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Gordon Klingenschmitt Warns Gay People 'Want You to Disobey God So You Go to Hell With Them' - VIDEO

Gordon Klingenschmitt

Colorado Republican state house candidate and homophobic wingnut Gordon Klingenschmitt said on his “Pray In Jesus Name” show yesterday that LGBT activists in Kentucky are forcing Christians to violate God’s law and end up in hell, reports Right Wing Watch.

His latest outburst comes following a situation in Kentucky in which a t-shirt printing business was found to have violated the city's non discrimination ordinance (NDO) by refusing to print t-shirts for a local gay organization.

Insisting that NDOs are a violation of the First Amendment, Klingenschmitt said that gay rights activists are driven by a demonic spirit (not t-shirts) that seeks to force Christians to "disobey God" so that they will wind up in Hell:

"They want your soul. They won't be satisfied with your money. They don't really want the t-shirts. They want your soul. They want you to disobey God so that you go to Hell with them. It's not enough that they go to Hell for disobeying God, they want you to disobey God so that we all go to Hell. That's the Devil's goal in the end.”

Watch Klingenschmitt’s ridiculous outburst, AFTER THE JUMP...

In recent months Klingenschmitt has claimed that same-sex marriage will allow for the “recruitment” of children, that the New York State Division of Human Rights is forcing Christians to “worship sodomy” and that transgender people shouldn’t be allowed into churches or public restrooms.

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Gay Evangelical Raises 'Olive Branch' Funding For Anti-Gay Sweet Cakes Bakery

Matt Stolhandske

You may remember Sweet Cakes Bakery in Oregon, one of the first bakeries to make a stink about making cakes for gay weddings. The anti-gay attitudes of owners Melissa and Aaron Klein resulted in quick condemnation from activists, and the protests and investigations by the state's Bureau of Labor soon caused the bakery to close up shop and move "in-home."

A year and a $150,000 fine from the state of Oregon later and the owners of Sweet Cakes are finding an unlikely new supporter in the form of gay evangelical conservative Matt Stolhandske, who wrote a fundraising column in the Washington Post. Interestingly, Stolhandske doesn't appear to be a self-hating homosexual, an ex-gay, or even spouting the tired "religious freedom trumps all" falsehood. In fact, he even calls out the Klein's flimsy argument of endorsement of a "sinful" lifestyle:

This [lesbian] couple didn’t ask the Kleins for their blessing. They simply asked to pay for a cake. Last I checked, a pastry is not moral approval of a religious ceremony.

Furthermore, he explains that his motivation is that he doesn't want the family - who may potentially be bankrupted by the fines - to suffer. In his own words, "[T]his is what an olive branch looks like." This olive branch doesn't come with a dismissal of the Klein's behaviors, however:

I don’t want them to suffer. But I am also pleading with them and other Christians to stop using the name of Jesus to explain to the LGBT community why we don’t deserve access to the civil rights afforded to heterosexuals through the legal institution of marriage.

Turning the other cheek, forgiving trespasses, reaching out with an offer of reconciliation to prevent further suffering and unhappiness and engender peace...it's like Stolhandske actually read the teachings of Jesus and appears to be making an effort to live by those moral decrees. Right-wingers, take note.


Megachurch Pastor Brian Houston Clarifies Remarks: Hillsong Church Does Not Support Gay Marriage

Brian Houston, the pastor of the Australian-based international Hillsong megachurch, made headlines over the weekend for remarks in which he said that the Church is "on the journey" with homosexuality, and needed to figure out "How do we not become a pariah?" in light of the changing landscape of marriage equality in the U.S.

B_houstonHouston's remarks inspired a large piece in the NYT and media reports elsewhere, which apparently sent out a message which Houston felt obliged to clarify in a statement via the church's website.

Wrote Houston:

Statement from Brian Houston - Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
Re: recent media comments on homosexuality

I encourage people not to assume a media headline accurately represents what I said at a recent press conference.

Nowhere in my answer did I diminish biblical truth or suggest that I or Hillsong Church supported gay marriage. I challenge people to read what I actually said, rather than what was reported that I said. My personal view on the subject of homosexuality would line up with most traditionally held Christian views. I believe the writings of Paul are clear on this subject.

I was asked a question on how the church can stay relevant in the context of gay marriage being legal in the two states of the USA where we have campuses. My answer was simply an admission of reality – no more and no less. I explained that this struggle for relevance was vexing as we did not want to become ostracized by a world that needs Christ.

I made the point that public statements condemning people will place a barrier between the church and the world (and I note that Jesus came to save and not to condemn), which is why at Hillsong, we don’t want to reduce the real issues in people’s lives to a sound bite.

