End Times and Current Events
June 27, 2017, 02:01:50 pm
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News: Welcome To End Times and Current Events.
 
  Home Help Search Gallery Staff List Login Register  

What Will Be Illegal When Sodomy is Legal

Shoutbox
June 21, 2017, 05:50:35 pm Romans 8 says: Mark, I don't want to flood your pm box. But just wanted to say I emailed bro Scott about this issue.
April 29, 2017, 05:20:18 am Christian40 says: What i'm thinking a strike on North Korea possible on some occultic date May 1? the aftermath of WW3 will bring in the Antichrist? Yeah Mayhem in May?
April 20, 2017, 04:55:44 pm Mark says:
April 06, 2017, 09:26:29 pm Mark says: TRUMP LAUNCHES 50+ MISSILES AIMED AT SYRIA
March 05, 2017, 01:16:17 am Christian40 says: i hope the rapture is this year i encourage You to keep working for the Lord
March 05, 2017, 01:06:24 am Christian40 says: i'm glad that the summer is over in Australia the heat was making me feel crazy its a good month to be in now
February 19, 2017, 07:55:44 am Romans 8 says: The month of February just FLIES BY, doesn't it? It being a < 30 day month helps too! (Unusually warm this month too!)
January 24, 2017, 09:38:51 pm Romans 8 says:
January 16, 2017, 07:17:24 pm Romans 8 says:
October 24, 2016, 03:38:23 am Christian40 says: i'm here again i get bonus time on the Net today Smiley
View Shout History
Pages: 1 ... 12 13 [14]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: What Will Be Illegal When Sodomy is Legal  (Read 7479 times)
Mark
Administrator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 20789



View Profile
« Reply #390 on: September 12, 2016, 09:15:13 pm »

Churches Could be Forced to Comply with Transgender Law

Churches in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts have grave concerns about a new anti-discrimination law that could force congregations to accommodate the transgender community – under the threat of fines and jail time.

The law, which goes into effect in October, does not specifically mention churches or other houses of worship. However, the attorney general, along with the government commission assigned to enforce the law, have a different point of view. Attorney General Maura Healey wrote that places of public accommodation include: “auditoriums, convention centers, lecture halls, houses of worship, and other places of public gathering.”

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the commission responsible for enforcing the anti-discrimination law, reinforced that interpretation in a document titled, “Gender Identity Guidance.”

    “Even a church could be seen as a place of public accommodation if it holds a secular event, such as a spaghetti supper, that is open to the general public,” the document states.  “All persons, regardless of gender identity, shall have the right to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of any place of public accommodation.”

The Massachusetts Family Institute has launched a petition drive to repeal the law – warning that pastors and parishioners could find themselves in serious legal trouble.

    “The law bootstraps the idea of gender identity onto existing Civil Rights laws,” MFI president Andrew Beckwith tells me. “Even having a sign in your church that says “This Bathroom is for Biological Women Only” could subject the pastor of the church to up to 30 days in jail.”

Beckwith said under the law, the sign would be treated the same as if it had said, “Whites Only.” He said the MFI reached out to the attorney general’s office for clarification on the law and they were instructed to “get an attorney.” “Churches are left not knowing whether it applies to them or not,” he said.

So who is going to be deciding what is and what is not a secular event?

    “It shows religious tone deafness on the part of whoever is writing these regulations,” Beckwith said. “Any pastor I talk to is going to say their services and ministries and programs are open to the general public. That’s the whole point – to spread the Gospel and minister to the whole community.”

That’s a fact.

I’ve seen revival break out over the potato salad — during a dinner-on-the-grounds at a Baptist church in Mississippi.

Beckwith said he hopes churches will join their campaign to repeal the law — warning that “it’s going to have very real consequences on religious liberty.” “If the church doesn’t defend itself from these attacks on religious liberty, they are going to cease having the ability to make the pastoral decisions they need to be able to make,” he said.

I reached out to the Mass. Commission Against Discrimination and they told me Commissioner Sunila Thomas George said there’s really no need for alarm. “By and large, places of worship are not held to the Massachusetts Anti-Discrimination statutes that deal with places of public accommodation,” she said. “We are not by any means saying that the anti-discrimination laws absolutely apply to them.”

But, they could.

“There are circumstances where places of worship hold activities at their facilities or in their buildings that are purely secular events,” she said. Among the activities that the state considers secular are soup kitchens, day care, housing, and polling places. “In those circumstances, places of worship could be seen as open to the public,” Ms. George told me. “The operative word is ‘could.’”

So let’s use MCAD’s example of a church spaghetti supper. Under the state’s guidelines, that supper could fall under the anti-discrimination law.

