Church daycare must pay lesbians a huge fine after couple violates employees’ moral clause

Berean Research reports:

A church daycare must pay a lesbian couple more than $28,000 after the women violated an employee agreement to live in celibacy as long as they taught at the Christian educational facility. As part of the settlement, the church must also meet with homosexual activists.

When Jaclyn Pfeiffer and her partner Kelly Bardier went to work as preschool teachers at Aloma United Methodist Church’s daycare, each of them signed the employee agreement that, as single women, they would live in celibacy.

But when Pfeiffer told the staff that they were in a lesbian relationship, the director of the daycare spoke them about the church’s employee behavioral policy. “The two teachers were counseled about their relationship as a violation of local church policy and out of concern for their spiritual well-being,” church officials explained.

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Gay Ireland hails “a new Republic” as same-sex marriage approved

Reuters reports:

Gay marriageGay couples flocked to central Dublin to celebrate a “historic watershed” on Saturday as a large majority in the traditionally Catholic country voted to allow same-sex marriage, the culmination of a four-decade struggle for gay rights.

Waving rainbow flags, embracing and crying, two thousand people gathered to watch the official results in the courtyard of Dublin Castle after voters, young and old, accounted for one of the highest turnouts in a referendum for decades.

“The amount of people who came out to vote is just such an emotional thing for us,” said Fred Schelbaum, 48, standing with his civil partner Feargal Scott, 43, who he said he intended to marry.

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Appeals Court Rules New York May Ban “Choose Life” License Plates for Fear of Road Rage

Christian News Network reports:

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has a right to decline to make “Choose Life” specialty plates if the commissioner deems the message as being “patently offensive.”

The Children First Foundation, which raises funds to support adoption and safe havens for babies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and D.C., had first petitioned the DMV for the plates in 2002. However, the request was rejected as the DMV stated that it had a “policy not to promote or display politically sensitive messages” on license plates.

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Trail Life USA reacts to Boy Scout president on gay leaders

According to Christian Examiner, the Scouts reaffirms its own commitment to “timeless Christian values”:

Responding to an announcement yesterday that Boy Scouts of America legal position on banning gay Scout leaders has weakened and is “unsustainable,” Trail Life USA board chairman John Stemberger today reaffirmed its own commitment to “timeless Christian values.”

BSA President Robert Gates made the remarks to leaders in the group’s annual meeting yesterday, indicating the organization “cannot ignore growing internal challenges” and even “open defiance” to its membership policy.

“We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained,” Gates, who previously served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Secretary of Defense said.

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Ireland’s Gay Marriage Referendum a Sign of Roman Catholic Decline

Berean Research reports:

In Ireland,” says a character in a 1904 George Bernard Shaw play, “the people is the Church, and the Church is the people.”

But not so much anymore.

On Friday (May 22), voters in this once deeply Roman Catholic country will decide whether the country’s constitution should be amended to allow for gay marriage. If the amendment passes, Ireland will become the first country to legalize same-sex civil marriage by popular vote.

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VP Biden equates religious belief on sin of homosexuality to ‘violence with impunity’

Christian Examiner reports:

Vice President Joe Biden has issued a statement likening “religious condemnation” of the sin of homosexuality to “violence with impunity,” among other things.

In the statement, issued from the White House on the “International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia,” celebrated widely in Europe and South America on May 17, Biden said the lesbian, gay and transgender (LGBT) community had displayed great bravery in the push for equal rights.

“In the last decade, thanks to the astounding bravery of the LGBT community and those who have championed their cause, the United States has made remarkable progress toward the ultimate goal of equality in law and in life. Our progress remains incomplete, but the momentum has shifted in the right direction.”

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Study of attitudes to same-sex marriage retracted over “fake data”

According to The Guardian:

The senior author of a study claiming to find that a brief, face-to-face conversation with a gay political canvasser had the ability to soften the opinions of those opposed to same-sex marriage has retracted its findings, claiming there were errors in his co-author’s work.

The study, which was published in Science in December and was widely covered in the media, found support for same-sex marriage climbed among voters who had a single conversation with a gay or lesbian canvasser. In addition, the authors found that the changed views not only lasted for at least a year, but also positively influenced the opinions of other members of the household.

The optimistic slant on human nature provided by the research evaporated this week, however, when Professor Donald Green retracted the paper.

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Ruth Bader Ginsberg Officiates Same-Sex “Wedding” as Supreme Court Deliberates National Case

Christian News Network reports:

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated a same-sex “wedding” last weekend as the nation’s high court deliberates a monumental case that will decide states’ rights regarding the definition of marriage.

Ginsburg wore her traditional black robe and lace collar as she presided over the ceremony of Michael Kahn and Charles Mitchem. According to reports, Ginsburg put an emphasis on the word “Constitution” as she declared that she was uniting them under the “powers vested in her by the Constitution of the United States.”

