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Illinois Bed and Breakfast Ordered to Pay $80,000 for Declining to Host “Gay” Civil Union Ceremony

“[The homosexual agenda] uses anti-discrimination laws as a bully club when dissenting Americans disagree with men trying to marry men, women marrying women, men changing to women, and women changing to men,” the site reads. “It basically says that God is confused by marriage, family and sexuality and that we need to correct His mistakes.”—TimberCreek website

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The owners of a bed and breakfast in Illinois have been ordered to pay $80,000 after they declined to host a civil union ceremony for two homosexual men on the premises, and have been mandated to facilitate a celebration for the men at their facility within one year.
TimberCreek Bed and Breakfast in Paxton, Illinois is “an upscale Christian country bed and breakfast,” according to its website, and is situated in the midst of a small farming community. Owners Jim and Beth Walder also host church retreats, baby and bridal showers, business meetings and other events at the facility.

In 2011, Todd Wathen contacted TimberCreek via email to inquire if the bed and breakfast would be hosting civil union ceremonies after Illinois approved the unions that year via the “Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act.” Jim Walder replied that the facility had no such plans, and advised Wathen that “homosexuality is immoral and unnatural,” and that “it’s not too late to change your behavior.”

Three days later, Wathen filed a discrimination complaint with the Illinois Human Rights Commission. The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU) also soon became involved and sought emotional damages for Wathen and his partner, Mark. Click here to continue reading.

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‘Pastor Protection Act’ Unanimously Passes Georgia House

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By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

ATLANTA, Ga. — The Georgia House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill this week that protects clergy from punishment if they decline to perform same-sex “weddings.”

H.B. 757 was introduced last summer by Rep. Kevin Tanner, R-Dawsonville, and found support from Democrats and Republicans alike.

“No minister of the gospel or cleric or religious practitioner ordained or authorized to solemnize marriages, perform rites, or administer sacraments according to the usages of the denomination, when acting in his or her official religious capacity, shall be required to solemnize any marriage, perform any rite or administer any sacrament in violation of his or her right to free exercise of religion under the Constitution of this state or the United States,” the bill reads in part.

In addition to churches, the bill also applies to religious schools, missionary societies and denominational conventions.Click here to continue reading.

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America Sends Mennonite Pastor to Prison For Protecting Child Against Homosexual Abuse

LTRP Note: For 6 years, Lighthouse Trails has been following the story of homosexual-turned-Christian-believer, Lisa Miller and her young daughter, Isabella.

“Pastor Convicted of Helping Ex-Lesbian Flee Country With Daughter Ordered to Report to Prison”

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

BURLINGTON, Vt. — A Mennonite pastor who was convicted of providing assistance to an ex-lesbian who fled the country with her daughter has been ordered to report to prison next month after losing his appeal.

As previously reported, Kenneth Miller of Stuarts Draft, Virginia was convicted in August 2012 for helping Lisa Miller (no relation) and her young daughter Isabella travel to Buffalo, New York, where they crossed the border into Canada and then escaped to Nicaragua.

The situation began in 2000, when Lisa Miller, then a homosexual, joined in a civil union with lesbian Janet Jenkins in the state of Vermont. Following an artificial insemination procedure, Miller gave birth to baby Isabella in 2002. Click here to continue reading.

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Chronicle of Our Coverage on the Lisa/Isabella Miller Situation:

January 2010: Lesbian-Turned-Christian Mom Fails to Give Up Child to Ex-Partner

January 2010: Lesbian ‘mother’ case presents constitutional issue

January 2010: Vermont Judge Threatens Mother in Hiding With Arrest

March 2010: Former Lesbian, Lisa Miller – Friends Say They Support Her Decision to Go into Hiding with Daughter

December 2011: FBI Arrests Man Who Tried to Protect Lisa and Isabella Miller From Gay Activists and Vermont Court (America: Punishing the Good, Rewarding Evil)

February 2012: ‘I promised God that if he would save my baby, I would leave the homosexual lifestyle’

September 2012: Amish Man Convicted For Helping Ex-Homosexual Protect Her Daughter

February 2013: America in Crisis: “Pastor jailed for refusing to testify in Vermont child custody case” 

March 2013: Pastor Kenneth Miller Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Aiding in the Protection of Lisa Miller and Daughter Isabella

 

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Homeschool Family Illegally Threatened, School Apologizes

Michael F. Haverluck
OneNewsNow.com

After Wayzata Public Schools illegally threatened a Minnesota homeschool family with criminal charges for allegedly not filing a “mandatory” notice of intent, the parents pushed back, causing school officials to back off and apologize.

“You have two days to give us the information we want or we are filing truancy charges,” the enrollment secretary of Wayzata Public Schools threatened the homeschooling parents concerning their 17-year-old son.

Soon afterward, the family contacted the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) out of fear that further harassment and unwanted criminal charges would ensue. HSLDA attorneys contend that the threat was not only unlawful, but completely unwarranted.