I asked MCAD what the church would need to do to comply with the law.

“You would want to make sure that people are treated with regard to their gender identity and treated fairly and equitably,” Ms. George told me.

So what, specifically, does that mean?

“As long as people who are transitioning or who have transitioned are able to use a restroom they identity with, I think you are complying with the law,” she said. “You would want to make sure they are accommodated. In other words, churches that hold spaghetti suppers would have to let men who identify as women use the same bathrooms as the little Sunday school girls.

The Baptist Convention of New England is among the religious groups in the region opposing the law – warning that it’s an attack on the First Amendment. “Any attempt by a small vocal activist group to strip churches of that right should be vehemently opposed by all people,” executive director Terry Dorsett told Baptist Press. “If they can take a church’s right to practice their faith away, imagine what else they can do.”

For starters, they can tell good churchgoing folks what they can do with their spaghetti and meatballs.

https://stream.org/churches-could-be-forced-to-comply-with-transgender-law/
Report Spam   Logged

What can you do for Jesus?  Learn what 1 person can accomplish.

The Man from George Street
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkjMvPhLrn8
Romans 8
Global Moderator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 27164


View Profile
« Reply #391 on: October 08, 2016, 08:11:19 pm »

http://pdx.eater.com/2016/10/7/13204446/bakery-cake-gay-couple-closes
10/7/16

Oregon Bakery That Wouldn’t Bake a Cake for Gay Couple Closes

Sweet Cakes by Melissa has finally officially succumbed to the backlash received since refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. It closed its storefront back in 2013, but owners Aaron and Melissa Klein had been trying to reopen. Their farewell message on Facebook reads, "We have closed Sweet Cakes. We appreciate everyone's continued prayer and support." The Facebook post has been currently shared 148 times, received over 600 comments, and been liked by more than 1,300 people.

The Kleins are currently appealing a legal ruling, ordered by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, to pay $135,000 in damages to the same-sex couple. The Kleins paid the amount in-full, plus interest, in December 2015, and at the time, the Kleins' lawyer Tyler Smith explained the reasoning behind the payment. He said the Kleins paid because they were being charged nine-percent interest on the court-ordered amount, which equated to around $35 a day, and since their appeal wouldn’t be heard until 2016, Smith said it made sense to pay the amount immediately.
Report Spam   Logged
Romans 8
Global Moderator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 27164


View Profile
« Reply #392 on: October 18, 2016, 04:23:31 pm »

http://www.newsmax.com/US/louisiana-attorney-general-lgbt-protection/2016/10/18/id/753986/
Louisiana Attorney General Staves Off LGBT Protections
10/18/16

Louisiana's Republican attorney general successfully blocked in court new measures protecting gay and transgender workers that the new Democratic governor has tried to put in place.

Jeff Landry has been caught in a confrontation with Gov. John Bel Edwards, who brought in the measures banning state agencies from discriminating against gay and transgender people, reported Reuters.

Landry, who has described himself as a "campaigner for conservative family values", started blocking several new contracts the state signed with companies that included those protections.

He accused the governor of overstepping his authority and largely steered clear of directly discussing gay rights. But his stance has won support from conservative lawmakers and groups across the state, including the Louisana Family Forum.

Edwards brought a lawsuit trying to prevent Landry from blocking the contracts. But Landry said a state judge in Louisiana's capital Baton Rouge dismissed that lawsuit on Monday.

"All along, I have stated my intention to put Louisiana's best interests forward as I serve as the state's chief legal officer," Landry said in a statement. He would "not cower to executive overreach," he added.

There was no immediate comment from the governor. But a member of his legal team told the judge they would appeal, The Advocate newspaper said.
Report Spam   Logged
Romans 8
Global Moderator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 27164


View Profile
« Reply #393 on: October 20, 2016, 11:50:27 am »

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/20/europe/gay-pardon-turing-law/index.html
10/20/16
Thousands of gay men in UK to be pardoned for now-abolished sex offenses

London (CNN)Tens of thousands of gay and bisexual men who were convicted of now-abolished sexual offenses in Britain will be posthumously pardoned, the government announced Thursday.

The government proposal will also make it easier for living Britons, convicted years ago of since-decriminalized sexual behavior, to clear their names.

The proposal has been dubbed the "Turing Law" -- named after World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, subject of the 2014 film "The Imitation Game."

Turing committed suicide in 1954 after he was subjected to chemical castration as punishment for homosexual activity. In 2013, nearly 60 years later, he received a posthumous royal pardon from Queen Elizabeth II.

