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Polygamist Says 'It's About Marriage Equality;' Threatens Lawsuit Against Montana If Officials Deny Marriage to 2 Women Amid Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Unions
LINK A Montana polygamist who was excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said earlier this week that he plans to file a lawsuit against the state if it denies his application for a marriage license with his second wife.

Oregon Christian Bakers Ordered to Pay $135K After Refusing to Work Gay Wedding; Told to Stop Speaking About 'Obeying God, Not Man'
LINK The Oregon Christian bakery owners who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding on the grounds that it would violate their religious convictions have been ordered to pay $135,000 in emotional damages, and have also been prohibited from speaking about standing up for their Christian beliefs.

Lakewood Church Is Not 'True Religion,' Claim Six Men From Controversial Church Group Arrested for Heckling Pastor Joel Osteen at Sunday Service
LINK The six men arrested on Sunday for heckling pastor Joel Osteen at his Lakewood Church in Houston appeared in court on Friday and now face trespassing charges. The defendants, who are members of a controversial East Texas church, said they heckled the pastor during the Sunday service because they don't believe Lakewood Church is practicing "true religion."

Satanic Temple in Search of New Home for Baphomet Statue After Oklahoma Supreme Court Orders Removal of Ten Commandments From Capitol Grounds
LINK The Satanic Temple is searching for a new home for its 9 foot Baphomet monument that was originally crafted to stand alongside a Ten Commandments statue on Oklahoma's capitol grounds after both were barred from the area by a state Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday.

Ken Ham's AIG Advances Lawsuit Against Kentucky Over Life-Size Noah's Ark; State Argues Biblical Ark Is a Tool for Evangelism
LINK Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis group is continuing its lawsuit against the state of Kentucky, accusing it of violating First Amendment religious freedom rights by denying its Ark Encounter project participation in the state tax incentive program because of its insistence on religious preference in hiring workers. The state is arguing that the Noah's ark theme park would be an evangelism tool.

Glenn Beck, Born-Again Mormon Christian, Defends Fellowship Church Pastor Ed Young Amid 'Attacks'
LINK Radio host and television personality Glenn Beck has come to the defense of megachurch pastor Ed Young amid criticism over the Dallas, Texas, minister inviting Beck, a Mormon, to speak to his evangelical congregation.

Donald Trump 'Fired' From Macy's, NBC, Univision Amid Controversial Remarks Saying Immigrants Are 'Killers and Rapists'
LINK Macy's is the latest big-name company, following NBC Universal and Univision, to sever its relationship with billionaire businessman Donald Trump following the GOP presidential candidate's controversial remarks that immigrants from Mexico and other countries coming into the U.S. illegally are "killers and rapists."

'God Will Have to Judge America' or 'Apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah' After SC Marriage Ruling, Says John Hagee
LINK Outspoken San Antonio, Texas pastor John Hagee joked Tuesday that "God will have to judge America" or "apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah" after last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

Ed Young's Megachurch Says Glenn Beck Is Headlining July 4 'Freedom Experience' Because He's an American Patriot Who Loves God
LINK Glenn Beck, conservative radio host and television personality, is the featured guest at pastor Ed Young Jr.'s Texas megachurch over the July 4th weekend because Beck, long affiliated with the Mormon Church, "is a man who is undoubtedly an American patriot, loves this country, and has shown his love for God in many ways," according to a spokesman.

South Carolina Church Once Destroyed by KKK Burned Again Amid Rise in Black Church Fires
LINK A fire that broke out in South Carolina on Tuesday at a historic black church once destroyed by the Klu Klux Klan, was not intentionally lit, according to a report.

Indiana Pastor Says Local Drug Dealers Have Joined Rally Against Indiana Marijuana Church
LINK An Indiana pastor says local drug dealers have joined with his church to rally against the First Church of Cannabis, an organization dedicated to the recreational use of marijuana that recently purchased a building in their Eastside neighborhood.

Reza Aslan Hits Back at Atheists Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher, Says It's 'Idiotic' to Blame Religion for Terrorism
LINK Controversial "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" author, Reza Aslan, has hit back against atheists Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Bill Maher, who've blamed Islam and religion as a whole for violence and terrorism around the world, arguing that conflicts are much more complex than a single cause.

Indiana Pot Church to Hold Weed-Less 'Worship Service' Amid Concerns of Arrest for Illegal Use of Marijuana
LINK The First Church of Cannabis, a so-called religious group, says it will abstain from using marijuana during its opening worship service, according to it's leader, amid concerns that police might arrest those in attendance because pot is illegal in Indiana.

ISIS' Ramadan Attacks 'Shock the Decency' of Muslims, All Killing of Innocents Is 'Great Affront' to Islam,' Says Duke University's Islamic Studies Director
LINK Duke University's Islamic Studies Center director says the "violent and savage attacks" being carried out by ISIS terrorists during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan "shocks the decency" of Muslims around the world, and all slaughter of innocent life is a "great affront" to the teachings of Islam.

Two Men Spit on Catholic Priest, Fr. Jonathan Morris at Gay Pride Parade After Supreme Court Ruling
LINK Fox News contributor Father Jonathan Morris, who serves in the Archdiocese of New York, said two men spat on him during Sunday's NYC Pride parade in an unprovoked attack, following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.

