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Will Pro-Marriage Church Schools Lose Tax Exemptions?

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As the nation awaits the US Supreme Court’s decision on the marriage challenge, due any day now, Justice Alito asked the Obama Administration’s Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli his opinion: Will church-owned colleges and universities lose their tax-exempt status for their religious belief that marriage is between a man and a woman?

Verrilli responded: “I don’t think I can answer that question without knowing more specifics, but it’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is going to be an issue.”

Watch how the Southern Baptists responded:

The Southern Baptists have staked their ground, and they have chosen civil disobedience, vowing a “showdown” at the Supreme Court. They will not cave in, they say, as so many other religions have.

They call it a “Bonhoeffer moment” for religious leaders. Ronnie Floyd, new Southern Baptist Convention leader quoted the German religious hero, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

Blessings to these courageous religious leaders. History does repeat itself. If you have been watching the brilliant A.D. TV series, you will notice the similarities of our times to the Meridian times, post-Christ, when the disciples also had to make a choice: would they allow Rome and the Sanhedrin to silence them, or would they stand for truth at all costs? They pledged the later, and they became martyrs.

If church and synagogue leaders aren’t willing to defend religious liberty at all costs, then who will? If the Supreme Court rules against those religious tenets and if tax exemptions are hanging in the balance, what real option is there, unless we wish to become slaves to an atheist, agnostic, secular humanist, and dare I say, a fascist state?

Ronald Reagan also reminded us, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Sunset is on its way. Where do you stand?

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As the nation awaits the US Supreme Court’s decision on the marriage challenge, due any day now, Justice Alito asked the Obama Administration’s Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli his opinion: Will church-owned colleges and universities lose their tax-exempt status for their religious belief that marriage is between a man and a woman? Verrilli responded: “I […]

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34,000 congregations split from Presbyterian Church and Russell Moore Explains Indiana’s Religious Liberty Law

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There’s a lot of confusion about Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence’s signing of the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act recently. LGBT activists are up in arms. Left-leaning Fortune 100 corporations are threatening to leave the state or boycott it, claiming a return to Jim Crow laws.

Then comes Russell Moore, the Alabama Supreme Court Justice that thumbed his nose at the circuit court when it told him the state had to legalize gay marriage. His response was a simple just say “No.”

Now Moore’s blog post clarifies exactly what the RFRA does and does not do. This is one judge that understands his role and Constitutional law. It’s short and worth reading and helps cut through all the hyperbole and lies of the Left.

Here’s the text of the Indiana law. Short and simple. Every state should have one.

Question: Should the religious baker or florist – or the Urologist (which my deceased father was), who is asked to be on the team of a transgender surgery, or the Pro-Life doctor be protected from providing services that violate that individual’s religious doctrines and beliefs? Or does one’s religious belief that holds to biblical definitions of homosexuality and gay marriage constitute racism and bigotry?

Utah, one of the most religious and conservative states in the union has left that an open-ended question and due to the legislature’s passage of a very weak bill that only protects religious institutions and government officials, We the People are left vulnerable to persecution in the form of lawsuits, fines and penalties. Shame on them. Utah is an embarrassment to the rest of the nation for taking a “live and let live” approach to what many of its citizens consider to be a sin, and definitely a sin against innocent children being harmed.

It is time every state awakened to the awful state they are in and act to protect vulnerable children who are and will continue to be harmed.

Blessings to this brave woman who is speaking out in this heart-wrenching post about the selfish motives of the LGBT movement and her experience growing up in a lesbian home.

34,000 Black Congregations Break from Presbyterian Church USA

While this debate for religious liberty in Indiana takes front and center nationally, very little is being said about the 34,000 African-American congregations affiliated with the Presbyterian Church which represent 15 denominations comprising 15.5 million African-Americans that have just split because they oppose the church’s decision to incorporate gay marriage into its canon of doctrine. (Folks, that’s about the size of the ENTIRE Mormon Church worldwide!) Here is the article that provides the details.

I’d like to take this opportunity to applaud both Justice Russell Moore and the African-American pastors and community for taking a bold stance for truth and righteousness’ sake.

If only more religious faiths would join them.

So while the cultural wars continue, we are working hard to bring you the red glaring truth that is being buried in mainstream media. We aired our final radio program on AM 1430 KLO last Saturday with thanks to that station and in anticipation of moving to another station, which we will be announcing soon.

