A Wake-Up Call For Abortion Supporters

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by Eric Metaxas

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Lately, advocates of legal abortion have attempted to give their ailing cause a shot in the arm. As John Stonestreet pointed out on BreakPoint recently, the tried and true “pro-choice” moniker is falling out of favor. And the accompanying crocodile tears over “the difficult choice of abortion” that were once necessary for public credibility seem to have dried up. The “safe, legal and rare” days are gone, replaced with cavalier celebrations of abortion as a positive good in art, film and now spoken word poetry. Continue reading “A Wake-Up Call For Abortion Supporters”

Houston Subpoenas Pastors to Turn Over Their Sermons

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by Faith Driven Consumer 1154CP on October 15, 2014

Faith Driven Consumer launches #HoustonWeHaveAProblem Campaign at www.HoustonProblem.com

Houston, we have a problem.

In a move that should send shivers down the spine of every freedom-loving American on both sides of the political aisle, the City of Houston has issued subpoenas to a group of pastors demanding that they turn over their sermons, speeches and email communications with congregants referencing homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s openly lesbian mayor.

Why this bullying by government officials into the affairs of the pastors and their churches?

Back in May, the Houston City Council passed an equal rights ordinance that extended “protected class” status upon sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of city contracting, housing, public accommodations and private employees. Known as HERO, this law allows males who self-identify as females to use women’s restrooms—raising legitimate safety concerns for women and children in restroom and change room settings.  In addition, faith-driven employers who object to the normalization of homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism are now forced by the government to violate their religious beliefs in order to do participate fully in the marketplace of goods and services.

Understandably, many faith-driven Houstonians were concerned with this new law. Led by a coalition of 400 local pastors, they exercised their rights as citizens and gathered more than 50,000 petition signatures—nearly three times the 17,269 required—calling for a referendum to allow voters to weigh in on the ordinance and overturn it.  Although the city secretary certified the results, other officials threw out the petition in August due to alleged signature irregularities.

In response, a lawsuit was filed by the coalition. And city officials struck back with the subpoenas—even targeting pastors who are not part of the lawsuit.

Ironically, this alarming breach of religious liberty comes during the month of October – declared by Mayor Parker herself as “National Bullying Prevention Month in Houston.”

In a society like ours that values equality—including the notion that everyone has the right to publicly express deeply held beliefs without fear of persecution or reprisal—it is unacceptable for pastors to be bullied and intimated into silence, particularly at the hands of government officials.

Take a moment now to sign our petition to the City of Houston and let them know that pastors and people of faith—who are a significant part of America’s rich rainbow of diversity—share the same fundamental rights as other groups.

As Faith Driven Consumers, we are blessed to live in a nation endowed with a First Amendment that protects freedom of speech and religion. And we are blessed to live in a rich, diverse society where dissenting viewpoints, open discourse and tolerance for those who hold differing beliefs makes us stronger as a nation.

Pastors have been at the very heart of American society since even before our founding as a nation. They were leaders in the fight for every great moral cause—including American independence, the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage, child labor laws and civil rights. Even today, pastors remain an integral part of the lives of untold hundreds of millions of Americans—advocating and articulating biblical truth on issues like abortion and the redefinition of sexuality, marriage and family.

With ur First Amendment freedoms are increasingly under threat by those who seek to marginalize faith-driven viewpoints on the great issues of our day, Faith Driven Consumers are being called like never before to stand up for our biblical worldview and values in the marketplace of goods, services and ideas.

Share with your family and friends, sign our petition today and make your voice heard.

If not on this issue, then which?  If not now, then when?

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It’s Time to Speak UP!

There is a time for everything‚Äö
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
Ecclesiastes 3:1,7

The freedom of religious expression was chief among America’s founding principles. However, today there is an unprecedented effort to deny this most basic of human rights in almost every area of American life. A Time to Speak is a 60-minute film from the American Family Association highlighting the urgent need for Christians to pray, speak out and vote. It is a clarion call for the Church to break the silence and preserve this freedom for the coming generations.

“Our religious freedoms are under full frontal assault. I’m more convinced than ever that A Time To Speak can educate pastors and church leaders on the dangers of losing religious liberty. It will also equip them with resources to turn the tide in the most important endeavor of my lifetime. If we lose now, the window of opportunity to turn it around will close.”

– Don Wildmon, AFA Founder

http://www.atimetospeak.com/

College Orders Student To ‘Dumb Down’ Religious Show

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By Todd Starnes

The folks in the drama department at Cape Fear Community College are just fine with staging productions about rape and incest. But when it comes to staging a show with Christian themes – well, that’s a problem.

So says Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious advocacy group that claims the school’s drama instructor ordered a student to “dumb down” the religious nature of an upcoming production because it might offend and anger people. Continue reading “College Orders Student To ‘Dumb Down’ Religious Show”

Are You A Cultural Christian Or A Biblical Christian?

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October 01, 2014 | Patrick Morley

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Christianity is flourishing. There are more Christians today in America than ever before, both as a percentage and in total numbers. Roughly one in three Americans indicate they have asked Jesus to forgive their sins and grant them the gift of eternal life.

Here’s the question: If religion is such a big part of our lives, why isn’t it making more of an impact on our society? The sad reality is that claims of religious commitment run high, but impact is at an all-time low. Continue reading “Are You A Cultural Christian Or A Biblical Christian?”

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