuals, they will face jail time and fines. The dictate comes on the heels of a legal battle with Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post wedding chapel in the city, but who oppose gay marriage, The Daily Caller reported.
  • Supreme Court case based in Md. could have wide impact

    09/07/2015 11:46:17 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | September 6, 2015 | By John Fritze
    A little-noticed lawsuit brought by a Maryland man challenging the state's contorted congressional districts will be heard this fall by the Supreme Court where it has the potential to open a new line of constitutional attack for opponents of gerrymandering. Stephen M. Shapiro, a former federal worker from Bethesda, argues that the political map drawn by state Democrats after the 2010 census violated the First Amendment rights of Republicans by placing them in districts in which they were in the minority, marginalizing them based solely on their political views. The issue before the Supreme Court is whether a lower...
  • First They Came For The Christians

    09/06/2015 5:58:51 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies ^ | September 6, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    We live in a fundamentally transformed America where Rowan County, Kentucky, Clerk Kim Davis is thrown in jail for refusing to issue a lesbian couple a marriage license in violation of her religious beliefs but San Francisco officials who violated the law, created a sanctuary city, and harbored an illegal criminal alien charged with the murder of Kate Steinle, are not? Kim Davis, we are told, is obligated as a public official under the law, as determined by the Supreme Court, which was not established to write laws to issue such licenses. But then are we saying Christians cant be...
  • How Kim Davis Can Be Released From Jail Without Agreeing to Violate Her Conscience

    09/05/2015 10:04:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 4, 2015 | Roger Severino
    Rowan County, Ky., is a lesson for America in how not to resolve social conflict. The local head clerk is sitting in jail, and a judge has ordered her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in her absence.When the Supreme Court redefined marriage for the nation in an activist decision this June, it took the issue out of the democratic process and made it much harder for citizens to navigate our differences on this fundamental institution. Both sides of the debate knew the decision would have significant social effects. For civil servants like clerks who issue marriage...
  • Ted Cruz indifferent to rule of law in Kim Davis case (MSNBC)

    09/04/2015 7:30:25 AM PDT · by Isara · 28 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 09/04/15 | Steve Benen
    When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) condemns President Obama – a frequent occurrence – the far-right national candidate often emphasizes the rule of law. Cruz doesn’t just think the president is wrong; he thinks Obama is a tyrannical dictator who flouts legal norms. “The pattern we’ve seen under President Obama, disregarding the law, is really one of the most troubling aspects of this presidency,” Cruz said last year. “When he disagrees with the law … he simply refuses to comply with it.” The Republican senator added that the president is “lawless.” But that was in 2014. In 2015, Cruz sees Kentucky...
  • Federal Judge Says Hes Above Natural Law as He Tosses Clerk Kim Davis in Jail [terrifying quote]

    09/03/2015 5:41:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 121 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9/3/15 | Scott Ott
    Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Shes an elected official, and cant be fired except by voters in her county, so a federal judge had her thrown in jail today. I expected as much. Any true civil-disobedience act must come with the willingness to bear the legal consequences of your extra-legal behavior. Davis politely thanked the judge before being carted off to the clink.If it were me, I also would have submitted to the governing authority, but not without a resounding SAY WHAT, YOUR HONOR?! after he said this The idea of natural...
  • Ted Cruz rips jailing of Kim Davis: This is not America

    09/03/2015 4:23:17 PM PDT · by Isara · 43 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, September 3, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz criticized a federal judge for ordering a Kentucky county clerk to be jailed after she defied the Supreme Court by refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. The Texas senator said he unequivocal stands with Kim Davis, who was put in federal custody for contempt after testifying before Judge David L. Bunning Thursday that marriage is between one man and one woman. Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny, Mr. Cruz said in a statement. Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This...
  • Professors threaten bad grades for saying illegal alien, male, female ( Washington State )

    08/30/2015 7:25:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 86 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Aug 29, 2015 | Peter Hasson
    Multiple professors at Washington State University have explicitly told students their grades will suffer if they use terms such as illegal alien, "male," and female, or if they fail to defer to non-white students. According to the syllabus for Selena Lester Breikss Women & Popular Culture class, students risk a failing grade if they use any common descriptors that Breikss considers oppressive and hateful language. The punishment for repeatedly using the banned words, Breikss warns, includes but [is] not limited to removal from the class without attendance or participation points, failure of the assignment, and in extreme cases failure for...
  • Video Footage outside the Open Carry Trial in Bald Knob Arkansas

