Category: Christian News

Oregon court rules Christian bakery must pay $135K to lesbian couple

The Oregon Court of Appeals upheld a decision that forced two Christian bakers to pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple who said they felt “mentally raped” when the bakers declined to make a wedding cake. “Freedom of expression for ourselves should require freedom of expression for others,” First Liberty Institute president Kelly Shackelford said. First Liberty, one of the nation’s most prominent religious liberty law firms, represented the Kleins. “The Oregon Court of Appeals decided that Aaron and Melissa Klein are not entitled to the Constitution’s promise of religious liberty and free speech,” Shackelford said. The Kleins, who owned Sweet...

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While there may not be a Third Temple at which Israeli Jews can worship atop the Jerusalem Temple Mount, there is a brand-new synagogue under the foundation of the holy site – and it’s open for prayer. The new center of worship is the result of 12 years of construction at a cost of $50 million, and it is located directly under the Western Wall, where Jews have gathered for centuries to pray at the retaining wall for the Temple Mount. “The unique design of the prayer hall combines rare art and unique lighting, creating a wonderful contrast between ancient and modern,” said...

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Billy Graham’s granddaughter rips evangelical support for Trump

Rev. Billy Graham’s granddaughter on Tuesday slammed evangelicals for their hypocrisy when it comes to the “personal morals” of candidates like Alabama’s Roy Moore — and President Donald Trump. The term evangelical “started to really represent, actually, a branch of Christians that seemed to be a little more conservative and a little bit more hypocritical, a little bit more willing to compromise on the personal morals of a candidate in lieu of what politically they could gain for their party,” Jerushah Armfield, Graham’s granddaughter, told CNN’s Pamela Brown.  When Brown asked Armfield about her uncle Franklin Graham’s recent tweet heaping praise on Trump, the evangelist’s granddaughter and wife of a pastor in...

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Satanic Temple Demands Christian Bakers Make Cakes ‘for Satan’

The Satanic Temple is urging its followers to target Christian bakers opposed to working gay weddings by demanding they make cakes for “for Satan.” Lucien Greaves, co-founder and spokesperson for The Satanic Temple, argued in a patheos blog called “According to Matthew” on Tuesday that Christian business owners are discriminating against gay people for refusing to serve gay weddings. He expressed fears that since sexual orientation is not a protected class under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, religious business owners might start winning cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. “For this reason, The Satanic Temple has announced a plan for...

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Yom Kippur: Praying for Repentance and Forgiveness

JERUSALEM, Israel – Jews worldwide will observe Yom Kippur Saturday, the most solemn day of the Jewish year, with fasting – and a special prayer. The prayer is called the Viddui, a prayer of repentance and a plea for forgiveness. Reverend David Pileggi serves as the rector of Christ Church in the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City. He has studied the Jewish roots of Christianity for nearly 30 years. “The Viddui is the central prayer of confession and for repentance of the Jewish people on Yom Kippur and it’s a prayer they pray not only on behalf of themselves...

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