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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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LA County Now Lifting Ban On Indoor Worship Services ‘To Align With Recent SCOTUS Rulings’

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Los Angeles County has decided to finally follow the Constitution and honor the First Amendment right of freedom of religion — a right handed down by God Himself — and lift a ban on indoor church worship services over the weekend after recent Supreme Court rulings in favor of houses of worship. Gee, how nice of them to allow folks to do what God commands them to do and hold services inside a building like normal people. This should never have been something that needed a Supreme Court ruling. The Constitution is pretty clear that the right to freely expression religion is protected. via Daily Wire: “The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified today to align with recent Supreme Court rulings for places of worship,” the county said in a press release Saturday. “Places of worship are permitted to offer faith-based services both indoors and outdoors with mandatory physical distancing and face coverings over both the nose and mouth that must be worn at all times while on site. Places of worship must also assure that attendance does not exceed the number of people who can be accommodated while maintaining a physical distance of six feet between separate households.” “Public Health strongly recommends that places of worship continue to hold services outdoors, with physical distancing and the use of face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to congregants and to the entire community,” the release continued. “Because Los Angeles County is experiencing an unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, every effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to congregants and to the entire community is critical. This is an absolute win for religious liberty, one of the most important and fundamental rights our republic was established upon. In fact, it was our forefathers seeking after religious…

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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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