Friday, August 22, 2014

NY Farmers Guilty & Fined for Being Christian

Cynthia and Robert Gifford make a living by renting out a portion of their principle residence — a barn at their Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, New York (near Albany) — for birthday parties and wedding ceremonies.  However they declined to accept a lesbian couple's "wedding," so the lesbians from Newark, NJ filed a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights, which found the Giffords guilty of discrimination based on sexual orientation and ordered fines against the Giffords totaling $13,000.

For background, read about states passing religious liberty laws to protect citizens and their businesses from lawsuits by homosexualists and/or fines by courts, and to ensure the free practice of religion without government interferenceIn February 2014, the homosexualists exposed their goal to end religious liberty when they descended on Arizona's legislature.

Also 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

In addition, read 'Gay Marriage' Not Favored in Polls, Only in Court

-- From "N.Y. farm owners fined $13,000 for refusing to host lesbian wedding" by Jessica Chasmar, The Washington Times 8/19/14

When Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin asked the Giffords to use the facility for a 2012 wedding, Mrs. Gifford, a Christian, said she could only host their reception on the farm, but not the wedding. Weddings typically are conducted on the first floor of the Giffords’ home, and Mrs. Gifford argued the lesbian wedding would “literally hit too close to home,” RNS reported.

New York City Administrative Law Judge Migdalia Pares ruled that the Giffords’ farm, which is also their home, is a place of public accommodation and is therefore subject to New York’s anti-discrimination laws, RNS [Religion News Service] reported.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "A Win for Gay Rights Over 'Religious Liberty' in New York State" by Mark Joseph Stern, Slate 8/18/14

At the heart of the so-called religious liberty debate lies a very simple question: Do religious people, mainly Christians, hold a special right to defy anti-discrimination ordinances and refuse service to certain people based on their identity?

. . . New York state law bars places of public accommodation from discriminating based on sexual orientation—and the Giffords were quite honest about their reasons for turning away Erwin and McCarthy. As a result, the Giffords must pay a $10,000 fine for violating the law, plus $1,500 to both Erwin and McCarthy for “mental pain and suffering.”

. . . Under anti-discrimination law, when you open your business to the public, you open your business to all of the public. You don’t get to pick out certain classes of people and treat them differently, as the Giffords attempted to do. The Giffords don’t operate a church; they run a business—an LLC, in fact—and they are out to make a profit. If they don’t like following the laws that govern LLCs, they can simply forfeit their profit and establish a house of worship, or close their business to the general public.

To read the entire opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

From "Farm owners fined for saying no to lesbian wedding" by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service, Washington Post 8/19/14

“It literally hits close to home,” said the Giffords’ lawyer, James Trainor. He said the farm owners attend a community church and cite their religious belief of marriage between a man and woman for declining to hold a same-sex wedding on their property.

“Liberty Ridge Farm has employed gay people and has conducted events for same-sex couples,” Trainor said. “The Giffords’ objection was to hosting and participating in the wedding ceremony itself and not to providing service in general to lesbians.”

McCarthy asked if it was legal for the farm to have a policy not to have ceremonies on the site, and Gifford responded that it was because “we are a private business,” according to the case.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read that Vice President Biden declared that the Gay Agenda must trump religious beliefs.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

'Bless You' After Sneeze Gets Student Suspended

Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County (Tennessee) High School was suspended after she said "bless you" to a fellow student who sneezed.  The teacher, known to demean Christian students, told her to constrain that kind of talk to church.
“We will not have Godly speaking in my class.”
-- Teacher at high school in Newbern, TN (also serving Dyersburg, TN)
For background, read Tennessee Democrats & Republicans Pass Religious Liberty for Schools

And click headlines below to read previous articles:

God is NOT Your Idol, Says Tennessee Teacher; Michael Jackson Is

Bar Pastors From Tennessee Schools, Say Wisconsin Atheists

Florida Teacher Bans Bible in Free Time, Parents Sue

Texas Teacher Confiscates Bible from Second-grader

First-grade Christian Censored, Pennsylvania School Sued

Christian Girl Muzzled, Sues Kansas City School

Georgia Christian Teachers Muzzled, Citizens Rebel

Also read myriad other examples of
Christian students being muzzled at public schools.

-- From "High School Student Claims She Was Suspended For Saying ‘Bless You’ After Classmate Sneezed" posted at CBS News Charlotte 8/20/14

When [Kendra] defended her actions, the teacher told Turner to see an administrator. The student said that she had to finish the class period in in-school suspension.

