Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Gay Agenda Destroys Everything it Contacts

Let's review the effects of the Gay Agenda:  sharp rise in STDs (not only HIV/AIDS) mostly associated with anal sex; exploding rates of transgender delusion (even among children) resulting in more suicides; lower marriage rates and kids raised without their mother or father; the demise of (gay-affirming) mainline church denominations; weakening of the once-strongest force for good in the world (U.S. military); public education transformed to indoctrination and social experimentation; demise of the Girl Scouts (after lesbian leaders took over) . . .

and now, the end of the Boy Scouts of America.

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Federal Gov't Says HIV/AIDS is Mostly a Gay Disease (and other anal sex diseases)

Transgenderism is 'Delusion' Says Victims and Professionals

The Demise of Family Causes Violence, Poverty, and More

Liberal Mainline 'Churches' Continue to Wither as they Conform to the Decadent Culture

Sexual Assaults in Pres. Obama's Military Mostly Homosexual

Homosexuals Weaken Military, Proved in 1990s: U.S. General

Transgender/Gay Agenda Mandated in Virginia School (and across America)

Bishops Investigate Girl Scouts' Sexualization

Homosexuality Caused Fall of Roman Empire

Vatican Says Gay Agenda is 'a Defeat for Humanity'

Pope Francis Says Gay Agenda is Work of the Devil

-- From "Boy Scouts OK gay leaders; Mormon church may quit" by Erik Eckholm, The New York Times 7/28/15

The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its nationwide ban on openly gay adult leaders. But despite a compromise allowing conservative church-sponsored units to pick their own volunteer leaders, the Mormon church, the country’s largest sponsor of Scout units, said it might leave the organization.

To avoid the wholesale defection of conservative religious groups, the Boy Scouts said church-based local units would remain free to exclude gay adults from voluntary leadership roles like scoutmasters and Cub Scout den and pack leaders.

Mormons use the Boy Scouts as their main nonreligious activity for boys, and the Cub Scout and Boy Scout units they sponsor accounted for 17 percent of all youths in Scouting in 2013, the last year for which data have been published.

Under the Boy Scout policy adopted Monday, discrimination based on sexual orientation will also be barred in all Boy Scout offices and for all paid jobs — a step that could head off looming lawsuits in New York, Colorado and other states that prohibit such discrimination in employment.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Are lawsuits ahead for church-based Boy Scout troops?" by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service (Washington Post) 7/27/15

. . . Scout officials say religious groups — which make up some 70 percent of chartered organizations — would still have the option to exclude gays even [with the new policy as] adopted.

“What they’re not taking into account is the new frontier that we’re on, where judges are being social change agents,” said John Stemberger, chairman of Trail Life USA, which bills itself as a Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts.

Trail Life issued its own eight-page legal memo, written by a former BSA lawyer who is now Trail Life’s general counsel.

“The church-chartered troop will likely be sued the moment it tries to revoke the membership of the homosexual member who wears his uniform to the Gay Pride Parade, revokes or denies membership to an adult who publicly gets married to someone of the same sex, or denies membership to the girl who believes she is actually a male,” the Trail Life memo reads.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Why Boy Scouts stance on gay leaders leaves it in limbo" by Amanda Paulson, Staff Writer, Christian Science Monitor 7/27/15

“You’ve got a highly divided organization,” says Richard Ellis, a political science professor at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and the author of “Judging the Boy Scouts of America.” “Now it’s not clear that even this solution, which is an attempt to get the [gay rights] issue out of the way, can do it, because nobody is happy with it.”

. . . Some 70 percent of Boy Scout troops are now run by faith-based groups. By the time the BSA considered changing its ban on gay Scout leaders in 2013, it polled its membership and got incredible pushback, Ellis says. Nearly all the councils in the Northeast wanted the anti-gay policy changed, while 80 percent of the Southern councils wanted it to stay the same. The organization worried about an exodus of members. In the end, it decided to go with lifting the ban on gay youths, but not gay adults.

A BSA decision to lift the ban on gay adults but still leave hiring decisions to the discretion of local religious-based organizations affiliated with troops might have seemed progressive if the Scouts had taken that stance 25 years ago, when many first urged it. But coming in 2015, it now seems to critics like too little, too late – a decision that will still allow for discrimination on religious grounds.

