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Obama Calls Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ a ‘Story of Freedom’ in State of Union Address

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

ObamaWASHINGTON – In delivering his annual “State of the Union” address on Tuesday night, Barack Obama claimed that the recent proliferation of federal rulings regarding same-sex “marriage” has presented itself as a “story of freedom” throughout America.

During the segment, Obama was speaking about unity among Americans despite their differences and the accomplishments that he believes he has seen during his presidency.

“I still believe that we are one people. I still believe that together, we can do great things, even when the odds are long. I believe this because over and over in my six years in office, I have seen America at its best,” he said. “I’ve seen the hopeful faces of young graduates from New York to California; and our newest officers at West Point, Annapolis, Colorado Springs, and New London. I’ve mourned with grieving families in Tucson and Newtown; in Boston, West, Texas, and West Virginia.”

“I’ve watched Americans beat back adversity from the Gulf Coast to the Great Plains; from Midwest assembly lines to the Mid-Atlantic seaboard,” Obama continued. “I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states that seven in ten Americans call home.” Click here to continue reading.

Parents Oppose District’s Policy of ‘Interrogating’ Homeschoolers on Religious Beliefs

By Garrett HaleySchool bus
Christian News Network

GOOCHLAND, Va. – Hundreds of concerned parents in Virginia recently voiced opposition to a controversial policy that allows school officials to grill homeschool parents and students on their religious beliefs.

In 2013, Goochland County Public Schools began requiring homeschool parents to reapply for a religious exemption to public education once their children turn 14 years old. The school district also requires homeschool families to write statements describing their religious beliefs.

“Before the School Board takes action on a request for a religious exemption, the parent must submit the application, a letter of statement explaining their bona fide religious beliefs and in the case of a student age 14 or older, a statement from the child stating his/her bona fide religious beliefs,” the school policy states.

The policy also gives the school board permission to schedule meetings with homeschool parents and students to question their religious beliefs. Click here to continue reading.

LTRP Note: For information on how to protect your children spiritually and educationally, read Berit Kjos’ book, How to Protect Your Child From the New Age & Spiritual Deception.

Judge Rules Florist May Be Sued Personally for Declining to Provide Flowers for ‘Gay Wedding’

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – A judge in Washington has ruled that the state may hold a florist personally liable for declining to provide flowers for a regular customer’s same-sex “wedding,” thus authorizing authorities to go after her personal assets should she lose the legal battle.

As previously reported, Baronelle Stutzman of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland was leveled with a lawsuit March 2012 by State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who claimed that she violated the law by not fulfilling the order. Stutzman had been approached by one of her faithful customers, Robert Ingersoll, a homosexual, as he wanted her to supply the flowers for his upcoming ceremony with his partner, Curt. She states that she politely explained that she would not be able to help in regard to the event.

“I just took his hands and said, ‘I’m sorry. I cannot do your wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ,’” Stutzman told reporters.

After Ingersoll decided to post on Facebook about the matter, controversy arose on both sides of the issue—both for and against Stutzman. The florist said that she received a number of threatening and angry comments. Click here to continue reading.

Tony Blair Calls for “Comprehensive Strategy to Counter Religious Extremism”

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation has issued a statement calling for a “comprehensive strategy to counter religious extremism,” stating:

Around the world, a continuing cycle of extremism and violence in the name of religion continues to blight communities and destroy lives. In recent months there has been growing recognition at the highest international levels that we need a comprehensive strategy to counter religious extremism, beyond immediate security measures. Now it is up to all of us to turn this broad consensus into a plan that can be implemented. For our part, in our sixth year of operation, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation remains committed to finding innovative and practical new ways to do this.

The Foundation hopes that,

By teaching young minds the necessary critical thinking skills we can help them dismiss extremist content and become at ease with the many different cultures and faiths of the world, through respectful dialogue.  (To read this entire report from the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, click here.)

In an essay written by Tony Blair, he states:

Defeating [ISIS] is indeed vital. But another ISIS will quickly arise to take their place unless we go to the root of the issue and deal with this ideology wherever and however it shows itself on a coordinated global basis.

Sadly, the world’s leaders are attempting the impossible—curing the world’s problems without Jesus Christ. And in their efforts, they will help to fulfill Bible prophecy that describes an end-time scenario of persecution against Bible believers (who are now being called extremists).

Related Information:

NEW BOOKLET TRACT: Is religion to blame?—War, Religion, and the Interfaith Global Peace Agenda

Rick Warren’s New Reformation Lines Up With Tony Blair’s “Open-minded” “Tolerant” World

New World Order Will Echo Rick Warren – Fundamentalists Are a Threat

Rick Warren Calling for Reconciliation Between Religion and Politics

 

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

 

Brainwashing Mennonite [and all!] Youth?

By Menno-Lite

[This] video presentation is called From Moses to the Arab Spring to Occupy & the 99% by Shalom Mennonite Church Youth. (This is the same church that made the labyrinth video posted on Menno-lite last week.) According to this video, after learning the stories of Moses in the Bible for 2 years, these youth had a hard time knowing which came first, the ten plagues or the ten commandments. So they put together a time line of the events that compares the way people in the Arab Spring and the Occupy 99% movement around the world are like modern day Moseses.

In the video, they hold up papers of the events of the life of Moses which they have organized into chronological order. A girl holds up the first paper and reads a chart that says:

Pharoah represented the 1% wealthy elite in Egypt.
The Hebrews at the bottom of the social pyramid and suffered under the economic and political system.

Then the story of Moses and the exodus out of Egypt is told in order. It is creatively done by these lovely kids – almost refreshing, were it not for what is added to the end of the story where these youth apply it to modern times. With the help of prompts they conclude that Moses freed the people from “an oppressive economical and political system that oppressed them.” Here is a transcript of their modern day application … Click here to continue reading.

Related Information:

Mennonite Palestinianism

“Christian Palestinianism” & Emergents Lynn Hybels and Jim Wallis Come to Multnomah University For “Justice” Conference

 

 

 

Report: Nigeria Reaches Deal With Boko Haram Islamists to Release Kidnapped School Girls

“They want to ‘Islamitize’ Nigeria. That is why they are targeting Christians,” stated Habila Adamu, who was shot in the head after he likewise refused to deny Christ, but miraculously survived. “They wanted me to deny Jesus. We are sinners! We are condemned criminals. We are supposed to die! But He took all these burdens! He paid for our debt! He died for us! Why can I not submit to Jesus? That is what I did. I stood for him!”

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

Nigeria Kidnapping pdABUJA, Nigeria – The Nigerian government has reached a deal with the Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram to release over 200 school girls that have been held captive for over six months, reports state.

As previously reported, members of Boko Haram stormed an all-girls secondary school in Chibok, Borno State in April, kidnapping 276 students while they were taking their final exams. Over 50 girls later escaped, but more than 200 have remained missing.

“They … started shouting, ‘Allahu Akhbar,’” one of the abducted teens told the Associated Press about the day she and others were taken captive. “And we knew.”

The teen stated that a number of girls escaped by jumping out of one of the vehicles carrying the students.

 “We ran and ran, so fast,” she explained. “That is how I saved myself. I had no time to be scared; I was just running.”

“I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah,” the group’s leader, Abubaker Shekau, stated in a video released in May. “There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. … They are his property and I will carry out his instructions.” Click here to continue reading.


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