Gay Rights Threatening Business Rights

Remember the old sign on the door of a business: “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service”? I wonder how long before someone declares that such a sign violates his constitutional rights. That is exactly what is happening to businesses across America. Private business owners are being sued for refusing to violate their religious convictions and lend services to homosexual wedding ceremonies. Have you heard of any of them on the news? Do you know about Elane Photography, Masterpiece Cake Shop? These are just two of the dozens being sued for what some cal “discrimination” and what others call conviction.

A recent article states: “The concept of ‘gay rights’ has trampled religious liberty, but the network news media haven’t noticed. In fact, when Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins was on CBS in June, Bob Schieffer said he was ‘unaware’ of such cases.” How is it possible for someone in media to be unaware of such a growing trend as this? It’s called willful ignorance. That’s why we continue to publish stories about these events, in order to do the job the mainstream media is failing to do. We’re not government funded so you can be sure no one is buying our opinion. Click here for original article.

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President Obama and Joe Manchin Support ENDA

ManchinOver the weekend President Obama wrote an op-ed which appeared in the Huffington Post encouraging Congress to pass the ENDA bill. ENDA stands for Employment Non-Discrimination Act. on the surface this sounds like a great bill to support. But like most things out of Washington it is filled with traps for many people. Bills like ENDA can be used to force religious employers to hire people who oppose their religious convictions. For example, a Christian school might be forced to hire a transgender teacher though said teacher’s lifestyle stands in opposition to the school doctrine.

Many lawmakers like to use ENDA as a hammer to bash religious employers over the head with discrimination charges. But it’s not discrimination to require employees to adhere to specific doctrinal positions. In fact, many churches are now writing into their Constitution and By-Laws protections against such laws which state any employees must adhere to specific church doctrines as a requirement for employment. This is not discrimination, it’s called religious freedom. But ENDA will threaten churches and religious organizations with lawsuits for simply desiring to live and do business according to their faith.

News also came out last week in which Sen. Manchin, after assuring us he would never support ENDA, has decided to vote in favor of the bill. Once again proving that he will do anything to advance his career even if it means lying to the people that elected him to office, Manchin has promised to support the bill when it comes to the Senate for a vote. Turning his back on West Virginians in favor of Washington, D.C. applause, Manchin is flip-flopping on his promise to oppose ENDA.

I think it’s time we let Sen. Manchin know what we think about his decision to flip-flop and support such a dangerous bill. You can reach Sen. Manchin at:

Washington D.C. Office: 306 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 / (202) 224-3954

West Virginia Office: 300 Virginia Street, East Suite 2630, Charleston, WV 25301 / (304) 342-5855 / http://manchin.senate.gov

You can also click here to see a listing to contact information for Sen. Manchin.

 

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Pastors Being Investigated by Local School

Three local pastors are being investigated by a school district for possible violations of school policy while they were volunteering as cafeteria supervisors. The pastors are accused of proselytizing and recruiting kids to go to their churches. The school principal says there has not been a single report of such activity by the pastors, but has decided to get outside help in investigating the situation. Some have called the presence of pastors in the school “creepy,” while others don’t think they should be discriminated against based on their occupation. A recent article quotes the principal:

“I have not had a single report of any of our volunteers proselytizing or recruiting students on campus. However, we are taking the concerns brought forward seriously. To ensure that volunteers in our school have been complying with all district policies, we will be having a non-district employee talk with students, staff and parents for the purpose of fact-finding and determining if anyone has violated our policy.” It’s telling when a school needs a policy that obviously prohibits talking about church and God within a school. Our Founders once legislated that Bibles and biblical training should be part of every level of education. That is obviously not the case today. Click here for original article.

 

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

San Antonio: Christians Will Be Fined for Disagreeing with Homosexuality

A new city ordinance passed in San Antonio almost assures that Christians will be fined, and even convicted of a misdemeanor for “bias” against homosexuality in any way. Here’s how a recent article reports on the controversial ordinance: “The ordinance criminalizes those with a biblical view of sexuality as it forbids bias against homosexuality or bi-sexuality. Those charged and declared guilty by the city will face a Class C misdemeanor on their record and fines of up to $500 a day. Also, the ordinance forbids appointed officials on city boards from showing any bias.”

In other words, if you hold to a biblical view of sexuality and marriage, you will be charged, convicted, fined, and excluded from serving on any city council or committee. Does this sound like discrimination? Persecution? No doubt this ordinance will target Christian business owners with fines aimed at driving them out of business. Sadly, many churches in the area did not take any action to oppose this ordinance. And yet churches and their people are the ones that will be adversely affected. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Commentary: Christians Need Not Apply

Apply hereOur friend and colleague, Joseph Backholm of the Family Institute of Washington, has written an outstanding piece of commentary on the ludicrous legislation proposed in San Antonio, Texas. I highly commend this not just as it applies to those events, but as it applies to events in general taking place in America. Click here for original article.

If you don’t actually remember it, you’re certainly aware of the Cold War the United States was involved in with the USSR for forty-four years.  We were fighting, but everyone was being passive aggressive about it. 

Something similar has been happening culturally in the war on religious freedom.  For years the war has been undeclared and the damage to religious freedom has generally been classified as friendly fire. “I wasn’t shooting at you, I was trying to shoot hate and intolerance; so sorry about that.”