“Our position has been and remains clear – we continue to urge the Boy Scouts of America to embrace full LGBT inclusion, without exception,” says Liz Halloran, a spokeswoman for the Human Rights Campaign, which fights for gay rights, via an e-mail.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "LDS Church relationship with Boy Scouts in doubt, may create new international program" by Ben Lockhart, Deseret News 7/27/15

"The church has always welcomed all boys to its Scouting units regardless of sexual orientation," church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a prepared statement. "However, the admission of openly gay leaders is inconsistent with the doctrines of the church and what have traditionally been the values of the Boy Scouts of America.”

Hawkins also confirmed the church is considering the possibility of creating an international program similar to Scouting and also made for young men ages 12 to 18.

"As a global organization with members in 170 countries, the church has long been evaluating the limitations that fully one-half of its youth face where Scouting is not available," he said. "Those worldwide needs combined with this vote by the BSA National Executive Board will be carefully reviewed by the leaders of the church in the weeks ahead."

The Catholic Church, another large charter organization with the Boy Scouts, did not offer a formal response to the vote Monday.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Florida Battles Satanic 'Prayer' City-by-City

As anti-Christian zealots like the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) launch attacks across America, Florida towns are attempting to preserve invocations at municipal meetings, including the City of Pompano Beach, which recently passed a resolution to censor mocking and satanic "prayers."
"The idea here is to make it so utterly fucking ridiculous.  As a Satanic atheist, it's my job to mock, ridicule, and deride the absurdity of having anyone give an invocation to any god at all."
-- Chaz Stevens, local resident, as quoted and printed in the New Times Broward-Palm Beach
For background, read Florida Atheists Sue to 'Pray' at County Meetings

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-- From "Pompano's Exclusion of Satanic Invocations Challenged by the Freedom from Religion Foundation" by Chris Joseph, New Times Broward-Palm Beach 7/17/15

The Freedom from Religion Foundation has challenged the City of Pompano Beach's recent resolution that keeps Satanists and atheists from giving invocations and prayers before their commission meetings. In a letter addressed to Mayor Lamar Fisher, the foundation's attorney Andrew Seidel calls the resolution unconstitutional, and a violation of a Supreme Court ruling, as well as discriminatory.

The resolution, which was passed on Tuesday, puts limits on who can give invocations to only established churches found in the Yellow Pages, certified clergy and the Internal Revenue Service's definition of a nonprofit group. The resolution was prompted, in part, over atheist activist Chaz Stevens, who requested a spot to perform a Satanic invocation at a future commission meeting two months ago.

He called his idea to do a Satanic invocation across Florida  "Satan or Silence," in hopes that every city would do what Lake Worth did [reject all prayer entirely]. Delray Beach also went a similar route after Stevens' request, and substituted invocations with a moment of silence before every meeting.

When Pompano Beach received Stevens' request, they were given the choice to accept or go the route of Lake Worth and Delray. But the measure fell through and so, instead of a moment of silence or no invocation at all, Pompano Beach decided to severely restrict who gets to make the invocations.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Satanic prayer still a long shot in Pompano Beach" by Bob Norman, Reporter, WPLG-TV10 (Miami, FL) 7/24/15

The blogger, Timothy "Chaz" Stevens, is anything but a bona fide clergyman. He's an often vulgar public gadfly and church and state activist who hounds local government officials.

On his blog, he often attacks his targets in a very personal manner, with a penchant for photoshopping obscene symbols on their faces.

Notably, Stevens, who routinely refers to himself as a genius, was arrested in 2004 on a charge of violating a domestic violence injunction after a woman claimed he stalked her and threw feces on her porch, among other transgressions. Stevens refused comment for this story.

Stevens, whose efforts are supported by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, formed what he calls the First Pompano Beach of Satan, with an address that comes up to a box in a Parcels Plus store on Atlantic Boulevard. He has advertised the church on Yelp and listed it in the Yellow Pages, a requirement of the city.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

9th Court Forces Christians into Abortion Business

This week's ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, overturning the 2012 ruling of U.S. District Court Judge Ronald B. Leighton, reinstates a 2007 Washington state requirement forcing all Christian pharmacists to sell the morning-after pill (Plan B), thus violating their religious liberty.
“The government has no business punishing citizens solely because of their religious beliefs.  The pharmacists in this case willingly refer patients to over 30 pharmacies that stock the morning-after pill within a 5 mile radius, and no patient has ever been denied timely access to any drug.”
-- Luke Goodrich, deputy general counsel of the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty
For background, read how Judge Leighton ruled the regulations to be anti-Christian.

