Monday, July 06, 2015

U.S. Catholic Bishops vs. Supreme Court Gay Agenda

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a document to be distributed nationwide urging every Catholic to be a fearless "witness for the truth of marriage" in opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling endorsing the Gay Agenda.
“Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable.”
-- U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Vatican Says Gay Agenda is 'a Defeat for Humanity'

Pope Refutes Homosexualists: Kids Need Mom & Dad

Pope Slams Gay Agenda, Defends Natural Family

Pope Said the Gay Agenda is the Work of the Devil

-- From "Marriage and the Supreme Court" by U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Summer 2015

The Supreme Court has tragically declared that states must issue marriage licenses to two persons of the same sex and recognize same sex “marriages” that were contracted in another state.

This broad, adverse ruling redefines marriage in the law throughout the entire country, changing thousands of laws regarding marriage, family and children and threatening religious freedom in numerous ways.

-- Archbishop Kurtz, President of the USCCB

What is marriage?

Marriage is the permanent and exclusive union of one man and one woman, for the good of the spouses and for the procreation and education of children.
One man, one woman, for life.

The difference is the difference.

Men and women are equal and different. Sexual difference is essential to marriage and raising children. Ignoring or removing “the difference is... the problem, not the solution” (Pope Francis).

Mothers and fathers matter.

They aren’t interchangeable. While single parents and others raising children often make heroic sacrifices and deserve support, society should also affirm every child’s basic, natural right to come from and be raised in the loving marital union of his or her own father and mother.

Support religious freedom

The First Amendment Defense Act is one way that Congress is seeking to protect religious believers from being coerced to accept, condone, or participate in same-sex “marriage.”

To read the entire USCCB Nationwide Bulletin Insert above, CLICK HERE.

From "Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision" by Bishop Joseph Edward Strickland, Diocese of Tyler Communications (Northeast Texas) 6/26/15

. . . the [Supreme] Court has acted in contradiction to their duty to promote the common good, especially what is good for families. I join with the Bishops of the United States in calling this decision a “tragic error.”

Let me unambiguously state at the outset that this extremely unfortunate decision by our government is unjust and immoral, and it is our duty to clearly and emphatically oppose it.  In spite of the decision by the Supreme Court, there are absolutely no grounds for considering unions between two persons of the same sex to be in any way similar to God’s plan for marriage and the family. Regardless of this decision, what God has revealed and what the Church therefore holds to be true about marriage has not changed and is unchangeable.

. . . our continued commitment to the pastoral care of homosexual persons cannot and will not lead in any way to the condoning of homosexual behavior or our acceptance of the legal recognition of same-sex unions.

While some of us may have family members who have same-sex attraction, and there are even some who are members of our local churches, this decision to require the legal recognition of so-called marriage between homosexual persons should in no way lead us to believe that the living out of this orientation or the solemnizing of relationships between two persons of the same sex is a morally acceptable option.

We know that unjust laws and other measures contrary to the moral order are not binding in conscience, thus we must now exercise our right to conscientious objection against this interpretation of our law which is contrary to the common good and the true understanding of marriage.

Given this and recognizing my responsibility and moral authority as the shepherd of this Church of Tyler, I will shortly issue a decree in this Diocese establishing, as particular law, that no member of the clergy or any person acting as employee of the Church may in any way participate in the solemnization or consecration of same-sex marriages, and that no Catholic facilities or properties, including churches, chapels, meeting halls, Catholic educational, health or charitable institutions, or any places dedicated or consecrated, or use for Catholic worship, may be used for the solemnization or consecration of same-sex marriages.

To read the entire statement above, CLICK HERE.

Here's a related story, NOT from the Catholic church:

From "Chicago priest protests same-sex marriage, won't sign civil marriage licenses" by Manya Brachear Pashman, Chicago Tribune 7/3/15

"The strange situation in the United States is clergymen not only act in the name of the church, they also act in the name of the state," said [Rev. Patrick Henry] Reardon, the pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago's Irving Park community. "The clergymen wear two hats. I'm making a political statement in this sense: I'm accusing the state of usurping the role of God. What I'm saying is, 'I don't agree with you and I'm going to change the way I do things. I will not act in your name. … I will not render unto Caesar that which belongs to God.'"

The unusual protest has inspired other Christian clergy — Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant — to consider following his lead, a shift Reardon hopes will lead the nation to a different model of marriage, one that no longer deputizes clergy to sign marriage licenses and, in his opinion, effectively uphold the state's definition of marriage.

Archbishop Blase Cupich, Chicago's Roman Catholic leader, said in a recent interview . . . "Civil marriage doesn't make people promise and keep the promise of permanence because of the ease of divorce," Cupich said. "We ask people to be married until death do you part and we really mean that. ... It's important to recognize we already have a difference between civil marriage and church marriage because of the promises."

