Sweet Cakes Fined $135K for Refusing to Bake Lesbian Couple’s Wedding Cake

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Sweet Cakes Fined $135K for Refusing to Bake Lesbian Couple’s Wedding Cake (Photo Credit: SweetCakes.com)

An Oregon judge ruled that a lesbian couple turned away by baker who refused to make their wedding cake on religious grounds, should receive $135,000 for their emotional suffering, the Oregonian reports.

The administrative law judge Alan McCullough for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said Rachel Bowman-Cryer and her wife, Laurel Bowman-Cryer, should collect $75,000 and $60,000 respectively from the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa. The proposed order was released on April 24.

“State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has the final authority to raise, lower or leave the proposed damages as is,” the Oregonian reports.

Aaron and Melissa Klein, who own the bakery, refused to bake their cake on grounds that it was against their religious beliefs. The couple closed their store in 2013.

Samaritan’s Purse founder Franklin Graham is appealing for donations to help the couple and others, who he said are being persecuted.

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Pastor Charles Stanley’s Anti-Gay Views Akin to Self-Righteous Pharisees

Pastor Charles Stanley's Anti-Gay Views Akin to Self-Righteous Pharisees

Pastor Charles Stanley’s Anti-Gay Views Akin to Self-Righteous Pharisees (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Southern Baptist preacher Charles Stanley recently made news when he declined an award from a Jewish organization because of his anti-gay views. For many years, I read his In Touch devotional everyday. Well, that ended when he said “AIDs was God’s punishment to America for accepting homosexuality” He said homosexuality is “destructive” and “separate for God.” His books and Bible study guides were a major part of my spiritual journey in the early years but that was for naught. There is a big disconnect with his teachings and what Jesus would do with regard to the LGBT community.

“Some proclaim they are living a gay lifestyle, but nothing is happy or gay about the destructive behavior of homosexuality,” he wrote in his 2007 book, Landmines in the Path of a Believer. “Anything that opposes the principles written in God’s Word leads to one ending—the end Solomon mentioned, a place of extreme emptiness where wind and sorrow breach the soul. Ultimately it ends in a place of extreme emotional sorrow and separation from God.” Source: Christianity Today

While I agree that we have the right to our opinions and religious freedom, with regard to the definition of marriage, it’s disingenuous, at best, to embrace the right to discriminate against any group of people. It’s one thing to say you believe that marriage should b between a man and a woman. It makes the argument of the right wing evangelicals laughable because they are willing to engage in discrimination again. Have we learned nothing from the dark days of racial unrest in this country when blacks were denied basic rights because of the color of their skin.

The U.S. Constitution affords us inalienable rights and that goes for the gay community as well. We don’t get to pick and choose which parts of the Constitution we choose to uphold. Hiding behind religion is certainly not going to give people like Charles Stanley and other right wing evangelicals a basis to dance around discrimination.

Stanley says homosexuals will not get to heaven unless they stopped being gay. He said, “There is no peace, no joy, no happiness no matter what they say.” “And medical research has proven absolutely unquestionably that a person can be freed from homosexual activity if they want to.” Sounds like the views of the Scribes and Pharisees.

Stanley’s doctrinal position regarding homosexuality and other issues are very flawed, but he seems to be digging in. He once claimed that America was heading for Socialism, while subtly laying the blame at the feet of the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama.

“There is a tide that has touched the shores of our land and reached the heart of our nation,” he said against the backdrop of the U.S. flag. “It is a tide that is bringing with it ideas and philosophies, actions and attitudes that will ultimately destroy the way of life that you and I have.” The influential pastor and founder of In Touch Ministries listed 12 things involved in the tide. Among them are the financial crisis and the move toward socialism……

“The tide is bringing in a control that will indeed attempt to silence the truth and will attempt to squash the religious devotion and worship of the people of God.” That tide began creeping in many years ago, he noted, when the government and the courts began banning prayer at schools and removing references to Jesus, God and the Ten Commandments from the public square, Stanley noted. “It is an attempt to destroy the Christian spirit in America,” he said.

