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Oregon State Silences Bakers Who Refused to Make Cake for Lesbian Couple, Fines Them $135K

Aaron and Melissa Klein

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.

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling—Zivitovsky vs Kerry—Another Turn Against Israel

By Bill Randles
Used with permission (source).

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. (Psalm 2:1-6)

The US Supreme Court recently gave a ruling (Zivotovsky vs. Kerry), which would prevent any U.S. passport holder born in Jerusalem to declare they were also born in Israel.

Us passport, law, legal,citizenship,immigration concept imageThis, in spite of a 2002 law passed by the Congress of the United States allowing Jerusalem born U.S. passport holders to declare Israel as their nation of origin.

The 2002 Passport law has never been implemented because U.S. politicians have been afraid to be seen taking sides against the “Palestinians” on the issue. Since 1948, official US Government policy has been to treat the “Jerusalem” question as unresolved.

As a rare reaction to the 6-3 vote, Justice Antonin Scalia read his dissent aloud in the court. Among other complaints, he warned that giving so much unchecked power, even over passport declarations, to the President was “more reminiscent of King George the third, than of the U.S. presidency.” Justice Scalia had already indicated his leanings earlier in oral arguments, as Haaretz reports:

In the oral arguments, Scalia’s political leanings on the issue were pretty clear, when he described the State Department’s resistance to changing the passport line from “Jerusalem” to “Israel” as less of affecting real policy than its “desire to make nice with the Palestinians.” (source)

This ruling is considered a slap in the face to many in Israel. From Haaretz again:

Dissatisfied American-Jerusalemites, or Jerusalemite-Americans (because we can’t call them American Israelis, right?), like my son had some powerful sympathizers. President Reuven Rivlin pointedly noted to Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a Thursday meeting that “I was born in Jerusalem and I am Israeli.” Former ambassador-turned-MK Michael Oren posted on his Facebook page that “the decision is an affront to Israel’s sovereignty and to the honor of America’s crucial ally. During my service as Israel’s ambassador to Washington, I met the principled Zivotofsky family and others who brought the case before the court, I unconditionally supported them. But the frustration of their effort changes nothing for Israel and the Jewish people. Jerusalem will remain our undivided and eternal capital. Irrespective of what’s written or not written in her U.S. passport, our daughter, Lia, was born in Jerusalem, Israel.”

A major aspect of the 6-3 decision was the issue of separation of peers. Congress passed a law in 2002, but the court ruled that it is the Executive branch that has jurisdiction in foreign policy. In other words, Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel, even if Congress says it is, unless the President says it is.

This Supreme Court is the same un-elected body which has struck down school prayer, mention of God or the Ten Commandments in the classroom, and other public affirmations of the professed majority faith of our nation. On the other hand, these black-robed tyrants have foisted on the American body politic such horrors as Abortion on Demand and “Gay Marriage” in spite of the many referendums in states across the country against them.

Little do they realize they are fulfilling prophecy concerning the last controversies between God and Man, which will lead to the final judgment and the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Prophet Zechariah predicted 2,500 years ago that in the Last Days the issue of the status of Jerusalem would consume the attention of the entire world.

Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. (Zechariah 12:2-3)

Jerusalem is the most important city on earth. It is the only place on earth where God says He has “Placed His name.” It is the place where our Lord was crucified, thus the place where Satan was dealt a fatal blow. Jerusalem is where our Lord’s feet will touch down again (sees Zechariah 14) and where all nations will one day be gathered together for judgment.

Consider the 48th Psalm: “Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, in the city of our God and in the mountain of his holiness, beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mt Zion on the sides of the North, the city of the great King!”

Jesus himself quoted this Psalm in the sermon on the Mount, when He said:

“Swear not at all, neither by Haven, for it is God’s throne, nor by earth, for it is God’s footstool, nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King!” (Matthew 5:34)

Of course, the Bible is realistic about the Jerusalem of today, for the book of Revelation calls it “Sodom and Egypt, the city where our Lord was crucified” (Revelation 11:8).

But if Jerusalem is important to God, it is also important to the forces of evil.