But Becky Winegardner, Turner’s youth pastor, disagrees with the school’s actions of in-class suspension.

“There were several students that were talking about this particular faculty member there that was very demeaning to them in regard to their faith,” Winegardner told WMC. “This was something that had come up previously in the last few weeks just since the beginning of school and I shared with all of those students what their rights were.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Tennessee teen in trouble for saying 'bless you' after sneeze" by The Associated Press 8/20/14

Assistant Principal Lynn Garner on Tuesday said he could not discuss the specifics of what happened, but he said there are "two sides to every story."

Garner also said teachers can set their own classroom rules as long as they are reasonable.

Turner held a news conference on Tuesday at the Dyersburg First Assembly of God to talk about the incident.

"I want God to be able to be talked about in school," she said. "I want them to realize that God is in control and they're not."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "DCHS responds to ISS incident involving student" posted at Dyersburg State Gazette 8/20/14

"[The teacher] asked why I said it, and I told her I was being courteous and she asked me who told me that it was courtesy?" added Turner. "I told her my pastor and my parents taught me to say it."

"I want God to be able to be talked about in school. I want them to realize that God is in control and they're not," said Turner. "I also don't want the teacher being bashed because that's kind of harmful and disrespectful."

The phrase ["bless you"] was listed on the chalkboard as one of several students were not supposed to say during class, according to Turner.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Student punished for saying 'bless you'" by Todd Starnes, 8/20/14

Kendra wrote about her incredible story on Facebook. It was then picked up by the blog and then, as they say these days, the story went viral.

“The assistant principal said if I didn’t want to respect my teacher’s rules then maybe my pastor should teach me because my freedom (of) speech and religion does not work at their school,” she wrote.

Kendra’s pastor [Steven Winegardner] is among those not buying the school’s explanation and he’s taking a public stand in defense of the young girl.

“Christians have been told to be quiet, to shut up,” he said. “It’s ridiculous. Everybody has a right to their beliefs. I’m glad Kendra stood up.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Atheists, Liberals Lament Recent Supreme Court Religious Liberty Rulings

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Jersey Boy Returns to Middle School as Girl

During the summer, Brian Pepe and his mother decided that because Brian was diagnosed with mental illnesses that he should show up at Thorne Middle School as a girl named Rachel.  The Middletown (New Jersey) School District initially declined to accept Brian in female attire and makeup, but under public pressure, later agreed that the administration and faculty should undergo Gay Agenda indoctrination (a.k.a. "sensitivity training").
“This is just recently I realized I wanted to be a girl.”
-- 13-year-old Brian Pepe (a.k.a. Rachel)
For background, read President Obama's DOJ Forces Girl into Boys Locker Room and also read Boy, OKd in Girls Restrooms, Harasses Schoolgirls

In addition, read how public schools indoctrinate children in transsexualism, and read about parents misdirecting their children.

And read Exposed: Obama's Gay Agenda for Schools

-- From "New Jersey middle school says transgender teen can't attend as a female" by Nick Vadala, Philadelphia Inquirer 8/18/14

Angela Peters, mother to young Rachel, says the Middletown School District recently informed her that because Rachel's birth certificate lists her name as Brian, it would not be able to identify the student as a female or use her post-transition name. Additionally, the school district reportedly has refused a request for the teen to use a private nurse's bathroom away from the school's public restrooms.

It is, however, illegal in New Jersey to discriminate against a person based upon their gender—an aspect that, coupled with the attention the incident is garnering, has Superintendent William O. George promising to look back into Pepe's case.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "School: Transgender teen can't attend as girl" by Carol Gorga Williams, Asbury Park Press 8/16/14

“He was going to school last year as Brian,” said Angela Peters, Rachel’s mother, adding that her child developed stress-related seizures, depression and panic attacks. “How can I send her back as Rachel? And I am not sending her back as Brian because the depression will start again.”

Rachel’s mother admits she struggles sometimes with knowing what is the right thing to do. While Rachel is young, there will be little talk of hormone shots or surgery. But that is her child’s future, if she wants it.

“We as a district want to do everything we can as a district,” [Supt.] George said. “Every child is different and their education and social and emotional well being is my priority. We will work with them to find the appropriate placement.”