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Illinois Pro-life Pharmacists Win Against Plan B

Unlimited Plan B Abortion Pill in Stores for Kids

'Invisible' Abortions Soar Among Teens — Plan B

Over-the-Counter Abortion Paid by ObamaCare: Study

-- From "Pharmacy owners cannot cite religion to deny medicine - U.S. appeals court" by Dan Levine, Reuters 7/23/15

The state of Washington can require a pharmacy to deliver medicine even if the pharmacy's owner has a religious objection, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, the latest in a series of judgements on whether religious believers can opt out of providing services.

The U.S. Supreme Court last year allowed closely held corporations to seek exemptions from the Obamacare health law's contraception requirement.

A unanimous three-judge 9th Circuit panel on Thursday decided that the rules are constitutional because they rationally further the state's interest in patient safety. Speed is particularly important considering the time-sensitive nature of emergency contraception, the court said.

"The time taken to travel to another pharmacy, especially in rural areas where pharmacies are sparse, may reduce the efficacy of those drugs," wrote Judge Susan Graber.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Ruling: Washington can require pharmacies to dispense Plan B" by Gene Johnson, The Associated Press 7/24/15

A Ralph’s Thriftway pharmacy in Olympia and two pharmacists sued, saying the rules required them to violate their religious beliefs, because the drugs can prevent implantation of a fertilized egg, which they consider tantamount to abortion. They argued that they should be allowed to refer patients to a nearby drug store rather than fulfill the prescription themselves.

But the appeals judges — Susan P. Graber, Richard R. Clifton Mary H. Murguia — said that wasn’t good enough.

In his initial ruling, Leighton said the rules infringed on the pharmacists’ religious freedom and issued an order blocking them, but in 2009 the appeals court reversed that decision. After holding an 11-day trial, Leighton in 2012 basically reaffirmed his original reasoning.

But the appeals court found that the rules were neutral, rather than targeted at suppressing the religious objections of the pharmacists.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "WA Pharms Must Stock Morning-After Pill" by June Williams, Courthouse News Service 7/24/15

Stormans Inc., owners of Ralph's Thriftway in Olympia, and two individual pharmacists sued the state in 2007 over new Board of Pharmacy regulations that require pharmacies to stock and dispense the emergency contraceptive Plan B.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton initially barred enforcement of the new stocking rules, but the Ninth Circuit overturned the injunction in 2009 after finding that the lower court had abused its discretion and "incorrectly applied a heightened level of scrutiny to a neutral law of general applicability."

Although the injunction was lifted, Washington state put off enforcing new rules pending trial. Leighton concluded after a 2012 bench trial that the stocking and dispensing laws were unconstitutional.

[This week, the Ninth Circuit] panel rejected the pharmacists' argument that they should be allowed to refer patients to other drug stores because of their religious objections to dispensing emergency contraceptives.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Washington Pharmacists Must Stock Plan B Despite Religious Beliefs" by Ruby de Luna, KUOW-FM94.9 (Seattle, WA) 7/24/15

“We’re disappointed with the ruling,” says Kristen Waggoner senior legal counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, the group representing the pharmacy owner and two pharmacists. Waggoner says the ruling has broader implications; it would affect the state’s health care system.

“One third of the state’s hospital beds are affiliated with religious entities and in this case, the Catholic hospitals have said they will not sell these drugs in their outpatient pharmacies,” Waggoner says.

“We have to take a look at if the state truly intends to enforce these regulations in an evenhanded manner, it will have significant implications to healthcare throughout the state.”

Those three pharmacists will not have to comply with the federal appeals court decision, because that ruling doesn’t end the matter. Waggoner says she and her clients are considering their options for appeal.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Appeals court rules pharmacists must make Plan B, other contraceptives available in Washington" by Jim Camden, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) 7/24/15

Washington pharmacists who have religious objections to abortion or birth control can be sanctioned by the state if they send customers to another store for emergency contraception, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. . . . A pharmacist with a religious objection to the drug can refuse to fill a prescription only if another pharmacist at the store is available who will, the state had said.