“Minnesota law explicitly states that a letter of intent to continue homeschooling is not required for a child over 16, as long as the family has notified school officials in previous years,” HSLDA Staff Attorney Michael Donnelly asserted. “This family had previously notified officials, so no further notice was required.” Click here to continue reading.

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Government leaves family ‘broken into a million pieces’

LTRP Note: Because Lighthouse Trails is a research project, we post news stories from several different sources in addition to articles from our trusted authors and ministries. These out-of-house news stories are for informational and research purposes and not necessarily as an endorsement for the source itself. As with everything that is read, whether on the Internet, in newspapers, or in books, Christian believers must always use biblical and godly discernment.

By Bob Unruh
WorldNetDaily

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Dominec and Annie (his mother) Johansson – Photo used in accordance with the US Fair Use Act

The highest court in Sweden has refused even to consider allowing parents to see their now-14-year-old son, who essentially was “state-napped” by social-service workers at age 7 merely because he was homeschooled.

Word of the decision comes from the Home School Legal Defense Association, which has been working with other groups including the Alliance Defending Freedom and lawyer Ruby Harrold-Claesson, of the Nordic Committee on Human Rights, on the case involving Domenic Johansson.

He was taken by force from a jetliner on which he and his parents were planning to move from Sweden to his mother’s native India back when he was seven. The initial allegations were homeschooling, which was legal in Sweden at the time, although officials later added claims that his vaccinations were not up to date, and he needed fillings in his teeth. Click here to continue reading.

Related Stories:

Police-State America Strikes Homeschool Families Again: 7 Children Taken from Parents During Search for “Miracle” Treatment Chemical

German Government Returns Custody of Homeschooled Children to Their Parents

UK Christian School Shut Down for Having ‘Discriminatory Views’ Toward Other Faiths

Christian Couple Fights Texas Officials After Homeschooled Children Forcibly Removed From Home

 

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Liberty University Welcomes Socialist Bernie Sanders to Address Student Body: ‘We Have Same Goals’

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LTRP Note: Liberty University is listed among the colleges in the Lighthouse Trails contemplative colleges list. It is said to be the largest Christian college in the world. As Lighthouse Trails has contended for many years, when a school starts going down the contemplative path, views on morality, politics, and spiritual matters begin to change, eventually drastically. Please refer also to our link below on a LT article titled They Hate Christianity But Love (Another) Jesus – How Conservative Christians Are Being Manipulated and Ridiculed, Especially During Election Years. Also in another link below is to an article connecting Bernie Sanders with New Age guru Marianne Williamson, who writes for Sanders’ website, according to the article.

Liberty University having Sanders speak to the students is reminiscent of Rick Warren having Obama speak at Saddleback and insisting it was not a political move to slant the election. Interestingly, at that time, Obama had promised Rick Warren to help implement his global PEACE Plan. We wonder what’s been promised to Liberty University.

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The president of what is known as the largest evangelical university in the world welcomed admitted socialist Bernie Sanders to address the student body on politics and social issues on Monday, stating that they have the “same goals” of “helping people in need.”

Sanders, who spoke at Liberty University’s weekly convocation—which students are required to attend—began by admitting that he had differences with the university.

“I believe in a woman’s rights, and the right of a woman to control her own body. I believe gay rights and gay marriage,” he stated within seconds of opening of his speech. “Those are my views, and it is no secret. But I came here today because I believe from the bottom of my heart that it is vitally important for those of us who hold different views to be able to engage in a civil discourse.”

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. had stated in his introduction that he hoped the university could find “common ground” with Sanders. The Democratic presidential candidate made similar statements during his speech.

“[I]t is harder, but not less important, for us to try and communicate with those who do not agree with us on every issue,” Sanders said. “And it is important to see where if possible, and I do believe it is possible, we can find common ground.” Click here to continue reading.

Related Articles:

New Agers Back Socialist Sanders as Messiah by Canadian Free Press (posted for informational purposes)

Booklet/Article: They Hate Christianity But Love (Another) Jesus – How Conservative Christians Are Being Manipulated and Ridiculed, Especially During Election Years

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Conscientious Objector Goes to Jail: “Federal Judge Orders County Clerk to Jail Until She Agrees to Issue ‘Gay Marriage’ Licenses”

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

MOREHEAD, Ky. — A federal judge has ordered a Kentucky clerk to be placed behind bars until she complies with his order to issue marriage licenses to homosexuals despite her Christian identity.

US District Judge David Bunning declared Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in contempt of court this morning after she explained in tears that it is not possible for her to comply with the order because of her Christianity.

“My conscience will not allow it,” she said. “God’s moral law convicts me and conflicts with my duties.”

While the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had requested that Davis be heavily fined until she bends, Bunning told the court that a monetary punishment would not be enough to force her to obey, and expressed concern that supporters would help pay her fine.

“I don’t do this lightly,” he said. “It’s necessary in this case.”

Davis was then taken into custody by U.S. marshals and led out of the courthouse. Click here to continue reading.

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