Archive for the ‘FREEDOM’ Category
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.
By Pastor Georgi Vins
(Written in the Anyusha Prison Camp in the Urals, USSR, 1969)
“Freedom is Not for Idleness!”
For idleness, we don’t desire freedom,
A holy labor waits in virgin soil!
The melting, ringing song of spring is sounding
And harvest fields are rousing from their sleep.
The holy morning of Christ’s Resurrection
Fills with abundant strength and thrills our breast!
Once more the message of the Gospel’s sounding
Of Him, the One who wakens souls to life.
The persecuted churches meet with gladness!
In many eyes, there glisten tears of joy,
And to our God a gratitude, unending,
Glows with a flaming love in every heart.
My friends, I know how harsh has been the pathway
You passed along, in heavy chains for Christ!
Today you still untremblingly are willing
To walk in far-off places for the Faith.
For idleness, we don’t desire freedom!
We have been called the good news to proclaim,
To serve our people still must be our purpose,
To serve our God—our honor and delight!
“Freedom” in America – 21st Century Style: ‘It’s All About Equality’: Polygamist Applies for “Marriage” License in Wake of Supreme Court Ruling
By Heather Clark
Christian News Network
HELENA, Mont. — A polygamist in Montana is seeking to obtain a “marriage” license for a second “wife” following last Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring that all 50 states must legalize same-sex nuptials because of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.
“It’s about marriage equality,” Nathan Collier, 46, told The Associated Press this week. “You can’t have this without polygamy.”
Collier went to the Yellowstone County Courthouse on Tuesday with his partner Christine to seek a second marriage license as he stated that if the Supreme Court really believes in equality, then he should have the right to marry as he wishes as well. He cited language from dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts, who stated that the “gay marriage” ruling “would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage.”
“[The majority ruling] offers no reason at all why the two-person element of the core definition of marriage may be preserved while the man-woman element may not,” Roberts wrote. “Indeed, from the standpoint of history and tradition, a leap from opposite-sex marriage to same-sex marriage is much greater than one from a two-person union to plural unions, which have deep roots in some cultures around the world.” Click here to continue reading.