“There is a war going on against Jesus,” he declared. “It’s part of the strategy. The primary reason for this war against Him is He is interfering with the plan to make this a socialist nation. Mark it down. It is the truth.”

Among the other elements of the dangerous tide are: terrorism, turning our backs on Israel, the announcement that the United States is not a Christian nation, increasing national disasters, a departure from the biblical view of marriage, and support for killing the unborn, Stanley listed. Source: Christian Post

He talks about turning our backs on Israel, but how about the apartheid-like treatment of the Palestinians and black migrants to Israel? Surely that Lord must be displeased. I am not here to make a case to boycott Dr. Stanley. He has the right to free speech, but we don’t have to support him or his right wing views. So, I will no longer read his devotionals or support his ministry. He has a history of making virulent homophobic statements.

Dr. Stanley’s son, Andy Stanley, who leads North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA., recently said that “church should be the safest place in the world” for gay youth. I don’t know where he stands on gay marriage but I do know, as a member of his church, that he will not turn gays and lesbians away from worshiping at North Point. Though he seems to have taken a soft landing on homosexuality, I have found him to be a man who stands for diversity.

Pastor Charles Stanley Declines Award After Jews Question Anti-Gay Views

Atlanta Pastor Charles Stanley Declines Award After Jews Question Anti-Gay Views

Atlanta Pastor Charles Stanley Declines Award After Jews Question Anti-Gay Views (Photo Credit: Facebook via In Touch Ministries)

Pastor Charles Stanley slammed for anti-gay views

Atlanta pastor Charles Stanley was slammed for his anti-gay views and has declined an award for his support of Israel.

Stanley, whose son Andy Stanley leads megachurch North Point Community Church, was set to accept an award from the Jewish National Fund on Thursday, April 23.

JNJ spokesman Adam Brill said, “Dr. Stanley feels that he did not want to see any further controversy and I think it’s a laudable and heartfelt decision, and we totally support and embrace it.”

Charles Stanley had recently submitted a legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court against legalizing same-sex marriage.

Stanley “has publicly called AIDS God’s punishment for America’s acceptance of homosexuality, according to a letter signed by 240 people to JNF Southeast region leaders. He also called homosexuality a “destructive behavior.”

The letter continues, “He has said that ‘God does not agree with the lifestyle of the homosexual’ and that accepting gay people is ‘an act of disobedience to God.'”

I wonder how Andy Stanley feels about his dad’s views? Just last week he said that church should be the safest place on the planet for gay youth.

Pastor Andy Stanley: Churches Should be ‘Safest Place on Planet’ for Gay Youth

Pastor Andy Stanley on gay youth

Pastor Andy Stanley: Churches Should be ‘Safest Place on Planet’ for Gay Youth (Photo Credit: Andy Stanley/North Point Community Church via Facebook)

Pastor Andy Stanley on gay youth

Atlanta megachurch pastor Andy Stanley says the church should be the “safest place on the planet” for gay youth “to talk about anything.” Um, this is sure to irk right wing evangelical Franklin Graham. But then again, he may not care, since North Point Community Church donates a lot of money to his charity Samaritan’s Purse.

“We just need to decide from now on in our churches when a Middle School kid comes out to his small group leader or a high school young lady comes out to her parents,” said Stanley. “We just need to decide, regardless of what you think about this topic — no more students are going to feel like they have to leave the local church because they’re same-sex attracted or because they’re gay. That ends with us.”

Stanley acknowledged that there was a diversity of views on homosexuality and gay marriage among his audience, but felt that regardless of these differences churches, as a collective, can create safe space for gay youth.

“There is not consensus in this room when it comes to same-sex attraction. There is not consensus in this room when it comes to gay marriage,” said Stanley.

“We just can’t continue to look into the filter of our politics at our spirituality. Its got to be the other way around … and specifically when it comes to this issue.” Source: Christian Post

I fully expect all the right wing evangelical wingnuts to freak out over Andy Stanley’s remarks. But Jesus didn’t turn his back on a prostitute, I am pretty sure he wouldn’t turn his back on anyone.

