Not content with trampling freedom of religion, Oregon authorities have now turned to freedom of speech, issuing a gag order to the Christian owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa forbidding them from speaking or writing about their Christian beliefs regarding same-sex marriage.
On Thursday, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian upheld a preliminary finding that sentenced Aaron and Melissa Klein, the Christian bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to a fine of $135,000 in emotional damages to the homosexual couple they denied service, but also added a new provision forbidding them to speak about their unwillingness to serve a gay marriage.
The couple had accused the Kleins of “mental rape,” adding that they had suffered a “loss of appetite” and “impaired digestion,” which remarkably led to “weight gain.”
On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court held 5-4 in Obergefell v. Hodges that there is now a constitutional right to same sex marriage. No. 14-566 (2015).
While Obergefell will significantly impact Louisiana’s same-sex marriage cases, currently consolidated at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit as Robicheaux v. Caldwell, No.14-31037, the Fifth Circuit has not yet rendered a full and appropriate decision in these matters. Today, the Fifth Circuit ordered the two sides to file on or before July 1, 2015, a letter advisory on the current posture of the litigation.
When the Fifth Circuit issues their judgment, it is important to note it will in no way diminish or overrule the fundamental rights to the free exercise of religion and freedom of speech guaranteed by both the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article 1, Section 8 of the Louisiana Constitution. In its ruling, the Supreme Court majority affirmed “[t]he First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered.”
FBI agents have made at least 30 arrests on US soil this year as they try to combat the murderous reach of ISIS and its warped followers, Daily Mail Online can disclose.
Officials revealed this week that the Islamic terror group has a foothold in all 50 states as it continues to target disaffected Americans through its torrent of online propaganda and slick videos of barbaric beheadings and mutilations.
The stark warning comes days after ISIS-inspired gunman Saif Rezgui unleashed horror on at a Tunisian beach resort, killing 39 vacationers and wounding dozens more.
Britain’s first female sharia law judge has issued a brazen warning that flies in the face of UK law, stating that the “government cannot ask Muslims not to have more than one wife."
The news comes on the back of a report by the Times newspaper which claims that Britain is experiencing a “surge” in Sharia marriages, as young British Muslims adopt a more hardline religious stance than their parents.
Simply asking someone “Where are you from?” or calling America "the land of opportunity” is now considered offensive at some colleges and universities, where such "micro-aggressions" are detailed in training programs and seminars for new faculty and staff.
Other examples of “offensive” statements include, “I believe the most qualified person should get the job,” “Affirmative action is racist,” Everyone can succeed in this society, if they work hard enough,” When I look at you, I don’t see color,” and “I don’t believe in race.” A full list of these “offensive” statements can be seen here.
By Patti A. Pierucci
On the evening of the Supreme Court’s shocking decision that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states (or all 54 states, if you ask Obama), the White House was aglow in the rainbow-colored lights of homosexuality.
When I first saw this image on TV I thought it was some digital trickery cooked up in Photoshop. But no, the White House was actually bathed in lights that honored and celebrated homosexual sex.
If I could reach back into time and tell my now deceased great-grandmother – who scoffed at the idea of men walking on the moon, calling it a TV stunt – that we now have a president who lights the people’s house, the White House, in the rainbow colors of homosexuality, she would laugh at me and in her broken English say, “Good joke, Patti!”
Yet it is no joke. The Supreme Court has “found” a right to gay marriage in our Constitution that is quite obviously not there. This is sadly reminiscent of the 1973 court that “found” a right to abortion that is also non-existent in our Constitution.
Just two days after the ruling, the online dictionary reference site, www.dictionary.com, had already altered its definition of “marriage” to include … “all of the diverse forms of interpersonal union … and including, for example, opposite-sex marriage, same-sex marriage, plural marriage, and arranged marriage.”
By MARTIN MAWYER
“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” Matt: 24:12
When the disciples of Jesus asked, “What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of age?” Jesus replied that there would be “birth pangs” of wars, earthquakes, famines, persecutions and false prophets.
But He also said “the love of many will grow cold” because “lawlessness will abound.”
Consider for a moment the recent horrific murders in Charleston, S.C., that took the lives of nine Christians in the black community. By all accounts, these souls were loving, caring, accommodating and supportive of a stranger in their midst.
