Archive for the ‘FREEDOM’ Category
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By Bob Unruh
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.
New Agers Back Socialist Sanders as Messiah by Canadian Free Press (posted for informational purposes)
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.
Davis was then taken into custody by U.S. marshals and led out of the courthouse. Click here to continue reading.
By Charlie Butts
A number of far-left organizations have united behind a dangerous and dubious effort – to stifle religious freedom.
Organizations that include the ACLU and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State want President Obama to revise a 2007 memorandum allowing federal grant programs to practice their faith.
The memo interprets the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1993.
Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel warns that those groups want to force religious-based groups to drop their religious-based hiring practices.
“Now that is unconscionable,” says Staver, “and I wouldn’t doubt whether this administration would listen to them and use this as an excuse to change this memo.”
President Obama has already issued an executive order requiring government contractors to hire homosexuals, even if it violates the contractor’s faith. That gives the business owner the choice of violating their religious beliefs or forfeiting the contract. Click here to continue reading.
“Sweet Cakes by Melissa Raises Record Amount of Cash on Crowdfunding Site”
By George Rede
The Oregonian | Oregon Live
Supporters of the Oregon bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa are putting their money where their mouth is.
A crowdfunding campaign for the embattled business has eclipsed $350,000 in little more than two months – a record amount on the Continue to Give site, The Washington Times reports.
Jesse Wellhoefer, founder of Continue to Give, said the Sweet Cakes effort has raised more than any previous campaign on behalf of individuals in the three-year-old crowdfunding website’s history, the Times said.
As of noon Wednesday (Pacific time), the campaign had raised $358,500 from 7,750 donors, more than doubling the $150,000 goal announced when it began May 5 and far exceeding a potential six-figure debt faced by Sweet Cakes. Click here to continue reading.
YouTube has removed a trailer for an upcoming movie, and the filmmaker is charging it’s “because of our religion.”
The trailer promotes Christian apologist Ray Comfort’s film “Audacity,” which challenges the belief that homosexuality is unchangeable.
According to Comfort’s Facebook page, YouTube explained in a message: “This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy against spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content.”
Comfort has invited the public to view the trailer on the movie’s website and “see if it’s spam, a scam or has commercially deceptive content.”
The trailer is also available here:
The trailer already had collected more than 130,000 views in less than three weeks. Click here to continue.
By Kelsey Harkness
The Daily Signal
Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling today ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service.
“This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” Avakian wrote. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.”
In the ruling, Avakian placed an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for same-sex weddings based on their Christian beliefs.
“This effectively strips us of all our First Amendment rights,” the Kleins, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which has since closed, wrote on their Facebook page. “According to the state of Oregon we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech.” Click here to continue reading.