    08/28/2015 6:51:02 AM PDT · by pulaskibush · 6 replies
    Youtube account keeparkansaslegal, Arkansas Act746 Activist & other media outlets | 08/28/2015 | me
    On May 4th 2015, Richard Chambliss was arrested by the Bald Knob Police Department (BKPD) for carrying a weapon, despite Arkansas Act 746, which allows the carrying of a weapon. After realizing the open carry charge would likely not hold, a madeup charge of disorderly conduct was added. The BKPD Chief of Police, Judge, & prosecuting attorney appear to oppose Act 746 & the 2nd amendment in general. The previous police chief was fired by Mayor Mary Beth Calhoun in January 2015, possibly due to politics, & replaced him with current Police Chief Erek Balantine. Balantine had been charged with...
  • Jesusland Author Endorses Cruz 2016

    08/25/2015 9:37:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Christian News Wire ^ | August 25, 2015
    MEDIA ADVISORY, Aug. 25, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- In the Bible, Exodus 18:21 teaches Christians when picking leaders to "select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness." David Jeffers, author of "Understanding Evangelicals: A Guide to Jesusland" (, in his latest video ( says such a man is Ted Cruz. "Ted Cruz has already shown his willingness to defend Christian's 1st Amendment rights, that he will stand for truth by calling the leader of his Senate caucus a liar, and that he will stand against what Cruz calls 'the Washington Cartel.'" Jeffers...
  • Video: HS band barred for playing hymn, crowd sings it instead

    08/23/2015 9:48:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Hot ^ | August 23, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Just when you’re starting to think that the entire country is going down the tubes sideways, a story comes along to remind you that it all just might work out in the end after all. Todd Starnes at Fox news uncovered one of those small town stories of political correctness infecting the courts and running completely off the rails this week. At Brandon High School in Mississippi, the traditional Friday Night football game was missing their halftime show. The school’s marching band had been ordered off the field because their presentation included the hymn How Great Thou Art. That may...
  • Courts Free-Speech Expansion Has Far-Reaching Consequences

    08/17/2015 10:27:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 32 replies
    NY Times ^ | 08-17-2015 | ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON It is not too early to identify the sleeper case of the last Supreme Court term. In an otherwise minor decision about a municipal sign ordinance, the court in June transformed the First Amendment. ...It would have been easy to strike down the ordinance under existing First Amendment principles. In a concurrence, Justice Elena Kagan said the ordinance failed even the laugh test. But Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for six justices, used the occasion to announce that lots of laws are now subject to the most searching form of First Amendment review, called strict scrutiny. Strict scrutiny requires...
  • High school students told to remove American flags from trucks

    08/14/2015 12:50:36 PM PDT · by Dacula · 98 replies
    WSB TV ^ | 8-14-15 | Craig Lucie A high school student says when his mother came to pick him up in his truck that was flying an American flag, a staff member told them it wasnt allowed to be flown on school property. Now multiple students at Mount Zion High School in Carrolton are standing behind him and flying flags on their cars.
  • Ohio Supreme Court board orders all judges to perform gay weddings

    08/14/2015 9:21:11 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 93 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/14/15 | Father Mark Hodges
    TOLEDO, Ohio, August 14, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Judge C. Allen McConnell is a Christian. As such, he said he could not officiate a homosexual "wedding," because it would go against the teachings of his religion. Now, the Ohio Supreme Court advisory board says McConnell's position violates judicial ethics and that all Ohio Christian judges must relinquish their religious freedom and perform same-sex "marriages." When he refused to marry two lesbians last month, the 71-year-old Toledo judge apologized to the women, and they were "married" a few minutes later by another judge. But McConnell also officially asked for the Ohio Supreme Court's...
  • College disciplines student for Facebook comments about Baltimore riot

