Can Churches Be Forced to Pay for Abortions? US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Case Next Monday

PASADENA – A San Diego area church is seeking relief from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals next Monday, after being told by a state agency and a district court that insurance coverage for its employees must include elective abortions. Skyline Wesleyan Church filed a lawsuit against the California…

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Attorney General’s Religious Liberty Defense Contrasts Calls to Punish Christians Over Beliefs on Marriage

The 2020 US presidential campaign has taken a dark turn. It happened several weeks ago at an LGBTQ town hall for Democratic presidential candidates when former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke enthusiastically supported stripping the tax-exempt status from colleges, churches, and charities that don’t support same-sex marriage. Christians have been lambasted…

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HHS Director for Office of Civil Rights: “Religious Freedom Should not be Dependent on Who Sits in My Office”

Thus far, the Trump administration has taken strong steps to protect religious liberty for pro lifers and small business owners who have come under fire for their deeply-held religious convictions.  Roger Severino serves as the director for the Office for Civil Rights under the Department of Health and Human Services…

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Are Religious Californians Really Harming the Mental Health of People Who Identify as LGBTQ?

By Dr. Laura Haynes Politicians are saying Californians of many religions are causing people who identify as LGBTQ to exhibit mental health disparities. The research does not support this claim. California politicians are telling people of many religions that their faith is unacceptable to the state. These legislators are pushing…

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Senators Say Stopping Biblical LGBT Counseling a Matter of Public Safety

Seemingly unconcerned about violating the First Amendment, several California Senators argued the state has a “public safety” interest in protecting LGBTQ identified people from the “harmful” speech of pastors and counselors. The comments came during a debate several weeks ago in the Senate Judiciary Committee over a resolution condemning any…

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Senate Demands Pastors Reject Biblical Counseling For LGBT Californians

Last week, the California Senate gave party-line approval to Assembly Concurrent Resolution 99, a resolution demanding people of faith in the state change how they teach, preach, and counsel others related to LGBT identities and behaviors. Authored by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-San Jose), ACR 99 condemns pastors, counselors, and religious…

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Evangelical Leader Testifies for CA Resolution Pressuring Pastors to Affirm LGBT identities

Azusa Pacific University Chaplain and the former head of the National Association of Evangelicals, Dr. Kevin Mannoia, shocked Christian leaders last week when he testified in favor of a California resolution directing pastors and counselors to affirm LGBT identities and behavior. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 99, authored by Assemblyman Evan Low,…

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