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But supporters of a bill that would recognize same-sex marriage in New Jersey are proving otherwise.
The bill, which was on track to pass the Legislature, was pulled from consideration by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, acting on a request from Lambda Legal and other homosexual rights groups.
“They don’t want any kind of religious exemption, so out of respect for that, I will [pull the bill],” Weinberg said.
The problem with the bill in its current form, according to Lambda Legal and other homosexual activist groups, is that it allows exemptions for Christians and people of faith from any other religion or denomination to decline to participate in any way with gay marriage.
The supporters of homosexual marriage, however, are demanding that the state prosecute anyone who doesn’t share their leftist views under anti-discrimination and public-accommodation laws.
It wouldn’t be the first time Christians have been persecuted under color of law for their beliefs about the immorality of homosexual marriage. The ongoing case of Craig v. Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado is just one recent example. Bakery owner Jack Phillips could face jail after being ordered by the court to bake a “wedding” cake for a homosexual couple.
In the case of Elane Photography v. Willock, which has been appealed to the Supreme Court, a wedding photographer was fined for not participating in a homosexual ceremony.
There have been plenty of other instances where Christians have been punished or harassed for refusing to go along with the redefining of marriage.
Usually, homosexual activists at least make a pretense of respecting other beliefs, but evidently in New Jersey they feel that total victory is near so the gloves have come off. The fact that Republican Gov. Chris Christie has not spoken against the bill in the Senate is particularly troubling.
This issue won’t go away. The efforts of many homosexual activists have always been aimed not at equality but at destroying those faiths that view homosexuality as sin. It’s as if they have a deep-seated psychological need to be seen as “normal,” but knowing that they are not among the norm (less than 3 percent of the population), they instead work to obliterate all moral norms and those who hold to them.
This brewing war over religion will involve millions of Americans who believe the Bible and others. New Jersey should consider carefully what it is about to do.
Pastor Freddie Beard
Published December 19, 2013
“Duck Dynasty” dad Phil Robertson has been suspended indefinitely by the A&E Network following his recent comments on homosexuality, the network announced Wednesday night.
“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series ‘Duck Dynasty’,” the network said in a statement.
“His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
Earlier Wednesday, Roberston had responded to critics who had slammed him for very graphic statements he made about his preference for heterosexual sex over homosexual sex.
“I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior,” he said in a statement sent to FOX411.
“My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together.
“However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”
We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity
– Phil Robertson
In a wide-ranging interview with GQ, Robertson didn’t hold back when sharing his thoughts about homosexuality and sinning.
“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong… Sin becomes fine,” he said. “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”
Published on Apr 25, 2013
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The Mount Soledad cross stands over memorials from the National War Memorial in Ja Jolla, CaliforniaA massive cross that serves as part of a war memorial on a San Diego hilltop must be dismantled because it has been found to violate a constitutional ban on government endorsement of religion, a federal judge grudgingly ruled on Thursday. The decision by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns marks the latest development in a long-running legal battle over the 43-foot-tall cross, a local landmark that has stood on top of Mount Soledad since 1954 and is visible for miles. Burns stayed his order to give the Obama administration and the association that erected the cross, which have fought its removal all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, a chance to file another appeal.
Otherwise, he said, the monument must be taken down within 90 days. “This is a victory for religious liberty,” said Daniel Mach, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s program on freedom of religion and belief who argued the matter for the plaintiffs in a hearing before Burns on Thursday. “We firmly support the government’s efforts to honor the service of those who fought and died for this country, but there are many ways to do that without playing favorites with religion,” Mach said. The case hinged on whether it is legal for a religious symbol to be prominently displayed on public land and whether the cross violated the U.S. Constitution’s requirement on separation of church and state. The Mount Soledad cross has been the subject of litigation since 1989, when two veterans sued San Diego to get it off city land. In 2006, Congress intervened in the dispute, resulting in the federal government taking ownership of the property. More
Malaysia’s escalating dispute over who has the right to use the word Allah to describe God continues unabated. The country’s Court of Appeal ruled in October that only Malay Muslims were entitled to do so. The indigenous people of the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, who have been using Allah in text and worship for more than a century, and long before the formation of Malaysia, have rejected what they call the “repugnant” verdict. This week more than 10,000 local Iban Christians are gathering in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, for an annual conference. A spokesman said they plan to stage a peaceful protest to remind the federal government to honour its commitment to religious freedom.
Pastor James Ganie, from the Gospel Baptist Church in Kuching, told The Malaysian Insider: “The large gathering has more to do with faith rather than the legal matter that is before the court, or even politics. But we will be making our stand again on religious freedom. The meeting will again ask the government to respect the Malaysia Agreement and the assurance of religious freedom.” The court’s decision was also widely criticized abroad, including by mainly Muslim countries such as Pakistan and Indonesia, where religious authorities say that prohibiting the use of Allah by non-Muslims has no basis in Islam. The United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of religion, Heiner Bielefeldt, has urged the Malaysian government to reverse its decision. More
Pastor Freddie Beard
The ACLU is busy chipping away at religious freedom in our country again. They have successfully brought suit in the Denver area to force a Christian cake-maker to violate his own beliefs or face a fine.
This story is becoming increasingly common, where a Christian baker, florist, photographer in good conscience cannot support the homosexual lifestyle. Yet the authorities are forcing them to violate their conscience or lose their livelihood.
The latest case involves Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop. Writing for the AP (12/6/13), Ivan Moreno notes: “A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday….The order says the cake-maker must ‘cease and desist from discriminating’ against gay couples.”
Mark Silverstein of the ACLU said: “What the judge decided was that the baker’s religious beliefs don’t give him a right to discriminate and violate Colorado law,” thus ending America’s long history of freedom of conscience.
Phillips’ attorney, Nicolle Martin, said, “He can’t violate his conscience in order to collect a paycheck…. If Jack can’t make wedding cakes he can’t continue to support his family.”
So is this what the “tolerance” movement comes down to? Forced acceptance of that which one knows instinctively is wrong. People of good will now must obey the politically correct dictates of the state or be forced out of business? Is this what America is all about now?
Any student of the settlers and founding fathers of America knows that they believed strongly in the right of conscience. That’s the genius of America.
The freedom of conscience for the dissident has been part of the greatness of America. Rev. Roger Williams helped create the first haven for conscience in his Rhode Island colony. William Penn engaged in a “holy experiment” in creating Pennsylvania as a haven for conscience sake.
America’s Founding Fathers spoke often of the importance of conscience (as can be seen in a search through Bill Federer’s book, America’s God and Country).