Anyone previously convicted of the abolished laws can already apply through the UK's Home Office to have their names cleared and wiped from criminal record checks. But under the new law, the government will automatically pardon living men convicted of historical sexual offenses "who would be innocent of any crime today," Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said in a statement.

    Momentous news: thousands of gay and bisexual men will be pardoned of now abolished sexual offences #TuringLaw https://t.co/PB6x7kfAnY
    — Ministry of Justice (@MoJGovUK) 20 October 2016

"Through pardons and the existing disregard process we will meet our manifesto commitment to put right these wrongs," Gyimah said.
Private homosexual acts for men aged over 21 were decriminalized in England and Wales in 1967. However the law was not changed in Scotland until 1980 or in Northern Ireland until 1982.

more
Report Spam   Logged
Romans 8
Global Moderator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 27164


View Profile
« Reply #394 on: October 22, 2016, 09:55:16 pm »

Huh? Paypal's Peter Thiel, an open sodomite, is one of Trump's closest friends Huh

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/22/politics/log-cabin-republicans-donald-trump/index.html
10/22/16
Top LGBT Republican group declines to endorse Trump

Washington (CNN)The Log Cabin Republicans, one of the country's most influential LGBT Republican groups, announced Saturday that it would not back the party's presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

The group, while praising Trump as "perhaps the most pro-LGBT presidential nominee in the history of the Republican Party," said it had objections to views held by some of Trump's advisers and his support for a bill that would protect people who disagree with same-sex marriage from federal penalties.

"Log Cabin Republicans have long emphasized that we are not a single-issue organization, nor are our members single-issue voters," the group said in a press release. It added that it will instead focus on down-ballot races to preserve Republican majorities in Congress.

Trump has occasionally mentioned LGBT Americans as a presidential candidate, most notably in the aftermath of the attack on a gay Orlando nightclub in June and his acceptance speech at the Republican convention in July. In that speech, The Washington Blade noted, he became the first GOP nominee to positively mention LGBT rights in that setting.

"As Mr. Trump spoke positively about the LGBT community in the United States, he concurrently surrounded himself with senior advisers with a record of opposing LGBT equality, and committed himself to supporting legislation such as the so-called 'First Amendment Defense Act' that Log Cabin Republicans opposes," Log Cabin Republicans said.

A message left with Trump's campaign seeking response was not immediately returned.

Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, has been criticized for his support of a law that would have allowed businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of religious freedom.

The group criticized the Republican Party in July for not backing a pro-LGBT platform.

"There's no way to sugar-coat this: I'm mad as hell -- and I know you are, too," Gregory Angelo, president of the Log Cabin Republicans, said in a fundraising email at the time. "Moments ago, the Republican Party passed the most anti-LGBT Platform in the party's 162-year history."

The platform expressed opposition to same-sex marriage, a lack of support for allowing transgender people to use the restrooms of their choice and support for conversion therapy, Angelo said.

The group, however, left open the possibility Saturday that it could eventually support Trump.

"Should Mr. Trump become our nation's next President, Log Cabin Republicans welcomes the opportunity to work with his administration to ensure the advances in LGBT freedom we have fought for and secured will continue," the press release said. "Until and unless that happens, our trust would be misplaced."
Report Spam   Logged
Romans 8
Global Moderator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 27164


View Profile
« Reply #395 on: October 24, 2016, 02:58:54 pm »

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/24/europe/ashers-gay-cake-northern-ireland-trnd/index.html
10/24/16
Christian bakers who refused to make 'gay cake' lose discrimination appeal

(CNN)Christian bakers who refused to make a cake that supported same-sex marriage lost their appeal of the ruling that found they discriminated against the man who ordered the cake.

A Northern Ireland appeal court Monday upheld the 2015 ruling against Ashers Baking Company, saying it "had directly discriminated against Gareth Lee on grounds of sexual orientation by refusing to make a cake supporting same-sex marriage."

Lee had requested a cake featuring Muppets characters Bert and Ernie and a message in favor of same-sex marriage.

The bakery refused to make the cake because the message conflicted with the owners' Christian beliefs, they said.

In court on Monday, judges rejected Ashers' appeal, adding that the bakery wouldn't be endorsing a message by agreeing to make the cake: "The fact that a baker provides a cake for a particular team or portrays witches on a Halloween cake does not indicate any support for either."

more
Report Spam   Logged
Romans 8
Global Moderator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 27164


View Profile
« Reply #396 on: October 24, 2016, 10:50:15 pm »

http://www.infowars.com/gender-bending-plasticizers-in-fast-food-containers-linked-to-sex-changes/
Gender Bending Plasticizers in Fast Food Containers Linked to Sex Changes
It can also cause depression and memory impairment

10/24/16

Plasticizers, known as a chemical called phthalates, are found in a variety of household products.

