A Christian family-owned and operated bridal shop in Pennsylvania is now facing the wrath of gay rights advocates for refusing to provide service to a lesbian couple seeking to get married because it "would break God's law."
A report from PA homepage said the incident was first publicized in a Facebook post by an unidentified woman who claims the bridal shop, W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, denied her service because she is preparing to marry her lesbian lover.
W. W. Bridal Boutique is currently open by appointments only, according to their website. In her Facebook status, the woman claims that when she tried to make an appointment, an employee at the boutique told her: "Unfortunately, she would not be able to schedule an appointment for them because they currently do not service same-sex couples – it's just not something they do." more >>
When observers describe or denounce Israeli military actions as "disproportionate," they glibly assume sweeping legal conclusions without sufficient proof or analysis. But the evidence shows that Israel has acted with disproportionate decency while Hamas has committed war crimes.
Hamas' indiscriminate rocket and missile attacks – which now total about 3,500 in the last month – target primarily Israeli civilians. The effects of Hamas' attacks have been serious (contrary to what most media reports suggest):
a) increasing premature births, b) shutting down Israel's biggest airport, blocking 90 percent of incoming and outgoing passengers, c) forcing about 8 million people to live on the edge 24/7, fearing that if their missile defense system or scramble to shelters falters, they could die, d) constant interruptions throughout the day and night, with as little as ten seconds to find shelter, e) billions of dollars in economic damage. more >>
Most of us would love to get the IRS to go to church -- but not to censor what's being said there. Unfortunately, that seems to be the next stop on the agency's intimidation tour, thanks to a new settlement between the President's favorite tax bullies and the extremists at the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Last month, the government persuaded the Freedom From Religion Foundation to drop its lawsuit by striking a deal with the atheist group. They had sued the IRS to get it to do what it already does: harass religious Americans. Apparently, the radicals at the Foundation felt like churches were being left out of the administration's conservative targeting party and took the IRS to court for refusing to crackdown on churches that spoke freely about moral or political issues from the pulpit.
According to FFRF, the IRS promised to rewrite its policies and take a harder line against pastors exercising their First Amendment rights. more >>
The Faith & Freedom Coalition demanded Monday the release of a secret legal agreement between the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Justice and atheist organization, the Freedom From Religion Foundation charging that it is likely to censor churches by "potentially infringing upon their First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and association".
The agreement was reached on July 17 in federal court to settle a lawsuit filed by the FFRF in 2012. The group celebrated it as a victory last month.
"We're proud that FFRF's litigation should ensure that the IRS will now resume enforcing the law, and go after churches which abuse their tax-exempt privilege by attempting to illegally influence the outcome of elections," noted FFRF Co-President Dan Barker in a release last month. more >>
For the first time since the 1959 Revolution, the Republic of Cuba will allow for a church to be constructed in the Communist state.
Cuba's Communist government has approved a permit for the building of a Catholic church building in Santiago de Cuba, the island's second largest city.
The demand for a new facility came after Hurricane Sandy destroyed an older building, reported Katherine Backler of the United Kingdom publication The Tablet, a Roman Catholic weekly. more >>
The nation with the largest Muslim population in the world has officially banned support for the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is responsible for mass killings of religious minorities in Iraq that has forced the U.S. government to respond with air strikes.
Indonesia, whose citizens comprise over 10 percent of the global Islamic population, recently announced the ISIS ban in response to ISIS recruiting efforts.