Category sexual orientation

Cory Booker Criticized by LGBT Activists for Speaking at Evangelical, Anti-LGBT Willow Creek Community Church’s Global Leadership Summit in 2011

Newark Mayor Cory Booker opens the Newark Peace Education Summit early Friday, May 13, 2011, in Newark, N.J. The three-day summit on the power of nonviolence will include Nobel laureates, international leaders, local anti-violence activists and the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
After declining to speak at a Christian conservative gathering this week, Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., is facing pushback for previously speaking at an Illinois megachurch known for its biblical stance on sexuality and marriage.
The senator released last week 10 years’ worth of tax returns, which showed that he made about $1.7 million in speaking engagements over the course of five years from 2009 to 2013...

Read More

WATCH: Liberty Counsel Defends Itself Against ‘False Reporting’ Suggesting That It Supports Lynching Homosexuals

A Christian legal defense group is pushing back against mainstream media coverage of its position on an anti-lynching bill, saying it is now receiving death threats because of the “false reporting.”

In an interview with OneNewsNow earlier this week, Mat Staver, who heads the religious liberty firm Liberty Counsel, explained that while no one can or should oppose a bill banning lynching, there were provisions in it that served an ill purpose.
“The old saying is once that camel gets the nose in the tent, you can’t stop them from coming the rest of the way in,” Staver explained.
“And this would be the first time that you would have in federal law mentioning gender identity and sexual orientation as part of this anti-lynching bill,” which would make lynching a federal crime.

Those categories w...

Read More

Conservatives Accuse Ohio Gov. John Kasich of Trying to ‘Score Political Points’ by Flipping on Transgender Policy

A conservative group is accusing Ohio Gov. John Kasich of trying to “score political points on the way out the door” by issuing an executive action this week to ban gender identity discrimination in state employment.
Kasich, the 66-year-old two-term governor and former Republican candidate for president, signed what has been reported as a “surprise” executive order on Wednesday afternoon just weeks before the end of his governorship.
The order bans state government agencies from discriminating against trans-identified people for employment.
The order effectively rescinds a 2011 order Kasich signed when he first got into office that removed gender identity from the state employment nondiscrimination policy enacted under former Democrat Gov. Ted Strickland in 2007.
Like past orders...

Read More

Wisconsin Judge Rules Town Must Provide Churches With Exemptions to Transgender Bathroom Ordinance

A Wisconsin judge has ruled that the town of De Pere must provide churches and religious organizations exemptions to an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance that among other things would have required them to allow access to bathrooms on the basis of a person’s gender identity.

Brown County Judge William Atkinson ruled last Friday that the ordinance barring employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination that protects on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation cannot be applied to five churches and the parent company of a local Christian radio station.
Violation of the ordinance could have resulted in the churches and organization being issued a fine or infraction.
Even though the ruling was handed down last Friday, Atkinson’s written ruling has not yet been released...

Read More

Trump Administration Issues Directive to Protect Faith-Based Federal Contractors Who Have Religious Objections to Homosexuality

Francis Perkins Department of Labor building, Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC
The Trump administration has issued a directive to protect the rights of faith-based federal contractors who have religious objections to same-sex marriage and homosexuality.

On Friday, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs issued the directive to “incorporate recent developments in the law regarding religion-exercising organizations and individuals.”
Specifically, the directive cites three recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings and executive orders on religious freedom issued by President Donald Trump.
The agency suggests that while discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity are still not permitted under Executive Order 11246 (as amended by former President...

Read More

California Church Plans to Build Brewery and Serve Beer During Services

A California church sold their church building and relocated in a new space where beer is served and plans are underway to build a brewery where church services can occur.

“We decided to sell the building, because for us a church is a community and a movement,” pastor Chris VanHall, who leads The Greater Purpose Community Church in Santa Cruz, California, told the NBC affiliate in the Bay Area last week.
“It’s not brick and mortar.”
VanHall’s church community ended up in a food lounge complete with several beer options, a move that reportedly gained them new followers.
He added: “There’s nothing in the Bible that says you can’t drink alcohol in a responsible manner.”
Food lounge owner Andrea Mollenauer, whose business is hosting the church thinks it is a great idea.
“Why not serve beer whe...

Read More

Supreme Court Set to Rule on Religious Liberty vs. Homosexual Agenda

The Supreme Court is heading into the final month of its term, facing decisions on gerrymandering, unions, gay rights, abortion and President Trump’s travel ban.

This term’s best-known case is a culture wars clash that pits equal rights for gay customers against a claim of religious liberty from a Christian store owner. It is one of three major cases that feature a “compelled speech” claim from conservatives who object to liberal state laws. The others involve union fees and California’s required disclosures for crisis pregnancy centers.
The justices are expected to announce decisions on the first day of every work week between now and the end of June, and then adjourn for the summer.
Major pending cases
Partisan gerrymandering: The court will decide a political line-drawing dispute that c...

Read More