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There’s a lot of confusion about Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence’s signing of the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act recently. LGBT activists are up in arms. Left-leaning Fortune 100 corporations are threatening to leave the state or boycott it, claiming a return to Jim Crow laws. Then comes Russell Moore, the Alabama Supreme Court Justice that […]

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Protect Religious Liberty with a Balanced Solution

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Support HB 322
Religious Liberty Act

The LGBT nondiscrimination bills SB 296 and SB 297 both passed and are on the way to the Utah governor’s office for signing into law. Neither of these bills has religious liberty protections for individuals. SB 297 protects government employees and their families only.

HB 322 is the only bill that addresses individual religious liberty and MUST pass if we are to have a BALANCED solution.

The Washington Post has described HB 396 as

Today is the last day of the Utah legislative session. We must act NOW!

ACTION

1. Contact by phone and email members of the Utah State Senate.
2. Type the following in the subject line of your email:
VOTE YES – HB 322 – Religious Liberty Act – L. Christensen-Jackson
3. Suggested comments: HB 322 is a balanced approach and the only bill that protects individual religious liberty and freedom of conscience for ALL.

Here are some national leaders that support this legislation and what they have to say:

Reverend Bill and Dr. Deborah Owens
President, National Coalition of African-American Pastors

It is offensive that comparisons to African-American civil rights have been made in the Utah debate. Our ancestors were slaves. They had no property rights, no voting rights, no citizenship rights. The African-American community of pastors who minister to millions are a strong, religious, God-fearing people. Not only should religious institutions and affiliates be given protections, but our individual adherents must also be protected. This bill achieves that balance.

Paul McHugh, MD
Former Chief of Psychiatry, Distinguished Service Professor, Johns Hopkins University Hospital – Baltimore, MD

…policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered …. advocates for the transgendered have persuaded several states—including California, New Jersey and Massachusetts—to pass laws barring psychiatrists, even with parental permission, from striving to restore natural gender feelings to a transgender minor. That government can intrude into parents’ rights to seek help in guiding their children indicates how powerful these advocates have become.

We at Johns Hopkins University—which in the 1960s was the first American medical center to venture into “sex-reassignment surgery”—launched a study in the 1970s comparing the outcomes of transgendered people who had the surgery with the outcomes of those who did not. Most of the surgically treated patients described themselves as “satisfied” by the results, but their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have the surgery. And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a “satisfied” but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs.

–”Transgender Surgery Isn’t the Solution,” Wall Street Journal – 6/12/2014

This bill respects the integrity of medical science and individual religious liberty. – Dr. McHugh

Paul Church, MD
Urologist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard) – Boston, MA

As a specialist in male sexual dysfunction on staff at one of the nation’s most highly respected medical institutions, where I am presently under review for my religious beliefs, I support this legislation because it protects individual religious liberty and conscience to practice medical science against emotional rhetoric. SB 396 and SB 397 do not.

David Pickup
Ex-gay, therapist, plaintiff in SCOTUS case defending SOCE therapy, outlawed in CA and NJ – Los Angeles, CA and Dallas, TX

In California it is now against the law for parents to take their minor children who are confused about their sex or struggling with homosexuality to a counselor for help. We are in the Courts fighting for our First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and assembly. This bill will provide fairness to and protection of our profession and our individual religious liberty and freedom of individual conscience.

Janet Boynes
President, Janet Boynes Ministries, Minneapolis, MN

As a former lesbian, I am now a Christian minister to those who want to leave the homosexual lifestyle, I support HB 322 as a protection to individual religious beliefs for those of us who are called to minister to those who are suffering and for those who seek faith-based help.

Brian Camenker
President, Mass Resistance – Boston, MA

After listening to two Utah hearings online, I was surprised to learn that in Utah Republicans are using the same rhetoric that Democrats use in Massachusetts. If religious institutions must carve out such dramatic exemptions for themselves in SB 396, and because SB 397 is limited only to government employees, then HB 322 is absolutely necessary for individuals and members of those religious faiths left unprotected in SB 396 and SB 397.

Frank Mylar

Attorney, Alliance Defending Freedom

Hobby Lobby – Conestego Wood, Amicus Curiae, US Supreme Court

Utah has passed two bills, SB 396 and 397, which do not protect individual religious liberties and conscience. As an attorney that has successfully defended some of this nation’s landmark religious liberty cases, including Alliance Defending Freedom’s amicus brief in the Hobby Lobby case which it won, it is imperative that HB 322 provide a much-needed balance to offset the flaws and limitations of the other two bills.