However, recent studies show that this dangerous chemical is found in pizza takeaway boxes and other fast food containers, meaning many people are ingesting it without being aware of its very serious side effects.

A recent study examined 9,000 people. It was found that those who ate fast food and take-out more often had higher levels of  phthalates found in their urine than those who did not frequently eat fast food. It was theorized that PVC tubing, plastic gloves the food handlers use and the containers the food comes in were the likely culprits of this build up of the chemical.

It was also observed that those who had a higher amount of the chemical in their body consumed more meat and grains than those who did not.

Phthalates are found in many plastic household items, which help keep plastic flexible. But they were found to be likely carcinogenic and the U.S. Product Safety Commission banned them in children’s toys.

But if this chemical abounds, what is so dangerous about it?

When this plasticizer is found in wildlife refuges, it is often linked to the feminization of non-intersex male animals who then go on to develop female characteristics. Although no studies have been done on humans to determine if this is also the case, researchers say the results are relevant as humans have similar endocrine systems.

Additionally, exposure to the chemical while pregnant can lead to the masculinization of a baby, as well as disrupting the thyroid levels of the fetus in the crucial third trimester.

Researchers have also found that pregnant women exposed to the chemical have an over 72%  chance of having a child who would later develop asthma between the ages of 5 and 11.

The chemical can also lead to migraines, depression and impaired memory in senior adults.

In order to protect yourself from phthalates, it is recommended that you cut back on your take-out and fast food. It is also recommended that you replace plastic products in your household with glass or fabric alternatives and that you avoid purchasing food with any plastic wrapping.
Report Spam   Logged
Mark
Administrator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 20789



View Profile
« Reply #397 on: November 21, 2016, 07:57:30 pm »

Minnesota Judge Rules Taxpayers Must Pay for Gender Reassignment Surgery


A Minnesota judge has ruled that a transgender man can have his gender reassignment surgery paid for by citizens' tax dollars.

According to LifeSiteNews.com, District Court Judge William Leary ruled that sex changes should be covered under Medicaid, meaning that taxpayers will incur the cost of these surgeries.

The case was brought before Judge Leary by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) who sued the state on behalf of Evan Thomas, a 64-year-old biological woman who is living as a man, taking sex change drugs, receiving counseling to transition into a man, and says getting gender reassignment surgery is “a matter of life and death.”

Judge Leary’s ruling in the case is consistent with the Obama administration’s changes to the Affordable Care Act which forces states to include gender reassignment surgery in their Medicaid plans.

“Th(is) district court order brings the state into compliance with (Obama's) federal rule, and ensures the department may provide this service to Minnesotans,” read a statement from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Thomas said the surgery was necessary because “feeling you are in the wrong body can be devastating.” He admitted he had experienced depression and suicidal thoughts, adding that he has felt like he was in the wrong body since he was an adolescent.

It remains to be seen whether the incoming Trump administration will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, as they promised to do on the campaign trail. If ObamaCare is repealed and replaced this mandate could be changed.

http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/minnesota-judge-rules-taxpayers-must-pay-for-gender-reassignment-surgery.html
Report Spam   Logged

What can you do for Jesus?  Learn what 1 person can accomplish.

The Man from George Street
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkjMvPhLrn8
Mark
Administrator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 20789



View Profile
« Reply #398 on: December 05, 2016, 10:07:47 pm »

Ohio Bill Protecting Pastors Who Decline to Host, Officiate Same-Sex ‘Weddings’ Clears House Committee

An Ohio bill known as the “Pastor Protection Act” has cleared a state House committee, but it is not certain whether lawmakers have enough time to pass the legislation this year.

H.B. 286, presented by Rep. Nino Vitale, R-Urbana, protects pastors from punishment in instances when they decline to officiate a wedding that is unbiblical or disallow their church buildings from being used for such ceremonies.

“No ordained or licensed minister … or religious society … is required to solemnize a marriage that does not conform to the ordained or licensed minister’s or religious society’s sincerely held religious beliefs,” it reads in part. “No religious society is required to allow any building or property of the religious society to be used to host a marriage ceremony for a marriage that does not conform to the religious society’s sincerely held religious beliefs.”

The bill declares that those who decline because of their adherence to the tenets of their faith are “immune from civil or criminal liability and neither the state nor a political subdivision of the state shall penalize or withhold any benefit or privilege from the ordained or licensed minister or religious society, including any governmental contract, grant, or license.”

Vitale said in July when he first announced his intent to introduce the bill that pastors should not be forced to violate their conscience.