    08/02/2015 4:43:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The New York Post ^ | July 31, 2015 | Reuters
    DALLAS A Texas Christian University student has been disciplined after posting online comments seen as racially offensive about current events, including rioting in Baltimore and the rise of the Islamic State, TCU officials said Friday. TCU said Harry Vincent, a 19-year-old sophomore, violated two Student Code of Conduct provisions concerning infliction of bodily or emotional harm and disorderly conduct. He has seen his campus access restricted by receiving a one-year suspension from extracurricular activities, on-campus living and the use of non-academic facilities such as the cafeteria and recreational center. Among the comments are a Facebook post that reads: These...
  • Court bars anti-abortion group from releasing new videos

    07/29/2015 5:45:03 PM PDT · by BAW · 190 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 29, 2015 | AP
    A temporary restraining order has been issued preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video of leaders of a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers. The group is the same one that previously shot viral covert video of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the sale of aborted fetuses for research. The Los Angeles Superior Court order issued Tuesday prohibits the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video of three high-ranking StemExpress officials taken at a restaurant in May. It appears to be the first legal action prohibiting the release of a video from the organization.
  • BREAKING: Court blocks pro-life group from releasing new fetal body part videos

    07/29/2015 7:13:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Life Site ^ | July 29, 2015 | John Jalsevac
    The California Superior Court has issued a narrow temporary restraining order preventing the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), a pro-life group, from releasing further undercover video footage taken of three top-level staff of StemExpress. CMP is the organization behind the series of three videos released over the past three weeks exposing the alleged harvesting and sale of body parts from aborted babies by Planned Parenthood body parts that are then purchased by StemExpress. CMP has alleged that the fees paid by StemExpress to Planned Parenthood violate federal law prohibiting the sale and trafficking of human tissue. While Planned Parenthood...
  • Planned Parenthood Tries To Silence Undercover Videos By Sending Threatening Letters To TV

    07/28/2015 11:35:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/28/15 | Caleb Howe
    On Tuesday the third undercover video of Planned Parenthood's despicable practices was released by the Center for Medical Progress, but as the blog Jammie Wearing Fools highlights, some people may not see it if PP gets its way: Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota warned news outlets today that airing undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress could violate patient privacy. Planned Parenthood says the videos violate laws however no wrong doing by the Center for Medical Progress has been proven. "The material should not be aired," states a press release sent out to the stations....
  • PP Tries To Silence Undercover Videos By Sending Threatening Letters To TV Stations

    07/28/2015 2:12:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | July 28, 2015 | Caleb Howe
    On Tuesday the third undercover video of Planned Parenthood's despicable practiceswas released bythe Center for Medical Progress, but as the blog Jammie Wearing Fools highlights, some people may not see itif PP gets its way: Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota warned news outlets today that airing undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress could violate patient privacy. Planned Parenthood says the videos violate laws however no wrong doing by the Center for Medical Progress has been proven. "The material should not be aired," states a press release sent out to the stations. Thisabsurdly transparent...
  • The Left Wants To End the Separation of Church and State (Protestant Caucus)

    07/27/2015 6:04:37 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | James Mann
    If there is one thing consistent about the tides of the culture wars, it is that whenever one side is emboldened, it inevitably leads to overreach. The secular Left is proving this point with gusto in the wake of the Supreme Courts decision to nationalize gay marriage, calling for the removal of tax exemptions for churches and religious non-profits who continue to hold the tired old definition of marriage that existed all the way up until yesterday. This step, which would crush the budgets of many churches and non-profits, reveals an amusing hypocrisy of the modern Lefts turn against civil...
  • Confederate flag demand has Alabama company 'absolutely swamped'

    07/18/2015 7:54:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies ^ | Paul Gattis
    I've been called a racist. I've been called a bigot. I've been called a non-Christian. When the controversy over the Confederate flag erupted last month, the owner of a Huntsville flag company said her business would make the flags even if no one else would. And that's apparently what's happened. "I'm not aware of another company in the United States making these flags," said Belinda Kennedy, owner of Alabama Flag & Banner, in an interview Thursday with So now you know why the website for the Governors Drive business near downtown Huntsville cautions visitors that all Confederate flag orders...
  • William Killian, the DoJ Official Leading #Chattanooga Jihad Shooting, Previously Vowed to

