The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom ruled on Wednesday against the Christian owners of a bed and breakfast hotel who refused to allow a gay couple to stay.
"Sexual orientation is a core component of a person's identity which requires fulfillment through relationships with others of the same orientation," explained Lade Hale, deputy president of the Supreme Court, according to The Guardian.
"Homosexuals can enjoy the same freedom and the same relationships as any others. But we should not under-estimate the continuing legacy of those centuries of discrimination, persecution even, which is still going on in many parts of the world," Hale added in the decision. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday it will hear arguments for cases involving the Obama administration's birth control mandate as it relates to for-profit companies.
The two cases, which will be heard together, involve two Christian companies: Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties. Both companies sued the Department of Health and Human Services for requiring them to provide so-called "morning-after pills" in their employee's health care plans.
Providing those drugs would be in opposition to their religious beliefs because the drugs are abortifacients, they argue. Both companies are owned by Christian families whose pro-life views derive from their religious beliefs. more >>
At the very moment that the U.N. General Assembly was voting to elect Saudi Arabia to the Human Rights Council earlier this month, Saudi police officers, assisted by vigilante mobs, launched an iron-fisted effort to round up and deport millions of undocumented foreign workers. The campaign reportedly entailed imprisoning, killing, and raping African and Asian migrants within its borders and provoked a violent protest by some migrants in the capital.
As reported to one of us (Darara Gubo) in a telephone call from Saudi Arabia, at least ten Ethiopians have been killed and over a dozen raped since the state began the round up in early November. The fact that many of the raids that turned lethal occurred in the middle of the night, together with the closed nature of the Kingdom generally precludes ascertaining the precise numbers of victims.
This harsh crackdown bears the hallmarks of Saudi religious and racial bigotry. Based on local interviews, The Wall Street Journal reported, "Saudi security forces had come to the neighborhood the night before to declare that all illegal African migrants had to leave . . . immediately. Pakistani laborers began trying to help police by catching African workers, and clashes began." more >>
The worst Christian massacre-complete with mass graves, tortured-to-death women and children, and destroyed churches-recently took place in Syria, at the hands of the U.S.-supported jihadi "rebels"; and the U.S. government and its "mainstream media" mouthpiece are, as usual, silent (that is, when not actively trying to minimize matters).
The massacre took place in Sadad, an ancient Syriac Orthodox Christian habitation, so old as to be mentioned in the Old Testament. Most of the region's inhabitants are poor, as Sadad is situated in the remote desert between Homs and Damascus (desert regions, till now, apparently the only places Syria's Christians could feel secure; 600 Christian families had earlier fled there for sanctuary from the jihad, only to be followed by it).
In late October, the U.S-supported "opposition" invaded and occupied Sadad for over a week, till ousted by the nation's military. Among other atrocities, 45 Christians-including women and children-were killed, several tortured to death; Sadat's 14 churches, some ancient, were ransacked and destroyed; the bodies of six people from one family, ranging from ages 16 to 90, were found at the bottom of a well (an increasingly common fate for "subhuman" Christians). more >>
Americans are being encouraged to leave an empty dinner place on Thanksgiving Day for Saeed Abedini as a sign of solidarity with the imprisoned American pastor. A group is also setting up a Thanksgiving display in front of the White House to petition for his release.
"While Americans enjoy the blessings of spending Thanksgiving Day with family and friends, it is important to remember that millions around the world are being brutalized, persecuted and attacked for their Christian faith. Thousands are in prison," said the Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition.
"Pastor Saeed will not be able to spend this special day with his wife and two young children, but instead will be spending it in a cramped prison facing constant violence and persecution." more >>
After several stories of private business owners being forced to compromise their faith, a Christian organization in Oregon filed a ballot initiative aiming to protect business owners who refuse to participate in same-sex ceremonies from being served with lawsuits or other penalties.
The Oregon Family Council filed the proposal, entitled the Protect Religious Freedom Initiative, last week in response to the numerous lawsuits and complaints targeting businesses who denied service to couples planning same-sex ceremonies in the state and across the nation.
"A growing trend of silencing can be seen where business owners of faith or with conscientious objections are being forced to compromise their individual conscience rights or face harassment, persecution, penalties levied upon them by the state, and the possibility of losing their business for declining to participate in same-sex wedding ceremonies," Oregon Family Council wrote in a news release announcing the initiative. more >>