Indeed, the government's view of marriage as a legally binding contract already contradicts the Orthodox Christian understanding of marriage as a sacrament — blessing a union that already existed because it was created by God. And therein lies the problem, Reardon said.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also click headlines below to read previous articles:

Pastors Face Fines, Jail for Refusing 'Gay Wedding'

Religious Liberty in Homosexualists' Crosshairs

ACLU Sues Christians for Refusing 'Gay Marriage'

Homosexuals Force Closure of Iowa Christian Wedding Chapel

Saturday, July 04, 2015

ACLU Sues Christians for Refusing 'Gay Marriage'

Acting in defiance of the recent Supreme Court ruling, local government officials across America are refusing, one at a time, to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on the basis of First Amendment freedom of religion.  In retaliation, the American Civil Liberties Union and various anti-Christian organizations are beginning the lawsuits to negate Christians' freedom of conscience.
"It's a deep-rooted conviction.  My conscience will not allow me to issue a license for a same sex couple.  It goes against everything I hold dear, everything sacred in my life."
-- Kim Davis, Clerk (Democrat), Rowan County Kentucky

"If it means that you simply cannot fulfill your duties because of your religious beliefs, what is required of you is that you can no longer hold that office."
-- Sam Marcosson, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville
For background, read Religious Liberty in Homosexualists' Crosshairs

However, read about the new North Carolina law allowing local magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages and still keep their jobs.

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Homosexuals Force Closure of Iowa Christian Wedding Chapel

Pastors Face Fines, Jail for Refusing 'Gay Wedding'

And read how the Gay Agenda attacks Christians one town at a time across America.

-- From "Kentucky Clerk Sued for Not Issuing Gay-Marriage Licenses" by Claire Galofaro, Associated Press 7/2/15

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky filed a federal lawsuit against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis on Thursday afternoon on behalf of two homosexual and two heterosexual couples, all of whom were turned away when they tried to get marriage licenses from Davis' office this week.

Davis has said that her Christian beliefs prevented her from complying with the Supreme Court decision, so she decided to issue no more marriage licenses to any couple, gay or straight. She could not be reached Thursday after the lawsuit was filed. Her office was already closed and she did not respond to an email.

She is among a handful of judges and clerks across the South who have defied the high court's order, maintaining that the right to "religious freedom" protects them from having to comply.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Same-Sex Marriage Fight Now Goes Local" by Claire Galofaro and Adam Beam, Associated Press 6/30/15

Some judges and clerks in Alabama and Texas have done the same [as Kim Davis of Kentucky], ordering their offices in the name of religious liberty and free speech to issue no marriage licenses at all.

Legal experts are dubious that religious freedom arguments will protect public officials who not only refuse to participate due to their own beliefs, but also decline to make accommodations so that others who don't object can serve the public instead.

Clerks and probate judges hold the keys to marriage in counties around the country, and in many rural areas, there are few alternatives for hundreds of miles. Couples turned away could seek a court order, and a clerk who still refuses to issue a license could be jailed for contempt, [legal expert Sam] Marcosson said.

They also risk criminal official misconduct charges, said Warren County Attorney Ann Milliken, president of the Kentucky County Attorneys Association. The misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail, is committed when a public servant "refrains from performing a duty imposed upon him by law or clearly inherent in the nature of his office."

Casey Davis, the clerk in Casey County, Kentucky, says he won't resign and he'd rather go to jail than issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple. None have yet come in to get one, he said.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "ACLU sues Rowan clerk over marriage licenses" by Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) 7/2/15

The couples named in the suit filed by the ACLU are April Miller and Karen Roberts; Shantel Burke and Stephen Napier; Jody Fernandez and Kevin Holloway; and L. Aaron Skaggs and Barry W. Spartman.

Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, had defended the state's ban on same-sex marriage, but after the High Court's ruling on June 26, he issued an executive order telling all state agencies and clerks to comply with it.

Casey County Clerk Casey Davis, a Republican, said late Wednesday evening on MSNBC that the governor should provide "some sort of relief" for clerks who have moral objections to the Supreme Court's ruling. He also likened Beshear's order to putting county clerks in "prison."