    07/16/2015 6:52:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 7/16/15 | Pamela Geller
    We are treating this as an act of domestic terrorism, said Bill Killian, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee. U.S. Attorney William C. Killian said. However, Killian said that the investigation would bear out precisely what kind of crime this was, and he cautioned people not to get caught up in the label. (Washington Post) How ironic that it is Bill Killian who was the most reluctant official to speak at todays press conference. William Killian is the Department of Justice official who vowed to criminalize social postings on Facebook and Twitter.
  • CNN, Leftist Hacks Attack CBS's Major Garrett For Asking Obama Tough Questions

    07/16/2015 7:11:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies ^ | 7/15/2015 | Tom Blumer
    Journalists and lefitsts (but I repeat myself) are hopping mad. They're not mad at President Obama for failing to make freeing American hostages held by Iran an issue in negotiations with that nation. Instead, they're furious at Major Garrett of CBS News for daring to ask Dear Leader a question about it, even though in the process Garrett got a clearly irritated Obama to make news by admitting, and then trying to justify, his team's failure to make such an effort.
  • CBS Reporter Major Garrett Responds to Public Scolding From Obama: Clearly It Struck a Nerve

    07/16/2015 7:03:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 7/15/2015 | Olivre Darcy
    CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett responded to a public scolding he received from President Barack Obama Wednesday. Garrett had asked Obama at an afternoon press conference about the status of the four Americans imprisoned in the Islamic Republic, in relation to the Iran nuclear deal.
  • Protesters Greet Obama in Oklahoma Waving Confederate Flags and Demonstration Organizer

    07/16/2015 6:28:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 7/15/2015 | Oliver Darcy
    president Barack Obama was greeted at his hotel in Oklahoma City Wednesday night by protesters proudly displaying Confederate flags.
  • Lesbian Democrat senator denies individual right to religious liberty

    07/13/2015 10:14:49 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 13, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The chilling redefinition of the First Amendments guarantee of religious liberty by Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Democrat of Wisconsin and the Senates only lesbian, is a looming threat to religious liberty. With the possible loss of tax exemptions for churches and institutions that dont comply with the Supreme Courts same-sex marriage decision, an era of religious persecution may be upon us. Baldwin made her remarks on the June 27 broadcast of Up With Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. In a transcript of her remarks posted on Newsbusters, Baldwin ignored the fact that it was religious persecution in Europe that led to people...
  • [U-MA] Prof: Make Confederate Flag A Hate Crime

    07/11/2015 7:42:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 69 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/11/15 | Blake Neff
    Lets make the Confederate flag a hate crime: It is the American swastika and we should recoil from it in horror.So opines Nick Bromell, a professor of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In the wake of a purge that has seen the Confederate battle flag vanish from stores and disappear from the grounds of South Carolinas capitol building, Bromell says in Salon that America should be going much, much further.Americans who refuse to acknowledge the connection between the Confederate flag and the horrors of slavery and white supremacy are still in the grip of a malignant spirit...
  • Which Republican will stand up for the Kleins?

    07/09/2015 5:44:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 7/9/2015 | Jack Cashill
    The first Republican to fly to Oregon and hold a press conference with Melissa and Aaron Klein will get my vote. To undo the eight years of the Obama era will take more than right thinking. It will take some in-your-face moral bravado. And a good place for a candidate to show it will be on a scaffold in the public square of Portland, Oregon. As the reader may know, the Kleins operated a storefront bakeshop, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, in that very nearly godless environment. In February 2013, these Christian parents of five refused to bake a wedding cake...
  • We're Doomed: Only 19% of Americans Know That the First Amendment Guarantees Freedom of Religion

    07/07/2015 6:13:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | July 7, 2015 | Aaron Bandler
    Source:'s official, we're screwed: Only 19 percent of American adults know that the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights guarantees the freedom of religion, according to a new survey by the Newseum Institute. Only 10 percent know the First Amendment guarantees the freedom of the press. And 33 percent of Americans have no idea at all what rights the First Amendment guarantees. CNS News posted agraph of the breakdown of results:The graphshowis that 57 percent of respondents knew that the First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech, and then 19 percent knew that it guarantees freedom of religion, 10...
  • 2015 State of the 1st Amendment. (Sad polling data-Only 19% know freedom Of religion in 1st Am.)

