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Oregon Church Facing $2.3 Million Lawsuit for Refusing to Host LGBT Event on Their Property

We certainly live in chilling times.

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Just months after Christian couple in Oregon lost their bakery over their refusal to bake a cake for a gay wedding, a Catholic church is facing a hefty lawsuit for refusing to host an LGBT event on their property.

Holy Rosary Church of Portland, Oregon, is being sued by Ambridge Event Center, who claims their business was damaged by Holy Rosary’s rule against hosting LGBT groups.

Ambridge, who would rent out property owned by Holy Rosary for events, had to refuse service to the PFLAG Portland Black Chapter, an African-American LGBT support group.

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They say the move cost them business and damaged their reputation.

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“Even businesses and government entities that had previously scheduled events with Ambridge who were not affiliated with the LGBTQ community but had equity-driven internal policies, refused to work with Ambridge after reading or hearing about the discriminatory policy involved in its employment relationship with the church,” the lawsuit claims.

“Ambridge also took issue with the church’s decision to end their contract deal,” The Christian Post explains, “after the company hired an openly gay events coordinator as part of their efforts to ‘restore its image with its clientele and its relationship with the LGBTO community.'”

The lawsuit, filed last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Oregon, alleges that Ambridge was harmed by the church’s rules and their effect on business. They are seeking $2.3 million in damages.

In December, also in Oregon, a judged ruled against Aaron and Melissa Klein, the former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, who had been sued for $135,000 for refusing to bake a gay wedding cake.

They had appealed for an exemption on the basis of their faith, but the judge saw this as an effort to get “a special license for discrimination.”

“The Kleins seek an exemption based on their sincere religious opposition to same-sex marriage; but those with sincere religious objections to marriage between people of different races, ethnicities, or faiths could just as readily demand the same exemption,” argued the appellate court.

Just south of the Oregon border sits California, a state which will soon decide whether or not to ban faith-based counseling with the purpose of overcoming same-sex attraction.

We certainly live in chilling times.

 

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Catholic Priest Says A Prayer For ‘Unborn Child In The Womb’ During The DNC

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A Catholic priest who was called upon to deliver a prayer during the Democratic National Convention no doubt made quite a few folks very, very angry by praying for and making a plea on behalf of unborn children at the end of the event. Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit who has caused quite a stir in the Catholic Church for his writings about gay and transgender issues, prayed that folks who were watching the event would open their hearts to “those most in need,” which included “the unborn child in the womb.” Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: “Help to be a nation where every life is sacred, all people are loved, and all are welcome,” he said. Martin confirmed to the Washington Examiner earlier in the week that his prayer would contain explicit references to the unborn. Although a hot-button issue for much of the Democratic primary, abortion did not play a major role in the Democratic convention. Aside from Martin’s prayer, the issue received only minimal attention, with some speakers mentioning it in their speeches. Republicans, by contrast, are gearing up to make a major issue of abortion at the Republican National Convention next week. In addition to several anti-abortion speakers, the Republican National Committee invited Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, to deliver the convention’s opening prayer. Dolan has previously done so at both the Republican and Democratic conventions, during which he prayed for the protection of the unborn. At the end of the day, abortion is one of the most critical issues to face our culture in modern history. The reason, of course, is because fundamentally, at the core of the issue, is the defense of the most basic right we all have. The God-given right to exist, to live. If we cannot…

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President Trump Says He’d ‘Go In And Do A Number On Middle East Countries Persecuting Christians’

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President Trump recently said that he would “do a number” on countries located in the Middle East that are persecuting Christians if he could find solid proof and evidence that sort of thing was happening. Christians in that part of the world are heavily persecuted, mostly by radical Muslim government regimes and terrorist groups, for daring to stand up boldly for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: “If you look at the way Christians have been treated in some countries, it’s beyond disgraceful,” Trump said Thursday during a news conference at the White House. “If I had information and if I had absolute proof — some of the stories that we’ve heard, which are not easy, which is not easy to get — I would go in and do a number to those countries like you wouldn’t believe. He added, “What they do to Christians in the Middle East — it’s disgraceful.” Trump made the comment while discussing the nascent “Abraham Accord” treaty to normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. This is not only going to be a big help to Christians in that area of the world, but it will also help Israel as well. For many, many years, the Jewish Nation has been surrounded by countries who do not recognize it’s legitimate right to exist. Striking this deal is a first step in changing that way of thinking in that part of the world. It’s something a lot of folks probably never dreamed possible before. Christians are told in the Bible to expect persecutions and to rejoice in suffering for the cause of Christ. However, that doesn’t mean we should allow persecution to continue on as if it’s a good thing. It’s not. If we have an opportunity…

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