"I did not take an oath that said I would lay my personal feelings down to do this job nor will I ever do that," Casey Davis said on air. "As a matter of fact I said I would do this job to the best of my ability, so help me God, and the best of my ability does not go beyond what my conscience will allow me to do."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Ky. clerk defends decision to decline marriage licenses" by Joe Arnold, WHAS-TV11 (Louisville, KY) 6/30/15

[Bill May, Executive Director of the Kentucky County Clerks Association,] said he has been in contact with county clerks who are resisting the Supreme Court decision, advising them that Kentucky law states marriage licenses "shall be issued" by the county clerks and that KRS 522.020 could be used to prosecute the clerks for official misconduct, a Class "A" misdemeanor. A conviction could result in a judge ordering a clerk to be removed from office, May said.

"God is my first love, and I will stand for Him," Davis said. "And if it means I get thrown out of office, we'll deal with that when it comes."

Davis suggests the state issue marriage licenses online, or since the Supreme Court is now defining marriage, then the federal government needs to issue marriage licenses.

"As much as these people out here picketing my office believe in what they are standing up for, I myself have just as equally if not stronger convictions," Davis said, weeping.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Gay Couple to Sue Hood County Clerk Over Marriage License" by Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune 7/2/15

Attorneys for a same-sex couple are preparing to sue Hood County Clerk Katie Lang after the couple was unable to obtain a marriage license.

Two Austin attorneys representing Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton, who have been together for 27 years, sent a letter to Lang on Thursday demanding that her office issue the couple a marriage license by the end of the business day or risk being sued in federal court Monday morning.

As of Thursday evening, the couple was unable to obtain a marriage license from the county, so attorney Jan Soifer confirmed that they would move forward with filing suit.

Pointing to revised forms available on the Department of State Health Services' website, Soifer and attorney Austin Kaplan wrote that Lang had "absolutely no valid reason" to delay issuing marriage licenses.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "ACLU Letter to County Clerks: You Are Legally Required to Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples" by Press Release, ENEWSPF 7/2/15

County clerks face legal perils if they fail to issue marriage licenses to eligible same-sex couples, stated the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas in letters sent to select county clerk offices in Texas yesterday. The letters explain in detail the legal obligations of public officials following the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

The ACLU of Texas sent the letters to clerks in counties where residents have reported recalcitrance over issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Despite SCOTUS ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, resistance in TX county remains" by CNN 7/3/15

"I would like to issue a statement that I will not be issuing same-sex marriage licenses due to my religious convictions," Katie Lang wrote in a statement posted on the county clerk's website.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton lashed out after Friday's ruling, calling the right to same-sex marriages "fabricated" and "newly invented" -- language Lang parroted in her statement -- and said judges "may claim that the government cannot force them to conduct same-sex wedding ceremonies over their religious objections."

If those judges are sued or fined, "numerous lawyers" stand willing to defend their rights, and "I will do everything I can as attorney general to be a public voice for those standing in defense of their religious beliefs," Paxton said in a statement and on social media.

Leaning on Paxton's guidance, Lang said Tuesday, "We find that although it fabricated a new constitutional right in 2015, the Supreme Court did not diminish, overrule, or call into question the First Amendment rights to free exercise of religion that formed the first freedom in the Bill of Rights in 1791."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Decatur County clerk, employees resign over same-sex ruling" by Tyler Whetstone, The Jackson Tennessee Sun 7/1/15

The three officers in the Decatur County Clerk's Office have resigned from their positions because of their opposition to the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage, a county official said today.

According to Decatur County Commissioner David Boroughs, County Clerk Gwen Pope and employees Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler have all resigned because of religious opposition to the ruling.

Boroughs said he confirmed the resignations after speaking with County Mayor Mike Creasy.

"That's a personal individual decision, but I strongly support them if their faith is that strong," Boroughs said. "I'm proud of them that their faith is so strong and well-rounded that they feel they can do that."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Grenada Circuit Clerk resigns over same-sex marriage" by Therese Apel and Kate Royals, The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS) 6/30/15

In a letter to the board of supervisors, Grenada County Circuit Clerk Linda Barnette announced her resignation on Tuesday, citing the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

Barnette has been the circuit clerk for 24 years, and announced that her resignation is effective immediately.

"The Supreme Court's decision violates my core values as a Christian," she wrote. "My final authority is the Bible. I cannot in all good conscience issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples under my name because the Bible clearly teaches that homosexuality is contrary to God's plan and purpose for marriage and family."