The owners of Ralph’s Thriftway, a supermarket and pharmacy in Olympia which sued the state over the regulation, plan to appeal. Kevin Stormans, president of Stormans Inc., said in a news release that the state allows pharmacies to make referrals for other reasons and 33 stores stock the drug within 5 miles of the store.

“All we are asking is to be able to live out the beliefs that we hold, as Americans have always been able to do, and to be able to refer patients for religious reasons, as the medical and pharmaceutical associations overwhelmingly recommend,” he said.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Court Says Washington State Pharmacy Must Provide Emergency Contraceptives Despite Religious Objection" by Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter 7/24/15

In 2007, the Washington Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission unanimously adopted two administrative rules, the "Pharmacist Responsibility Rule" and the "Delivery Rule."

The "Responsibility Rule" stated that a pharmacy could not refuse to provide "lawful prescriptions", but did provide a religious exemption for pharmacies and pharmacists.

By contrast the "Delivery Rule" lacks any exemption for religious or moral objections to providing "lawful prescriptions," like emergency contraceptives.

In February 2012 Leighton ruled in favor of Ralph's and the two pharmacists, arguing that the Commission's rules were "in practice unconstitutional."

"The Board of Pharmacy's 2007 rules are not neutral, and they are not generally applicable. They were designed instead to force religious objectors to dispense Plan B, and they sought to do so despite the fact that refusals to deliver for all sorts of secular reasons were permitted," wrote Leighton.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "No Pharmacy Owner Can Refuse Morning-After Pill in Washington, Court Rules" by Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post Contributor 7/25/15

[. . . The 9th Circuit] court held that the state law is "neutral" and "generally applicable" and therefore citizens must obey it irrespective of their religious beliefs.

The court said this week that Stormans failed to establish their belief that the contraceptive pills can induce abortions, and that their religious freedom is a "fundamental right" in this case.

"On balance, however, we are unconvinced that the right to own, operate, or work at a licensed professional business free from regulations requiring the business to engage in activities that one sincerely believes leads to the taking of human life is 'so rooted in the traditions and conscience of our people as to be ranked as fundamental,'" the court said, referring to Snyder v. Massachusetts.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Federal Judge Blocks ObamaCare Assault on Christians

And read California Forces Catholics to Fund Abortion Insurance

Saturday, July 25, 2015

KY Forbids Pastors Calling Homosexuality 'Sinful'

Attorneys for Pastor David Wells are demanding that the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) drop the religious test on volunteer counselors issued by the Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center that censors use of the Bible regarding sexual sin.  Wells was recently dismissed by the State because he refused to sign an agreement denouncing God's Word.
"Many juveniles are in DJJ custody because of sexual crimes.  Pastor Wells must be able to discuss what the Bible says about matters of sexuality with the juveniles he is trying to help. . . . DJJ 912 equates the teaching of biblical morality with ‘derogatory,’ ‘biased” and ‘hateful’ speech."
-- Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel (representing David Wells)
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Religious Liberty in Homosexualists' Crosshairs

Pastor Arrested in California for Reading Bible in Public

Jesus Talk Outlawed in New Orleans, Arrests Made

Houston Lesbian Mayor Subpoenas Pastors' Sermons

Idaho Pastors Face Fines, Jail for Refusing 'Gay Wedding'

Also read how state legislators, governors and judges are forbidding troubled youth from seeking Christian counseling.

And read how President Obama and his federal government agencies are elevating the Gay Agenda above religious liberty.

In addition, read Gay Agenda will be Complete when Christians are Muzzled, Say Homosexualists as well as Senator Ted Cruz Says the Gay Agenda Ends Christian Liberty

-- From "State forbids pastors calling homosexuality 'sinful'" by Bob Unruh, World Net Daily 7/24/15

The policy states that DJJ staff, volunteers and others “shall not imply or tell LGBTQI juveniles that they are abnormal, deviant, sinful or that they can or should change their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Wells had volunteered more than 10 years at the facility under the prison ministry of Pleasant View Baptist Church in McQuady.

Liberty Counsel’s letter [to the DJJ] noted Wells was ordered to sign a form “promising to refrain from telling any juvenile inmates that homosexuality was ‘sinful.’”

