From a January 14, 2014 Baltimore Sun article: “Bruce Hake, of Union Bridge, and Neil Ridgely, of Finksburg, are suing the county because they believe the commissioners’ sectarian prayers violate the so-called “Religion Clauses” of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which has been historically interpreted to prohibit the establishment of a national religion by Congress or the preference of the government for one religion over another.
A popular television program invited Ray Comfort to share his thoughts on the new movie Noah, so he watched it last night.
Here are some of his thoughts:
“Noah’s producer, Darren Aronofsky, once said, “All of my charity work has always been about the environment,” so I can understand why he thought that the biblical narrative is about saving innocent animals. But what was he thinking when he had Noah build the ark with the help of a rock group? These embarrassingly absurd rock people stomp around almost every scene of the first half of the movie. From a production viewpoint, I expected better and more sensible motion graphics for such a big budget movie.
Pennsylvania Treasurer and Pa gubernatorial candidate Rob McCord has filed an amicus curiae opposing Pennsylvania’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). He is siding with Cara Palladino and Isabelle Barker, who are seeking to have their Massachusetts “marriage” recognized here.
Today oral arguments were delivered before the United States Supreme Court. The Hill reports the Court is sharply divided over the birth-control mandate. Justice Elena Kagan said companies could claim religious beliefs in arguing for exemptions from laws governing everything from child labor to sexual discrimination.
Yesterday World Vision announced the board has voted to allow its US branch to hire “gay Christians” who are legally “married.” They claim this decision is not an endorsement of same-sex marriage and they’re not getting involved in the “debate” over same-sex marriage. They claim they’re not on some slippery slope and the decision is all about church unity.
World Vision’s announcement yesterday to allow “gay Christians” who are legally “married” to work in the US branch is wrong and, whether they want to acknowledge it or not, places them right in the center of the same-sex “marriage” debate. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA) is very disappointed in the path World Vision has decided to go as they turn their back on Jesus’ definition of marriage as only between one man and one woman. The AFA of PA has contacted them with these concerns.
An ongoing battle is being waged in the city of McKeesport in Allegheny County. Their city council was caught without the proper ordinances to fully regulate sexually oriented businesses. A recently purchased store front is poised to reopen as the Saints and Sinners Gentlemen’s Club. The planned Valentine’s Day opening did not happen, but they continue to work on renovations, as resistance against the business continues to grow.
Almost 100 legislators have signed onto bills in the State House and State Senate that would add “sexual orientation and gender identity or expression” to the PA Human Relations Act. These bi-partisan bills (HB 300 and SB 300) are very misleading and most legislators, nor the general population, understand the full impact passage of such a law would have on Pennsylvania citizens. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), in an effort to educate the sponsors of these bills, has contacted them with a simple question: “Last month Facebook added over fifty additional gender identities to their gender options. If a bill you support, HB 300/SB300, becomes law will these also be included as protected classes under the “Gender Identity or expression” component of the bill?”
It should be noted here that judges have pointed to a state’s “non-discrimination” law in their decision to throw out a state’s marriage law or constitutional amendment protecting marriage. So, yes . . . these laws can have a profound ripple effect, if passed.
The end of February, homosexual activists and their allies targeted State Reps and State Senators putting pressure on them to support the bills. It’s now our turn!
1.) On Monday the US Supreme Court announced they would not hear the case involving the German homeschool family, the Romeike’s, who had been granted initial asylum until the Obama Administration intervened. Less than 24 hours later the Department of Homeland Security contacted the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and announced they were granting the Romeike’s indefinite deferred action status.
2.) Today the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Department of Justice’s Office of Civil Rights was rejected by the US Senate by a vote of 47-52.