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Canadian Pastor Ordered to Allow Gay-Straight Alliances at His Christian Schools

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

Photo credit: CNN (pictured Brian Coldwell)

Photo credit: CNN (pictured Brian Coldwell)

A Canadian pastor is standing firm after being ordered to allow gay-straight alliances to be formed at his Christian schools.

According to reports, on Sept. 2, Alberta Education Minister David Eggen sent a letter to Brian Coldwell, the chairman of the Independent Baptist Christian Education Society and pastor of New Testament Baptist Church, to demand that he allow the alliances at his two schools as per provincial law.

Coldwell runs Meadows Baptist Academy and Harvest Baptist Academy in Parkland County.

Earlier this year, Eggen sent a letter to school boards throughout the province, advising that officials must draft and submit policies by the end of March surrounding how they would accommodate homosexual and transgender students.

But Coldwell told CBC News that he would not comply.

“I have a duty as a pastor to protect the flock of God,” he said. “And there is no way under heaven I’m going to allow gay activists to come in here and basically undermine our ministries and our religious freedoms or confuse and corrupt our children.” Click here to continue reading.

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Prospective Jurors Conflicted in Trial of Man Accused of Helping Ex-Lesbian Flee Country With Daughter

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Several prospective jurors said that they could not separate their personal beliefs on homosexuality from the nation’s laws on the matter as jury selection was underway on Tuesday in the case of a Virginia man accused of aiding an ex-lesbian turned professing Christian who fled the country with her daughter in 2009 to escape a court order.

Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara told those sitting in the jury box that throughout the trial of Philip Zodhiates they would hear terms such as “civil union” and “rights in parenting,” and that they must be “treated no differently” than heterosexual relationships. As in customary in criminal trials, jurors, he said, must look at the case through the lens of the law and not their personal views.

Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller

“I can’t listen to your law if it’s against my law,” said prospective juror Christina Anderson during the selection process, advising that she took issue with the nation’s “new laws” on homosexuality.

“You can’t put it aside?” Arcara asked.

“No,” Anderson replied. Click here to continue reading.

 

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Another Group of Parents Sue to Protect Students

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By Bob Kellogg
OneNewsNow

Parents in Minnesota have joined others around the country to fight the U.S. Department of Education and its edict that opens public school restrooms to the opposite sex.

Renee Carlson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, says parents in the Virginia School District formed the group Privacy Matters to fight the new rule announced earlier this year.

ADF is representing the group, the first to form in the state. The lawsuit was filed against the Department of Justice and the Department of Education, which have determined that the Title IX rule that demands equal funding for women’s sports teams also ensures equal access for transgendered students. Click here to continue reading.

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Trial Set for Second Man Accused of Helping Ex-Lesbian Flee Country With Daughter

Pastor Kenneth Miller, who is currently in prison for helping Lisa and Isabella Miller escape America.

Pastor Kenneth Miller, who is currently in prison for helping Lisa and Isabella Miller escape America.

LTRP Note: Lighthouse Trails has been following this story for over  seven years. We are advocates for the protection of children, even if that sometimes means breaking laws of the land if the laws of the land have become immoral and outrightly harmful to children. Today, still in hiding with her mother, Isabella is nearly 14 years old.

Lighthouse Trails also supports Kenneth Miller (no relation to Lisa), the Mennonite pastor who helped Lisa and Isabella escape from America (after a Vermont court tried to take Isabella away from her mother and put the little girl into the full custody of a lesbian-practicing woman who had previously traumatized the little girl according to several news reports.

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A trial has been set for a second man accused of aiding an ex-lesbian turned professing Christian who fled the country with her daughter seven years ago to avoid a situation she found harmful to her child.

miller-and-isabellaPhilip Zodhiates of Waynesboro, Virginia is charged with international parental kidnapping and conspiracy for allegedly driving Lisa Miller and her then seven-year-old child from Virginia to New York, where she crossed over into Canada before fleeing to Nicaragua.

“This case is about religious intolerance of same-sex relationships,” prosecutorial filings state, according to the Associated Press. He “helped [Miller] break the law by taking Isabella outside the country in the name of those strong religious views.” Click here to continue reading.

