Members of the Denver City Council are looking to deny Chick-fil-A restaurants a license to operate at the Denver airport due to their public comments on marriage. Watch the Fox News TV video below for details.
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The Oregon Christian bakers who were fined $135,000 for refusing to make a same-sex wedding cake have done something unusual. The bakers made 11 cakes to send to LGBT organizations along the West Coast. More cakes are expected to be created and sent out to other groups across the country. One of the bakers, Melissa Klein, stated, “They might just throw it in the garbage. They can do that, it’s OK. My hope is that they will see the feeling behind it, and just maybe understand.”
One gay advocacy group who received the cake had a different opinion about the gesture.
One of the groups that received a cake Aug. 20, Equality California, said it considered the package a publicity stunt. The group was planning to invite gay-friendly faith leaders to share the cake, spokesman Jason Howe said.“I think the Kleins are continuing a false narrative that there’s a conflict between LGBTQ and Christianity,” Howe said. “There’s a mainstream that thinks discriminating against people in places of business is wrong.”
A bill (HB 3139) sponsored by Rep. Cedric Hayden was signed into law on May 21, making it easier for mobile medical clinics to go into communities to provide much needed medical and dental care. The law prohibits local government from preventing mobile clinics from parking on private property for not more than 180 days. The nonprofit mobile clinics, staffed by volunteers and supported by donations, serve uninsured Oregonians who otherwise might not be able to afford care. About 5% of Oregonians do not have health coverage.
Some patients may have health coverage but, as Rep. Hayden observed, “Having health coverage doesn’t always equal having access to care.” In rural Oregon many people have no access to health care because the population is too small to justify building a health center.
Bill Donohue comments on the Obama administration’s proposed reforms governing faith-based social service programs:
It has been evident from the beginning that President Barack Obama was never serious about strengthening the faith-based initiatives established by President George W. Bush. The latest reforms prove it.
The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships has released reform proposals that were initiated by its Advisory Council. The reforms are designed to enhance government oversight of religious social service agencies; they seek to limit religious expression, not facilitate its reach.
Since the voters of Oregon narrowly legalized physician-assisted suicide 20 years ago, there has been a profound shift in attitude toward medical care—new fear and secrecy, and a fixation on death. Well over 850 people have taken their lives by ingesting massive overdoses of barbiturates prescribed under the law. Proponents claim the system is working well with no problems. This is not true.
As a professor of family medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, as well as a licensed physician for 35 years, I have seen firsthand how the law has changed the relationship between doctors and patients, some of whom now fear that they are being steered toward assisted suicide.
By Paul Louis Metzger
professor at Mutnomah Biblical Seminary
“Please respect our leadership. Please respect the work we’ve been doing and will continue to do. Please come and work with us and not for us.”
These are the closing words to a post from leaders of local initiatives in Baltimore (here is the full post). They are responding to the wave of outsiders coming into their community in response to Freddie Gray’s tragic death and charges of police brutality. The local residents represented in this post have been engaged in the struggle for justice for a very long time. Yet they feel the outside attention has negatively impacted the social fabric in their community. They write that it is “important that the voices of those most directly affected by this on-going crisis are centered, heard, and followed.”
In light of the Oregon baker case, another case has advanced in the media spotlight. The case comes from Colorado where the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in favor with a gay couple over a wedding cake case. The court said the business owner cannot rely on religious beliefs in refusing to service the clients. See video news clip below.
There is a popular phrase: “Timing is everything.” For the Corban University baseball team, that phrase could not have been more true when the Warriors traveled on a historic Mission Trip to Caimanera, Cuba. As the first American baseball team in Caimanera in nearly 60 years, and one of the few American teams to ever play on Cuban soil since the Cuban revolution of 1959, the local Caimanera population was ready for a message. That message that Warrior Head Coach Jeff McKay and the entire team delivered was one that would ring through the streets and set the stage for generations to come. Seeds were planted and bricks were laid. The future for Caimanera and Cuba is now, and that future is bright.
By Shelia Allen
NW Baptist Convention
A homecoming of sorts took place in recent months when Stephanie Gibson arrived back in Tumwater, WA, to assist with The Canvas Church, a church launching in coming months. Gibson previously spent a summer with three others on a “parachute team,” sent to the area to cultivate the spiritual soil in hopes of building a community of faith near Olympia.
Raised and educated in Texas, Gibson began attending church with her grandmother in first grade, but when her family, who moved frequently, relocated to Amarillo, a neighborhood woman stopped by to see if her family would allow Gibson to go to church with her.
Below is a trailer of an upcoming film about one woman’s tragedy of being held captive to an escaped prisoner.
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