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Two Mennonite Colleges Announce Hiring Policy Change to Employ ‘Married’ Homosexuals

Photo Credit: Wikipedia/Goshen College

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

wo American colleges that identify as Mennonite institutions have announced changes to their hiring policy to now allow the employment of homosexuals who have “wed” their partners.

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia and Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana announced the alterations on Monday, while claiming to still hold to the biblical principles as Christian schools.

EMU’s decision followed a two-year “listening process” to “review current hiring policies and practices with respect to individuals in same-sex relationships.” As previously reported, in 2013, the university outlined that it would open up a time of dialogue between students, faculty and administration to understand the level of interest in allowing a policy change that would permit university employees to be in homosexual relationships. . . .

Goshen College made similar statements, remarking that there is a “diversity” of opinions on whether or not biblical law prohibits sexuality between those of the same gender. Click here to continue reading.

Thousands of Christians Support Oregon Bakers With Financial Gifts

rp_melissa-and-aaron-klein.png“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.

Boy Scout Committee Unanimously Approves Proposal to Lift Ban on Openly Homosexual Leaders

Three boys of diverse ethnic background in cub scout uniforms

From bigstockphoto.com; used with permission.

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

An executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has unanimously voted to lift a long-standing ban on openly homosexual troop leaders.

“As a result of the rapid changes in society and increasing legal challenges at the federal, state, and local levels, on Friday, July 10, the Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee adopted a resolution amending the adult leadership standards policy,” the BSA said in a statement on Monday.

“This change allows Scouting’s members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families,” it outlined. “This change would also respect the right of religious chartered organizations to continue to choose adult leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own.”

The 17-member vote moves the matter on to the 80-member National Executive Board for a vote on July 27th. Click here to continue reading.

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“Evangelist Apologizes After YouTube Reinstates Trailer for Controversial Movie About Whether People Are Born Gay”

LTRP Note: We are posting this for informational purposes as it relates to an article we posted earlier this week.

By Billie Hallowell
The Blaze

YouTube has reinstated the trailer for a scripted film about homosexuality that the video-sharing site previously removed over the weekend, saying that it violated the platform’s “policy against spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content.”

The clip, which advertised “Audacity,” a film written and executive produced by evangelist Ray Comfort, was no longer available on YouTube as of Monday morning, with Comfort originally stating that he suspected someone at the company “didn’t like what they saw” and axed it.

But he’s now apologizing to YouTube for jumping to conclusions about the motivations behind the removal. Click here to continue reading.

Freedom Disappearing: “YouTube Removes Ray Comfort’s Movie Trailer ‘Because of Religion'”

By WorldNetDaily

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.

Letter to the Editor: Supreme Court Justices Trump Constitutional Authority

Judge Scalia

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

Justice Scalia called the Supreme Court’s decision last Friday [on same-sex marriage] a “judicial Putsch.”1 Webster’s Dictionary defines “Putsch” as being “a secretly plotted and suddenly executed attempt to overthrow a government.”

Last Friday, five Supreme Court justices overthrew our government. The executive branch celebrated with rainbow colored lights on the White House, and Congress did nothing to protest. (Congress has the power to over-ride Supreme Court decisions.) And the “fourth estate” (the press) did nothing to protest, apart from some of the alternative media.

The executive and legislative branch of our government allowed five justices to trump their Constitutional authority. It literally was a coup. The Constitution is now dead. America as we have known it is now gone. It was a bloodless coup, but it was a coup nevertheless.We are now officially a dictatorship, run by Obama and his Supreme Court lackeys.  Congress has become irrelevant and the Constitution has been shredded.

M. 

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.


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