 

Support HB 322 Religious Liberty Act The LGBT nondiscrimination bills SB 296 and SB 297 both passed and are on the way to the Utah governor’s office for signing into law. Neither of these bills has religious liberty protections for individuals. SB 297 protects government employees and their families only. HB 322 is the only […]

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Utah Red Alert: Update – Pro-LGBT Bill on Fast Track

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White background - longHB 322 – Religious Liberty and Nondiscrimination Protection – L Christensen.

Please support this bill as opposed to SB 296 – Antidiscrimination and Religious Liberty Amendments – Urquhart

HB 322 protects individual religious liberty, SB 296 does NOT!

SB 296 is  mis-named.  It is NOT a religious liberty bill because it does not protect people of faith, only institutions and it leaves some huge gaps in protections for doctors, therapists and businesses in general such as Hobby Lobby and Chick Fila that have religiously held beliefs among its ownership, for example.  It is fast-tracked for a vote TODAY, Friday, March 6, 2015 at 3 PM TIME CERTAIN.

ACTION
Please contact ALL Senators immediately. Ask them to VOTE NO on SB 296: Antidiscrimination and Religous Liberty Amendments (Urquhart-Adams).

Click here to contact your Senator.

Talking Points
This bill has several flaws:

1. We need more time to review and inform voters and others who will be affected negatively by this legislation.

For a bill that demands “fairness,” what kind of fairness is there in a thirty-five page bill that dramatically changes the definition of sex to “gender identity” – the first time ever in Utah history – and that has been given less than 24 hours to to review?

In less than 24 hours, we have not had time to bring in expert witnesses from Johns Hopkins University, Harvard and Los Angeles – all who were willing to be there to testify.

We have barely had time to get the information to those reading this blog post in time to respond for the scheduled 8 AM hearing.

This is not what we expect from our Utah legislators. This is what happens only in Washington DC, right? Wrong. It’s happening now, right here in UTAH!

2. This bill protects institutions, associations and affiliates, but it leaves you and me – the individual religious adherent vulnerable and “under the bus.”

This is unacceptable. Another bill in the House, HB 322, sponsored by Representative LaVar Christensen and by your colleague Senator Al Jackson in the Senate, has the proper balance and DOES protect individuals. We cannot pass SB 296 without removing this flaw, but the sponsors have told us it is NOT AMENDABLE!

The easier and more logical solution is to support HB 322 – Religious Liberty and Nondiscrimination Protections when it comes to the Senate.

3.Lines 105-109, page 4: SB 296 uses the DSM-5 definition of “gender identity.” This is the very organization that is trying to shut down therapists and counselors and doctors around the country who desire to help their clients based on their religious beliefs, and we should trust that source to protect our First Amendment liberties?

Even at BYU, the APA accredits the psychology department. The chairman told me that they cannot teach the students any form of therapy that would involve religious teachings if the program is to stay accredited.

In California, it is now against the law for parents to take their minor children who are confused about their sex or struggling with homosexuality to a counselor for help. These therapists are now in the Courts fighting for their First Amendment rights. I serve on their national task force and am following this disturbing trend closely.

Where is the fairness or protection to them in this bill?

In addition, putting this DSM definition into this bill removes not only fairness from the medical field, it ignores the integrity of medical science and ignores the conflict that exists between medical doctors and the DSM.

Solid medical science has proven DNA, which defines whether a person is a male or a female. While surgery can alter physical body parts, it cannot alter DNA. A person is born either male or female.

Yet Utah legislators are about to consider a proposal that undermines the integrity of medical science without hearing from respected doctors who disagree with that definition and who have longitudinal studies they have not been given time to present.

Putting this language into Utah law will leave the therapist or doctor on staff at a hospital unprotected and at risk of discrimination should they are forced to provide services they do not believe in religiously or ethically, as is already happening in California under similar laws.

4. Lines 681-685, P. 23: This bill appears to require employers to provide bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities specifically for the transgendered. Yet the bill has no fiscal note attached. We have no idea what the cost to taxpayers or employers will be, let alone how companies may have to increase their prices to the consumer to accommodate yet another building regulation. There has been no time to get this information to businesses that may be adversely affected.

