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Link: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/chorusinthechaos/youre-wrong-limited-atonement-bea...Format: Web PageTopic(s): Contemporary Essays & ArticlesAuthor(s)/Speaker(s): Jack Lee
This year, the United States Supreme Court vindicated the free exercise rights of Jack Phillips, a cake baker from Colorado, who had suffered government discrimination after he declined to bake a cake for a same-sex commitment ceremony based on his conviction that a marriage is only between a man and a woman. Yet Jack’s ordeal wasn’t done; he was subsequently sued and has an ongoing case because he didn’t want to be forced to create a cake with a message about the transgender lifestyle he believed to be false.Melissa and Aaron Klein, bakers from Oregon and formerly of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, are now asking the Supreme Court to review their case, which arose under similar circumstances. The Supreme Court could decide any day whether to review their case. If the Court does, they may get relief. If it doesn’t, the Kleins are stuck with an oppressive and unconstitutional state court ruling against them.Their cases are not unique; attacks against traditional beliefs in marriage have been on the rise. Why is that?Several years ago, the United States Supreme Court observed that “[m]any who deem same-sex marriage to be wrong reach that conclusion based on decent and honorable religious or philosophical premises, and neither they nor their beliefs are disparaged here.” That quotation came from Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), the Supreme Court decision that ushered in a new era in the law surrounding religious liberty.It is important that the Supreme Court recognized the sincerity of the orthodox belief that marriage is a sacred institution only available between one man and one woman. But by making marriage between two people of the same sex a constitutional right, Obergefell made it easier for courts and legislatures around the nation to conclude that same-sex couples have rights that somehow trump those of all who disagree—and thus violate their consciences.We have seen this primarily in the wedding vendor industry, the subject of our newly updated publication released today, Religious Liberty and the “Wedding Vendor” Cases. Business owners across the country have had to face the unacceptable choice of violating their religious beliefs or losing their livelihoods—all because they will not use their skills to affirm or facilitate the celebration of a same-sex wedding.Today, we bring to your attention fifteen cases where business owners have had to collectively endure thousands of hours of litigation and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for sticking to their beliefs in natural marriage. This is an unacceptable affront to every American’s constitutional right to the free exercise of their religion, and we must stand to ensure that this latest campaign against the freedom of conscience comes to an end.For more information, read our newly updated publication.
Last Thursday, Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, was accused of violating India’s blasphemy law during his recent visit to the country. A legal group filed a petition against him asking a court to determine that Dorsey violated several penal laws, including section 295A, which prohibits the “outrage [of the] religious feelings of any class.” It could become a high-profile example of the active enforcement of blasphemy laws, which exist in dozens of countries and are still enforced today.Though intended to protect “religious feelings,” blasphemy laws like India’s section 295A are used by the government and hostile private parties seeking retaliation to suppress people of minority faiths. In Pakistan, for instance, the country’s highest court overturned the conviction of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother who wallowed in jail for almost ten years on death row because of a dispute that resulted in an accusation of blasphemy when she drank water from a common well used by Muslim women.Blasphemy laws also undermine speech and religious liberty by saddling convicted individuals with onerous penalties for expressing their beliefs. The law in Pakistan, which carries the death penalty, is the most extreme example. But penalties commonly include years-long imprisonment and fines. A violation of India’s section 295A, for instance, is punishable by up to three years’ imprisonment, a fine, or both.While six states in America still have blasphemy laws on the books, they are unenforced and the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment protections would surely trump those laws if they were ever brought against someone in court. Countries like India and Pakistan also have provisions in their constitutions supposedly protecting the freedom of conscience or religious exercise, but those provisions obviously are not fully and effectively enforced.Multiple news stories reveal that Twitter actively bans or censors users for expressing views with which the organization disagrees. Turnabout is fair play, perhaps. But, hopefully, this will serve as a wakeup call to the company about the true danger of suppressing the expression of beliefs.No one should have to fear the sword of the government or blasphemy laws being used against them for expressing their beliefs. To ensure that all people can speak and worship according to their conscience, we must fight against blasphemy laws and guarantee protections for the freedom to believe.
