In one of the most egregious anti-Christian acts committed by a state official in recent memory, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian not only upheld the ridiculous $135,000 fine levied against Aaron and Melissa Klein for declining to bake a cake for a lesbian commitment ceremony, but he ordered the Kleins to "cease and desist" from making any public comments about their religious convictions relative to this case.
This is an outrage and a travesty, and it must be rebuked and resisted. Who does Mr. Avakian think he is?
The fine itself is unconscionable, as the amount of $135,000 was determined by tallying up the alleged emotional damages experienced by the lesbian couple, who as Thomas D. Williams noted, "accused the Kleins of 'mental rape,' adding that they had suffered a 'loss of appetite' and 'impaired digestion,' which remarkably led to 'weight gain.'" more >>
Conservative Christians are in a funk after the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling. Some have wondered if traditional Christians, especially Evangelicals, typically known for their patriotic ardor, will ever think of America the same way again.
Should they celebrate this July 4 less vigorously than they have in the past? Should they consider retreating into a separatist mode in which they are merely resident aliens in a strange, lost land?
No, and Christians should guard against overreaction. Even at its best, America never fully upheld Christian ideals or ethics. more >>
"I have no choice. I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the Internet. Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me."
These are the concluding sentiments of mass murderer and racial terrorist Dylan Roof, as expressed in his now infamous "manifesto." This young man was clearly full of bitterness and anger at a nation that had, in his warped view, gone terribly wrong. His solution was to commit an act of brutality so jarring and so provocative that it would incite bitterness, anger, and violence in others. His ultimate goal? A race war.
In the face of such hatred, it's almost inconceivable that the survivors of Roof's rampage – in this case, the families of those slain – could react with anything but wrathful anger. The country certainly would have understood. But they didn't. In the face of withering evil, the families offered forgiveness. To the man whose goal was to elicit violence, they offered a peace that passes all understanding. more >>
"We have forgotten God, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own" (Abraham Lincoln).
Over the last few decades, Americans have seen the destruction of the institution of marriage between a man and a woman, the removal of God's Word in several areas, and the aborting of millions of babies. Ironically, many of the men and women who died for our freedoms did not die for what we are becoming today. Many gave their lives in order that we would be "one nation under God," not above God.
A Fifth Division graveyard sign in Iwo Jima, Japan, states it well: "When you go home, tell them for us and say, 'For your tomorrows we gave our today.'" What a travesty when we fail to honor those who gave their lives for the freedoms we now enjoy. This Memorial Day, let's remember those who gave their lives and those who continue to defend our freedoms. more >>
The left has figured out how to successfully push through its agenda by using one simple tactic: demonizing the right. Even if there is no truth to the cruel labels, the left has figured out they work. Repeat the words "bigot," "hate," "sexist" and "intolerant" enough and they will start to stick. It's known as the "framing war," and Republicans aren't very good at it, probably because we're too nice. We're the party of Judeo-Christian morality, so calling the opposition names isn't considered polite. Instead, we naively think we can stick to debating the substance of issues and the truth will win out.
We saw how a very small minority within the left, the gay community — less than 3 percent of the population — was able to implement same-sex marriage. A small group of radicals labeled anyone who disagreed with their approach as bigots full of hate. They launched a clever ad campaign with glamorous, photoshopped pictures of celebrities in white wearing No H8 stickers on their faces and duct tape over their mouths. The approach worked, and the movement picked up steam. Support for same-sex marriage increased from 27 percent in 1996 to 60 percent this year, culminating in last week's sweeping U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis group is continuing its lawsuit against the state of Kentucky, accusing it of violating First Amendment religious freedom rights by denying its Ark Encounter project participation in the state tax incentive program because of its insistence on religious preference in hiring workers. The state is arguing, however, that the Noah's ark theme park would be an evangelism tool.
The Associated Press reported that the AiG's lawsuit is hoping to force Kentucky to allow it back in the tourism incentive program, which could be worth close to $18 million.
Lawyers for the Creationist ministry argued on Wednesday that the group should not be denied participation just because it wants to hire Christian workers for the project, which is set to be completed in 2016. more >>