A relative of one victim said, “My cousin, being the nice, kind, welcoming person he is, welcomed him to his congregation, welcomed him to the Bible study, and he sat there for an hour.”
At least for this congregation, their love had not grown cold.
But now there’s talk of churches needing to arm themselves, just in case their “love” invites “lawlessness.”
Following is the text of a letter I recently sent to 170 church pastors in York County, S.C. It was written in response to recent newspaper reports from that area that a group of pastors were claiming that Muslims are their "brothers and sisters."
These pastors are initiating inter-faith dialogue with one particular Muslim group that has existed in York County for 30 years. In an attempt to educate the York County pastors, this following letter explains some background information on the Muslim group they are attempting to dialogue with.
My name is Martin Mawyer and I am the president and founder of Christian Action Network—a Christian activist group based in Lynchburg, Virginia. We have been advocating for traditional values and the God-ordained family for more than 25 years.
Please bear with me as I unburden myself about some disturbing events that have unfolded in your area of York County, S.C.
You may have heard that a group of church leaders in your county have recently joined together to condemn what they view as growing “Islamophobia” against Muslims in this country.
This statement of condemnation comes after a plot to attack a Muslim community in upstate New York was foiled at the last minute.
I was shocked to learn that a congressional candidate from Tennessee, Robert Doggart—a prominent businessman and Navy veteran—was just hours away from carrying out a murderous, all-out attack against this Muslim group, which is known as The Muslims of America (TMOA).
By MARTIN MAWYER
Has everybody gone crazy … or is it just me?
We’re seeing a redefinition of some formerly rock solid, unshakable words in the English language. For starters, the word “marriage” in the context of two people was always clearly understood to mean the legal union between a man and a woman.
Of course, you know where I’m going with this, right? To state the obvious, nowadays “marriage” can mean the legal, civil or emotional union between almost anyone—or anything.
Recently the Pentagon celebrated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. Yes, you read that right. Not only is there a month put aside to celebrate this behavior, but the Pentagon has jumped on the bandwagon and is using our tax dollars for the drinks and caviar.
That reminds me that even the word “gay” has been usurped by the homosexual lobby so that almost nowhere is it used in its original sense, i.e., “happy, full of joy,” outside of a 19th century novel about the roaring twenties or the gay nineties (that’s the 1890s).
It’s one thing for a word to take on an additional meaning—such as “that’s cool,” not referring to the temperature. But when a word is usurped for political and propaganda purposes, like “gay” has been, it usually spells the death of that word for its original intent.
Will that happen to the word “marriage?” I predict it will. The LGBT crowd, which is now in the process of redefining the word in their own image, will make it so unpalatable for heterosexuals that the straights will have to find a new word.
I have a nomination: “Holy Matrimony.” Something tells me this will be shunned by LGBTs so we can keep it for ourselves for a good long time. Once you put the “holy” into the phrase (and this must be included, or no matrimony certificate can be issued), a lot of LGBTs will run for the hills.
By MARTIN MAWYER
“Baghdad Bob” is reportedly very ill and may be dying. That’s the word from a Swedish TV station that aired an interview a few months ago with the former Iraqi propaganda minister.
If you don’t recall the name, Baghdad Bob is the nickname the media awarded to Saddam Hussein’s propagandist in chief, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf. He was one of the most entertaining and flamboyant characters to emerge from the Iraq War—the one presided over by George W. Bush in which Saddam Hussein was ousted.
Our own propagandist in chief, Barack Obama, reminds me of Baghdad Bob. In fact, the similarities are downright creepy.
In 2003, while giving a press briefing, Baghdad Bob comically declared that American soldiers were committing suicide “by the hundreds” outside the city, and he denied that there were any American tanks in Baghdad. He made these hilarious pronouncements just as American tanks rolled into the city; you could actually see the smoke and hear the noise in the background.
How is this like “Oval Office Obama?”
Recently the President declared that ISIS is not Islamic, even though its adherents pray to Allah, read and follow the Quran, and the word “Islamic” is in the name of the organization. Now that’s first-class denial.
Here’s another gem from Baghdad Bob. “The Americans are going to surrender or be burned in their tanks,” he declared during his last public appearance as Information Minister on April 8, 2003. “They will surrender; it is they who will surrender.” Meanwhile, combat sounds can be heard drawing nearer and nearer to Bob, who just minutes later had to flee for his life.