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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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Argentine Photographer Captures INCREDIBLE Image of Christ-Like Cloud

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It cannot be denied that our world is in the midst of turmoil unlike anything we’ve seen in the past. From Birmingham to Beijing, we are seeing unprecedented poverty, crime, hate, violence, war, famine….you name it.  Combine these issues with a mainstream media who is salivating at the chance to rile us up for ratings and money, and the world becomes a downright scary place. Where do we turn when the world seems to shun us?  For some, the answers lie in the bottom of a bottle.  For others, it’s self-harm or outward violence. For many, however, their faith is their rock.  They turn to the religious world for answers to the questions that plague us today, and, often, they discover signs of encouragement. Such is the case today in Argentina. Monica Aramayo was in San Salvador de Jujuy in Argentina when she noticed the holy figure shining through the thick clouds Social media user Mariela Romano said: “The Lord will soon come for us all and we should be ready. While another said: “Thanks for the image that allows us to keep on our path and have a better hope for tomorrow.” The photo has to be seen to be believed. https://twitter.com/faithdefender/status/1128809009153097728 The pose and grand scale of the image has reminded many observers of the famous Christ The Redeemer statue in Brazil. https://twitter.com/OtravelAI/status/1082513665700507648 And while the cloud formation certainly isn’t going to change the minds of the unfaithful, it does provide us all with a reminder that we are loved, and we must remain harmonious with one another on this turbulent little space rock.

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Former Pope Blames ‘Swingin’ Sixties’ for Catholic Church’s Cesspool of Pedophilia

The Catholic Church is again attempting to blame their rampant pedophilia on the outside world.

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The high pontiffs of the Catholic Church would make fantastic dodgeball players. Given just how well they’ve avoided taking the blame for, or properly reacting to, the disturbing prevalence of pedophilia among their ranks, there is little doubt that these purposefully-ignorant would be able to dodge just about anything. The problem is obtuse, obvious, and ostensibly disgusting.  There are literally thousands upon thousands of young children who have been sexualized by Catholic priests over the course of several decades in all corners of the globe.  The problem is not isolated at all, and the only common factor between these horrific crimes is that they occurred at the hands of the Catholic Church. If the entire world got sick from eating a certain food, we would stop eating that food.  In the case of the Catholic Church, the children of the world are being undeniably harmed by their religious leaders in habitual and systemic acts of pedophilia, yet the leaders at The Vatican continue to ignore and obfuscate the truth. Now, one former Pope is even blaming the cultural revolution of the 1960’s for the issue. Emeritus Pope Benedict has emerged from his cone of silence to offer a personal analysis of the clerical sex abuse crisis, citing the sexual revolution, a corruption of moral theology, and the formation of “homosexual cliques” in seminaries as causes of the problem. Benedict says that he felt compelled to contribute to a response to the present situation “since I myself had served in a position of responsibility as shepherd of the Church at the time of the public outbreak of the crisis,” and so penned his reflections, obtaining the present pope’s blessing to make them public. In his new, 6,000-word bombshell essay, the former pope turns his gaze toward societal forces outside the Church as well as…

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