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2014 LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS YEAR IN REVIEW—Part 1: Top 10 Out-of-House News Stories

2014 review - year summary concept on a vintage slate blackboardAt the end of every year, Lighthouse Trails presents its YEAR IN REVIEW. Over the next few days, we will post a number of different categories with our top most important stories from each category. Our first category this year is our “Top 10 Out-of-House News Stories.”

This is an opportunity to read important articles and news stories, which you may not have had the chance to read earlier in the year when they were first released. Note: Because we are a research ministry, we often post articles for research and informational purposes from outside news sources, but this is not necessarily an endorsement of these particular sources. As we always recommend, use discernment and godly wisdom when visiting any website.

(Numbered in order of date posted—newest at top.)

TOP 10 OUT-OF-HOUSE NEWS STORIES COVERED BY LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS

1. The Daily Beast Writes Feature Article About Jesus Calling – Asks Questions Christian Leaders Ignore and Remain Silent OnThe Daily Beast

2. Bill Gothard Resigns from Institute in Basic Life Principles Under Allegations of Sexual Abuse—Recovering Grace

3. World Vision to Hire Homosexual “Married” CouplesNBC News

4. Black Pastors: Comparing Homosexuality to Civil Rights Fight is ‘Distortion’ of HistoryChristian News Network

5. The End of Evangelical Support for Israel? The Jewish State’s International StandingMiddle East Quarterly

6. Sad News – Courageous and Fireproof Filmmakers Include Contemplatives Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer in New Film on PrayerCCM

7. Seattle Megachurch Mars Hill Dissolves 2 Weeks After Founder Mark Driscoll ResignsAssociated Press

8. Pat Robertson Blasts Ken Ham’s Young Earth Beliefs: ‘Let’s Not Make a Joke of Ourselves’Christian News Network

9. Southern Baptists, Openly ‘Gay Christians’ Break Bread at ConferenceWall Street Journal

10. Russell Moore, Rick Warren to Join ‘Pope Francis’ With Muslims, Buddhists for Interfaith ConferenceChristian News Network

Court Told: Humans Could Marry Animals

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By Bob Unruh
WorldNetDaily

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Just days after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the right of states to define marriage as one man and one woman, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court is being urged to affirm the decision, because if it doesn’t, states might not even be able to regulate the “species” of marriage partners.

“If ‘marriage’ means fulfilling one’s personal choices regarding intimacy, as the appellants insist, it is difficult to see how states could regulate marriage on any basis,” said a friend-of-the-court brief filed in a Louisiana case. “If personal autonomy is the essence of marriage, then not only gender, but also number, familial relationship, and even species are insupportable limits on that principal and they all will fall.

“This is not just a slippery slope on which the appellants wish to set us, it is a bottomless pit into which they desire to throw us. It is clearly within a state’s right to define marriage between and man and a woman when that licensing restriction passes rational basis review.”

The warning isn’t new.

It was in 2008 when the nation was in the midst of a series of more than 30 state elections in which voters chose to affirm traditional marriage that the California Supreme Court, on its own initiative, created “same-sex marriage” in the state. Click here to continue reading.

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Ban on Homosexual ‘Marriage’ Upheld By Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Reversing Trend

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

6th CircuitCINCINNATI – The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld state bans on same-sex “marriage” in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee on Thursday, reversing a year-long trend in the federal courts to strike down such state restrictions as being unconstitutional.

“A dose of humility makes us hesitant to condemn as unconstitutionally irrational a view of marriage shared not long ago by every society in the world, shared by most, if not all, of our ancestors, and shared still today by a significant number of the States,” wrote Judge Jeffrey Sutton, appointed to the bench by George W. Bush, on behalf of the majority.

“No one here claims that the states’ original definition of marriage was unconstitutional when enacted. The plaintiffs’ claim is that the states have acted irrationally in standing by the traditional definition in the face of changing social mores,” he continued. “[But] how can we say that the voters acted irrationally for sticking with the seen benefits of thousands of years of adherence to the traditional definition of marriage in the face of one year of experience with a new definition of marriage?” Click here to continue reading.