The state demand “violates the First Amendment by prescribing an official state religious ‘orthodoxy:’ now, only a religious belief that homosexuality is not ‘sinful’ may be expressed in DJJ facilities.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Unconstitutional Restriction on Religious Speech - letter to Bob Hayter, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice" by Liberty Counsel 7/23/15

Demand is hereby made that Mr. Wells and other volunteer ministers be immediately reinstated as volunteers at this facility, free from unconstitutional religious discrimination, Policy 912 notwithstanding,

.. [In the past, DJJ] children have asked Mr. Wells if there was any hope for them in this life, and in the life to come.  He has told them without exception that Christ can, and would, forgive them, if they would repent and believe the gospel.  This message has given them hope, and many have told him this personally and in written correspondence.  Despite these facts, Superintendent [Gene] Wade has told Mr. Wells, on the basis of Policy 912, that if a child now asks questions of him on issues involving sexual activity, he may not discuss the same with them: “You can give a scripture reference to the kids, and let them look it up, but you can’t read it in their hearing. You can’t say “sinful;” you can’t discuss sexual orientation – heterosexual or homosexual - period.”

. . . By restricting speech which volunteers are allowed to use while ministering to youth detainees, the State of Kentucky and the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice have violated the protections given to private speech through the First Amendment and the Kentucky Constitution.  Policy 912 requires affirmation of homosexuality as a condition of providing spiritual guidance to troubled youth, and singles out a particular theological viewpoint as expressly disfavored by the State of Kentucky. This the State cannot do.

To read the entire letter above above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Supreme Court Rules Bible as 'Hate Speech' in Canada

And read European Union High Court Rules Gay Agenda Trumps Christianity

Friday, July 24, 2015

Vampire Normalization Urged in Idaho Univ. Study

University researchers have concluded that vampires in America "seem to function normally" and are simply people who have an "alternative identity" (think sexual orientation) who should be treated like everyone else by government social workers because "We should not be surprised to see a proliferation of nontraditional identities in the future."
"Real vampires seem to be ordinary human beings with common, everyday human issues, such as trying to be successful in relationships and careers, managing stress, coping with daily living tasks, and adjustments to transitions, to name a few."
-- D. J. Williams, Idaho State University sociology professor
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Judge Says Incest OK; It's the New Gay

Pedophilia is Sexual Orientation, Like 'Being Gay'

Normalization of Pedophilia Urged by Psychiatrists

Democrat Senate Legalizes Bestiality in Military

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-- From "Researchers: Vampires are people, too, and need as much psychotherapy as the rest of us" by Ariana Eunjung, Washington Post 7/9/15

Vampires are real. No, not the impossibly perfect Cullens in the "Twilight" movies or tortured but well-dressed souls in CW shows. But human beings who self-identify as vampires and may drink blood or sleep in coffins. And these people need as much psychotherapy and medical help as the rest of us.

That's the conclusion of a study by D.J. Williams, director of social work at Idaho State University, and published in the July issue of the peer-reviewed journal Critical Social Work.

Williams and his co-author, Emily E. Prior, a researcher at the College of the Canyons, interviewed 11 vampires from across the United States and South Africa and found that they were reluctant to come out to clinicians because they were fearful about being labeled as being psychopathological or "perhaps wicked, and not competent to perform in typical social roles, such a parenting."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "'Vampires' keep doctors in the dark for fear of stereotyping: study" posted at Reuters 7/7/15

Williams, who has studied self-identified vampires for nearly a decade, finds they come from every walk of life and profession, including doctors, attorneys and candlestick makers.

Except they are very, very tired. That’s apparently the chief reason they find a consenting adult willing to allow them to use a scalpel to make a tiny incision in the chest area so they can ingest a small amount of blood for energy, the study found.

“The real vampire community seems to be a conscientious and ethical one,” Williams said.

The challenge is finding non-judgmental clinicians to whom vampires can disclose their alternative lifestyles, he added.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Self-identified vampires subject of study by ISU professor" by Debbie Bryce, Idaho State Journal 7/9/15

“We live in an age of technology and live in a time when people can select new, alternate identities to fit how they understand themselves better,” Williams said. “We really need to understand some of these new identities and new ways to identify ourselves, and some of these new identities do not fit into stereotypes. Helping professionals of all varieties need more education on these kinds of topics. ”

“It’s not a religion. It’s akin to our sexual orientation,” Williams said. “It’s their identity, and it’s an important part of who they are.”