“This is not an issue of discrimination,” he remarked in a statement. “It is an issue of protection; protection for those who have committed their lives to the service of God and their community.”

However, some have opined that the measure is unnecessary as pastors are already protected under the First Amendment.

“This legislation would send a message to same-sex couples that they are somehow a threat, against which protection is necessary,” Ian Lynch of Old South United Church of Christ told lawmakers on Tuesday prior to the vote. “Why would the Ohio legislature choose to go out of its way to send that sort of message? If there is a concern for protection, perhaps it should be protecting the reputation of the state as a place where all are welcome.”

The House Community and Family Advancement Committee approved the bill 9-4, allowing it to move forward to the full House, but the measure has until Dec. 8 to clear both the House and Senate or it will have to be reintroduced next year.

Co-sponsors include Reps. Brian Hill, R-Zanesville, Tim Schaffer, R-Lancaster, Ron Young, R-Leroy Township, Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, and Robert Sprague, R-Findlay.

Similar bills are being considered in Tennessee, Oklahoma and Alabama.

http://christiannews.net/2016/12/04/ohio-bill-protecting-pastors-who-decline-to-host-officiate-same-sex-weddings-clears-house-committee/
Report Spam   Logged

What can you do for Jesus?  Learn what 1 person can accomplish.

The Man from George Street
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkjMvPhLrn8
Mark
Administrator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 20789



View Profile
« Reply #399 on: December 10, 2016, 10:50:56 pm »

Finally! ‘Gays’ reveal agenda as shutting up Christian

Finally!

It has taken years of court hearings, tens of thousands of miles of air travel, tens of thousands of pages of court documents, but it’s finally been revealed what the Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) group wants a federal court to tell a Christian pastor, author and speaker.

Shut up!

“Actually, and incredibly, yes,” concludes the newest filing in the case SMUG brought against pastor Scott Lively years ago.

“SMUG unequivocally seeks a speech-chilling injunction against anything Lively might say which SMUG finds offensive, to hold over Lively like a club.”

SMUG filed a case under the U.S. Alien Torts Act alleging it has a right to use American courts to seek to stifle the traditional family and Christian messages of Lively.

He’s being defended by Liberty Counsel, which, by the sound of its latest filing, is getting tired of the arguments.

Its response to the plaintiff’s post-hearing memorandum on summary judgment contends there’s nothing to the dispute.

“In its post-hearing memorandum (dkt. 324-1) (‘SMUG Memo’), plaintiff Sexual Minorities Uganda (‘SMUG’) attempts yet again to do that which it plainly could not do at the summary judgment hearing, nor in its summary judgment opposition, nor in its ‘sur-reply’: (A) identify any specific actions of Defendant Scott Lively (‘Lively’) in the U.S. that had a direct causal link to any alleged injury suffered by SMUG in Uganda; and (B) identify any specific injunctive relief that this court could even consider that would not violate the First Amendment.

“Although it is seemingly grasping at straws, SMUG still offers nothing.”

SMUG brought the case four years ago and since then has attempted to “produce a shred of evidence to fit its sensational claim that Lively committed ‘crimes against humanity’ – akin to genocide and war crimes – by ‘conspiring’ to ‘persecute’ the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex) population in Uganda,” Liberty Counsel said.

But SMUG did reveal its “secret and corrupt goal to intimidate Lively into silence, along with any American pastor with a heart for African families,” Liberty Counsel said.

The legal group points to SMUG’s request that the court enjoin, or prohibit, Lively “from selling or giving away his books in Uganda.”

And “to enjoin Lively from going to Uganda and preaching at Martin Ssempa’s church.”

And “to enjoin Lively from going to Uganda to speak to a group of high school students about what Lively perceives to be the many and serious health hazards of homosexual conduct.”

And “to enjoin Lively from going to Uganda to train lawyers on how to use the law to oppose the legalization of same-sex marriage.”

VideoWhite Christmas Comes Early

And ‘to enjoin Lively from going to Uganda to lobby the Ugandan Parliament not to legalize same-sex marriage.”

In other words: shut him up.

“SMUG deems every pro-family advocate in Uganda to be a ‘co-conspirator’ in a ‘criminal enterprise’ to ‘persecute’ the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex) population of Uganda,” Liberty Counsel reported.

“Even after 100 hours of depositions and 40,000 pages of documents, SMUG has no evidence whatsoever connecting Lively to any act of so-called ‘persecution,'” said Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel. “SMUG has always claimed it was not trying to hold Lively liable for his speaking and writing. Yet the more SMUG writes, the more obvious it becomes that SMUG wants to punish Lively for his beliefs.

“This is clearly a vendetta against Lively for speaking about homosexuality and God’s design for the family in Uganda,” said Staver.

