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Good week for religious liberty, expression

January 29, 2016 --

Bill Donohue comments on some setbacks for secular activists:

It’s been a tough week for secular activists, with advances for religious freedom and school choice, and a new Pew Research survey showing a majority of Americans want a religious believer as president.

In Kentucky, a federal judge ruled that the state could not deny a sales tax rebate to a Christian group, Answers in Genesis (AiG) for a theme park it is constructing featuring a life-size Noah’s Ark replica. Since the park will be a “for-profit” enterprise, it is entitled to the sales tax rebate like any other for-profit business in the state, said U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove. To deny it would amount to pressuring AiG “to give up its religious beliefs, purpose or practice in order to receive a government benefit,” the judge said. AiG president Ken Ham said “The law is crystal clear that the state cannot discriminate against a Christian group simply because of its viewpoint.” The ruling was a defeat for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which continues to oppose the rebate for AiG.

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Faith, forgiveness and The Revenant film

January 25, 2016 --

revenantBy Paul Louis Metzger
Multnomah University Professor
New Wine Skins Ministry

(*Spoiler Alert within article *) I went to a movie theater in the Portland area for “The Revenant”. Here is the official trailer for the movie.

The film narrates the story of Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), a famed frontiersman of the unmapped wilderness in the 1800′s. Glass serves as a guide or tracker for a band of men hunting and trapping for furs. Arikara warriors kill many members of the band in a surprise attack, as they search for the chief’s daughter, whom he believes trappers kidnapped. The small group that escapes includes Glass, his son, and John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy).

After being mauled by a giant bear protecting her cubs, a barely alive Glass is left in the custody of his son, Fitzgerald, and one other member of the party. In exchange for promised payment, they are to care for Glass as long as he hangs on to life. Fitzgerald betrays and tries to kill him, but Glass’s son intervenes, and is killed instead. Fitzgerald deceives the other man entrusted with Glass’s care and convinces him to abandon Glass and depart. They head back to the fort where they meet up with the other remaining members of the party. There they are rewarded for contracted services, which Fitzgerald falsely claims they fulfilled.

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Company cancels Muslim prayer breaks

January 22, 2016 --

A Wisconsin manufacturer has canceled allowing its Muslim employees to take unscheduled prayer breaks. See the news clip below to see the new policy and the fall-out.

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Oregon story: Ex-Saddam soldier now Christian missionary

January 20, 2016 --

sami2An amazing story of one Oregonian’s journey
By Naomi Inman,
Freelance writer

Sami Hassan’s Kurdish father has been gone for some time now. But his father’s commands still ring in Sami’s ears.

Don’t ever eat with the Christians.

These worshippers of a false god will only defile you, Sami, a proper Muslim boy.

“This warning from my father always stuck in my heart as a young man,” Sami shares. “As did the messages we learned on Fridays in the Mosque—always warning us about the Westerners, the Christians. Not to be like them, to be tainted by them. I hated women who were not covered. I mocked them openly in the streets, calling them filthy names. But the Christians I met and knew: they were kind. They helped me, prayed for me, and became my friend. They showed me Jesus’ love.”

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NW author new book on God & Happiness

January 18, 2016 --

Happiness Leader Kit

By Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministries, Sandy Oregon

Please visit his blog

The new Happiness: God’s Invitation to Delight, Celebration, and Joy study deals with an issue that’s important for us as followers of Jesus and critical to our mission of sharing Him with our world. For 1,800 years the church held a shared understanding of happiness. Preachers and theologians recognized happiness as a good thing God created, and they spoke accordingly. They recognized that the innate desire to be happy motivated people to seek Jesus.

The church’s message across the centuries was that following Jesus provided the way any person could find forgiveness, meaning, and fulfillment—that is, happiness. Then over the past hundred years a change occurred. A different idea of happiness took root in the church. Happiness came to be associated with the world. Words like blessed and joy, which originally meant happiness, took on new connotations.

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Planned Parenthood investigator to speak at Life Rally

January 14, 2016 --

life-rallyOregon Right to Life Press Release

Oregon Right to Life is hosting our annual rally to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion throughout nine months of pregnancy. We will gather to honor the lives of the 58 million American unborn babies who have lost their lives to abortion. The Portland Praise Band will begin its life-celebrating concert at 2:15 p.m.

This year’s featured speaker is Lila Rose, pro-life activist and founder and president of Live Action, a new media non-profit dedicated to ending abortion and building a culture of life. Lila conducts undercover investigations of abortion facilities in the United States, including Planned Parenthood affiliates, and has unmasked some of America’s most notorious abortion facilities. David Daleiden, who was instrumental in the videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s marketing of aborted baby parts, works with Lila.

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Pastor & civil rights hero brings Portland’s biggest crowd

January 13, 2016 --

phtcvlrightsldrjan16By Christian News Northwest

Perhaps the largest turnout ever for Portland Business Luncheons’ Christmas event — more than 1,100 people — heard the compelling testimony of a man who has both made history and witnessed history.

Rev. Andrew Young has been in the public eye for decades as an American politician, diplomat, activist and pastor from Georgia. A supporter and friend of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Young was a key figure in the 1960s civil rights movement spearheaded by King. Young then went on to serve in Congress, as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Jimmy Carter, and as mayor of Atlanta. Since leaving political office in 1990, Young has served with various organizations founded on public policy, political lobbying and international relations, with a special focus on Africa.

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Multnomah University asks Feds to renew exemption

January 11, 2016 --

from Multnomah University

Steve Cummings, Vice President of Advancement

Multnomah University is a Christ-centered institution of higher education. For 80 years, we have held firm to our founding values based on historic, orthodox Christian views.

In February, Multnomah University asked the Department of Education for a renewal of its Title IX exemption due to some recent presidential executive orders. The university has held this exemption since May of 1989. Our goal is to ensure our constitutional right to freely practice our religious beliefs.

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Top 10 Faith stories of 2015

January 8, 2016 --

ird-institute-religion-democracyInstitute for Religion and Democracy,

A professor suspended for saying Muslims and Christians worship the same God, church disputes and cheating pastors exposed in a hacking scandal made news throughout 2015. Below are IRD’s top church news stories for the year.

Evangelicals Respond to Supreme Court Marriage Ruling: The U.S. Supreme Court recognized a Constitutional right to marriage between couples of the same sex. Nearly 100 church leaders signed on to an Evangelical Declaration on Marriage stating “Evangelical churches must be faithful to the biblical witness on marriage regardless of the cultural shift.” Meanwhile, social justice activist Tony Campolo and former Christianity Today editor David Neff announced their affirmation of same sex couples, signaling a gradual movement among politically liberal Evangelicals towards a reappraisal of historic Christian views on marriage and sexual ethics.

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Christian bakers pay fine, do TV interview

January 6, 2016 --

Oregon Faith News Note,

The Oregon Christian bakers, Aaron and Melissa Klein, who refused to bake a gay wedding cake for Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer have paid the outstanding $135,000 fine issued by the Bureau of Labor and Industries. Recently the Kleins told the media that they would not pay the fine but did so last week. The Kleins further stated that they hope to win on appeal. The lawyer for Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryers stated, “My clients are happy the Kleins paid the fine and are moving forward, and hope to see the ruling upheld on appeal.”

There was no press release response found on the case by the couple or BOLI, but the Kleins did do a Fox News TV Interview on Sean Hannity show. Below is the news clip.

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