Williams hopes his research helps to shine light on the issue of alternate identities and the need to be sensitive and aware.

“In our codes of ethics — and this is true of social work, counseling, psychology and medicine — we talk about being open and non-judgmental to try to understand a client’s world and context,” Williams said. “This study explored the world and context of self-proclaimed vampires. A lot of clinicians are still not willing to accept these types of studies or are not aware of them.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Study: Self-Identified ‘Vampires’ Fear Being Judged if They ‘Come Out of the Coffin’" by Rudy Takala, CNSNews.com 7/17/15

“People don’t seem to be diagnosed as vampires, at least not the way that the vampires in our study use that term. The self-identified vampires that we have dealt with seem to recognize at some point in their lives that they chronically seem to need extra energy.

“Eventually, they learn that there are other people who seem to have this same need, and they find a community with an explanation that seems to make sense to them,” Williams said.

Eighty-two percent of the study participants reported their gender as female, with one “intersexed, female assigned individual” and one “postoperative, male-to-female transsexual.” One participant identified as male, and one as “gender-queer.”

Five said they were pagan; four were wiccan; one identified as “spiritual”; and one said they had no religious affiliation.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

'Christian Rights' Lawsuit: Refused 'Gay Marriage'

In a direct challenge to the rise of the politically correct "gay rights" movement, Linda G. Summers is suing for violation of civil rights religious accommodation of her Christian faith in her workplace.  Harrison County, Indiana fired Summers from her position in the county clerk's office for refusing to process same-sex marriage license applications, so she is suing the county government as well as county clerk Sally Whitis in Federal Court.

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Christian Magistrates Refusing 'Gay Marriage' Lose Jobs in North Carolina

President Obama's Gay Agenda Trumps Freedom in Employment (ENDA)

Vice President Biden Says 'Gay Rights' Trump Religious Beliefs

Homosexualists Admit Goal to End Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty in Homosexualists' Crosshairs

Michigan Christian Business Trashed by Homosexualists

Homosexuals Force Closure of Iowa Christian Wedding Chapel

Pastors Face Fines, Jail for Refusing 'Gay Wedding'

ACLU Sues Christians for Refusing 'Gay Marriage'

-- From "Anti-Gay Marriage Beliefs Blamed for Firing" by David Wells, Courthouse News Service 7/22/15

Soon after the [Indiana Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in October 2014], an email was sent to employees stating that the clerk's office must process gay marriage applications. The email also said: "Even though it may be against your personal beliefs, we are required by state law to process their applications. We are only doing the paperwork and not performing their ceremony," according to the complaint.

Summers was asked in December to process a same-sex marriage application, and in response she submitted a religious accommodation request to Whitis claiming she has "a sincerely held religious belief against same-sex marriages" and "that being required to process marriage licenses for such couples violated her religious beliefs based upon Biblical teaching," the complaint states.

Whitis fired Summers the next day for insubordination, the lawsuit alleges, despite Summers' claim that two co-workers had offered to process same-sex applications for her.

[Summers] is represented by Earl Mullins, Jr. of Masters, Mullins & Arrington in Louisville, Ky.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Christian clerk: 'Gay marriages' violate my civil rights" by Bob Unruh, World Net Daily 7/22/15

Summers was hired in 2008 and worked in the county’s office in Corydon, Indiana. The complaint states she “has a sincerely held religious belief, based upon the [tenets] of her faith and biblical teaching, such as Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:26-27, 1 Cor. 6:89-10; and 1 Tim. 1:9-10, that it is a sin for persons of the same sex to engage in sexual relation.”

She believes “that persons of the same sex cannot and should not be morally or legally recognized as husband and wife,” and that God will “judge individual Christians, as well as the society of which they are a part, who condone or institute same sex marriages.”

“The foregoing discharge occurred without any attempt by the defendant to accommodate plaintiff and her religious beliefs,” the complaint says, “despite the fact that plaintiff made her sincerely-held beliefs known to defendant Whitis; requested a reasonable accommodation; and that Section 1.4 of the Harrison County Personnel Policies Handbook provides, in relevant part that, ‘it is the policy of the county of Harrison to provide equal employment opportunity in employment to all employees … and to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin.”