Islam claims Jerusalem, though it is never named in all of the Koran. There is a verse, which they now say refers to Jerusalem. The verse is called the IZra, and it is the story of Mohammed’s flight on a winged horse to the “Farthest places,” Al Aqsa, where he ascended to heaven to have a prayer meeting with Jesus and Moses. On that alone, Islam claims Jerusalem as her third holiest spot.

Interestingly, when Obama gave a speech to the entire Muslim world in 2009 from Cairo Egypt at Al Azhar university (the Harvard, Yale and Cambridge of world-wide terrorism), he cited only one passage from the Koran . . . the IZra.

Think about it, the leader of the free world cited to one seventh of the world, the only scripture in their book, which they believe gives them a legitimate claim to Jerusalem!

The U.N. has split Jerusalem in two and adamantly insists that part of it, East Jerusalem, be the capitol of the new Palestinian state. The other half is designated to be a “universal city.”

It should be obvious by now, a terrible conflict is coming, something God calls, “the controversy of Zion” (Isaiah 34) . The Supreme Court of the United States, in their own small way, has taken sides with Obama, against the God of Scripture. Pray for America!

Used with permission from Bill Randles blog.

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.

Weekly News in Review from Understand the Times

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
ArkansasMatters.com

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.”

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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.

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Ebola & “The State of the World”

Ebola Virus

Ebola Virus

By Berit Kjos
Kjos Ministries

An award-winning Texas scientist was given a standing ovation after he advocated the extermination of 90 percent of the Earth’s population by an airborne Ebola virus. The University of Texas evolutionary ecologist, Dr Eric R. Pianka, was addressing the 109th meeting of the Texas Academy of Science… after the academy had named him 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist…. He warned that Earth would not survive unless its human population was reduced to a tenth of its present number…. His preferred method of exterminating over five billion human beings was via airborne Ebola (Ebola Reston)…. After he finished his address, the audience burst into applause… a loud, vigorous and enthusiastic applause.1

Cut the population by 90 percent and there aren’t enough people left to do a great deal of ecological damage.2 Sam Keen.  

A  Warning 

Today, we stand at the brink of a era. The planned shift from nationalism to regionalism and globalism has opened wide the “door” to a borderless “new world order.” Who will rule it? How will it be controlled? Few are prepared for the coming transformation.

Two of the many issues that loom on the global horizon are (1) borderless diseases such as the deadly Ebola and (2) the kind of governance needed as our old boundaries fade and our religious differences spawn violence.

This week an Oklahoma woman was beheaded. Apparently ISIS has called America’s jihadists to step up the assaults on “infidels.” Spiritual warfare is a reality, and today it’s as urgent as ever to “put on the Armor of God.”

“The State of the World” Conference

The first global State of the World Forum was held in San Francisco from September 27 to October 1, 1995. Michail Gorbachev, the former head of Communist Russia, had “gathered nearly 500 political leaders, spiritual leaders, scientists, intellectuals, business executives, artists and youth from 50 nations to begin a process of deliberation on the central question of what priorities, values and actions should guide humanity as it moves into the next phase of development.”3

These privileged elites stayed at the elegant Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill, but they showed little appreciation for America. Instead, the selected speakers and their enthusiastic audience seemed to see reality from a decidedly globalist perspective. The cultural paradigm expressed in the roundtable discussions, in the plenary speeches, and among the selected youths from several nations left little doubt that this elite gathering — primarily from Europe and the USA — shared a common vision for our changing world. Click here to continue reading this article.

A Glimpse of the Future (or Present?): Penn State University Pulling Gideon Bibles From Guest Rooms Following Complaint

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

Penn State pdSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Pennsylvania State University is pulling Gideon Bibles from its guest rooms and moving them to its libraries and other public spaces following a complaint from a prominent atheist activist organization.

University spokesperson Lisa Powers told the Centre Daily Times that officials made the move “in the spirit of recognizing other religions and beliefs among our guests” after Penn State received a letter from the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). The organization had asserted that presence of the Bibles, located at the Nittany Lion Inn and the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, presented a constitutional violation.

“State-run colleges have a constitutional obligation to remain neutral toward religion,” the letter, written in June by FFRF attorney Elizabeth Cavell, contended. “When a government entity like PSU distributes religious material to visitors, it has unconstitutionally entangled itself with a religious message, in this case a Christian message.” Click here to continue reading.


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