In calling for a summary judgment on behalf of Lively, Liberty Counsel said one of the offenses cited by SMUG was that Lively emailed to friends a link to an article.

“If sending Internet links to others lends ‘practical assistance’ to ‘crimes against humanity,’ those words mean nothing,” the filing said.

SMUG also cited Lively’s comments “that the dean of a Ugandan law school, Sylvia Tamale, should be fired or demoted because she ‘teaches a course on gender in the law school in which she reportedly expects students to adopt her pan-sexual ideologies.'”

But, Liberty Counsel noted, “Tamale herself has submitted a declaration to this court in which she describes her free and unrestricted advocacy on homosexual causes in Uganda, without any mention of any attempts to fire or demote her from her job.”

“Calling for the resignation or firing of public figures with whom one disagrees is protected First Amendment expression, part and parcel of public debate, and an advocacy tool frequently … employed by LGBT advocates,” it said.

“SMUG has been vague about the injunction it wants because SMUG knows it has no legal basis for it. No matter how offensive SMUG finds Lively, SMUG knows it cannot enjoin what it really wants to enjoin – Lively’s ideas,” LC wrote.

Just weeks ago, Lively was bludgeoned with some 1,000 pages of claims from SMUG, which is trying to find basis for its charge that Lively’s actions are “crimes against humanity.”

“The evidence shows that Lively, in a country where homosexuality has been illegal for decades, urged treatment of LGBTI people with respect and dignity, and the liberalization of Uganda’s laws against homosexuality, even as he spoke in favor of biblical sexual morality and against the LGBTI political agenda,” his lawyers argued at the time.

“SMUG has now made it clear that it wants to put Pastor Scott Lively’s Christian faith on trial,” said Liberty Counsel’s Harry Mihet, chief litigation counsel and vice president of legal affairs, at that time. “Every American should be concerned about this unprecedented attempt to subjugate U.S. citizens and our Constitution to the new ‘morality’ of the international left, and we should pray for a just and decisive ruling from the court preserving our most cherished constitutional freedoms of thought and expression.”

SMUG’s claims of “crimes against humanity” stem from Lively’s visits to Uganda in 2002 and 2009, when he declared his biblical views.

SMUG’s “gay” claims are based on the Alien Tort Statute, but the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the provision “cannot be used to sue U.S. citizens alleging violation of international or foreign law,” Liberty Counsel argued.

“Neither Ugandan nor U.S. law provide a cause of action for SMUG, so SMUG is trying to create new precedent to punish speech,” by Americans in America, the legal team explained then.

Said Staver at the time: “The implications of this suit are frightening because SMUG is trying to punish a U.S. citizen for constitutionally protected speech under some vague and undefined international law. From the beginning this case had no merit, but we have had to spend four years and countless hours defending an innocent pastor against a lawsuit designed only to intimidate. This case is a direct assault on the supremacy of the United States Constitution.”

U.S. District Judge Michael Ponsor had rejected an earlier move to dismiss the allegations, made by the George Soros-funded Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, which the New York Times described as left-leaning.

http://www.wnd.com/2016/12/finally-gays-reveal-agenda-as-shutting-up-christian/
Report Spam   Logged

What can you do for Jesus?  Learn what 1 person can accomplish.

The Man from George Street
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkjMvPhLrn8
Romans 8
Global Moderator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 27164


View Profile
« Reply #400 on: December 19, 2016, 10:48:19 am »

https://www.yahoo.com/news/incoming-governor-says-north-carolina-153523561.html?ref=gs
12/19/16
Gov-elect: North Carolina will repeal LGBT law on Tuesday

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators will repeal the contentious HB2 law that limited protections for LGBT people and led to an economic backlash, the state's incoming governor said Monday.

Gov.-elect Roy Cooper made the surprising announcement just weeks before he takes office and shortly after the Charlotte City Council voted to repeal its own local nondiscrimination ordinance enacted in early 2016. It was that ordinance that Republicans blamed for the statewide law.

"Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore assured me that as a result of Charlotte's vote, a special session will be called for Tuesday to repeal HB2 in full. I hope they will keep their word to me and with the help of Democrats in the legislature, HB2 will be repealed in full," the Democrat said in a statement.

Outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who narrowly lost the November election to Cooper, issued a statement saying he will call the special session but also accusing Democrats of using the issue for political gain.

Repealing the law would be a remarkable sign of cooperation for the incoming governor and the GOP-controlled legislature. Just last week, lawmakers called a special session and stripped Cooper of some of his authority when he takes office next month.

The Charlotte council's move is contingent on North Carolina legislators fully repealing HB2 by Dec. 31.