The REAL Story Behind Why Utah Would Support an LGBT Bill and What Happened in the Senate Hearing

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Our friend, Brian Camenker of www.massresistance.com, from Massachusetts listened to the entire SB 296 Senate hearing online.  He asked me if the sponsors were Democrats.  I said, “No – they are REPUBLICANS!”  He was stunned because the sponsors were giving a completely liberal message and brought in very liberal experts to testify – just as the Democrats of Massachusetts do!

Those of us who oppose this legislation waited our turn to speak patiently.  The committee chair, Curt Bramble, allowed a 60-minute filibuster for proponents to speak.  That left us only one minute and with such short notice – NO experts available to testify.

Expert witnesses from the pro-LGBT side were lined up representing pro-gay corporations eBay and Adobe both touting how important this bill is for their companies and that in order for them to stay in Utah this was a necessary step.  The Adobe representative shared that before it came to Utah, its leadership told Utah marketers that this issue would need to be resolved.

Apparently Governor Herbert, who has spent an inordinate amount of time in Silicon Valley California to market Utah as the “next Silicon Valley” to companies who find California an unfriendly place economically for business is luring them to Utah and has assured them that Utah would become an LGBT-friendly state.

Another witness from Illinois testified for a long time and has apparently been very involved in crafting Utah’s bill and promoted it as “the national model” they are going to take state by state.

When I saw the Adobe building going up at the “Point of the Mountain” in Utah County, I predicted that it would change the face of the conservative cultural environment.  We are now seeing this happen.  Pay attention, Utahns.

This is all about money and profit.  As Christians we are told that where our treasure is, there shall our heart be also.  Do we so easily sell our values for money?  Apparently so in Utah.

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HB 322 – Religious Liberty and Nondiscrimination Protection – L Christensen. Please support this bill as opposed to SB 296 – Antidiscrimination and Religious Liberty Amendments – Urquhart HB 322 protects individual religious liberty, SB 296 does NOT! SB 296 is  mis-named.  It is NOT a religious liberty bill because it does not protect people […]

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Why the New “Gender Identity” Bill Must Be Stopped

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As you know, the Utah Legislature is now nearing the end of the session – one week to go.

A brand new GENDER IDENTITY bill came out Wednesday, March 4, 2015 that redefines SEX and does NOT protect individual religious liberty – SB 296 (Urquhart-Adams) VOTE NO!

This bill is fast-tracked for a hearing as the first item on the agenda at 8 AM Thursday, March 5, 2015.

ACTION
Please contact ALL Senators immediately. Ask them to VOTE NO on SB 296: Antidiscrimination and Religous Liberty Amendments (Urquhart-Adams).

Talking Points
This bill has several flaws:

1. We need more time to review and inform voters and others who will be affected negatively by this legislation.

For a bill that demands “fairness,” what kind of fairness is there in a thirty-five page bill that dramatically changes the definition of sex to “gender identity” – the first time ever in Utah history – and that has been given less than 24 hours to to review?

In less than 24 hours, we have not had time to bring in expert witnesses from Johns Hopkins University, Harvard and Los Angeles – all who were willing to be there to testify.

We have barely had time to get the information to those reading this blog post in time to respond for the scheduled 8 AM hearing.

This is not what we expect from our Utah legislators. This is what happens only in Washington DC, right? Wrong. It’s happening now, right here in UTAH!

2. This bill protects institutions, associations and affiliates, but it leaves you and me – the individual religious adherent vulnerable and “under the bus.”

This is unacceptable. Another bill in the House, HB 322, sponsored by Representative LaVar Christensen and by your colleague Senator Al Jackson in the Senate, has the proper balance and DOES protect individuals. We cannot pass SB 296 without removing this flaw.

The easier and more logical solution is to support HB 322 – Religious Liberty and Nondiscrimination Protections when it comes to the Senate.

3.Lines 105-109, page 4: SB 296 uses the DSM-5 definition of “gender identity.” This is the very organization that is trying to shut down therapists and counselors and doctors around the country who desire to help their clients based on their religious beliefs, and we should trust that source to protect our First Amendment liberties?

Even at BYU, the APA accredits the psychology department. The chairman told me that they cannot teach the students any form of therapy that would involve religious teachings if the program is to stay accredited.