"I choose to obey God rather than man," Barnette wrote.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Click headlines below to read how Christians are becoming unemployable:

Atlanta Fires Fire Chief for 'Anti-gay' Bible Study

Booting Navy Chaplain Submarined by Homosexual Spy

Homosexualists Force Pro-marriage Internet CEO Resignation

Georgia Teacher Ousted—Taught Obama's Pro-abortion

Also read Gay Agenda will be Complete when Christians are Muzzled, Say Homosexualists as well as Senator Ted Cruz Says the Gay Agenda Ends Christian Liberty

Friday, July 03, 2015

Polygamy License Legitimacy Considered in Montana

Officials in Yellowstone County are reviewing a marriage application for Nathan Collier to marry Christine, with whom he's been living -- along with his 15-year-wife, Victoria.
“I’m not trying to redefine marriage. I’m not forcing anyone to believe in polygamy. We’re only defining marriage for us. We just want legitimacy. . . . We're not even asking for acceptance, we're just asking for tolerance. Let us live our lives together without fear. . . . It's about marriage equality.  You can't have this without polygamy.”
-- Nathan Collier
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Supreme Court's New Morality Means Justice for Polygamy

Activist Judges Say Scalia Right on 'Gay Marriage'

'Gay Marriage' Enables Polygamy Court Challenge

Polygamy Too: Federal Court Ruling for 'Gay Marriage' = Anarchy

Liberals Say Legalize Polygamy NOW

Also read Hollywood Mainstreams Polygamy in TV Series

-- From "Montana Polygamist Seeks ‘Legitimacy’ After Supreme Court Ruling" by Tanya Basu, Time Magazine 7/2/15

The Montana trio argue that under Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision recognizing same-sex marriage across the country as legal, their polygamous relationship should be legally recognized and guaranteed the same rights as heterosexual and homosexual marriages. “If you read the justice’s statement, it applies to polygamists,” Collier said.

He’s referring to the dissent by Chief Justice John Roberts, who argued that the reasoning for giving same-sex couples the right to marry “would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage.”

Spurred by Roberts’ words, the three decided to go to the courthouse Tuesday armed with the Supreme Court ruling. County clerks initially denied to give a marriage license upon learning that Collier’s marriage with Victoria had not been dissolved. But the clerk returned afterwards, saying that they would refer to the county attorney’s office before making a decision. The county’s chief civil litigator is looking to have a formal response by early next week:

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Montana man applies for polygamous marriage license" by Lori Grisham, USA TODAY Network 7/2/15

Collier met both of his wives in 1999. He married Victoria in 2000 and had a spiritual ceremony with Christine, he said. Collier now wants to legalize his marriage to both of them, he said.

Their family is not new to the public eye. They appeared on the TLC reality show Sister Wives in January.

Kevin Gillen, the Yellowstone County chief civil litigator, is reviewing Montana's bigamy laws and plans to respond next week, according to the AP.

If they deny the license application, Collier plans to get an attorney and file a civil rights lawsuit, he said.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Montana man seeks license for second wife" by CBS News/AP 7/1/15

Collier, 46, said that [Chief Justice John Roberts'] dissent inspired him. He owns a refrigeration business in Billings . . .

Collier said he is a former Mormon who was excommunicated for polygamy and now belongs to no religious organization. He said he and his wives hid their relationship for years, but became tired of hiding and went public by appearing on the reality cable television show "Sister Wives."

The three have seven children of their own and from previous relationships.

"It's two distinct marriages, its two distinct unions, and for us to come together and create family, what's wrong with that?" said Christine. "I don't understand why it's looked upon and frowned upon as being obscene."

Collier said he sent an email asking the ACLU of Montana to represent him in a possible lawsuit. ACLU legal director Jim Taylor said he has not seen the request.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

1 Mom, 2 Dads & Baby: ABC News Promotes Polyamory

'Husband' Impregnates Both 'Married' Lesbian Wives

Teen Girl to Marry Father in New Jersey—Incest OK

Pedophiles Win in 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Pre-teen Secret Uterus Tampering - Seattle Schools

-- From "Seattle 6th Graders Can’t Get a Coke at School, But Can Get an IUD" by Kathleen Brown, 7/1/15

Middle and high school students can’t get a Coca-Cola or a candy bar at 13 Seattle public schools, but they can get a taxpayer-funded intrauterine device (IUD) implanted without their parents’ consent.

School-based health clinics in at least 13 Seattle-area public high schools and middle schools offer long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), including IUDs and hormonal implants, to students in sixth-grade and above at no cost, according to Washington State officials.

LARCs are associated with serious side effects, such as uterine perforation and infection. IUDs, specifically, can also act as abortifacients by preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg.

The state and federally funded contraceptive services are made possible by Take Charge, a Washington State Medicaid program which provides free birth control to adults who are uninsured, lack contraceptive coverage, have an income at or below 260 percent of the Federal Poverty Level -- or, in this case, to teens who don’t want their parents to know they’re on birth control.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Transgender/Gay Agenda Mandated in Virginia School

For the second time in as many months, the Fairfax County (Virginia) School Board defied the majority of citizens by turning up the volume on Gay Agenda indoctrination, starting in the 7th grade.  While keeping the public guessing, and causing conflicting media reports, the School Board injected new sexual perversion education into the curricula and repeatedly shifted several aspects to and from mandatory classes, thus forbidding parents from opting their children out.

