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This Isn't Tolerance
Nov. 30, 2009 - According to Alan F.H. Wisdom, If a bill to allow Same-sex marriage in Washington, D.C. is passed, it will trample on religious liberty.
The Catholic archdiocese warned that it might lose contracts with the city to provide social services for the poor and needy if it could not comply with a same-sex marriage mandate.
- Churches and clergy would not be forced to conduct same-sex weddings. But in every other respect religious persons and institutions would be pressed to act as if there were nothing special about the lifelong, one-flesh union of the two complementary sexes.
- Source: Weekly Standard - D.C.
Maine voters repeal gay-marriage law
Nov. 3, 2009 - After tabulating results from 87 percent of Maine's precincts, an initiative to repeal a state law that would have allowed same-sex couples to be married was adopted by 53 percent of the votes.
- Gay marriage has now lost in every single state — 31 in all — in which it has been put to a popular vote. Gay-rights activists had hoped to buck that trend in Maine — known for its moderate, independent-minded electorate — and mounted an energetic, well-financed campaign.
- Source: MSNBC
- 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting for Maine and Washington - The Call
- R-71 [Washington State Marriage Amendment] winning big in King County, slightly ahead statewide - The Olympian
Hate crimes bill goes to Obama for signature
Oct.23, 2009 -
The Senate passed a hate-crimes bill on Thursday that will make it a crime to assault an individual because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. The legislation now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign it. The law is limited to violent action against people, but would supposedly not limit speech against such issues as abortion or homosexuality.
- Attorney General Eric Holder has asserted that any federal hate-crimes law would be used only to prosecute violent acts based on bias, as opposed to the prosecution of speech based on controversial racial or religious beliefs.
- Source: CCN
- Now is the time to take a stand against a clear and present danger to our first amendment freedoms of speech and religion - Hate Crimes legislation.
- Family Research Council
- Hate Crimes Bill: Who Is The Hater? - Ron's Blog
Obama to Speak at LGBT Rights Dinner
Oct. 7, 2009 - President Obama will be the keynote speaker at a gay rights dinner on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
- Many leaders in the LGBT community are hoping Obama will use the platform as an opportunity to re-establish his position as a “fierce advocate” for gay rights that he solidified on the campaign trail.
Lutherans to Allow Sexually Active Gays As Clergy
Aug. 22, 2009 - A general conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted Friday to allow sexually active gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy. The denomination has 4.7 million members and about 10,000 congregations.
- Source: NewsMax
- - Albert Mohler - Crosswalk
Lutherans Move Toward Welcoming Gays to Services
Aug. 20, 2009 - Delegates of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, meeting in Minneapolis, approved a statement that acknowledges differing views on homosexuality among congregations.
- The vote on the statement is a prelude to a bigger vote Friday. That's when delegates will debate a proposal to allow individual ELCA congregations to hire people in committed same-sex relationships as clergy.
- Source: Newsmax
- Violent storms and tornado hits Minneapolis area, convention center and church where Lutherans (ELCA)
approved statement validating 'chaste' same-sex relationships - Koenig International News
Is The Gay Marriage Debate Over?
July 27, 2009 - Mark Galli wonders if the battle to preserve traditional marriage has been lost. He outlines the gradual acceptance of gay marriage, starting in The Netherlands in 2001, and its gradual spread even to the U.S.
To date, 42 states have adopted similar constitutional amendments, but three of those bans have since been overturned.
- Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act (doma) in 1996. Three states soon adopted constitutional same-sex marriage bans: Alaska (1998), Nebraska (2000), and Nevada (2000).
David Blankenhorn, president of the New York–based Institute for American Values and author of The Future of Marriage, argues that, above all else, marriage is primarily a license to have children. Bible-believing Christians can use this argument, but their own divorce rates make it difficult to hold the high moral ground.
Evangelical independence and church-hopping also erode our moral position because it leads to "a habitual unwillingness to submit to anything bigger than the self." We need to repent of our own sinfulness, stand for what is right, and point to "the One who must save us all."
- Source: Christianity Today
Episcopal Church moves toward blessing gay unions
July 18, 2009 - At its triennial national convention, the Episcopal Church gave its clergy permission to bless some same-sex unions, such as civil partnerships in states that legally recognize them. In addition, a resolution was passed to direct church leaders to develop official rites, or liturgies, for the blessing of same-sex unions.