    07/06/2015 10:38:06 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 8 replies
    newseum institute ^ | 07/05/15 | newseum institute
    Do Americans Know What the First Amendment Includes? When asked to name the five specific freedoms in the First Amendment, 57% of Americans name freedom of speech, followed by 19% who say the freedom of religion, 10% mention the freedom of the press, 10% mention the right to assemble, and 2% name the right to petition. Thirty-three percent of Americans cannot name any of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. Over the past year, those naming freedom of speech decreased from 68 to 57%, freedom of religion decreased from 29 to 19%, and freedom of the press declined from...
  • Marching boldly into the New Post-homophobic Christianity

    07/05/2015 6:44:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 79 replies
    Hot ^ | July 5, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    It wasn’t like we didn’t see this coming but it’s certainly arriving faster and harder than even some of the more conservative estimates would have predicted. Now that gay marriage (or just any old marriage if you prefer) is a “constitutionally assured right” in the United States, Left side proponents are taking their victory laps. But at the same time they’re going to stick to the established talking points of telling everyone not to worry… nothing bad is going to happen to anyone else. You’re just not adjusted to the New and Improved Post-Homophobic Christianity. (From the Daily Beast) The...
  • Christian Bakers Fined, Gagged in Gay Cake Case

    07/03/2015 7:28:21 PM PDT · by xzins · 107 replies
    CBN ^ | Friday, July 03, 2015 |
    An Oregon official certified a ruling Thursday imposing a $135,000 fine against Christian bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. The official then ordered the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa not to speak publicly about their conscientous decision to follow their religious beliefs by not baking any cakes for same-sex weddings. The company has gone out of business due to the legal battle. An article by The Daily Signal, a publication of the Heritage Foundation, states that Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian ordered Aaron and Melissa Klein to "cease and desist" from openly professing...
  • Governor Sarah Palin Religious Liberty

    07/03/2015 5:48:06 AM PDT · by Bratch · 2 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | July 2, 2015 | iizthatiiz
      The First Amendment gives people the freedom to practice whatever religion they choose. It is a basic, fundamental right. As Governor Palin explains, the government should always offer citizens space to exercise their beliefs, for the good of the country. (Sarah Palin Channel)     "There’s a reason why religious liberty is our first liberty in the Bill of Rights."       "It’s the liberty that most fundamentally protects who we are." "It’s a liberty not just of the mind, but of the soul itself."     "Religious freedom helped to bind us together as a nation by giving...
  • [Video]: Sick New "Challenge": People Disrespect, Walk on American Flag

    07/01/2015 5:57:17 AM PDT · by Maceman · 20 replies
    A sick new 'challenge' is going viral, urging people to disrespect and stomp on the American flag. Give us your reaction. See video at:
  • Historic Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary Bans Confederate Flags

    06/30/2015 1:58:20 PM PDT · by Ladysforest · 42 replies
    The Evening Sun ^ | 6/28/2015 | Chris Cappella
    The Hanover Evening Sun Local News In the wake of several Gettysburg-area stores making announcements on if they'll continue to sell Confederate flag-related merchandise, the Lutheran Theological Seminary is making its stand. Saturday, the day before a Living History event was slated to take place on the seminary's campus, the administration announced it would be banning symbols of hate speech and racism on seminary grounds, said the Rev. John Spangler, executive assistant to the president for communication and planning. The ban prohibits the display of the flag or flags associated with the Confederate States of America, Spangler said. "The subsequent...
  • Churches Could Lose Tax Exemption Over Gay Marriage

    06/30/2015 10:40:19 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 30, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Lost in the celebrations over universal gay marriage, like abortion, being deemed a right found in the penumbras and emanations of the Constitution is the chilling effect the ruling has on religious liberty. In a telling exchange between the Obama administrations Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. and Justice Samuel Alito, detailed by Tom Blumer at, in which Verrilli admitted that churches could lose their tax exemptions if they refuse to perform gay weddings: Justice Alito: Well, in the Bob Jones case, the Court held that a college was not entitled to taxexempt status if it opposed interracial marriage...
  • Justices take up dispute over union fees