For background, read Fairfax County Schools Opens All Restrooms to "Any and All Genders" -- school claims Obama administration has mandated the change by threatening to withhold money

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Girl Sues Virginia School to Use Boys Restroom

Gay Teachers Indoctrinate 8-year-olds in North Carolina

Lesbian Seminar Teaching Kids How to be Homosexual

Kindergartners Taught Sex Change in Maine School

Pennsylvania School Gives 8th Grade Sadomasochistic Exercise

Oregon Trains Pre-teens in Masturbation, Anal Sex

President Obama Pays Pre-teens to Learn Anal Sex in Hawaii

Pornography Belongs in Classroom, More Experts Say

Also read Transgenderism is a 'Delusion' According to Victim

-- From "Fairfax School Board approves adding transgender topic to teens’ class" by T. Rees Shapiro, education reporter, Washington Post 6/26/15

The 10-to-2 vote Thursday night came amid shouts of anger and howls of frustration from a raucous crowd that largely stood in opposition to the curriculum changes.

The board’s decision centered on changes to the Family Life Education curriculum across all grades. The revisions included adding lessons on gender issues for middle and high school students. But some of those who opposed the changes questioned whether the revisions would trickle down to the lower grades.

Opponents also expressed concern that some of the revisions would move certain sensitive lessons out of the Family Life Education curriculum and into health class, which would remove parents’ ability to opt-out their children from learning the material. The health class is a required course; Family Life Education is not.

At the last minute, the board moved ahead and overwhelmingly voted in support of the lesson changes, with Reed and Schultz the only votes against the new curriculum. In a slight concession, the board also voted to move some of the earlier proposed lessons back to their original place in the Family Life Education curriculum, allowing parental opt-outs for children.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Va. County Imposes Transgender Lessons On Middle Schoolers" by Kerry Picket, Reporter, Daily Caller 6/30/15

Fairfax County School Board member Elizabeth Schultz, one of the two dissenting votes on the curriculum change vote, told The Daily Caller that the curriculum committee, which is not a committee of the school board, spent a year going through particular sections of the family life education curriculum and recommended to the board to move parts of the family life curriculum, which included gender identity and transgender issues, over to the health curriculum.

“Once you move something out of family life, the family life education curriculum delivery method and into a health curriculum, by default, a parent no longer has the right to opt out,” Schultz said. ”And so there were huge sections, not just of the more controversial topics but even basic things about family units and emotions and social development they suggested to move to the health curriculum.”

The Fairfax School system is the nation’s tenth largest. According to one local outlet, classes pertaining to personal development (emotions/feelings, self-image, self-concept, personal characteristics, skills to work and play successfully in a community), healthy relationships (includes conflict resolution skills), respecting individual differences (disabilities, ethnicities, cultures), and mental health issues like depression and suicide, were all moved to from family life to the health curriculum.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Health Curriculum To More Closely Align with State" by Tim Peterson, Virginia Connection Newspapers 6/26/15

At the board’s regular meeting on June 25, the first and foremost action item was voting on recommended changes to the Family Life Education and health education curricula for grades Kindergarten through 10. The changes were proposed by the Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee, an ad hoc group set up, according to the School Board, to align the school system’s lessons with Virginia Department of Education health standards and evaluate new standards for opt-out-optional Family Life Education.

Changes included adding gender identity and sexual orientation to Family Life Education, beginning in seventh grade, as well as moving a portion of the curriculum from Family Life Education to students’ health courses. Parents may opt their students out of any Family Life Education class, while the health lessons are mandatory for all students.

Between May 21 and June 19, the recommendations were put online for community review. During that period, the School Board reports, staff received 561 emails, plus a petition signed by 116. It amounted to 225 pages of citizen comments, all of which can be viewed and read through the School Board’s agenda notes for the June 25 meeting.

Among the breakdown of responses (also posted in the June 25 agenda notes) 435 were opposed to “inclusion of transgender instruction and references to gender-fluidity,” while 54 supported “inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity instruction.”

[Citizens speaking] before the board claimed many of the curriculum items coming out of Family Life Education and into health were not actually required as part of the state standards of learning. And the prospect of losing the opportunity to opt their children out of material not required by the state was infuriating for some.

To read the entire very lengthy and detailed article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read governments' myriad efforts to sexualize children via public schools.