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Report: Pastor Creflo Dollar Believes Pokemon Made 1990s Kids Gay

Pastor Creflo Dollar Believes Pokemon Made 1990s Kids Gay

Does Pastor Creflo Dollar Believe Pokemon Made 1990s Kids Gay? (Photo Credit: Pokemon)

Did Creflo Dollar attack Pokemon?

Atlanta megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar reportedly believes Pokemon made 1990s kids gay. Um, this is coming from the same shyster who tried to con his congregation into coughing up $65 million so he could buy a private jet.

Dollar’s ministry conducted a study that found youth from the 1990s had “their sexuality warped by Ash and his fruity friends,” according to New Now Next.

Creflo Dollar keeps spewing more and more crazy shiggity. We contacted Creflo Dollar Ministries for a statement.

I remember when Jerry Falwell had a problem with Teletubbies’ Tinky Winky carrying what he deemed to be a purse and, therefore, gay.

NYPD Cop, Pastor Vladimir Sosa Accused of Sex with 16-Year-Old Girl

NYPD cop, pastor Vladimir Sosa

NYPD Cop, Pastor Vladimir Sosa Accused of Sex with 16-Year-Old Girl (Photo Credit: Facebook)

NYPD Cop, Pastor Vladimir Sosa Charged

JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL: Pastor and NYPD officer Vladimir Sosa, was arraigned Tuesday night on charges of having sex with a 16-year-old girl he met at his church’s youth program in the Bronx.

Sosa, a seven-year NYPD veteran, was charged with third-degree rape, sexual misconduct and child endangerment charges.

According to the criminal complaint, Sosa and the teen at his Harrod Avenue apartment in April 2014. She returned to his apartment for sex with him on June 26 and Sept. 3.

Her mother noticed some questionable text messages on her daughter’s cellphone in February and then the teen came clean about the relationship.

The NY Daily News reports, Sosa is “affiliated with the Iglesia Metodista Libre El Remanente on E. 180th St. in Tremont.”

According to his Facebook page, Pastor Vladimir Sosa studied theology at United Christian College in Raleigh, NC.

Production Halted on Meriam Ibrahim Movie Starring Stacey Dash

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Production Halted on Meriam Ibrahim Movie, Starring Stacey Dash, After Couple Complains

Meriam Ibrahim Movie

MERIAM IBRAHIM MOVIE:  Stacey Dash fans may be saddened to learn that production for the film entitled, “I Am a Christian,” in which she was slated to star as Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman charged with apostasy over her Christian faith, has been halted.

The campaign was scrapped after Ibraheem and her husband, Daniel Wani, came forward to publicly denounce the film, because they had not given Christian Lives Matter, LLC, the newly-formed company responsible for “I Am A Christian,” rights to tell their story. The couple in fact only learned Tuesday through news reports that the project was being pursued without their permission.

“It’s terrible. … It’s not right,” Wani told CP over the phone Wednesday. He expressed concern about filmmakers attempting to tell his family’s dramatic story of persecution based solely on media reports and without his and Ibraheem’s first-person accounts. Source: Christian Post

Read more about the Meriam Ibrahim movie drama: Christian Post

Pastor Creflo Dollar Launches Campaign for $65 Million Private Jet

Pastor Creflo Dollar Launches Campaign for $65 Million Private Jet

Pastor Creflo Dollar Launches Campaign for $65 Million Private Jet (Photo Credit: Creflo Dollar Ministries)

PROJECT G650:  Atlanta megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar has launched a campaign for a new Gulfstream G650 private jet, reportedly worth $65 million.  Yes, the cost is correct. He wants 200,000 people to donate $300 each so he can buy this jet. Um, negro please!

I guess flying around in his old jet is so 2014 and since he’s such an important public figure, he needs to literally squeeze blood from a rock to get his congregants and any other fools to satisfy his material needs.

The word is Dollar was traveling on his old jet when it experienced engine failure. The pilot was able to safely land the plane without anyone sustaining injuries. But since the experience was so frightening, God spoke to Dollar and laid on his heart to launch a campaign for a multi-million plane. Of course, I am being facetious.