The victims have been numerous.  Here in Washington State, a florist is fighting for her business in the face of two separate lawsuits that arose from her decision not to provide floral services for the wedding ceremony of long-time gay customers. [Read more...]

Are Christians Ready to Pay the “Price of Citizenship”?

Elaine HugueninWho would have ever thought the time would come in America when Christians would be convicted of discrimination for living according to their faith? Certainly most Christians are not prepared for such a time. And yet, as events in New Mexico have shown us, that time is not in the near future, that time is here right now.

In case you’ve been under a rock or out in the bush the last week, the shocking ruling came from the New Mexico Supreme Court concerning a Christian photographer, Elaine Huguenin, and her refusal to render her services for a same-sex ceremony. When the homosexual couple contacted her company, Elane Photography, about photographing the ceremony, Huguenin told them her Christian convictions would not allow her to celebrate their union as it violated her faith.

Even though the couple quickly and easily found another photographer for their ceremony, they decided to file a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights commission. That complaint has led, at this point, to a conviction for Huguenin. She was found guilty of discrimination and fined $7,000 for simply living according to her beliefs.

When the decision came down the headlines immediately echoed the shock of Americans at the reality that being a Christian and living by biblical convictions was now a punishable offense. Headlines read: “New Mexico Court: Christian Photographer Cannot Refuse Gay-Marriage Ceremony,” and “NM Court Says Christian Photographers Must Compromise Beliefs.”

Perhaps no other comment from the court has gained as much attention as this one from Justice Richard Bosson: [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Citizenlink: Putting Out Marriage Fires

If you didn’t know any better you would think New Mexico recently legalized same-sex “marriage.” But that is not the case. That didn’t stop a “rogue” county clerk from issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples against state law. And the states attorney general said he would not stop the licenses from being issued. Add to that a recent decision by the state supreme court to uphold the discrimination conviction of a young photographer who declined to photograph a same sex ceremony against her religious convictions.

In this short audio clip, Citizenlink discusses these cases. But a point is made here that needs to be noted. The liberal left is seeking to change public perception of same-sex “marriage” in order to gain favor. The way they are doing it is through judicial activism, and county clerks. By creating fires that need put out in various places the perception is that Americans want legalized same-sex “marriage.” It’s a deceptive trick to gain a particular outcome: the redefinition of marriage. Click here to listen to the Citizenlink report.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Germany Allows Gender Confusion on Birth Certificates

CBN.com: “Germany will be the first country in Europe to introduce an “indeterminate” gender designation on birth certificates. Starting Nov. 1,  the option to select “blank” in addition to the standard choices of “male” or “female” will become available. This would let parents to opt out of determining their baby’s gender, allowing those born with characteristics of both sexes to choose what gender to become later in life. Under the new law, adults can also opt out of the gender binary altogether.”

This is a very bad decision in terms of public policy. It further confuses gender lines and creates security concerns that become hard to stop for fear of perceived “discrimination” against those who might have one thing on their birth certificate but appear to be another. This also gives the perception that parents should not be the ones to “determine” their child’s gender at birth when biological indicators should be enough for any parents to determine the gender of a child. All around, a bad decision. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

A Lesson for Churches from the Boy Scouts – And a Warning

warning churchThere has been a lot of news concerning the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) changing their policy to allow homosexuals into its ranks but retaining the prohibition against openly homosexual leaders and volunteer adults.

In the aftermath, a number of church groups have decided to cancel their charters with the BSA because to do so would be to tacitly approve as good what God states clearly as being sinful.  There is even an upcoming meeting in Tennessee intended to kick off a rival youth organization that maintains that they are going to be different from the BSA but there are reports that they will not question sexual orientation regarding prospective members at all.

All that having been said, an interesting concern was recently raised in an article in the Washington Times relating to the legal ramifications that religious organization might face if they continue their sponsorship of Scout Troops.

According to the article, questions could easily be raised over the conflict between Christian doctrine and BSA policy regarding non-discrimination against homosexual members.  Where this could become extremely problematic is when a church is approached by a homosexual couple wanting to have their “marriage vows” conducted in a church that also happens to sponsor a scout troop. [Read more...]

About Tom Stark

Tom Stark began writing for the Engage Family Minute blog in February 2012. As a small business owner Tom is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics in the life of Christians and the community around him. Having been touched by both the abortion issue and the issue of homosexuality in his own family, Tom is passionate about defending the lives of the unborn and upholding Biblical Truth. Tom also writes for www.westvirginiaconservative.com

Major League Sports Wading Into Sexual Orientation Debate

First the NHL, then the NFL, now Major League Baseball has dipped its toe into the sexual orientation debate. A recent article says that MLB executives are crafting a new discrimination policy: “Major League Baseball already has an anti-discrimination policy, but the new one specifically will prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. Commissioner Bud Selig said baseball won’t allow any discrimination.”

What does this mean for the Mariano Rivera’s, the Tim Tebow’s, the outspoken athletes whose faith is more than just marketing? Will they be denied the right to live according to their faith, or share their faith with team mates to avoid someone being offended? That remains to be seen. But, there is no doubt that this is a bad move for sports. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.