“I support this without interviewing this child. It certainly is reasonable. Children with psycho-sexual issues often benefit from a fresh start at a new school,” he said.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "State, federal law protects gender identity" by Carol Gorga Williams, Asbury Park Press 8/19/14

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, New Jersey is among more than a dozen states where schools have been protecting transgender students such as Middletown resident Rachel Pepe from harassment or discrimination.

The others are California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

While some states have laws that refer to education specifically, others like New Jersey’s classify public schools as public accommodations where gender identity discrimination is illegal. The Garden State also has ruled that gender identity discrimination laws cover some or all nonsectarian private schools. New Jersey’s bullying provisions also provide some protections.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "A Transgender Student Who Was Reportedly Banned From Her School Receives Good News" by Rebecca Klein, The Huffington Post 8/19/14

. . . According to Garden State Equality, [Supt.] George said Middletown Township Public Schools staff would undergo lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sensitivity training.

In April, [President Obama's] U.S. Department of Education clarified that Title IX, the federal legislation that prohibits sex discrimination, extends to transgender students.

"Indeed, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth report high rates of sexual harassment and sexual violence. A school should investigate and resolve allegations of sexual violence regarding LGBT students using the same procedures and standards that it uses in all complaints involving sexual violence," the Education Department's guidelines said.

They continue: "The fact that incidents of sexual violence may be accompanied by anti-gay comments or be partly based on a student's actual or perceived sexual orientation does not relieve a school of its obligation under Title IX to investigate and remedy those instances of sexual violence."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Christian College Wins Transgender Dorm Complaint

And read Transgenderism is a 'Delusion' According to Victim

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ObamaNation: Sexual Deviancy now National Treasure

Too many Americans have little knowledge of American history, but thanks to President Obama's singular focus on the Gay Agenda, Americans will be thoroughly propagandized by the Smithsonian Institution, which was established in 1846 "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge."
"The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has a long tradition of documenting the full breadth of the American experience and what it means to be an American. The [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] LGBT narrative is an important part of that American story . . . It is a tale of struggle and accomplishment as the nation strives to fulfill its ideals. . . . our mission [is] to help the public understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future."
-- John Gray, museum director
For background, read ObamaNation: Homosexual Victory 'Pride Parades' and Building Alters of Worship to Sexual Deviancy

Also read Media Admit Gay Agenda Propaganda

In addition, read President Obama Favors the One Percenters (Homosexuals)

-- From "Smithsonian Expands Collection of LGBT Artifacts" by Dan Kedmey, Time Magazine 8/19/14

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced Tuesday a significant expansion to its collection of artifacts documenting the history of America’s sexual minorities.

A donation from the TV show Will and Grace kicks off a wider effort to document the history of sexual orientation

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Smithsonian Adds LGBT History to Museum Collection" by Brett Zongker, Associated Press 8/19/14

[Will and Grace] creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC are donating objects to the National Museum of American History. . . . Kohan told The Associated Press the Smithsonian's interest in the show featuring gay principal characters was a validation they never dreamed about when the sitcom began airing in 1998.

"These particular guests that were invited into people's living rooms happened to be your gay friends," Kohan said. "I don't think people really had the opportunity to have that before, and it served to, I think, make people recognize that your close friends were gay."

The donation is part of larger effort to document gay and lesbian history, an area that has not been well understood at the museum. Curators are collecting materials from LGBT political, sports and cultural history objects from Arizona to Maryland.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Smithsonian accepts archival material from Baltimore's LGBT community center" by Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun 8/19/14

Officials at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will accept the archival materials from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB), and add them to its growing collection of items documenting LGBT history. . . .

The museum is located near the Washington Monument on the National Mall, at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue in northwest Washington. Its LGBT collection has been displayed to commemorate various occasions, including anniversaries of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City against police harassment, which are widely considered to be a jumping-off point for broader gay rights activism in the country.

. . . David Huebner and his spouse Duane McWaine will be in attendance [at the ceremony]. Huebner is the former U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa and was the first openly gay ambassador in the Obama administration. The couple are donating their diplomatic passports and other items to the museum's collection.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read 4th Circuit Judge Says Incest 'Marriage' Next -- It's the New Gay

And read President Obama's "Justice" Department Forces Sexual Deviancy on Employees

In addition, read American Decline: Obama's Gay Agenda vs. Christians

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Atheists Force 'Prayer Discount' Out of N.C. Diner

Once the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation learned through social media that Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, North Carolina was giving a 15% discount to customers who prayed prior to eating their meal, the atheist lawyers wrongly convinced the restaurant owners that such a discount is illegal, and so fearing a costly legal battle, the owners ended all discounts to everyone.

