More than $210,000 has been raised in support of the Oregon Christian bakers who are being forced by the state to pay $135,000 in "emotional damages" to a lesbian couple for declining to bake them a wedding cake in 2013, an act that would have violated their deeply-held religious convictions.
Although an online fundraiser established on GoFundMe.com to support Melissa and Aaron Klein, the owners of the now-closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham, raised over $100,009 in nine hours in April, the campaign was taken off the website because the Kleins had been "formally charged by local authorities and found to be in violation of Oregon state law."
After removing the Kleins' fundraiser, GoFundMe later revised its user policy to state that the site can't be used to raise money in "defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts." The website additionally shut down the fundraiser for Barronelle Stutzman, a Washington florist who's also facing heavy fines for not working a gay wedding. more >>
A report has claimed that residents in Oregon are only now finding out that the state allows teenagers as young as 15-years-old to get state-subsidized sex-change operations without parental notification.
"It is trespassing on the hearts, the minds, the bodies of our children," Lori Porter of Parents' Rights in Education told Fox News on Thursday. "They're our children. And for a decision, a life-altering decision like that to be done unbeknownst to a parent or guardian, it's mindboggling."
The report says that the policy, the first of its kind in the nation, was enacted in January, and that residents are "stunned" that the state will pay for such procedures through the Oregon Health Plan, its Medicaid program. more >>
Although the world's largest Southern Baptist university, Baylor University in Waco, Texas, has removed reference to "homosexual acts" from it's sexual conduct policy, the school still stands strong in its opposition to homosexual behavior despite multiple headlines leading readers to believe the school has removed "a ban on homosexual acts."
After the Waco Tribune-Herald reported last Thursday that Baylor, the oldest Christian college in Texas, revised segments of its sexual conduct policy in May to no longer include specific reference to "homosexual acts" and other acts of sexual immorality, many news organizations including NBC News, Time, Houston Chronicle and Jezebel may have led readers to believe the school is caving to societal pressures on same-sex marriage.
NBCNews.com ran a Wednesday article with a headline that reads "Baylor University No Longer Bans Homosexual Acts," While Houston Chronicle points out in its headline that "Baylor University drops ban on 'homosexual acts.'" Jezebel's headline goes even further, stating "'Homosexual Acts' Are Now Allowed At Baylor University." more >>
Their 3-year-old son who liked to wear his sister's clothes and pink boots told them last year that he was unhappy being a boy. Now, an Oakland couple is trying to keep their son happy by supporting his transition from a boy named "Jack" to a girl called "Jackie."
"Jackie just looked really, really sad; sadder than a 3-and-a-half-year-old should look," the boy's mother, Mary Carter, told NPR about the life-changing moment last year when she decided to support his transition from Jack to Jackie. "This weight that looked like it weighed more than she did, something she had to say and I didn't know what that was."
"So I asked. I said, 'Jackie, are you sad that you're not going to school today?' And Jackie was really quiet and put her head down and said 'No, I'm sad because I'm a boy,'" said Carter. more >>
The Parents Television Council is calling on the A&E network to issue over $100 million in refunds to cable subscribers for forcing them to pay for a new reality series debuting on Tuesday called "Seven Year Switch," which the advocacy group claims will "applaud" infidelity.
The premise of the eight-episode series, which will air on A&E's new affiliate station called the FYI network, is to have couples test the bonds of marriage by swapping spouses for an extended period of time.
Although the show might have a similar theme to that of the series "Wife Swap," which aired on ABC during the 2000s, "Seven Year Switch" is likely to include spouses actually sleeping with complete strangers. more >>
A Sudanese court has ruled that there is enough evidence to move forward with the trial of two imprisoned South Sudanese Presbyterian pastors facing "trumped-up" espionage charges, which are punishable by death. The pastors' attorney will have only two weeks to prove their innocence without access to his clients.
In the sixth hearing in the case against pastors Yat Michael and Peter Reith in Khartoum, a judge ruled Thursday that there is sufficient evidence to "charge" the pastors with seven different crimes including criminal conspiracy, espionage, promoting hatred amongst the sects, blasphemy, undermining the constitutional system, obtaining official documents and disturbing the peace — two of which could be punishable by death.
According to the American Center for Law and Justice, the judge's Thursday ruling now means that the pressure is on the pastors' attorney, Mohaned Mustafa, to now prove the innocence of his two clients rather than their guilt having to be proven. more >>