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False Prophet leading “Prophecy And The End Times” Track at Empowered21 Jerusalem Conference

My Word Like Fire reports:

New Apostolic Reformation figures will be introduced to many via live streaming of Empowered21’s Jerusalem 2015 Conference (May 20-25). There is no warning to viewers just how different NAR theology is from biblical Christianity. Cindy Jacobs was recently featured here in this video where she claimed “God showed” her The Lord’s Prayer is really about Dominionism: click

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)

Now, she is about to be given access to many through Empowerment21. Below is the E21 Ministry Track information about Prophecy And The End Times Ministry Track co-chair Cindy Jacobs.

Pastor resigns after outed on Grindr

According to Berean Research:

Bible Book of RomansThis piece is posted on USA Today. The actual headline reads “Antigay pastor resigns after outed on Grindr.” There’s nothing in the article that comes close to showing that Matthew Makela is antigay. The writer quotes him as saying that he supports biblical marriage. Apparently USA Today would like its readers to think that anyone who supports biblical marriage is antigay. No, we’re “probible” and those who reject the Bible’s teaching are “antichrists.”

What this story’s about is a man who fell into sin and what it cost his family.

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French, Scottish Churches Cave In On Gay Marriage

Berean Research reports:

Two years after France legalized same-sex marriage, the United Protestant Church of France (EPUF) has authorized its clergy to bless same-sex marriages, the French news service RFI has reported.

The EPUF, formed from the union of Lutheran and Reformed churches in France in 2013 and currently the nation’s largest Protestant group, is the latest western European denomination to succumb to public pressure on the issue of gay marriage since the Church of Sweden adopted the practice in 2009.

On Saturday, the general assembly of the Church of Scotland also voted to allow the ordination of homosexual ministers and deacons who are in civil partnerships.

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School district awaits Supreme Court after Walmart attorney pushes transgender “rights”

According to ChristianExaminer:

In the Northwest Arkansas seat of Walmart’s home office, a company lawyer has engaged the local school board in the gender identity/sexual orientation debate in a way that Liberty Counsel head Mat Staver said in a letter could mean more that what appears on the surface. The school board is considering adding clauses to its nondiscrimination policy – but according to a local news report will await the Supreme Court’s announcement on same sex marriage next month. So, when the Supreme Court announces it decision on marriage next month, not only will it define marriage, “it will affect how children as young as kindergartners are taught, how Christian businesses are run, and even whom churches and Christian schools can hire,” Liberty Counsel said in a news release.

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SBC’s International Mission Board will no longer disqualify candidates who speak in tongues

According to ChristianExaminer:

The Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, which selects and trains missionaries for the denomination and has more than 4,700 field personnel under appointment, has changed its personnel qualifications to allow “new pathways” for service to those who previously could not be assigned to long-term overseas posts, Baptist Press, the convention’s news agency, has reported.

David Platt, elected IMB president in August 2014, told the mission board’s trustees earlier this week that the organization’s changes to its appointment policy represent a new “unified statement of qualifications” that will apply to all new applicants.

“We’re talking about limitless possibilities that God has providentially arranged for His people to go around the world with the gospel. And as the IMB, we want to send Southern Baptists through as many pathways as possible, which necessitates that we open up the pipeline for people to come through those pathways,” Platt said, according to Baptist Press.

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U.S. Government Drops Remaining Charges Against Evolutionary Foe Kent Hovind

According to Berean Research:

Federal prosecutors have filed a motion to dismiss the remaining criminal charges against an imprisoned creation science evangelist after a jury deadlocked on the matter and was not convinced of his guilt.

As previously reported, Kent Hovind, the founder of Creation Science Evangelism out of Pensacola, Florida, has been fighting charges of mail fraud and contempt for contesting liens against a number of properties that had been seized by the government several years ago.

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Pope Canonizes 2 Saints From 19th-Century Palestine

Pope FrancisOn Sunday Pope Francis decided to canonize two nuns who lived in Palestine for reasons you’ll discover in the Associated Press piece which we will link to. Evidently these women were examples of “mercy, charity and reconciliation” which means they were “good people.” To canonize someone is to make him/her a saint. The article revealed that one of the sisters was not only a good person, she “is said to have received the “stigmata” – bleeding wounds like those that Jesus Christ suffered on the cross.” Since CRN routinely covers Catholic mysticism it came as no surprise that one of the nuns was a mystic — many Catholic clergy engage in mysticism. But what needs to be addressed here is Rome’s belief that their pope’s have the authority to declare people saints. This is untrue, as the Bible is clear that all born again Christians are saints. Following are just three examples:

Acts 9:32: “Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda.”

Romans 16:15: “Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.”

1 Corinthians 1:2: “To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours…”

So as you can see, Scripture clearly teaches that a saint is anyone who has put his/her faith in Jesus Christ.

