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National PR Campaign: ‘It’s legal to pray in school’

August 17, 2018 --

Pacific Justice Institute Press Release,
For more than 50 years, Americans have been confused about the issue of prayer in school and students’ rights to pray in school.   Congress never passed any law prohibiting prayer or the free exercise of religion as stated in our U.S. Constitution / First Amendment. … “Congress shall make no law establishing a religion or denying the FREE EXERCISE THEREOF.”
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Christian baker charged again, this time on transgender cake

August 15, 2018 --

Oregon Faith News Note,

Within weeks of winning at the Supreme Court, Christian baker, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, is being targeted again by the same local government on new charges of discrimination. The new charges are based on an attorney calling Masterpiece Bakery and asking him to create a cake celebrating a sex transition. The attorney wanted the cake to be pink on the inside and blue on the outside. Jack Phillips declined citing his religious beliefs. Jack Phillips has gone as far as to respond with a federal lawsuit against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Phillips says he is being targeted as part of a campaign to destroy him.

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Dual Eugene sex trafficking leads to arrest


US Attorney, Oregon District, Press Release

Anthony Ballard Jones, 36, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison for the interstate transport of individuals for prostitution and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Jones will serve a five year term of supervised release upon the conclusion of his prison sentence.

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Christian athletes struggle with fame, fortune

August 13, 2018 --

By Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministry
An Oregon based ministry

Over the years, I’ve spoken at a number of NFL chapels with the great benefit of having Nanci, my football-loving wife, sometimes attending the chapel, and always coming with me to the games. In recent years, God has given me the opportunity to give input to and mentor a number of professional athletes, especially football players.

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Religious Liberty Task force infuriates liberals

August 9, 2018 --

Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights,

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the left-wing’s reaction to a religious liberty task force

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces the creation of a Religious Liberty Task Force at the Department of Justice and left-wing activists explode. Nothing he said was incendiary or bigoted, but the remarks of his critics certainly were.

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3 Oregon clergy arrested in ICE protest

August 8, 2018 --

By Oregon Faith News Note,

Three Oregon clergy members were arrested this week as they were protesting at the Portland Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency center. They were arrested for blocking vehicle access. The clergy members were requesting the release of 121 immigrants being held at the Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution.

Those arrested were Rabbi Debra Kolodny of UnShul in Portland, Reverend Michael Ellick of the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and the Reverend Barbara Nixon of Corvallis’ First United Methodist Church. All three were later released.

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Church worker denies $70,000 theft

August 7, 2018 --

Faith News Note,

Scott Edward Moore, 52, pleaded not guilty to seven counts of theft including $70,000 from the Village Baptist Church in Beaverton. Below is a statement from the church given to KOIN-TV 6

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Share Your Citizenship Story!

August 6, 2018 --

by Robin Munro
Holt International, Eugene, OR
(Photo “Susie” on her citizenship day)

I was born in Korea and named Hong Soon Keum. When I was 5 years old, I was adopted and came to the U.S. Here, I became Susan Gourley. I also became a daughter, sister, cousin, and a part of the community that was now my home. I did not have American citizenship by birth, but through adoption, I acquired both a family and the nationality of my adopted country.

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Humanae Vitae & the Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Later

August 3, 2018 --

Humanae Vitae and the Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Later

August 4, 2018, 7pm | St. Pius X Parish, Portland
Fr. Tad Pacholczyk

Cost: $10 (pay online or at the door)

This July marks 50 years since Blessed Pope Paul VI (who will be canonized later this year) issued the encyclical, Humanae vitae, which provides beautiful and clear teaching about God’s plan for married love and the transmission of life. To help observe this milestone in the life of the universal Church, Fr. Tad Pacholczyk (Director of Education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center) will be the next speaker in the Archbishop’s Lecture Series. Join us on August 4, 2018 at St. Pius X in Portland!

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Planet Fitness loses locker room case


By Liberty Counsel,

A Michigan appeals court has ruled in favor of a former Planet Fitness customer who argued that her rights under Michigan’s consumer protection law were violated when the club did not disclose its unwritten policy and canceled her membership because she complained about a man in the women’s locker room.

Yvette Cormier’s lawsuit against Planet Fitness was filed in Midland County in 2015 after her membership was canceled because she warned fellow gym members over several days about seeing a biological man, who claims to be “transgender,” in the women’s locker room. Planet Fitness told her that it allows people to use the locker room that matches their “identity.” Midland County Circuit Court Judge Michael J. Beale dismissed the lawsuit in 2016. Cormier then appealed the decision to the Michigan Court of Appeals. The appeals court affirmed Beale’s ruling in June of 2016, but Cormier then took her case to the Michigan Supreme Court, which reversed and sided with Cormier.

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