From Word Music to Baylor University, Christian composer leaves a legacy of hundreds of songs.Composer Kurt Kaiser, whose popular songs “Pass it On” and “Oh How He Loves You and Me” became staples at Christian camp sing-alongs and youth revivals, died Monday.The 83-year-old musician wrote more than 300 copyrighted tunes, released more than a dozen albums of his own, and accompanied the late George Beverley Shea on piano during Billy Graham’s crusades.Kaiser passed away in Waco, Texas, the city where he’d lived for 59 years and helped launch Word Music and Dayspring Baptist Church.“For more than five decades, Kurt Kaiser enriched the world with a Christian message of hope as a pioneer of modern church music,” said Baylor University president Linda A. Livingstone in a tribute this week.At Word Music, Kaiser had an ear for signing hit artists, moving up from director of artists to vice president. During his career, he went on to work with dozens of popular singers, ranging from Mahalia Jackson to Wayne Newton.Kaiser and fellow Word pioneer Ralph Carmichael—known as the father of contemporary Christian music—brought a pop sensibility to worship music for the sake of evangelism.Together, they “convinced evangelicals and fundamentalists that Christian pop music could draw youth to outreach events and revivals,” including through their 1969 musical “Tell It Like It Is,” which sold half a million copies worldwide, wrote researcher Wen Reagan, now a music and worship professor at Samford University. Reagan quoted Kaiser as saying, “Kids have been inundated with the same kinds of [rock music], and nowadays it's everywhere. I just think it's a very sensible way to reach kids. I can't imagine any evangelist who's interested ...Continue reading...
Dear Friends,In this age marked by cultural brokenness and political division, it can be easy for Christians to shake our heads in resignation to this seemingly discouraging predicament and say, “God’s Kingdom is obviously not here right now.”Or is it? In the Gospel of Luke, the Pharisees ask Jesus when the Kingdom of God will come. He said in reply, “The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you” (Luke 17:20-21).What does this mean? When Christ said these words in first century Judea, they would have caused great confusion amongst the Jews since it was clear from the Roman occupation of their ancestral land that there was certainly no “Kingdom” currently present. But Christ wasn’t speaking of the potential reign of an earthly king. He was asking those who were listening to realize that God’s Kingdom was right in front of them—in Christ’s own witness of love, mercy, and healing. He was asking them, and therefore all of us, to look into our hearts and see that whenever we act with love, compassion, and sacrifice, God’s Kingdom is literally “among” us.It should give us great encouragement to know that whenever we show Christ’s love to others, we are an ambassador for Christ’s Kingdom on earth. Keep in mind that showing love can take the form of seemingly small acts, such as simply giving encouragement to someone we encounter in our daily lives who seems like they are in need of a boost. Whenever we do any act of love, whether great of small, we bring God’s Kingdom in our midst.Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research Council FRC ArticlesEvangelicals Power Republicans to Senate Victories – David ClossonVoters Say ‘Full Steam Ahead’ On Judges – Travis Weber and Alexandra McPheeAmerica Deserves Better Than the Broward County Disaster – Ken BlackwellSchool Board Says Boys and Girls Have Different Brains — Except in the Bathroom – Cathy RusePost-Midterm optimism for religious freedom – Alexandra McPheeIs the Republican Senate Ready to Advance Pro-Life Policy? – Patrina MosleyThe Supreme Court can fix Establishment Clause jurisprudence with the Peace Cross case – Alexandra McPheeSpeaker Series: The Reality of Faith-Based Adoption ServicesTruth Obscured by Hollywood Take on Sexual Orientation Therapy – Peter SpriggMust the State Recognize All Identities? – Dan HartThe Times En-“genders” Controversy with Ignorance of “Sex” – Peter SpriggNotre Dame Students Take a Stand Against Porn – Patrina Mosley Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareSupreme Court's latest church-state conundrum: Must a 'peace cross' memorial to World War I vets come down? – Richard Wolf, USA TodayMuslims, the Bladensburg Cross, and the Preservation of Order – Ismail Royer, Public DiscourseProfessor Sues after University Requires He Use Student’s Preferred Pronoun – Jack Crowe, National ReviewTrump Administration Updates Conscience Exemptions for Contraceptive Mandate – National Catholic RegisterThe State of Hate – David Montgomery, The