In addition, read how the Gay Agenda transgender objectives are being advanced by President Obama and across the Obama administration; and by private businesses; as well as via public schools and throughout academia -- and funded by taxpayers.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pope in 17,000 Condoms at Museum in Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Art Museum is proudly displaying a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made from thousands of colored condoms, and although Catholics are complaining that the so-called artwork is disgusting, insulting, blasphemous, etc., no one plans violence against the museum or anyone involved.  In fact, museum memberships have dramatically increased!
“Our hope is that the piece will bring not only controversy, but room for conversation—about the underlying discussion the artist intended as well as regarding the role of art in public discussion.”
-- Dan Keegan, museum director
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Jesus Desecrated at Colorado Art Exhibit, NO Violence Breaks Out

Taxpayers Fund Obscene Homosexual Christmas at Smithsonian

New York Times Runs Anti-Catholic Ad, Refuses Anti-Islam Ad

Muslims Killing Christians, is NOT News, but Museum Destruction IS News

Holocaust Museum Shooter is Left-Wing Terrorist

President Obama Ignores Christian Genocide, Favors Gay Agenda

Also read how the Gay Agenda is prominently displayed and honored.

-- From "Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI Made of Condoms Sparks Controversy in Milwaukee" by Sarah Begley, Time Magazine 6/29/15

“Eggs Benedict,” created by Niki Johnson, was purchased by a local gay rights advocate for $25,000 and donated to the museum, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. Johnson says she was inspired by the former pope’s 2009 remarks that condoms would only worsen the problem of AIDS in Africa.

While some like-minded fans of the work have called the museum in support, it has also drawn powerful critics. Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki has condemned the portrait, and his chief of staff called it “either an intentional attack on a faith tradition and its teachings or a publicity stunt for the artist.” Several longtime friends of the museum have canceled their memberships in protest, and one docent resigned.

“Eggs Benedict” is scheduled to go on display this November after renovations are completed on the museum’s collections galleries; the institution is considering presenting an interfaith panel on debate around the work.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Controversial Condom Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI Displayed by Milwaukee Art Museum, Catholics Call It 'Attack on Faith'" by Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post Reporter 6/30/15

The museum reportedly noted that it has received over 200 complaints about the portrait, and said that a handful of patrons have dropped their membership as a result of the controversy. It insisted, however, that the point of the art piece is to get people to think about Benedict's opposition to condoms as a method of birth control, which is a position upheld by the Vatican.

"This was never intended to be derisive, mocking or disrespectful of the pope," said museum board of trustees president Don Layden. "It was to have a conversation about AIDS and AIDS education. And my hope is when the piece appears in the museum that will be the focus of the discussion."

"Why did I buy it? I did not buy it because I thought it was beautiful," [local philanthropist and homosexualist Joseph] Pabst explained. "I bought it because I thought it was provocative and I thought it was important. ... This piece has work to do. It has to make people think and have discussions."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Milwaukee Art Museum's embrace of condom portrait of pope draws disgust" by Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel 6/30/15

When it was first unveiled at the Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee in 2013, the piece drew international attention — and condemnation from many quarters. Titled "Eggs Benedict," it was inspired by comments made by the pope during a 2009 visit to Africa in which he suggested that the use of condoms could exacerbate the spread of AIDS.

Controversy around the portrait subsided until news of the acquisition and planned prominent display became public June 16.

Jerry Topczewski, chief of staff for [Archbishop] Listecki, called [museum director Layden's] explanation "a smoke screen."

"What's at play here is either an intentional attack on a faith tradition and its teachings or a publicity stunt for the artist," he said. "And we would be opposed to any faith tradition or religious leader being attacked in such a way."

"It seems like in the world of art, the last bastion of acceptable prejudice is Catholic Christians," said Kathleen Arenz of River Hills, a longtime docent who expressed her disappointment to the museum.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made of condoms sparks debate" by Wyatt Massey, Special to CNN 6/30/15

Critics have questioned whether the museum would display a similar piece that Muslims or Jews would find offensive.

A spokeswoman said the Milwaukee museum has sold a record a number of memberships in recent days.

[Artist] Johnson said her decision to illustrate Pope Benedict with condoms was designed to normalize conversations about safe sex. She also said the resulting attention has helped her further her advocacy in this field.

Johnson recently returned from Memphis, Tennessee, where she curated Preservatif, an exhibition of condom-based artwork by 20 artists from around the country. It opened Saturday, on National HIV Testing Day.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

New Mexico Museum Seeks Atheists, Slams Christians

Massachusetts School Blesses Gay Agenda God, Lesbian Mary

Atheists Sue to Remove Christ from 9/11 Memorial

Monday, June 29, 2015

Religious Liberty in Homosexualists' Crosshairs

Having destroyed marriage and family in America, the sexual revolutionaries and their cohorts are planning their next advance on their ultimate target: Christianity.  In response, Christians are circling the wagons around the First Freedom of the Constitution, but recent cowering by so-called conservative government leaders does not bode well for freedom of religion in America.