HB2 requires transgender people to use restrooms corresponding with the sex on their birth certificate in many public buildings. It also excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from statewide antidiscrimination protections.

McCrory and lawmakers have defended the bathroom provisions as providing privacy and safety by keeping men out of women's restrooms. Opponents of the law call it discriminatory.

McCrory complained again about Charlotte's ordinance and accused Democrats of playing politics with the issue.

"This sudden reversal with little notice after the gubernatorial election sadly proves this entire issue originated by the political left was all about politics and winning the governor's race at the expense of Charlotte and our entire state," the statement said.

Representatives for Berger and Moore didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Since HB2 passed in March, North Carolina has suffered a backlash that has included companies declining to expand in the state and cancellations of rock concerts. The NCAA and ACC have also moved college sports events out of the state.

The law was also seen as a factor in McCrory's narrow loss to Cooper in the governor's race, even as fellow Republicans U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and President-elect Donald Trump won the state by comfortable margins. McCrory was the first sitting North Carolina governor elected to a four-year term to lose a re-election bid.

Republicans had long maintained that the statewide law was necessary to counteract the Charlotte ordinance that would have ensured transgender people's right to restrooms corresponding to their gender identities. The Charlotte measure was nullified by HB2. Republicans have said the ordinances' repeal was needed before they would consider getting rid of the statewide law.

In a statement after its vote, the Charlotte City Council said it remains committed to protecting all people's rights but that it was willing to take action with the state to "restore our collective reputation."

"The Charlotte City Council recognizes the ongoing negative economic impact resulting from the passage of the City's Non-Discrimination Ordinance and the State's House Bill 2," the statement said.

The state was sued by the federal Justice Department and transgender residents over HB2, while McCrory, Berger and Moore went to court to defend it. Much of that litigation has been delayed while the U.S. Supreme Court hears a separate case from Virginia on transgender restroom access.
Report Spam   Logged
Romans 8
Global Moderator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 27164


View Profile
« Reply #401 on: February 12, 2017, 04:17:58 pm »

“Many people are caught up with the toys of contemporary society. Because of great advancements in our culture, some have cultivated an attitude of “comfortability.” They may be going to hell, but it is going to be a comfortable ride for them.”
― A.W. Tozer, And He Dwelt Among Us: Teachings from the Gospel of John
Report Spam   Logged
Romans 8
Global Moderator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 27164


View Profile
« Reply #402 on: June 14, 2017, 03:08:26 pm »

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/rainbow-crosswalk-to-be-permanent-to-support-atlantas-lgbtq-community/532638412

Rainbow crosswalk to be permanent to support Atlanta's LGBTQ community

Updated: Jun 12, 2017 - 4:58 PM
Report Spam   Logged
Romans 8
Global Moderator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 27164


View Profile
« Reply #403 on: June 15, 2017, 11:52:27 am »

http://globalnews.ca/news/3528574/trudeau-lgbtq-apology-legislation/
Justin Trudeau: legislation, apology, coming for past wrongs against LGBTQ community
6/14/17

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau intends to introduce legislation by the end of year which will erase the convictions of those who were punished in Canada for sexual activity with a same-sex partner.

Trudeau made the announcement on Parliament Hill at a ceremony where the Pride, Transgender Pride and Canada 150 flags were raised.

“Our government believes in equality and equal treatment for all Canadians,” Trudeau said. “That is why we are moving forward on legislation that makes it possible to erase the convictions of Canadians who were unjustly convicted of a crime – simply for who they were, or who they loved.”

more
Report Spam   Logged
Mark
Administrator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 20789



View Profile
« Reply #404 on: June 19, 2017, 08:33:39 pm »

Christian School Told They Can't Teach 'Offensive' Scripture

Evangelical Christians are under fire as an Alberta school board is demanding a Christian school stop teaching “offensive” scripture that indicts homosexuality as a sin, the National Post reports.

The offending passage is from 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, which states: “Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

The Battle River School Division (BRSD) first asked Cornerstone Christian Academy, not far from the Alberta capital of Edmonton, to remove the scripture from the school’s statement of faith. They also asked that the word “quality” be redacted from the mission statement that the school offers “quality educational programming.”

CCA agreed to the demands. Board chairwoman Laurie Skori then said that wouldn’t be enough. The school would have to cease from even teaching the scripture, saying that “any scripture that could be considered offensive to particular individuals should not be read or studied in school.” She said exactly what she meant in a subsequent piece of correspondence that read: “For example: any teachings that denigrate or vilify someone’s sexual orientation.”

That was too much for the school. CCA chairwoman Deanna Margel said the school had a right to teach what it wants.

