The recent events surrounding the court case against a Christian-owned bakery in Oregon are so surreal that they almost defy imagination.
The case itself has been well publicized.
In 2013, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, Aaron and Melissa Klein, politely declined to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, as a result of which they were taken to court and charged with discrimination based on sexual orientation. more >>
WASHINGTON — Although the American Sociological Association has promoted the idea that there is no harm done to children raised by same-sex parents, a traditional marriage activist blogger, who was raised by her lesbian mother, asserted on Friday that there is no such thing as an "intact household" for a child raised by same-sex parents.
Next Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Obergfell v. Hodges case on whether the 14th Amendment requires states to license gay marriages. In a discussion hosted by the Alliance Defending Freedom, nationally-recognized blogger Katy Faust, who professes her Christian views on marriage at AskTheBigot.com, argued that not only are the ASA's claims misleading, but more focus needs to be put on the stories of emotional distress told by children who grew up with same-sex parents.
"It's hard because all of who we hear from now in this debate are adults and we are starting to hear more voices of adult children who have gay parents speaking about saying, 'I support a child's natural right to be in a relationship, to be with both her mother and father because I didn't get that,'" Faust explained. more >>
Fundraising site GoFundMe has closed the account that was set up to raise money for Aaron and Melissa Klein, Christians and former owners of a bakery in Gresham, Oregon, who were ordered by a judge Friday to pay a fine of $135,000 for declining to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian marriage ceremony.
"After careful review by our team, we have found the 'Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa' campaign to be in violation of our Terms and Conditions," Oregon Live quoted the site as saying in a statement.
"The money raised thus far will still be made available for withdrawal. While a different campaign was recently permitted for a pizzeria in Indiana, no laws were violated and the campaign remained live. However, the subjects of the 'Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa' campaign have been formally charged by local authorities and found to be in violation of Oregon state law concerning discriminatory acts. Accordingly, the campaign has been disabled," it added. more >>
Two years ago a United Church of Christ congregation in Wisconsin was left in tatters when after discussing the possibility of promoting itself as open and affirming to homosexuals many of its members walked away. The issue has left what remains of the membership so rife with strife, a church leader who spoke with The Christian Post begged to remain anonymous.
Despite the culture wars over issues like homosexuality and the constant barrage of messages in mainstream media declaring conservative values outmoded however, research shows more American Christians prefer traditional values and identify as conservative rather than liberal.
Many scholars agree, according to the 2014 General Social Survey, that most Baptist denominations, Pentecostal ones, and the Church of God in Christ are among a doctrinally conservative group while Protestant denominations such as Episcopal, Methodist, Lutheran, and Presbyterian are more doctrinally moderate or liberal. more >>
Pastor Charles Stanley withdrew his name from an award he was slated to receive Thursday at the Jewish National Fund's Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast after some of its members accused him of being "against LGBT people," and threatened to skip the event if the Christian pastor was in attendance.
Adam H. Brill, spokesman for the JNF, told The Christian Post that Stanley "was invited to receive the Tree of Life award" for his continued support for Israel.
"[The award was] to recognize the many years of support he and his congregants at First Baptist Church Atlanta have shown toward the Jewish people and Israel," Brill said. more >>
Supporters of traditional marriage will participate in the third annual "March for Marriage" on Saturday, three days before th U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on gay marriage.
The Washington, D.C.-based National Organization for Marriage is organizing the event.
"The 2015 March for Marriage is our last, best opportunity to reach the U.S. Supreme Court before they decide whether marriage as it has existed throughout our history is unconstitutional," reads the event's website. more >>