In case you’re wondering, here’s what the Gulfstream G650 looks like:

Creflo Dollar's dream plane -- Gulfstream G650

Creflo Dollar’s dream plane — Gulfstream G650 (Photo Credit: Gulfstream.com)

Here’s an excerpt of Creflo Dollar’s plea:

“Due to this recent incident coupled with the 31 years the airplane has been in service, we believe it is time to replace this aircraft so that our Pastors and staff can continue to safely and swiftly share the Good News of the Gospel worldwide. Believe it or not, there are still millions of people on this planet who have never heard of Jesus Christ and know nothing of His greatness. Our hearts desire to see precious lives changed and snatched out of darkness and thrust into His marvelous light! We need your help to continue reaching a lost and dying world for the Lord Jesus Christ.”

We are asking members, partners, and supporters of this ministry to assist in the undertaking of an initiative called Project G650. The mission of Project G650 is to acquire a Gulfstream G650 airplane so that Pastors Creflo and Taffi and World Changers Church International can continue to blanket the globe with the Gospel of grace. We are believing for 200,000 people to give contributions of 300 US dollars or more to turn this dream into a reality—and allow us to retire the aircraft that served us well for many years.

Atlanta Blackstar reports Dollar is worth an estimated $27 million dollars. Um, that’s way more than the people in his church are worth. I didn’t realize he was on the same level as world leaders and other VIPs. Why can’t be buy this jet himself? I pity the fools who fall for this latest scam.

Pastor Jamal Bryant Criticizes Tom Joyner for Slamming His “Hoes” Sermon

Pastor Jamal Bryant Criticizes Tom Joyner for Slamming His "Hoes" Sermon

Pastor Jamal Bryant Criticizes Tom Joyner for Slamming His “Hoes” Sermon

(OPINION) — Pastor Jamal Bryant criticized radio show host Tom Joyner for slamming his “hoes ain’t loyal” sermon that sparked outrage. Bryant claims that a snippet went viral and people didn’t listen to his entire sermon before passing judgment. Still, why would he step in that muck considering his own failings as a husband? His infidelity almost led to the destruction of his ministry. He said people who didn’t see the entire message will come away with a different interpretation.

Bryant talked about how black men were turning their backs on the black women that God sent time in favor of less godly women.

“Every sister elbow another sister and say, ‘He should have listened.’ Every brother tap another brother and say, ‘I should have listened to her,’” with “her” being the hypothetical cheater’s wife. “Old saints, y’all forgive me, but I gotta tell you. These hoes ain’t loyal!”

Really? Hoes ain’t loyal?

The fact is, I blame the members of his church who turned a blind eye to his infidelities and accepted him with open arms, no questions asked. I also blame them for allowing him to speak to them using such language. Chris Brown shouldn’t be emulated by anyone of any level of moral standing, much less to use words from his songs as a basis for a sermon. Jesus didn’t call Mary Magdalene a ‘hoe.’ He didn’t denigrate the people he came to minister to. So, why should we expect any less from Pastor Jamal Bryant?

Criticizing Tom Joyner and his co-hosts is hardly a way to take responsibility for a bad choice of words. Jamal Bryant has as much credibility as Eddie L. Long and Creflo Dollar. All are in it for the MONEY. Pimps in the pulpit.

Ex-Pastor Larry Michael Berkley Arrested at Graveside Service for Child Rape

Ex-Pastor Larry Michael Berkley Arrested at Graveside Service for Child Rape

Ex-Pastor Larry Michael Berkley Arrested at Graveside Service for Child Rape

OH MY: Larry Michael Berkley, former pastor of Victory Baptist Church in Henning, Tenn., was arrested at a funeral service on Monday.

Berkley, who is reportedly living in Arkansas, was arrested at a graveside service on several charges, including one count of sexual assault in the first degree, one count of sexual assault in the second degree and two counts of loaning pornography to a minor.

Larry Michael Berkley was also charged with five counts of knowingly supplying alcohol to minors, three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of sexual solicitation.

Berkley, who will be extradited back to Arkansas, is being held on $100,000 bond.

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