“That’s a completely different directive, and it was shocking. Absolutely shocking,” said Margel.

“You can’t just pick and choose those scriptures,” she told the National Post. “We need every single word there to challenge us, to call us to greater understanding. We’re talking about freedom of religion, but we’re (also) talking about freedom of expression,” she said.

The school, which teaches students from kindergarten to grade 12, has asked the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom for legal assistance. The conservative activist group that defends “the constitutional freedoms of Canadians through litigation and education” has come to the school’s defense.

“Trustees enjoy the legal right to send their own kids to various schools that align with the parents’ beliefs and convictions. But these trustees have no right to impose their own ideology on schools they disagree with,” said the group’s president, John Carpay, in a statement.

Spokeswoman for the school board, Diane Hutchinson, said they are making the demands because “gender and sexual minorities” were added tot the province’s human rights code in 2015.

“In our province there is a heightened awareness and a heightened sensitivity” around LGBTQ issues, she said, downplaying concerns of censorship.

But Carpay says this is about freedom of religion and expression and that “Alberta has one of the most diverse education systems in Canada,” Carpay told the Post. “It’s really contrary to government policy for any school board to try to squelch that diversity.”

If the conflict between the school and the board is not resolved, CCA will have three choices: find a new board, become a private school or shut down.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/19/christian-school-told-they-cant-teach-offensive-scripture/
Report Spam   Logged

What can you do for Jesus?  Learn what 1 person can accomplish.

The Man from George Street
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkjMvPhLrn8
Romans 8
Global Moderator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 27164


View Profile
« Reply #405 on: June 23, 2017, 01:03:44 pm »

http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/06/22/california-attacks-texas-travel-ban-alleged-lgbt-discrimination/
6/22/17
California Attacks Texas with Travel Ban over Alleged LGBT Discrimination

The California Attorney General added Texas to the State’s travel ban over the passage of a new law allowing child welfare organizations to deny services and adoptions based upon religious beliefs. The California AG claims Texas, along with Alabama, Kentucky, and South Dakota, have recently passed laws “that are discriminatory toward sexual orientation and gender identification.”

“Each of those states in the recent weeks have enacted legislation that may deprive some of the individuals of those states and individuals who visit those states of their constitutional rights,” California AG Xavier Becerra told reporters during a news conference in San Francisco. The AG acted to expand a law passed by the California Assembly in 2016 banning state-funded travel to North Carolina, Mississippi, Kansas, Tennessee, and “other states that have laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

Bacerra added Texas to the list because of a law signed recently by Texas Governor Greg Abbott that allows child welfare groups to deny services and adoptions to families because of “Sincerely held religious beliefs,” the Sacramento Bee reported. The AG’s office said he believes that allows these groups to discriminate against LGBT families.

“There are consequences to discrimination,” Becerra stated. “Restricting state-sponsored travel is a consequence.”

The consequences apparently do not apply to China, a country that continues is openly hostile to gay rights. Breitbart News reported that Governor Jerry Brown traveled to China earlier this month to “play president” in signing a climate deal with the communist nation.

The Sacramento newspaper reported the ban may be more bluster than impactful. “The state law contains exemptions for some trips, such as travel needed to enforce California law and to honor contracts made before 2017,” the newspaper reported. Bacerra’s office could not provide them with any numbers about how often state employees traveled to the affected states.

The bill, HB 3859, authored by Rep. James Frank (R-Wichita Falls), passed the House and Senate and Governor Abbott signed it into law on June 15. Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz responded to the signing stating, “The signing into law of the Freedom to Serve Children Act (HB 3859) is a major victory for children and for religious liberty in Texas. Faith-based providers across Texas are now free to recruit foster families and place children with loving families.”

During the recently completed regular session of the Texas Legislature, State Representative Dustin Burrows filed an amendment to a bill aimed at pre-emptively responding to such an action from the left-coast state.

more
Report Spam   Logged
Romans 8
Global Moderator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 27164


View Profile
« Reply #406 on: June 26, 2017, 12:42:40 pm »

http://www.edition.cnn.com/2017/06/26/politics/supreme-court-religious-liberty-case-next-term/index.html
6/26/17
Supreme Court agrees to hear religious liberty case next term

Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a religious liberty case concerning a Colorado cake artist who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple's wedding reception, claiming that to do so violated his religious liberty under the Constitution.

The Court will take up the case, Masterpiece v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in its next term, which starts in October.
Report Spam   Logged
Pages: 1 ... 12 13 [14]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by EzPortal
Bookmark this site! | Upgrade This Forum
Free SMF Hosting - Create your own Forum

Powered by SMF | SMF © 2016, Simple Machines