In California, it is now against the law for parents to take their minor children who are confused about their sex or struggling with homosexuality to a counselor for help. These therapists are now in the Courts fighting for their First Amendment rights. I serve on their national task force and am following this disturbing trend closely.

Where is the fairness or protection to them in this bill?

In addition, putting this DSM definition into this bill removes not only fairness from the medical field, it ignores the integrity of medical science and ignores the conflict that exists between medical doctors and the DSM.

Solid medical science has proven DNA, which defines whether a person is a male or a female. While surgery can alter physical body parts, it cannot alter DNA. A person is born either male or female.

Yet Utah legislators are about to consider a proposal that undermines the integrity of medical science without hearing from respected doctors who disagree with that definition and who have longitudinal studies they have not been given time to present.

Putting this language into Utah law will leave the therapist or doctor on staff at a hospital unprotected and at risk of discrimination should they are forced to provide services they do not believe in religiously or ethically, as is already happening in California under similar laws.

4. Lines 681-685, P. 23: This bill appears to require employers to provide bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities specifically for the transgendered. Yet the bill has no fiscal note attached. We have no idea what the cost to taxpayers or employers will be, let alone how companies may have to increase their prices to the consumer to accommodate yet another building regulation. There has been no time to get this information to businesses that may be adversely affected.

For this reason alone, we ask for committee members – at the very least – to send SB 296 back to the Rules Committee for analysis.

As you know, the Utah Legislature is now nearing the end of the session – one week to go. A brand new GENDER IDENTITY bill came out Wednesday, March 4, 2015 that redefines SEX and does NOT protect individual religious liberty – SB 296 (Urquhart-Adams) VOTE NO! This bill is fast-tracked for a hearing as […]

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Salt Lake Police Officer Censured for Faith Speaks Out

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After several months of silence, the Salt Lake City police officer that was suspended for refusing to celebrate homosexuality by performing in the Utah Gay Pride Parade because of his religious beliefs that homosexuality is a sin and marriage is defined as between a man and a woman has broken his silence.

Read his powerful and compassionate letter that he recently released to the public.

Statement of Police Officer who asked not to ride in gay pride parade

He is asking the Utah legislature to adopt a bill that will treat ALL fairly without discriminating against one’s First Amendment right to religious liberty. That bill is HB 322, sponsored by Representative LaVar Christensen. This bill falls back on generic non-discrimination language already found in the Utah Code and uses the word “all.” All does mean all.

However, we have received word that the members of the legislature are confused by the LDS Church’s statement that it supports LGBT right in hiring and housing as long as it protects religious liberty. Apparently some believe this means they should support SB 99, the public accommodations bill and SB 100, the non-discrimination bill.

Neither of these two bills protect religious liberty. They are totally unacceptable and are the reason this police officer was censured in the very city in Utah that was the first to adopt an “anti-discrimination” law.

We have received word that the LGBT activists in Utah do NOT support HB 322, but insist on their trigger language “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”

We must be very clear on this issue: Under NO circumstances should the language “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” be codified.

Those four words constitute the specific language that created this tragic scenario for this police officer. He is only one of many across this nation that have been harmed by zealous pro-LGBT activists who are using non-discrimination laws as stepping stones to their final destination: the demise of traditional marriage and religion. Watch this trailer of the Utah Gay Pride Festival and Parade as evidence. (Click on the button to override the block and it will play.)

TRAILER for Utah Gay Pride video

Although this example is from Utah, this is a NATIONAL campaign funded by millions of dollars through the Human Rights Campaign and the Southern Law Poverty Center. If it can happen in Utah, it can happen anywhere. Millions of dollars of corporate funding is now supporting LGBT rights to trample on religious liberty. Look at the corporate sponsors and supporters in that video again.

It IS happening in your state.

Listen to the Cherilyn Eagar Radio Show Saturday, February 28, 2015 from Noon-1 PM, Mountain time AM 1430 KLO, or online www.KLOradio.com. We will be talking with Jim Noorlander, a researcher and speaker on the topic of morality in law and also Steve and Janice Graham of www.StandardofLiberty.com who will address LGBT activism and morality.

Then on March 7, 2015 we will visit with Tanisha Martin, a surviver of 50 Shades of Grey in real life who has been on several national network shows along with Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute in San Diego, both to discuss the huge negative impact of the sexualization of America’s children and what they recommend as solutions.