Idaho Christian Couple May No Longer Face Fines, Jail Time for Not Hosting Same-Sex Weddings

LTRP Note: The following article is for informational purposes and is not meant as an endorsement for the news source.

By Anugrah Kumar
Christian Post

Hitching Post Lakeside ChapelThe city of Coeur d’Alene in Idaho has reportedly realized that a for-profit wedding chapel owned by Christian ministers Donald Knapp and his wife, Evelyn, can refuse to perform same-sex marriages without violating “non-discrimination” laws.

The city earlier maintained that its “non-discrimination” ordinance requires the Knapps, who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies because the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

The couple needed to be a not-for-profit to be exempt from the ordinance §9.56, which bars facilities of public accommodation from discrimination, the city had said.

However, Coeur d’Alene city attorney Mike Gridley now says the ordinance doesn’t specify non-profit or for-profit, according to Boise State Public Radio. Click here to continue reading.

Other coverage on this story:

Idaho ministers ordered to perform gay weddings – WorldMag

 

Obama Claims Constitution ‘Guarantees Same-Sex Marriage in All Fifty States’

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

ObamaWASHINGTON – Just two years after Barack Obama announced that he had reversed his longstanding opinion that marriage is solely between a man and a woman, the president of the United States is now taking his view even further by stating that he believes that the Constitution requires states to legalize same-sex “marriage.”

“Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states,” he said in an interview published this week by the New Yorker.

Obama was responding to a question about his favorite Supreme Court ruling during his tenure. He advised that rather he thought the court’s recent decision not to hear the appeals from states who sought to defend their marriage amendments was the most telling and showed that the court needed to “catch up” with the changing opinions of society.

“In some ways, the decision that was just handed down to not do anything about what states are doing on same-sex marriage may end up being as consequential—from my perspective, a positive sense—as anything that’s been done,” Obama said. “Because I think it really signals that although the Court was not quite ready—it didn’t have sufficient votes to follow Loving v. Virginia and go ahead and indicate an equal-protection right across the board—it was a consequential and powerful signal of the changes that have taken place in society and that the law is having to catch up.” Click here to continue reading.

Hillsong’s Brian Houston Won’t Give Position on Same-Sex ‘Marriage': ‘We’re on the Journey With It’

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

HoustonNEW YORK CITY – The senior pastor of the global Hillsong Church declined to give a concrete answer as to whether or not those who lead his American congregations may officiate at same-sex “weddings” as he was speaking at a recent press conference that included questions about homosexuality, finances and his late father’s alleged sexual abuse of a minor.

“You brought up the subject of same-sex marriage, and I wasn’t sure what you were saying,” reporter Michael Paulson of the New York Times asked Brian Houston of Hillsong Australia at the media event in New York City. “You’re now operating in New York and California where same sex marriage is legal. Can your pastors preside at same-sex marriages? ”

Houston’s son Joel co-pastors Hillsong New York, and his son Ben leads Hillsong Los Angeles.

“It can be challenging for churches to stay relevant because many mainstream churches upheld what they would believe is the long established view of what the Bible says about homosexuality,” he replied. “But the world has changed around and about them.” Click here to continue reading.

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear State Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Cases

Courtesy Christian News Network
(Article from ABC News – posted for research and informational purposes only)

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for an immediate expansion of same-sex “marriage” by unexpectedly and tersely turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit homosexual unions. The court’s order effectively makes same-sex “marriage” legal now in 30 states.

Without comment, the justices brought to an end delays in in five states— Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Chief Justice John Roberts did not say a word about the matter as he began the court’s new term.

Homosexuals in six other states—Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming—will now likely move forward with obtaining licenses. Those states would be bound by the same appellate rulings that were put on hold pending the Supreme Court’s review. Click here to continue reading.


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