This – like many other issues, is a conversation the church needs to have and we are all on a journey as we grapple with the question of merging biblical truth with a changing world.

You can listen to Houston's original remarks HERE.


Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Wedding Chapel Files Lawsuit Against City After Refusing to Perform Gay Marriages

Hitchingpost

The owners of a wedding chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho have filed a lawsuit claiming the city's ordinance prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians is unconstitutionally forcing them to violate their religious beliefs by performing same-sex marriages. 

Hitching Post owners Donald and Evelyn Knapp, who are being represented by the anti-gay Christian litigation group Alliance Defending Freedom, claim that performing a gay wedding ceremony would force them to "condone, promote and even consecrate somehting forbidden by their religious beliefs and ordination vows."

The Spokesman-Review reports:

KnappAccording to the lawsuit, a man called the business Friday to ask about a same-sex wedding ceremony and was turned down. The Knapps are now asking for a temporary restraining order against the city to stop it from enforcing the ordinance. Violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor punishable by fines and jail time.

“The Knapps are thus under a constant, coercive and substantial threat to violate their religious beliefs due to the risk that they will incur the penalties of jail time and criminal fines for declining to speak a message and perform a wedding service that contradicts their religious beliefs and ministerial vows,” the suit reads.

Marraige equality began in Idaho last Wednesday. 


Mike Huckabee Wants to Send Houston Mayor 'Thousands' of Bibles to Stop Her 'Political Genocide' Against Christians: VIDEO

Huckabee

Continuing the right-wing uproar over Houston's subpoena of local anti-gay pastors tied to a lawsuit against the city's LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance, Mike Huckabee directed "every pastor in America" to send their sermons to mayor Annise Parker and every viewer to send her a Bible. 

Said Huckabee on his Fox News program:

The Houston case reminds us how rapidly our country is being taken over by intolerant despots who will unleash a form of political genocide against Christians who still cling to their Bibles and refuse to bow their knee to the false gods of hate and religious bigotry. The Houston mayor and her ilk, like mayors in Chicago and Boston who tried to prevent businesses opening in their city because the business owners were bible believing Christians, well she needs to apologize and start respecting all citizens - or at least have the integrity to resign. They shouldn't expect taxpayers to fund hate-filled, gestapo-like tactics to openly attempt ot shut down the free exercise of religion and attempt to establish a religion of godless secularism. 

Watch Huckabee's rant and call to arms, AFTER THE JUMP...

[h/t The Daily Signal]

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Hillsong Megachurch Pastor Brian Houston: 'We're on the Journey' with Homosexuality — AUDIO

Brian Houston, the pastor of the Australian-based international Hillsong megachurch, is making headlines for remarks he made in New York City at a press conference on Thursday, the NYT reports:

B_houstonLeaders of Hillsong have been avoiding condemnation of homosexuality for some time, and the pastor of Hillsong’s New York City campus, Carl Lentz, has declined to take a public position on same-sex marriage. But Mr. Houston’s comments, made at a news conference Thursday in New York, were striking for their assertion that Christian churches have caused pain for some gay Christians, and for their suggestion that the issue of same-sex marriage is not settled.

Listen to Hillsong's remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

Said Hillsong:

"I think with the church, the message is sacred but the methods have to change for the church to stay relevant. And it's challenging. It's challenging to stay relevant. I mean, if we go to the one big hot topic maybe for churches is...now with homosexual marriage legalized, and churches for generations, they hold a set of beliefs around what they believe the Word of God, the Bible says. And all of a sudden in many circles the church can look like a pariah, because to many people it's so irrelevant now. So staying relevant is a big challenge. I think it's more than just singing more contemporary songs and the colors you paint your walls or whatever."

Added Hillsong:

The world we live in, whether we like it or not, is changing around and about us. Homosexual marriage is legal in [New York City] and probably will be in most western world countries in a short time. The world’s changing, and we want to stay relevant as a church, so that’s a vexing thing. How do we not become a pariah?”

Houston noted the experience of gay children in Christian churches and said that some "literally are depressed, maybe even suicidal, and, sadly, oftentimes grow up to hate the church because they feel that the church rejected them.”

He concluded:

"It’s very easy to reduce what you think about homosexuality to just a public statement, and that would keep a lot of people happy, but we feel at this point, that it is an ongoing conversation, that the real issues in people’s lives are too important for us just to reduce it down to a yes or no answer in a media outlet. So we’re on the journey with it.”

Listen to Hillsong's remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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