    06/30/2015 9:41:50 AM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    Associtated Press ^ | June 30, 2015
    WASHINGTON (June 30, 2015) The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout. The justices said Tuesday they will hear an appeal from a group of California teachers who say it violates their First Amendment rights to have to pay any fees if they disagree with a union's positions and don't want to join it.
  • Religious liberty is rallying cry after gay marriage ruling

    06/29/2015 12:14:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 29, 2015 1:02 AM EDT | Rachel Zoll and Steve Peoples
    Now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Their concerns are for the thousands of faith-based charities, colleges and hospitals that want to hire, fire, serve and set policy according to their religious beliefs, notably that gay relationships are morally wrong. The Republican Partys 2016 presidential candidates are already campaigning on the issue. And Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is urging President Barack Obama and the nations governors to join me in reassuring millions of Americans that the government will not force them to participate in activities that violate their deeply held...
  • Lesbian Wisconsin Senator: First Amendment Makes Clear Christians Must Participate In Gay Weddings

    06/28/2015 12:18:09 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 166 replies ^ | June 28, 2015 | Spit Stixx
    What shes saying is that the First Amendment means that you can believe in your heart and mind what you want, but you cant act on it without federal permission, as far as religion goes. As to her point about a religious objection to providing medical care, Christianity doesnt allow for letting gays die by refusing them medical care, so thats a red herring. Big difference between refusing to participate in a wedding and depraved heart manslaughter by refusing to save a life. Certainly the first amendment says that in institutions of faith that there is absolute power to, you...
  • Dem. Senator Hopes The DOJ Sues Global Warming Deniers

    06/25/2015 1:12:25 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 45 replies ^ | june 25, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is not a fan of anyone who disagrees with him about man-made global warming. And at an event hosted by environmentalists, he made it clear just how much he doesnt like skeptics. But, this vast denial apparatus that propagates the false doubt, that props up the phony science, that gets these yahoos who cant survive peer-reviewed scrutiny onto Fox News, onto the cable shows, saying that their scientists, they create an artificial conflict about this and thats why I think theres doubt, the Rhode Island Democrat told attendees at a League of Conservation Voters event in...
  • Obama's race war has real consequences

    06/24/2015 6:22:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | June 23, 2015 | Larry Klayman
    On June 17, a truly evil and racist high school dropout, Dylann Roof, shot and killed nine black Christians in one of Charleston, South Carolina's oldest and most well-known black churches, Emanuel AME Church. Among the murdered was the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, ordained when he was 18. There are not enough words to condemn this despicable act. As a Messianic Jew I refer to myself as a Jewish Christian I can try to relate a little from the history of pogroms and violence that Jews have experienced throughout the years. We cringe to hear of such tragedies. Instantly,...
  • Why Nikki Haley is smart to want to remove South Carolinas Confederate flag

    06/22/2015 11:48:57 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 277 replies
    WaPo ^ | 6/22/15 | Philip Bump
    <p>During a press conference on Monday, Gov. Nikki Haley will ask that the Confederate flag on the grounds of South Carolina's capitol be removed, according to the Post and Courier. The move from the popular governor (reelected last year by 15 points and with 79 percent approval last April) will almost certainly help encourage the state legislature to vote for removal. As it stands, the legislature needs a two-thirds vote to make that happen -- a high bar.</p>
  • NRA: Gun blogs, videos, web forums threatened by new Obama regulation

    06/11/2015 5:26:01 PM PDT · by RC one · 15 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 6/7/15 | Paul Bedard
    Commonly used and unregulated internet discussions and videos about guns and ammo could be closed down under rules proposed by the State Department, amounting to a "gag order on firearm-related speech," the National Rifle Association is warning. In updating regulations governing international arms sales, State is demanding that anyone who puts technical details about arms and ammo on the web first get the OK from the federal government or face a fine of up to $1 million and 20 years in jail.According to the NRA, that would include blogs and web forums discussing technical details of common guns and...