For background, read Businesses Sued for Giving Discounts to Christians

Also read Atheists Lament They're Short of Lawyers to Sue ALL Christians

-- From "Diner Stops ‘Praying In Public’ Discount After Atheist Group Threatens Lawsuit" posted at CBS News Charlotte 8/7/14

“We at Mary’s value the support of all of our fellow Americans. While you may exercise your right of religious freedom at this restaurant by praying over your meal to any entity or non-entity, we must protect your freedom from religion in a public place,” the note [on the diner door] read. “We are no longer issuing the 15% praying in public discount. It is illegal and we are being threatened by lawsuit. We apologize to our community for any offense this discount has incurred.”

Despite being around for years, the discount made national headlines last week after a photo of the discounted receipt when viral on Facebook.

Jordan Smith shared the photo on an Orlando Christian radio station’s Facebook page and it quickly received thousands of likes.

Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the atheist group, said in a statement she’s glad the diner took action to drop the discount.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Winston-Salem's Mary’s Gourmet Diner drops prayer discount" by Wesley Young, Winston-Salem Journal 8/7/14

On Tuesday [Mary Haglund, the co-owner of the restaurant] had said in an interview that the discount was never meant to promote any particular religion – or lack of religion – but was meant to show appreciation for people who had what she called “an attitude of gratitude.” She said that calling it a discount for prayer may have been “a bad choice of words.”

Haglund told WGHP/Fox 8, the newsgathering partner of the Journal, that she dropped the discount out of fear of a lawsuit from the Wisconsin group.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Diner Drops Discount for Praying Customers After Being Threatened By Lawsuits; Manager Speaks Out" by Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter 8/7/14

"Our community has very strong individuals who have done nothing but support us and we give nothing but thanks to them. The ones that really have been harassing us are out of state individuals and not individuals that live in our community," said the [diner] manager, who wished to remain anonymous. "We are strong individuals, we have taken all of this in, and we appreciate everyone's support and unfortunately the bad has overruled the good."

"We have done away with the discount and Mary and her daughter Shama are very saddened by this, this is a gift that we gave to our customers - this is a gift that has been taken from us," the manager said. "The gift of giving is just as important as receiving the gift. These individuals are very hurt, but it has made our community stronger. There's always good things that come out of the bad, and unfortunately, we will see it in time, but we are not seeing it yet."

"There is a lot of evil in this world, and we encourage people to still come in and take a moment before the food to really be appreciative of what they have and to separate themselves from all the madness in the world," the manager added. "All the disease that's coming into the U.S. and from all the war and the madness that's going on overseas as well. All Americans are very stressed about the economy and the way things are going, but we have things to be thankful for and we like to give thanks regardless of a discount or not."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Customers back restaurant in prayer dispute" by Wesley Young, Winston-Salem Journal 8/7/14

. . . More than one diner at Mary’s Gourmet Diner on Thursday said they were there to support the restaurant after its namesake owner, Mary Haglund, found herself in the middle of an Internet-driven controversy over the discounts.

Some came to eat and made sure to offer a prayer. Some said they were not particularly religious but wanted to show their support for the “attitude of gratitude” that Haglund said was behind the discounts – now discontinued.

. . . some other diners said they were actually going to add an extra 15 percent to their bills over and above the tip as a way of showing support for the restaurant.

Haglund’s restaurant has been offering the discounts more or less randomly for years . . .

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Mary's restaurant owners may reinstate prayer discount" by Wesley Young, Winston-Salem Journal 8/7/14

A co-owner of Mary’s Gourmet Diner said that it is possible the restaurant may fight back after being told by an advocacy group that it can’t give people discounts for praying in public before eating their meals.

Shama Blalock, who with Mary Haglund owns the restaurant in downtown Winston-Salem, said that offers have been coming in to fight any legal challenge the restaurant might face in continuing to offer the discount. Blalock is Haglund’s daughter.

Blalock didn’t identify those who are promising help, but said that if they convince Haglund that the practice isn’t illegal the restaurant could bring back the prayer discount.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Prayer Coming Back to School: North Carolina Law vs. Atheists

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Arizona Court: 'Pregnant Man' Can Divorce 'Wife'

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that an Arizona mother of several children, who lives as a bearded man after having her breasts removed, is free to divorce the co-mother of three of her children, whom she "married" in Hawaii — now desiring to marry a third woman — despite the Arizona constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one person with male DNA and another person with female DNA.