For background, read The Gay 'Untied' States of America

UPDATE 7/4/15: ACLU Sues Christians for Refusing 'Gay Marriage'

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Homosexualists say the Gay Agenda will be Complete when Christians are Muzzled

Senator Ted Cruz Says the Gay Agenda Ends Christian Liberty

Indiana Religious Liberty Law Fights Gay Agenda, then GOP Leaders Surrender within Hours

Pastors Face Fines, Jail for Refusing 'Gay Wedding'

Homosexuals Force Closure of Iowa Christian Wedding Chapel

Pastor Arrested in California for Reading Bible in Public

Canadian Pastor Found Guilty of Hate Crime for Resisting Gay Agenda

Michigan Christian Business Trashed by Homosexualists

American Decline: Pres. Obama's Gay Agenda vs Christians

-- From "After gay marriage loss in high court, conservatives issue call to arms for religious freedom" by Rachel Zoll And Steve Peoples, Associated Press 6/29/15

The religious liberty fight isn't about what happens inside the sanctuary. First Amendment protections for worship and clergy are clear. Potential conflicts could arise, however, over religious organizations with some business in the public arena. That category ranges from small religious associations that rent reception halls to the public, to the nation's massive network of faith-based social service agencies that receive millions of dollars in government grants. Some groups, such as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, also want protections for individual business owners who consider it immoral to provide benefits for the same-sex spouse of an employee or cater gay weddings.

Conservative religious groups have for years been on watch for potential clashes over religious liberty and gay rights, and have been lobbying for religious exemptions in statehouses and Congress. . . .

Earlier this month, more than 70 Catholic and evangelical educators sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging them to take action to protect conservative religious schools in case of government action to revoke the schools' nonprofit status.

And last week in Congress, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, both Republicans, introduced the First Amendment Defense Act, which would prohibit the federal government from taking action against an institution that opposes same-sex marriage by revoking a tax-exemption or barring them from receiving grants or contracts.

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From "ACLU disavows support for federal ‘religious liberty’ law" posted at Atlanta Journal Constitution 6/29/15

In all of the hoopla over Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay marriage, you might have missed the Washington Post op-ed by an ACLU official, saying her legal defense organization could no longer support the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Louise Melling, the ACLU’s deputy legal director, cited last year’s Hobby Lobby decision by the Supremes, and the prospect that religious organizations will use RFRA to discriminate against gay married couples. . . .

In other words, the federal fight over the fallout from Friday’s high court ruling will exactly parallel the one that Georgia has experienced the last two years. Another round next year is inevitable. . . .

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From "ACLU: Why we can no longer support the federal ‘religious freedom’ law" by Louise Melling, American Civil Liberties Union, Washington Post 6/25/15

The ACLU supported the RFRA’s passage at the time [1993] because it didn’t believe the Constitution, as newly interpreted by the Supreme Court, would protect people . . . whose religious expression does not harm anyone else. But we can no longer support the law in its current form. For more than 15 years, we have been concerned about how the RFRA could be used to discriminate against others. As the events of the past couple of years amply illustrate, our fears were well-founded. [The RFRA] is now often used as a sword to discriminate against women, gay and transgender people and others. Efforts of this nature will likely only increase should the Supreme Court rule — as is expected — that same-sex couples have the freedom to marry.

In the Hobby Lobby case last year, a Supreme Court majority blessed the use of the RFRA by businesses to deny employees insurance coverage for contraception, a benefit guaranteed by law, if those businesses object on religious grounds and there is some other means of furthering the government’s interests. . . .

In the states, legislators, governors and businesses are citing state religious freedom restoration acts to justify all manner of discrimination against gay men and lesbians, including at commercial establishments. At the federal level, the Justice Department — under both the Bush and Obama administrations — has said that the government would violate the RFRA if it were to require that organizations not discriminate in hiring on religious grounds in order to receive government funding.

Yes, religious freedom needs protection. But religious liberty doesn’t mean the right to discriminate or to impose one’s views on others. . . .

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From "Marriage Won, Gay Rights Battle Moves to Religious Liberty Laws" by Andrew M Harris, Bloomberg Business 6/26/15

While such unions were already legal in most of the U.S. before Friday’s ruling, 28 states don’t have laws prohibiting discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Individuals in those states who lose their jobs or are refused an apartment because of sexual orientation don’t have the same rights as people elsewhere, a fact largely unchanged by the landmark decision.

While the ruling removes some obstacles to equal rights, including tax, health-benefit and even hospital visitation issues, other inequities may remain. . . .