With our major concerns about international affairs, Islamic terrorism, the economy, nationalizing of education reforms, immigration policy and health care overreach, nothing trumps the critical issue of the destruction of marriage and family and the abuse of children under cover of “LGBT” rights. The destruction of marriage and the family and the silencing of religious liberty is destroying our nation’s national security and economic stability and strength.

Please stay informed and follow what your elected officials are doing. You elected them. They are accountable to you. If you have information specific to your state that you would like us to post, please contact us at Cherilyn@AmericanLeadershipFund.com

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After several months of silence, the Salt Lake City police officer that was suspended for refusing to celebrate homosexuality by performing in the Utah Gay Pride Parade because of his religious beliefs that homosexuality is a sin and marriage is defined as between a man and a woman has broken his silence. Read his powerful […]

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Atlanta Fire Chief Suspended for Authoring Christian Book on Homosexuality

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Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin CochranIn the line of attacks comes this recent one, Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was suspended without pay for one month for having authored a book about his Christian view of homosexuality and other sexual perversions, including pederasty and bestiality.   According to this Washington Times report, he will also have to undergo sensitivity training.  Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas, Chief Cochran. You are an honorable man. Do not back down to these bullies. Religious liberty is under fire, and you are more than a fire chief hero. Read more here.

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  In the line of attacks comes this recent one, Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was suspended without pay for one month for having authored a book about his Christian view of homosexuality and other sexual perversions, including pederasty and bestiality.   According to this Washington Times report, he will also have to undergo sensitivity […]

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Catholics Invite Faith Leaders to Defend Marriage and Religious Liberty at the Vatican

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Watch this 2 minute video of the multi-faith meeting that recently brought together faith leaders from around the world to discuss the importance of marriage and religious liberty. Thank you, our Catholic friends, for taking a stand and being strong leaders to protect children and strengthen family and marriage – and religious liberty.

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    Watch this 2 minute video of the multi-faith meeting that recently brought together faith leaders from around the world to discuss the importance of marriage and religious liberty. Thank you, our Catholic friends, for taking a stand and being strong leaders to protect children and strengthen family and marriage – and religious liberty. […]

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Houston Pastors Show Way to Defeat Non-Discrimination Laws

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Recently the Salt Lake Tribune published an opinion editorial I wrote about our experience in Houston with the five pastors whose sermons – and all the communications between them and their church members – were subpoenaed by the Houston Mayor. It’s an incredible story of religious liberty under fire and what happens when people of faith take a strong stand and do not remain silent. Read this article and then watch those five passionate pastors raise the roof for religious liberty.

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Recently the Salt Lake Tribune published an opinion editorial I wrote about our experience in Houston with the five pastors whose sermons – and all the communications between them and their church members – were subpoenaed by the Houston Mayor. It’s an incredible story of religious liberty under fire and what happens when people of […]

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The Houston Five’s Passionate Speeches

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On November 2, 2014 the five Houston pastors whose sermons were subpoenaed stood and delivered some riveting messages to Americans to wake them up.  Just a few days earlier we were invited to speak at the news conference and the next day the mayor withdrew the subpoenas.  The pastors are involved in a lawsuit for voting rights violations.

I wrote an opinion editorial about this experience.  Pamela Romney Openshaw of the Herald interviewed me and wrote an excellent column. We appreciate her passion for exposing truth and informing people about correct principles of government.

This message is critical, and it is a story that your children should know. It is their freedom at stake.

Here is the the short video of the speeches of those five pastors who changed my life.  There is no question that they would die for religious liberty.  God bless them for their courage. Take time today to show it to your children. it is only 10 minutes. The editorial follows.

Marriage, Religious Liberty and the Sixth Circuit: Utah’s Defining Moment

As expected, the Sixth Circuit Court has ruled in favor of same sex marriage bans based on the democratic process and the will of the people – a state’s Tenth Amendment right to decide domestic matters. Good news for Utah. Now is the time for Utah to flex its constitutional muscle to defend Amendment 3 and to repeal and oppose gay rights ordinances with the same gusto as the Houston Five.

In review, these pastors had organized a referendum to repeal the city’s gay rights ordinance (“non-discrimination” – NDL). There is evidence now that Houston’s lesbian Mayor Annise Parker conspired to block the referendum illegally. After congregations collected 50,000 signatures with only 17,269 required, the City Secretary validated the minimum, discarding the rest.