Washington PostChristian student senator at UC Berkeley harassed for abstaining from pro-LGBTQ vote – Caleb Parke, Fox NewsFordham University Political Science Department Mandates Use of Students’ ‘Preferred Pronouns’ – Alana Mastrangelo, BreitbartInternational Religious FreedomWhat you should know about the persecution of Kachin Christians – Joe Carter, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission78 Kidnapped Cameroonian Students from Christian School Freed – Aliya Kuykendall, The StreamChristians Dragged Out of Cars and Beaten, Haunted With Fear as Asia Bibi Case Tears Pakistan Apart – Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian PostChristians, pray for your brothers and sisters in North Korea – Christopher Summers, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionAsia Bibi Leaves Pakistani Prison–Open Doors Calls for Urgent Prayer – Lindy Lowry, Open Doors USA LifeAbortionThe Point of Gosnell – Charlotte Allen, First Things6 claims of Planned Parenthood’s new president debunked – Kristi Burton Brown, Live ActionNew Planned Parenthood CEO: “I Plan to Expand” Abortions. We Have a “Moral Imperative” to Kill Babies – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNewsPro-life ballot measures win passage in two of three states – Valerie Richardson, The Washington TimesAdoptionPhiladelphia foster families continue fight for Catholic Social Services – Perry West, CAN3 ways your church can participate in orphan care and prevention – Brittany Salmon, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionBioethicsCanadian Doctors Get Ready for Child Euthanasia – Wesley J. Smith, National Review FamilyMarriageHow Expectations Affect One's Happiness in Marriage – Dianne Grande, Psychology TodayWhen the Military Takes a Toll on Your Marriage: Reflections on 'Indivisible' – Gary Chapman, Military.comMen and Women: Should We Just Call the Whole Thing Off? – Rachel Lu, The American ConservativeOne Couple's Fight to Honor God With Their Bakery – Benjamin Hawkins, Focus on the Family37.8 Percent in Generation That Starts Turning 21 Next Year Was Born to Unwed Moms – Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS NewsParentingHow to Respond When Your Kids Are Bullied – Jonathan McKee, Focus on the FamilyMothers Against Macron – Joy Pullmann, First ThingsI’m Raising an Old Soul And It’s Such a Gift – Heidi Hamm, HerViewFromHomeMaking of a Mom: How Motherhood Helped my Anxiety Disorder – Casey McCorry, VerilyNew Findings Add Twist to Screen Time Limit Debate – Jean Twenge, Family StudiesPodcast: Your Teenager Needs Discipleship – Jen Wilkin and Melissa Kruger, The Gospel CoalitionVideo: How is spiritual warfare involved in parenting? – Phillip Bethancourt, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionHow to Be a Kindness Role Model for Your Kids – Dale V. Atkins and Amanda R. Salzhauer, Greater Good MagazinePostpartum Depression and the Christian – Kathryn Butler, The Gospel CoalitionEconomics/Education9 Years Into Common Core, Test Scores Are Down, Indoctrination Up – Joy Pullmann, The FederalistThe Wealth of Nations Begins at Home – W. Bradford Wilcox, Family StudiesYour Family, Your Choice – Oren Cass, Family StudiesFaith/Character/Culture10 ways your unsatisfied life is a blessing – Amy Simpson, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionHonoring the ‘Invisible Work Force’ of Family Caregivers – Amy Ziettlow, Family StudiesHow to Love People You Don’t Like – Greg Morse, Desiring GodCultural winsomeness will not be enough for Christians – Andrew T. Walker, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionIn An America This Ignorant, It’s No Wonder We Struggle To Stay Free – Stella Morabito, The FederalistI Cremated My Unborn Son – Tish Harrison Warren, Christianity Today8 Signs Your Christianity Is Too Comfortable – Brett McCracken, The Gospel CoalitionA Fresh Perspective on Joy – Liberty McArtor, The Stream'Remarkable' decline in fertility rates – James Gallagher, BBC NewsHuman SexualityWhere to Find Hope and Help amid the Sexual Revolution – Sam Allberry, The Gospel CoalitionKissing Purity Culture Goodbye – Abigail Rine Favale, First ThingsWhat ‘The New York Times’ Gets Wrong on the ‘Transgender Memo’ – Andrew T. Walker, The Gospel CoalitionJesus Befriended Prostitutes. So This Victorian-Era Woman Did Too. – Kimi Harris, Christianity Today‘Boy Erased’ Suggests Sexual Desire Can’t Change, So Religion Must – Brett McCracken, The Gospel CoalitionWhere Angels Fear to Tread: The Fraud of Transgenderism – Babette Francis and John Ballantyne, Public DiscoursePornographyThe Problems of Pornography: Sexual Dysfunction and Beyond – Freda Bush, Focus on the Family
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