The Christian Colorado baker who was found guilty of discrimination for declining to make a cake for a same-sex wedding in 2012 has appealed his case to the state supreme court, which gives the court the opportunity to weigh the hot-button issue of whether private wedding venders have the right not to work gay weddings on the basis of religious objection.
Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, officially filed an appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court last Friday after the Court of Appeals decided in August to uphold a May 2014 Civil Rights Commission ruling that he could not legally refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples on the grounds that it violated his religious convictions.
The ruling by the commission requires Phillips to not only serve cake at same-sex wedding ceremonies against his will, but also re-educate his staff to be in compliance with Colorado's Anti-Discrimination Act. Additionally, Phillips must file quarterly compliance reports for the next two years. more >>
Pastor Kong Hee appeared before his congregation at Singapore's City Harvest Church on Sunday, following his guilty verdict of misusing millions of church funds into his popstar wife's career, and said that he is sorry for the suffering they faced during the trial.
"I am saddened with the outcome of the trial. But this I do want to say: You have suffered much over the past few years because of your commitment to City Harvest Church and your commitment to me," Kong told his followers, according to Today Online.
The message was delivered to roughly 4,500 congregants, with a number of church members reportedly seen crying and embracing each other. more >>
Corey Jones' family was demanding answers after the dedicated church musician was gunned down by a Florida police officer along a dark interstate entrance ramp last Sunday, just hours before he had to be at church to backup the choir.
"I need to know why. Why's my son gone today? Why?" Jones' father, Clinton Jones Sr., pleaded with a cracked voice during a press conference on Thursday.
The Rev. Sylvester Banks Sr., Jones' grandfather and pastor of the Bible Church of God in Boynton Beach, Florida, said the community would be watching closely to see how officials handle the case. more >>
Three California churches have filed a complaint against the state over a recently implemented health insurance provision mandating the coverage of elective abortions.
Foothill Church of Glendora, Calvary Chapel in Chino, and Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch filed the complaint last Friday in U.S. District Court. The suit, filed against the director of the California Department of Managed Health Care, seeks injunctive relief from the abortion mandate.
"Plaintiffs believe, as a matter of religious conviction, that it would be sinful and immoral for them intentionally to pay for, participate in, facilitate, or otherwise support abortion, which they believe destroys innocent human life," reads the complaint. more >>
Singapore's City Harvest Church founding Pastor Kong Hee has responded to being found guilty of misusing millions in church donation funds by telling his supporters that he trusts God will use the development for good.
"This is a difficult time for me, and especially for my family, just as it is for the other co-accused persons," Kong told his supporters in a Facebook message on Thursday.
"As was the case throughout these past three years of court trial, and the earlier two years of investigation, I have put my faith and my all in God, and trust that whatever the outcome, He will use it for good in His time and in His way (Rom. 8:28; Eccl. 3:11)," he said. more >>
A complaint filed against a Michigan United Methodist Church pastor who officiated a same-sex wedding might lead to a trial.
The Rev. Michael Tupper, pastor of Parchment UMC, knowingly violated the denomination's Book of Discipline which forbids clergy from performing gay weddings.
During an interview with The Christian Post, Tupper said he participated in the gay marriage ceremony in order "to bring light to the harm done by the United Methodist Church to LGBTQ people." more >>