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Pastor Kenneth Miller Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Aiding in the Protection of Lisa Miller and Daughter Isabella

Vermont Judge Threatens Mother in Hiding With Arrest

 

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NY Times: “Federal Transgender Bathroom Access Guidelines Blocked by Judge”

LTRP Note: The following is posted for research and informational purposes and is not an endorsement of the news source writing this.

By Erik Eckholm and Alan Blinder
New York Times

A federal judge has blocked the Obama administration from enforcing new guidelines that were intended to expand restroom access for transgender students across the country.

Judge Reed O’Connor of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas said in a 38-page ruling, which he said should apply nationwide, that the government had not complied with federal law when it issued “directives which contradict the existing legislative and regulatory text.”

Judge O’Connor, whom President George W. Bush nominated to the federal bench, said that not granting an injunction would put states “in the position of either maintaining their current policies in the face of the federal government’s view that they are violating the law, or changing them to comply with the guidelines and cede their authority over this issue.”

The judge’s order on Sunday, in a case brought by officials from more than a dozen states, was a victory for social conservatives in the continuing legal battles over the restroom guidelines, which the federal government issued this year. The culture war over the rights of transgender people, and especially their right to use public bathrooms consistent with their gender identities, has emerged as an emotional cause among social conservatives. Click here to continue reading.

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American College of Pediatricians: ‘No Scientific Basis’ That Children With Gender Dysphoria Born in Wrong Body

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By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

The American College of Pediatricians (ACP) has released a report stating that it is wrong to encourage children to believe that they were born in the wrong body as there is no scientific basis for such an assertion.

The report, “Gender Dysphoria in Children,” was written by Dr. Michelle Cretella and explains that the condition is more psychological than biological.

“[A]lthough many men with GD express the belief that they are a ‘feminine essence’ trapped in a male body, this belief has no scientific basis,” it states.

Cretella outlines that children are not born with the brains of the opposite sex. . . . The organization is therefore calling for an end to hormonal treatments and sex change operations, as well as educational curriculum that teaches children that some persons are trapped in the wrong body. To read this entire article, click here.

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Letter to the Editor: Does Lighthouse Trails Only Cover the Contemplative Prayer Issue?

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

I was thinking about the cost of mail and how it affects your ministry.  I wonder whether it would now require broader topics to keep it going.  So many of your readers like me have read your warnings about the contemplatives for many years now and perhaps there could be other areas for those people.  Just a thought . . . because it might bring in more readers in the U.S.A. when the Canadians can’t buy because of outrageous shipping costs. I forget what small thing I wanted to buy in the U.S.A. yesterday, but it would cost $60 shipping for a small inexpensive object!  I don’t understand this at all.  There’s supposed to be free trade between the two countries, but those shipping prices are not likely to promote free trade.

Your articles on contemplatives have been excellent, and I knew to avoid churches with that after reading Lighthouse Trails authors.  I wonder what other areas need to be covered now.
God bless.
J.

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Dear J.

Thanks for your e-mail. It’s really a tragedy that “free” trade between our two countries is so expensive. We are trying to find a Canadian distributor, at least for the booklets, which would mean Canadians could buy the materials right in Canada. Sadly, we were told recently that some of our topics would now be illegal in Canada, and the U.S. is right behind that.

We know what you mean about covering other topics. We actually do cover many many other topics If you look at our blog, for instance, under categories (see below), you can see just how many there are. While we have always emphasized the contemplative, there are dozens of other topics we regularly cover such as Israel, the Holocaust, the emerging church, child abuse, evolution vs creation, false signs and wonders, Roman Catholicism, ecumenism, abortion, Yoga and the New Age, homeschooling issues, Native Spirituality, the Gospel and salvation, and other issues that are affecting the church and the world. This can be seen in our print journals too. We know we will always talk about the contemplative issue, especially because we do receive new readers every day who know nothing about it, but we agree that we need to cover other aspects too, and we hope that is what we are doing.

Here is a list of our current topics we regularly cover. This list is taken from our blog, and these are all live links you can click.

BELOW IS A LIST OF THE CATEGORIES WE COVER IN THE RESOURCES ON OUR STORE SITE:

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Remembering the Holocaust

Emerging Church

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