The case cites Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and federal law.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Atlanta Fires Fire Chief for 'Anti-gay' Bible Study

Utah Cop Punished for Refusing Homosexual Celebration Duty

Iowa Christian Newspaper Editor, Fired over Gay Agenda Critique

Homosexualists Force Pro-marriage Internet CEO Resignation

Christian Sports Commentator Fired for Supporting Natural Marriage

D.C. University Suspends Christian for Defending Marriage

California University Fires Scientist for Being Christian

Gay Agenda Forced on Christian Colleges by Supreme Court

San Antonio Gay Agenda Ordinance Bans Christian Workers

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

'Invisible' Abortions Soar Among Teens — Plan B

Today, the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that use of the "morning-after pill" (Plan B) to counteract pregnancy has increased rapidly among teens since being sold in stores over the counter like candy.  The warning label on this drug indicates that pregnancy may be precluded by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, thus causing an abortion that is typically invisible to the mother.

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Unlimited Plan B Abortion Pills Now in Stores for Kids

Morning-After Pill is Becoming the 'Contraceptive' Choice

U.S. Teenage Birth Rate Lowest on Record

Over-the-Counter Abortion Paid by ObamaCare (study shows Plan B is abortifacient)

President Obama's CDC Wants More Worry-free Sex for Teen Girls but admit Government Failure: Carefree Sex is NOT Possible

Also read Pre-teens' Sex Lives Tracked by Feds via Schools

And read how various government entities are being injected into the teenage uterus.

-- From "Report: Teen use of morning-after pill climbing" by The Associated Press 7/22/15

More than 1 in 5 sexually active teen girls have used the morning-after pill — a dramatic increase that likely reflects that it's easier now for teens to buy the emergency contraceptive.

A report released Wednesday shows teen use of the morning-after pill rose steadily from a decade earlier, when it was 1 in 12. Now, all teens can buy it without a prescription.

The morning-after pill contains a higher dose of the female hormone progestin than is in regular birth control pills. It can cut the chances of pregnancy by nearly 90% if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. Starting in 2006, teens 18 and older could buy it over the counter; age limits were lifted two years ago. It typically costs $35 to $50.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Report: More teen girls turning to morning-after pill" by Amy R. Connolly, UPI 7/22/15

The findings, released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, show about 8 percent of teens turned to the morning-after pill in 2002. That number increased to nearly 14 percent from 2006 to 2010 and spiked again to 22 percent from 2011 to 2013.

The report also states that the number of teens having sex, ages 15 to 19, has dropped by 14 percent for girls and 22 percent for boys in the past 25 years.

By age 15, nearly 18 percent of boys had sex and 13 percent of girls had sex. By age 17, 44 percent of boys and 43 percent of girls had sex. By age 19, 69 percent of males had sex and 68 percent of females did the same.

The report also found that in the early teen years (ages 15-16), males were more likely than females to have sex but by the age of 17, "the probabilities of having sexual intercourse were similar for males and females."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "More Teens Use 'Morning-After Pill,' Study Finds" by Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer, Live Science 7/22/15

In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration approved Plan B as a nonprescription drug for women who have the potential to bear children. This ruling meant that teenagers could purchase Plan B over the counter, without a prescription. Before this ruling, women under age 17 needed a prescription to buy Plan B.

Dr. Metee Comkornruecha, an adolescent medicine specialist at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami, who was not involved in the study, said the increase in emergency contraception use among sexually active teens was likely due mainly to an increase in awareness and education about this form of contraception.

". . . that probably means that they're either using condoms inconsistently," or if condoms are breaking, they are not using more reliable forms of contraception like the birth control pill, Comkornruecha said.

The rise in emergency contraception is likely contributing to the decline in teen births, although it's not clear how much it is contributing, Comkornruecha said.

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From "Use of morning-after pill soars among teens" by Paige Winfield Cunningham, Washington Examiner 7/22/15

. . . what has changed over the last two decades — and is likely contributing to the falling teen pregnancy rate — is that fewer teens are having sex in the first place. From 2011 to 2013, 44 percent of female teens and 47 percent of male teens had sex at least once.

Those rates ticked up slightly from the 2006 to 2010 period, but it's still well below rates of teen sexual activity in 1988, when 51 percent of females and 60 percent of males had engaged in intercourse.

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