These days, "you can't tell the players without a scorecard."

For background, read Pregnant 'Man' of Transgender 'Couple' and also read Surgical 'Miracle:' First Genderless Person

Also read how activist judges across America are forbidding voters the right to define marriage as between one man and one woman, however a few lone judges are ruling for the constitutionality of natural marriage.

-- From "Arizona Appeals Court: 'Pregnant Man' can get a divorce" by Michael Kiefer, The Arizona Republic 8/14/14

[Thomas] Beatie, 40, was born female, but in 1997, he began testing to determine his psychological gender, and in 2002 underwent the first of his gender-reassignment surgeries. Under Hawaiian law, he was able to have his birth certificate amended and be legally recognized as male. He subsequently married.

Because his wife was unable to conceive children, and because Beatie still had female reproductive organs, he was artificially inseminated and became pregnant.

Then he hit the talk-show and tabloid circuit as the "The Pregnant Man," posing with his manly beard and chest and his very pregnant belly. He gave birth to his first child in 2008 and had two more by 2011.

But in March 2013, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Douglas Gerlach ruled that Beatie's marriage was between two females because Beatie had given birth. Same-sex marriage is illegal in Arizona.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Same-sex-marriage ban can't stop transgender divorce" by Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services 8/13/14

Thomas obtained an amended birth certificate after getting what Hawaii required: an affidavit from a doctor testifying that psychological and medical testing determined his “true gender” to be male. He also went through some surgery to change his appearance.

In an unusual decision, the judges said the only relevant fact for an Arizona judge to consider is whether the state that solemnized the marriage recognized the spouse as male.

Judge Kenton Jones, writing for the unanimous appellate court, said it would be a constitutional violation for Arizona to fail to accept Hawaii’s decision this was a heterosexual couple.

But the court made it clear that it was not saying that same-sex couples legally married elsewhere could seek a divorce in Arizona.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "VICTORY! Marriages of Transgender People Ruled Valid by Courts in Arizona and California" posted at Transgender Law Center

The Arizona Court of Appeals echoed the arguments made in Transgender Law Center’s amicus brief that because “the right to have children is a liberty interest afforded special constitutional protection”—“one of the basic civil rights of man”—it would not interpret the Arizona or Hawaii gender-change statute as “prohibit[ing] giving birth as a prerequisite to gender redesignation.” The court also held that to deny Thomas Beatie legal recognition as male “would run afoul of the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.”

“Divorce is hard enough as it is. Nobody expects the government to contest it. After two and a half long years, I’ve finally been legally vindicated and validated not only as a husband, father, and a man, but as a human being,” said Beatie. “Hopefully now, other transgender people in Arizona and throughout the country don’t have to live in fear of their marriages, families, and identities being challenged and disrespected just because of who they are.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read how All American Taxpayers Now Fund Elderly Sex Changes

In addition, read Transgenderism is a 'Delusion' According to Victim

Friday, August 15, 2014

Study: Pastors Hide Culture Truth to be Successful

Researcher George Barna says that after years of survey and study, The Barna Group has found that the vast majority of theologically conservative American pastors intentionally conceal information that is critical to the well being of their flock and the nation, and do so in order to enhance the "success" of their church.
"Well, that's not part of my mission; my mission is to bring in more people and to get them to understand certain things that I feel they should know."
-- Common response by clergy
For background, read Pastors Who Avoid Gay Agenda Deserve Hell, Says Franklin Graham

-- From "Barna: Many pastors wary of raising 'controversy'" by Chris Woodward, 8/1/14

"What we're finding is that when we ask them about all the key issues of the day, [90 percent of them are] telling us, Yes, the Bible speaks to every one of these issues. Then we ask them: Well, are you teaching your people what the Bible says about those issues? – and the numbers drop ... to less than 10 percent of pastors who say they will speak to it."

When researchers ask those pastors what else they are willing to do to get their people active in the political process, Barna said "it's almost nothing."

"There are five factors that the vast majority of pastors turn to [when asked the question of what defines success]," [Barna] explained. "Attendance, giving, number of programs, number of staff, and square footage.

"What I'm suggesting is [those pastors] won't probably get involved in politics because it's very controversial. Controversy keeps people from being in the seats, controversy keeps people from giving money, from attending programs.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read America Going to Hell; Christians Lose Convictions