The conspiracy began when an outside attorney invalidated 50% of the remaining signatures. The mayor then attempted to strong-arm five pastors with subpoenas, demanding copies of their sermons delivered from their pulpits. They refused to comply with this unconstitutional violation of their First Amendment rights.

The American Leadership Fund and Hollywood media strategist Jeff Chamberlain were invited to join the Houston Five pastors on October 28, 2014 at an historic news conference in Houston. We stood with them and other pastors from around the country because Utah’s religious liberty and freedom of speech is also under attack.

“Your cause is our cause,” I said, “When one faith is attacked, all are attacked. If they can go after your sermons, they can go after ours. Don’t mess with Texas, don’t mess with Utah, and don’t mess with America’s pulpits!”

Jeff Chamberlain called on citizens to shout from their rooftops, “Enough, no more! Militant activists transforming our culture must be stopped at the steps of our churches. Religious liberty and free speech are non-negotiable!”

In Utah during the past year, and with little opposition, over 20 towns have quietly passed NDLs, similar to Houston’s ordinance. Not only is the title misleading, supporters claim that they are “fair and reasonable” and do not “do violence to the institution of marriage.”

The truth is that NDLs are weapons to bully people of faith to comply with unjust laws that threaten both marriage and religious liberties. Even with religious institution exemptions, wedding cake bakers to t-shirt makers are intimidated and fined – or put out of business. Dropping “bathroom” language does not prevent the transgendered from filing complaints. Worse still, NDLs force a radical school agenda to normalize and teach sexual behavior that violates religious convictions. The ramifications are far more insidious than imaginable. Case in point: Houston.

The Houston Five proved that when you stand up to bullies, bullies back down. The day after their nationally broadcast news conference, the mayor withdrew the subpoenas.

After Utah voters overwhelmingly supported Amendment 3, they were outraged that a single rogue judge would be allowed to overturn the democratic process. This was an act of gross unconstitutional judicial activism. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review Utah’s case did not rule against Amendment 3. Instead, SCOTUS sent the matter back to Utah to decide. One State Senator stood up publicly to declare: “It’s still Utah’s constitutional law.”

We agree, and it appears that the Sixth Circuit also agrees. Eighty Utah legislators have also agreed. They filed an amicus brief. They say this is an infringement of states’ rights.

The Sunday following the Houston news conference, thousands gathered at Grace Community Church to stand with the Houston Five. They spoke with gusto amid cheering applause and standing ovations. Pastor Dave Welch called for “a national revival” saying, “We need to repent. We have been asleep and have allowed this country to decay on our watch.”

Three of the five had risked their lives escaping communist tyrannies. Pastor Magda Hermida from Cuba said, “We never thought we would see this happening in our country. This is the police state we experienced in Cuba. We cannot allow this now — or ever.” Pastor Khanh Huynh from Vietnam, a boat survivor, said, “The first freedoms to go were speech and religion. I never thought I’d see that marching boot of tyranny here.”

These religious leaders are willing to fall on the sword for religious liberty, of which the definition of marriage is the central focus. So what are Utah’s religious leaders and legislators willing to do? Or is it all just rhetoric?

Back in Utah, I mingled with friends who asked how my week had gone. “I was with the Houston Five!” I said. No one had heard of them. I realized then it’s not just Houston that’s got a problem. Utah’s got a problem. We also need to awaken from our slumber.

We urge the 80 members of its state legislature elected by the people to show leadership and to echo the 6th Circuit Court. Continue to defend the will of the people and its marriage law, as they did in the Courts. Oppose and repeal non-discrimination laws before it’s too late. Stand with the Houston Five – Be the Houston Five. No. Be the Utah Five. This is Utah’s defining moment. Who are we, really?

Cherilyn Eagar is a former candidate for U.S. Senate and President of American Leadership Fund, a Utah state PAC. American Leadership Fund represented marriage laws in Virginia, Oklahoma and Utah with amicus briefs in the 4th, 10th Circuit Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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On November 2, 2014 the five Houston pastors whose sermons were subpoenaed stood and delivered some riveting messages to Americans to wake them up.  Just a few days earlier we were invited to speak at the news conference and the next day the mayor withdrew the subpoenas.  The pastors are involved in a lawsuit for […]

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