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Pope Francis extends agenda of change to Vatican diplomacy

Reuters reports:

Pope Francis’ hard-hitting criticisms of globalization and inequality long ago set him out as a leader unafraid of mixing theology and politics. He is now flexing the Vatican’s diplomatic muscles as well. Last year, he helped to broker an historic accord between Cuba and the United States after half a century of hostility.

This past week, his office announced the first formal accord between the Vatican and the State of Palestine — a treaty that gives legal weight to the Holy See’s longstanding recognition of de-facto Palestinian statehood despite clear Israeli annoyance.

The pope ruffled even more feathers in Turkey last month by referring to the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians in the early 20th century as a “genocide”, something Ankara denies.

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Air Force general who spoke of God in talk should be court-martialed, group says

According to Fox News:

An Air Force general who recently spoke about how God has guided his career should be court-martialed, a civil liberties group is saying.

In a speech at a National Day of Prayer Task Force event on May 7, Maj. Gen. Craig Olson credits God for his accomplishments in the military, and refers to himself as a “redeemed believer in Christ.”

The Air Force Times reports that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has taken issue with Olson’s remarks, is calling for the two-star general to be court-martialed and “aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions.”

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Call it “gender fluidity”: Schools to teach kids there’s no such thing as boys or girls

Todd Starnes, host of Fox News & Commentary, reports that America’s public schools are teaching our children that sexuality is a “broader spectrum.”

One of the nation’s largest public school systems is preparing to include gender identity to its classroom curriculum, including lessons on sexual fluidity and spectrum – the idea that there’s no such thing as 100 percent boys or 100 percent girls.

Fairfax County Public Schools released a report recommending changes to their family life curriculum for grades 7 through 12. The changes, which critics call radical gender ideology, will be formally introduced next week.

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Texas Senate Approves Bill Protecting Pastors Who Refuse to Officiate Same-Sex ‘Weddings’

According to Christian News Network:

Church The Texas Senate has approved a bill that would protect pastors from legal action if they refuse to officiate same-sex ceremonies.

Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) presented S.B. 2065, entitled “Freedom of Religion with Respect to Recognizing or Performing Certain Marriages.”

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Homosexual teacher reads “gay fairy tale” to 3rd graders

No note went home, no calls were made. Now parents in Efland, North Carolina are understandably outraged to learn that their 8 and 9-year-olds’ homosexual teacher decided to read a gay fairy tale – that the assistant principal gave him – to the youngsters.

Said one parent, “People have been gay for years. People have been lesbian for years. But why does a third-grader need to know about that?”

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Boys: slip on a dress and you can join the Girl Scouts!

Berean Research reports:

Girl Scouts isn’t just for girls anymore. But then again the Feminist Movement has been trying to blur and eliminate gender lines for decades.

Now the Girl Scouts of America has changed its policy: Boys dressing as girls can join them for weekly meetings, campouts, changing, sleeping arrangements, and other travel-related activities and any other formerly girls-only activities. Yes, boys in skirts, boys in make-up and boys in tents will become a part of the program.

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New Pew Research Poll: Apostate “Christians” Leaving Church

Church PewChristian News Network (CNN) informs us that the current Pew Research Center report stated that mainline groups have experienced the greatest drop in numbers and “may have fallen by as few as 3 million or as many as 7.3 million between 2007 and 2014.” According to CNN, these groups include the “United Methodist Church, the American Baptist Church (U.S.A.), the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Episcopal Church— denominations that have largely been considered to be apostate by evangelical Christians because of their liberal and unorthodox stances on abortion and homosexuality.” The good news is that those who identify as evangelical Christians have declined less than one percent.

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FDA proposes 1-year abstinence for gay, bisexual men to donate blood

According to The Washington Times:

The federal government on Tuesday proposed its plans to permit gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they have abstained from sex for a year.

The policy is aimed at safeguarding the blood supply for hemophiliacs and other users. It is similar to those of several nations, which also have a one-year or multiple-year sexual abstinence policy for men who have sex with men (MSM).

The policy is denounced by gay-rights groups who say MSM who are married or in monogamous relationships have less risk for transmitting diseases like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis than heterosexuals who have multiple female sex partners.

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Liberal speakers dominate college commencements, conservative group says

Fox News Reports:

Northwestern UniversityAs cap-and-gown season gets underway at American colleges and universities, graduates and their loved ones will be getting an earful from left-wing commencement speakers, according to a report.

Liberal speakers will outnumber conservatives by at least 6-to-1 at the nation’s top 100 schools as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, according to conservative watchdog group Young America’s Foundation. Among the top 10 of the list–which includes schools such as Princeton, the University of Chicago and Duke–none is hosting conservative speakers.

“Our 2015 survey shows the conservative blackout on college campuses has only gotten worse,” Ron Robinson, president of Young America’s Foundation, said in a statement to FoxNews.com. “While conservatives won the national elections by a wide margin, campuses have doubled down on liberal speakers–with zero elected conservative officials scheduled to speak at our nation’s top schools.”

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