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‘Gay’ Activist’s Call for Churches to Be Forced to Take Homosexuality Off ‘Sin List’ Draws Concerns

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Christian News Network

Concerns are arising among Christians and online commentators after a homosexual activist recently told a national publication that churches “must be made ‘to take homosexuality off the sin list.’”

Mitchell Gold is the founder of Faith in America, an organization that aims to “end the harm to LGBT youth and families from misguided religious teaching.” He served on the board of directors for the Human Rights Campaign for seven years, and was named on of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Gay People in America” in 2007 by Out Magazine.

In an article written by Frank Buni of the New York Times, Gold is quoted as stating that he believes churches ought to be forced to stop considering homosexual behavior as being sinful.

“Gold told me that church leaders must be made ‘to take homosexuality off the sin list,’ he wrote.

“His command is worthy—and warranted,” Buni commented. “All of us, no matter our religious traditions, should know better than to tell gay people that they’re an offense.” Click here to continue reading.
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Church Regains Right to Serve Housing Project After Initially Booted for Being ‘Religious’

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

MEADVILLE, Pa. — A church in Pennsylvania has regained the right to serve and minister at a local government-run housing project after initially being booted simply because the entity was considered to be “religious.”

Rachael Groll, the Children’s Ministry Director at Living Waters Church in Meadville, began reaching out to families at the Gill Village housing project last year after she noticed a group of children eating pancake mix right out of the box.

She began visiting the project several times a week as the church provided free food and clothing, and offered after school mentorship to help the children with their studies. The church also offered free rides to community events as well as to their church. Soon, Groll began leading a “Sidewalk Sunday School” program that consisted of Bibles stories, music and games for the children and their families. . . .

But in September of last year, Living Waters Church received a voicemail message from the government housing agency informing them that they were not welcome back—simply because they were a religious entity. Click here to continue reading.

Alabama Supreme Court Issues Historic Order Halting Issuance of Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Licenses

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Supreme Court has issued a historic order halting the issuance of same-sex “marriage” licenses in the state.

“As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for ‘marriage’ between only one man and one woman,” the 148-page order reads. “Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to this law. Nothing in the United States Constitution alters or overrides this duty.”

The order comes after a county probate judge asked the court for guidance on how to respond to a recent ruling striking down the state’s Sanctity of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

As previously reported, in 2013, two lesbians in the state sued Gov. Robert Bentley, Attorney General Luther Strange and Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis—among others—in an attempt to overturn the law after one of the women was denied from adopting the other woman’s child. In January, U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade declared the voter-approved state amendment unconstitutional. Click here to continue reading.

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

LTRP Note: A Lighthouse Trails reader from Arkansas called today and told us of this story that happened in the same state. She said she believes this is a family who loves the Lord and whose parents are loving parents to their seven children. This is one of many stories over the past seven years where heavy-handed, gestapo-like children’s services in the United States have taken children out of their homes for extended periods of time.  You may visit the Stanley family’s Facebook page here.

By Josh Berry

Stanley family children being removed from home during the night because the father allegedly used an unapproved mineral supplement. Photo from the Bringthestanleykidshome Facebook Page.

HOT SPRINGS, AR – A “miracle” mineral treatment alleged to be a remedy for cancer and aids is at the center of an law enforcement search warrant. The investigation ended in the removal of seven children from their home in Garland County.

The family has cried foul, saying only the father has taken it and it’s mostly used for purifying water for their garden.

The substance in question is referred to as “MMS” or Miracle Mineral Solution. The FDA has weighed in on the substance citing serious health concerns reporting that it can turn into a potent bleach and cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if taken.

The Stanley family however say it wasn’t grounds for the way they were treated during a search Monday (1/12) night that ended with their seven children taken away.

“Policemen here, policemen here,” Hal Stanley pointed, standing on his front porch. “Over here, on the side roads full of policemen.”


Hal and Michelle Stanley with seven of their children on Jan. 16, when the parents were permitted to visit the kids, who are now in state custody. (Courtesy of Hal Stanley)

Stanley opened his door Monday afternoon to find a warrant waiting for him and his home surrounded by State and Garland County agents.

“It said we’re here to search your house,” Stanley explained.

Click here to read more.








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Barack Obama holds summit against violent extremism: Panels examine links between extremism and faith, gender, internet and private sector

LTRP Note: The following new story is posted for informational purposes and not as an endorsement of the source or the content.

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CBC News

U.S. President Barack Obama says his country is not at war with Islam but with people who have perverted the religion.

Obama was speaking Wednesday at a White House summit on countering violent extremism. He is calling for a focus on preventing militants from recruiting and inspiring others.

Some have criticized his administration for avoiding linking terrorism directly to Islamic extremism. But Obama said those fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Qaeda are not religious leaders, but terrorists.

He said no religion is responsible for violence and terrorism, adding that he wants to “lift up voices of tolerance” in the U.S. and beyond.

“We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam,” Obama said at a media briefing during a break in the three-day gathering of police leaders, lawmakers and mayors from around the world.

The president said local leaders, including those in the Muslim community, need do more to reject the “narrative of violent extremists” that promotes an “inherent clash of civilizations.” Click here to continue reading.

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Holocaust Survivor Booted from Public Schools

By Lee Hohmann
WND News

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Anita Dittman has been speaking about the Holocaust for more than three decades, telling everyone who will listen of her survival and how Jesus Christ helped her escape the trap that was ‘Hitler’s hell.”

She has reached thousands through her book, “Trapped in Hitler’s Hell,” co-authored with fellow Minnesotan Jan Markell.

And visions of that hell would come back to haunt her at night.

“For years, those dreams would not go away,” she said.

At 87, she still speaks to audiences large and small, sometimes several times a month, recounting the story of a happy, 5-year-old Jewish girl when Hitler came to power in 1933 and how life changed over the next 12-and-a-half years living under Nazi rule. She would emerge on the other side of the concentration camps as a young woman of devout Christian faith, severely scarred but full of powerful stories.

For years, she kept those stories bottled up inside. It wasn’t until she reached her early 50s that they started coming out.

“The response I get today is as enthusiastic as ever,” she said in a telephone interview from her home in Minnesota.

This week’s commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, where 1.1 million Jews met their death, gave her cause to reflect once again on life under the Nazis.

Her message is different now, she says, much different than when she first went public in 1978 with her experience as a Holocaust survivor. Click here to continue reading.

Excerpts of Trapped in Hitler’s Hell by Anita Dittman/Jan Markell:

Table of Contents and Chapter One

Chapter 8

HOPE IN THE MIDST OF HOLOCAUST (from chapter 9 & 10)

Freedom … To Die



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