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, said Friday that his state legislature “should stand-up and pass non-discrimination for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians, so that they can no longer fear being discriminated in employment or housing for being who they are.”

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, has said he plans to introduce legislation next month to protect lesbians, gays, bisexuals and the transgender people nationwide.

Merkley said the law is needed to replace a patchwork of state laws and guarantee the rights of the LGBT community in the workplace, education, federal programs and housing.

Requiring businesses to serve everyone isn’t an infringement on religious freedom, gay rights advocates contend.

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From "Gay marriage faces southern rebellion as couples hit state bureaucracy's wall" by Alan Yuhas in New York and Tom Dart in New Orleans for The UK Guardian 6/27/15

Almost immediately after the supreme court on Friday made same-sex marriage a right throughout the United States, conservative leaders around the south indicated they would resist the ruling with delay, bureaucratic niggling and circumvention of the verdict on religious grounds.

Texas governor Greg Abbott quickly gave state officials his tacit approval to deny same-sex couples marriage licenses should the officials object on religious grounds. On Friday, Abbott sent agencies a memo, railing against “religious coercion” and citing the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, that directed them to take no action against any official “on account of the person’s act or refusal to act that is substantially motivated by sincere religious belief”.

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal – a declared candidate for president in 2016 – made similar remarks, saying in a statement: “This decision will pave the way for an all out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree.”

His state’s attorney general, James “Buddy” Caldwell, attempted to stall the ruling, saying his office “found nothing in today’s decision that makes the court’s order effective immediately”.

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From "Republicans pivot from gay marriage to religious liberty fight" by Eric Bradner, CNN 6/28/15

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee channeled Martin Luther King, Jr. calling for non-violent resistance to the court's ruling.

"May I ask, are we going to now discriminate against people of conscience, people of faith, who disagree with this ruling?" he said on ABC's "This Week." "I'm not sure that every governor and every attorney general should just say, 'Well, it's the law of the land' because there's no enabling legislation."

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz went even further in the wake of the ruling, telling an Iowa crowd that "the last 24 hours at the United States Supreme Court were among the darkest hours of our nation."

And Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal predicted the fight over religious liberty would persist through the 2016 election.

"Here's where the next fight's going: I think the left is now going to go after our First Amendment rights," Jindal said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"I think it is wrong for the federal government to force Christian individuals, businesses, pastors, churches to participate in wedding ceremonies that violate our sincerely held religious beliefs," he said. "We have to stand up and fight for religious liberty. That's where this fight is going. The left wants to silence us, Hillary Clinton wants to silence us, we're not going away."

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From "Texas will give legal help to officials who refuse same-sex couples on religious beliefs" by Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times 6/29/15

Republican Texas Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton issued a statement and a nonbinding legal opinion on Sunday saying religious freedoms guaranteed by the 1st Amendment “may allow accommodation of their religious objections to issuing same-sex marriage licenses.”

Clerks who refuse to license same-sex couples “may well face litigation and/or a fine,” Paxton wrote. “But numerous lawyers stand ready to assist clerks defending their religious beliefs, in many cases on a pro-bono basis, and I will do everything I can from this office to be a public voice for those standing in defense of their rights.”

“In recognizing a new constitutional right in 2015, the Supreme Court did not diminish, overrule, or call into question the rights of religious liberty that formed the first freedom in the Bill of Rights in 1791. This newly minted federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage can and should peaceably coexist with longstanding constitutional and statutory rights, including the rights to free exercise of religion and freedom of speech,” [Paxton] wrote.

Paxton's opinion was echoed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who issued a directive Friday to state agency heads to protect the religious liberties of all Texans.

"In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision, the law’s promise of religious liberty will be tested by some who seek to silence and marginalize those whose conscience will not allow them to participate in or endorse marriages that are incompatible with their religious beliefs," Abbott noted. "As government officials, we have a constitutional duty to preserve, protect and defend the religious liberty of every Texan."

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From "Utah conservatives discuss religious liberty in wake of SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage" by FOX 13 News and Matt McDonald, KSTU-TV13 (Salt Lake City, UT) 6/28/15

While some celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, others are gearing up for a new legal battleground, saying they want to protect religious liberties in the wake of the ruling.

Utah Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-District 32, introduced a bill titled the Religious Liberty Act last legislative session, and it sought to put into writing specific protections for people claiming their actions that may be construed as anti-LGBT were taken in accordance with their faith.

Some argued the bill was flawed, doing more harm than good, and it failed to pass.

“Our friend LaVar Christensen possibly will have another [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] bill like he did last year, but a majority of the Republican controlled senate said, ‘No, we want to actually collaborate with the LGBT community.”

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