A Christian florist and grandmother who declined to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding because of her Christian belief in traditional marriage has been fined $1,001 by a Washington court and will be held liable to pay the legal fees incurred by the gay couple, which could "devastate" her financially.
As previously reported by The Christian Post, 70-year-old Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, was found guilty of violating the state's non-discrimination law in February, after referring Rob Ingersoll and Curt Feed to another florist when they asked her to provide the floral arrangements for their wedding.
Although Stutzman sold flowers to Ingersoll for nearly a decade and maintained a positive relationship with him, when he asked her to provide flowers for his same-sex wedding, she felt she could not act against her Christian conviction to serve her friend. more >>
When progressives can't beat Republicans square and fair at the ballot box, they resort to dishonest Alinskyite tactics, such as character assassination and abusing the left-wing dominated legal system. They've been after America's popular Sheriff Joe Arpaio for years and are finally circling around him like sharks. A local progressive writer for The Arizona Republic gleefully titled his column about the sheriff's downfall earlier this month, "Would Sheriff Arpaio Look Pretty in Pink (Underwear)?"
Long known for his no-frills jails (pink underwear so gang members wouldn't steal them), chain gangs and inexpensive meals (green bologna and water), Arpaio finally really infuriated the left when he started cracking down on illegal immigration in 2005. Arizona's illegal immigration levels had reached epidemic levels, straining tax dollars. Working with conservative Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, the pair made a significant dent in the state's illegal immigration. They lobbied to get four ballot initiatives against illegal immigration made into law in 2006. When left-leaning judges refused to enforce the new laws, the two fought back.
A flurry of investigations and legal actions began shortly afterwards. This is where the tide started turning against Arpaio, because the left controls much of the judiciary. It started with chipping away at the low-hanging fruit around Arpaio, lower-level employees who had no money, power or connections to defend themselves. The judges made findings against Arpaio, and the complicit state bar disbarred Thomas and another prosecutor (disclaimer: I was also targeted by the state bar as a low-level attorney for Arpaio at the time). more >>
Amanda Knox is currently awaiting the trial verdict from Italy's highest court, which is expected to be released today. If guilty, an extradition battle awaits her.
After Italy's Supreme Court reversed her acquittal in January 2014, four years after she left the country, Amanda Knox is awaiting the court's decision, and may face extradition proceedings if the guilty verdict is upheld.
Knox, 27, who faced a 28-year prison sentence for the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy, was acquitted by an appeals court in October 2011 after spending four years in prison together with co-accused, Raffaele Sollecito. more >>
City Harvest Church Deputy Senior Pastor Tan Ye Peng has claimed that the congregation of the Singaporean megachurch does not feel deceived in the ongoing case concerning $19.2 million of misused church funds that allegedly went into financing the popstar career of pastor Kong Hee's wife.
"In every aspect, we've never felt that we've done anything unauthorized," Tan said about CHC's "Crossover" outreach program.
"Till today, church members come to me and say, pastor, hang in there. No one says pastor, we've been deceived." more >>
Someone recently asked me how I answer critics of the Open Letter to Franklin Graham that I co-authored last week. The points of particular interest were these:
1. In the spirit of Matthew 18, how do you justify writing an open letter to Graham without first going to him and speaking with him in private? 2. Your letter seems to advocate disobedience to the police. Is that what you're saying?
Great questions! They're especially relevant as we close the season of Lent and look forward toward Holy Week. For it is Holy Week when Jesus himself had the most interaction with the earthly authorities of his day. more >>
A court has ruled in favor of a private Christian school in California that required employees to have a pastor for a reference.
Judge Henry J. Walsh of the Superior Court of California in Ventura County issued a ruling Monday in favor of Little Oaks Private School.
At issue was a suit brought by two former teachers who argued that they were wrongfully fired for failing to provide a letter from a pastor confirming their membership in a church. more >>