- For now, the church's official definition of marriage is a union between a man and a woman. The same-sex rites called for on Friday will be discussed and voted on at the next general church conference in three years.
- Source: Reuters
Judge rules college can't censor religious speech for being 'offensive'
July 14, 2009 -
Los Angeles City College student Jonathan Lopez was interrupted by professor John Matteson interrupted wnd insulted for mentioning a moral conviction against homosexual marriage and later told him to "ask God what your grade is."
- A California court has ruled in favor of a student who was insulted for defending traditional marriage and has ordered the college to strike from its website a sexual harassment policy that censors speech deemed "offensive" to homosexual people.
With help from the Alliance Defense Fund, Lopez won a legal battle over the issue.
- Source: WorldNetDaily
Pro-Family Group Works to Stop 'Gay Day' in CA
May 14, 2009 - If the California State Senate Education Committee approves SB 572, it will push it forward in the state legislature. Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com encourages people to send e-mails and phone calls to oppose the bill.
- If signed into law, SB 572 will mean an official day commemorating homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality in California government schools, without parental permission."
- Source: CBN
- Update May 15, 2009 - California kids to honor, study Harvey Milk?
Only governor's veto can stop mandatory 'gay' day - WorldNetDaily
'Hate crimes' bill likely to pass House
Apr. 29, 2009 -The House of Representatives will most likely pass the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act today, and the Senate could do the same soon.
The bill would add gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability to the list of protected categories under federal hate crimes law.
Proponents of the bill say that the bill will not punish speaking out publicly against homosexuality, but Judiciary Committee member Steve King (R-Iowa) warns that that is not true.
- "I just think that tells you that this breaks down the logical approach to law," King adds. "If we move away from punishing overt acts to punishing thoughts -- which is what this legislation does -- heaven help us."
- Source: OneNewsNow
- Beware Abhorrent Hate Crime Legislation - David Limbaugh
- Text of HR 1913 RH Library of Congress - Thomas
Rick Warren: "I Am Not Anti-Gay Marriage"
See our article in the Apostasy section.
Barney Frank Calls Justice Scalia a 'Homophobe'
Mar. 24, 2009 - In an interview, Gay House of Representative Barney Frank said it would not be good for the Supreme Court to decide the same-sex marriage issue now because, "That homophobe Antonin Scalia has too many votes on this current court."
Scalia's stated position is that controversial topics like gay rights and abortion need to be settled by ammending state and federal constitutions instead of asking judges to decide.
- Scalia dissented from the court's ruling in 2003 that struck down state laws banning consensual sodomy. He has complained about judges, rather than elected officials, deciding questions of morality about which the Constitution is silent.
- Source: NewsMax
Obama “Forcing” Christians To Embrace Homosexuality, Conservatives Warn
Jan 27, 2009 - George Whitten, International Correspondent, warns that President Obama's agenda regarding homosexual issues will have a negative effect on Bible-believing Christians. His plans include:
Passage of The Employment Non-Discrimination Act - The law would prohibit "discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression." Employers would be forced to accept what some of them consider immoral behavior. This appears to violate the First Amendment provision, "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
In this first form of the bill, churches would be exempt.
Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) - To force every state to recognize homosexual marriages or unions.
Repeal the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy in the United States army.
Expand federal hate-crimes laws. Obama actually introduced the Matthew Shepard Act in the Senate as a freshman senator. Future "hate crimes" legislation could make preaching sermons on homosexuality and other "sins" mentioned in the Bible violations of the law. Such laws could also criminalize pulpit warnings about the dangers of radical Islam.
- Source: Worthy News
D.C. orgy confirmed by homosexual newspaper
Jan. 17, 2009 - An unbridled and unhealthy homosexual sex party is planned at a Washington D.C. Doubletree Hotel to celebrate the inauguration. Health officials have been alerted. Christian activist Navy Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt said,
- "Let us pray for our nation’s safety and repentance, during these days when Sodom and Gomorrah have been unleashed upon Washington, D.C."
- Source: WorldNetDaily
- Americans For Truth About Homosexuality
- Update 1/19/09: Outrage, complaints shut down D.C. orgy - WorldNetDaily
- Gay bishop to open inaugural weekend - Prophecy Central's Obama Watch
- Update 1/19/09: Text of Bishop Gene Robinson before Sunday's pre-inauguration concert - Episcopal Cafe
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