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Same Sex “Marriage” Governing Our Minds

Just a few weeks ago, Alliance Defending Freedom defended Jack Philips at the Colorado Supreme Court.  I attended the appeal to support Nicolle and Mr. Phillips.  

Nicolle was interviewed by The Register and many of you have asked me about the outcome which will take weeks or likely months to come.  Many of you are praying for him and for Nicolle which is deeply appreciated. 

If you read this it is good to keep in mind that Colorado Civil Rights Commission member, Diann Rice compared the baker to a Nazi and said people like him were responsible for the holocaust.  She “served” on the Commission that ordered Jack Phillips to reeducation camp. 

Punished, but Still Open

In Colorado, Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, was ordered last year by the state’s Civil Rights Commission to educate himself and his staff on Colorado’s anti-discrimination law and to file quarterly compliance reports for two years. Phillips, a nondenominational Christian, is challenging the commission’s ruling in court. For now, he has stopped baking wedding cakes altogether.

“The government that is supposed to be protecting my rights has become the greatest threat to them,” Phillips said. “Right now, they’re coming after my ability to make a living according to my conscience, my religious views and my Christian faith.”

The question of whether Christian business owners can legally refuse to offer services to same-sex weddings could be the next conflict regarding homosexual rights, anti-discrimination statutes and religious liberty that the U.S. Supreme Court may decide. Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/merchants-of-faith-christian-business-owners-discuss-the-costs-of-defending/#ixzz3gjf2Us8J

“I think the Supreme Court will have to weigh in on this national embarrassment: that various state and local governments are forcing small business owners to act against and speak against their deepest convictions,” said Nicolle Martin, an attorney representing Phillips.

Martin, who is working with Alliance Defending Freedom, told the Register she believes the high court will side with merchants like Phillips because the court will see that “government can’t force citizens to surrender free speech and freedom of religion just to run a family business.” She said Phillips in his 22 years of business has never discriminated against anyone.

“Simply, like any artist, he chooses which art, which messages he will create,” Martin said. “A wedding cake is fundamentally and qualitatively different than a box of cookies. It’s an iconic symbol of marriage; and because it’s a symbol of marriage, the government can’t force someone to create it.”

Martin, who added that Phillips doesn’t make cakes with bigoted or anti-American expressions, also said, “At his core, he’s an artist, and that buttercream is his canvas.”

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/merchants-of-faith-christian-business-owners-discuss-the-costs-of-defending/#ixzz3gjdMu3pe


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Pakistan’s Supreme Court Schedules Appeal Hearing For Christian Mother Sentenced to Death

Rome, July 21, 2015

Pakistan’s highest court is set to hear the appeal of Asia Bibi, who is facing a death sentence for blasphemy.

According to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), the appeal hearing is set to be heard on Wednesday, July 22nd.  Bibi’s husband, Ashiq Masih, confirmed the date of the hearing to the Organization for Legal Aid, who will also be present in court. …

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pakistan-s-supreme-court-schedules-appeal-hearing-for-christian-mother-sentenced-to-death?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch


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Pro-Life Bill Introduced in Congress to Immediately De-Fund Planned Parenthood

In the wake of two shocking videos showing top Planned Parenthood doctors arranging the sale of body parts form aborted babies, more than 80 members of the House of Representatives have introduced a bill that would immediately de-fund Planned Parenthood.

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/07/22/pro-life-congressional-bill-introduced-to-immediately-de-fund-planned-parenthood/


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Report: ISIS Kidnaps Three African Christians

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, July 20, 2015     

Three African Christians in eastern Libya have been kidnapped by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

According to Abouna.org, ISIS claimed responsibility for the act in a statement on social media, publishing the passport pictures of the men, who the terrorist group said, without elaborating, are from Nigeria, Egypt, and Ghana….

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/report-isis-kidnaps-three-african-christians?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch


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Dignity of Women and The Faith They Need


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Dignity of Women and The Faith They Need


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On the Verbs of the Shepherd

Vatican City, July 19, 2015     

Here is the translation of the Holy Father’s address today before and after the recitation of the Angelus to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

Dear brothers and sisters,

I see that you are very brave with this heat in the Square. Good for you!

Today’s Gospel tells us that the Apostles, after their experience of the mission, are happy but also tired. And Jesus, full of understanding, wants to give them a bit of comfort; he then…

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/on-the-verbs-of-the-shepherd?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch

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