A Presbyterian Church (USA) regional body located in California has been accused of putting a Korean congregation's effort to leave the mainline denomination to a standstill.
Last year, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church of Rowland Heights voted overwhelmingly to seek dismissal from PCUSA over the denomination's growing acceptance of homosexuality.
Out of 817 votes casted in the March 2014 vote, 738 voted to leave, 74 voted to stay, and 5 votes were dismissed. more >>
As over $842,000 have been raised to support the Christian owners of the Indiana Pizza shop that closed down after receiving threats for saying they wouldn't cater a gay wedding, one lesbian woman that donated $20 to the cause has revealed why she felt compelled to help the family and apologize for the threatening actions of the LGBT community.
Upon reading about the violent threats that were directed toward the O'Connor family, the owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, after they told a local news reporter that they would have to decline catering same-sex weddings if they were asked to do so, Courtney Hoffman, a lesbian small business owner, was inclined to donate to their GoFundMe online fundraising page and also post a heart-warming apology along with the donation.
"As a member of the gay community, I would like to apologize for the mean spirited attacks on you and your business. I know many gay individuals who fully support your right to stand up for your beliefs and run your business to those beliefs," Hoffman's online donation message stated. "We are outraged at the level of hate and intolerance that has been directed at you and I sincerely hope that you are able to rebuild." more >>
Note: Rob Schwarzwalder co-wrote this column.
Openly gay New York Times columnist Frank Bruni made clear in his Easter Day column that the efforts in Indiana to defeat religious freedom protections provided for individuals and business owners under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was just round one. Bruni is signaling that no sanctuary will be given to those who hold to a biblical view of sexuality and is demanding that the Christian faith jettison its 2,000 year allegiance to the clear teaching of the Bible concerning human sexuality.
Bruni indicts Christians who oppose removing homosexuality from the biblical "sin list" for the following errors (these are the terms he uses): bigotry, bias, the "ossification" of belief, "unthinking obeisance," and prejudice. more >>
More than $800,000 has been raised online for a Christian pizzeria owner from Indiana who was forced to shutter her shop after being attacked by LGBT advocates for saying she would not provide catering services for a gay wedding and she says the money is God's way of blessing her for "standing up."
Crystal O'Connor, owner of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, who told a local news reporter that her shop would not cater gay weddings, reiterated her opposition to the idea citing her Christian faith in an interview with the FOX Business Network Friday despite vitriolic threats against her and her business from LGBT advocates.
"It is not a sin that we bring gays into our establishment, and to serve them. It is a sin, though, if we condone," she said. "If we cater their wedding. We feel we are participating, we are putting a stamp of approval on their wedding, and we cannot do that." more >>
A bakery in Colorado will not be punished for refusing to bake a cake requested by a Christian activist that included quotes from the Bible denouncing homosexuality.
Azucar Bakery in Denver was found not guilty of discrimination by the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Regulatory Agencies when it refused to make a cake requested by Christian activist Bill Jack.
While appearing on CBS' "Face The Nation" Sunday, potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum weighed in on the highly-debated Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act and asserted that "tolerance is a two-way street" by making a comparison to a gay business forced to serve the controversial Westboro Baptist Church.
After Indiana passed and signed into law the first version of its RFRA act, media and corporate backlash pushed on lawmakers to go and "fix" the law so that it provides public accommodation protections based on sexual orientation.
Although many conservatives hailed the initial law as a win for religious freedom, because it provided courts with a balancing test for when government actions infringe upon someone's religious beliefs, an amendment was added to the legislation last week effectively eliminated such religious protections. more >>