Satanic Temple's 'Unveiling' of Goat-Headed Statue Includes VIP Tickets for Photos of Guests Seated on Pagan Idol
LINK The Satanic Temple is selling tickets "for a night of chaos, noise, and debauchery" to mark the official unveiling of its Baphomet monument next month in Detroit, Michigan. Organizers are also offering guests an "exclusive opportunity" to have their photo taken while seated on the pagan idol.

Controversial Condom Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI Displayed by Milwaukee Art Museum, Catholics Call It 'Attack on Faith'
LINK Roman Catholic Archbishop of Milwaukee Jerome Listecki has criticized a portrait of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI made out of 17,000 colored condoms and displayed at the Milwaukee Art Museum as an "attack on the faith." The museum is arguing that the portrait, called "Eggs Benedict," is only meant to spark a discussion about the pontiff's opposition to condoms as a method to battle AIDS.

Franklin Graham Says LGBT Rainbow-Colored White House Is 'Slap in the Face' of 'Millions of Americans;' White House Calls It 'Victory'
LINK Evangelical leader Rev. Franklin Graham has said that President Barack Obama's decision to light up the White House with rainbow colors celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage is a "slap in the face" of "millions of Americans" who did not agree with the decision.

Pennsylvania Media Group Apologizes for Labeling Traditional Marriage Support as Hate Speech
LINK A Pennsylvania publication that announced Friday they were banning nearly all columns that support traditional marriage has issued an apology over their decision.

Black Churches Targeted, Burned in Wake of Charleston Massacre; FBI Launches Probe
LINK The FBI is investigating a string of fires that have occurred over the past week at primarily black churches in the South and so far at least three of them have been ruled acts of Arson.

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Millions Reclaim the USA for God on July 4th and All Month
LINK Contact: Rev. Steven Andrew, USA Christian Ministries, 877 537-8734

'One Generation Away' Wins ICVM Crown Award on Heels of Supreme Court Decision
LINK Film Examines the Changing Face of Religious Liberty in America Today

IRD: United Church of Christ Votes to Divest from Israel
LINK "This divestment action will contribute nothing to peace or reconciliation. To the extent it is heeded at all, it will encourage radical enemies of peace to believe that Israel's Christian friends will turn against Israel. They will be greatly mistaken." -- Mark Tooley, IRD President

National Religious Liberties Conference Scheduled November 6,7, 2015
LINK Contact: Kevin Swanson, 303-646-3525, josh@generationswithvision.com; www.Freedom2015.org

Sports Minister: Homosexuals and Atheists to Work Together to Stop Christian Non-Profits
LINK Contact: 4 WINDS, 608-469-7956

A Pastoral Call to Holy Christian Matrimony
LINK Contact: Rev. CJ Conner, 620-255-9597

Evangelical Church Alliance Statement on Supreme Court Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage
LINK Contact: Dr. Robert H. Turrill, Evangelical Church Alliance, 815-937-0720

Statement from Jonathan Falwell Regarding Today's Supreme Court Ruling
LINK Contact: Mike Tilley, Thomas Road Baptist Church, 404-414-9258

Supreme Court's Marriage Ruling is Shocking Abuse of Power, Will Never Be Accepted
LINK Contact: J.P. Duffy or Alice Chao, Family Research Council, 866-372-6397 WASHINGTON, June 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins responded today to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision forcing the people in all 50 states to embrace same-sex "marriage," regardless of their votes to define marriage in their states as a man-woman institution.Of the decision FRC President Tony Perkins said:

Chief Justice Gives Ominous Warning on Marriage & Faith
LINK Contact: Kenneth Chan, National Religious Broadcasters, 703-331-4520, press@nrb.org MANASSAS, Va., June 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- NRB is repulsed by the Supreme Court's decision today to undermine the institution of marriage by imposing "gay marriage" nationwide. Moreover, taking note of Chief Justice John Roberts' dissenting opinion, NRB is concerned about the Court's intentions for the clearly delineated guarantee in the U.S. Constitution that citizens may freely exerc Source: NRB

Rev. Steven Andrew: The USA Follows God Not a Sinning Supreme Court -- Prays for God to Forgive the USA
LINK Contact: Rev. Steven Andrew, USA Christian Ministries, 877-537-8734

Supreme Court Undermines Rights of Children
LINK World Congress of Families Calls for Dialogue and EngagementContact: Benjamin May, 202-413-0119, bmay@policyimpact.com; www.wcf9.org SALT LAKE CITY, June 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- "The natural family was here long before the Supreme Court long before governments and it will be here long after they are gone," said Janice Shaw Crouse, Executive Director of the World Congress of Families IX, reacting to the Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges to legalize Source: World Congress of Families

Supreme Court Makes Same-sex Marriage Okay
LINK Experts available to discuss the implications of this historic decision

A Catholic Christian's Response from John Michael Talbot on the Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage
LINK Contact: Michael Zabrocki, 718-551-6884, mike@johnmichaeltalbot.com; www.johnmichaeltalbot.com  BERRYVILLE, Ark., June 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by John Michael Talbot:

Operation Save America Denounces Supreme Court Decision While in Idaho Today
LINK Contact: Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas, Operation Save America, 254-715-3134

Thomas More Society: SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision 'Judicial Activism Run Amok'
LINK Thomas More Society Comment

Alveda King: God Will Have the Final Word About Marriage
LINK Contact: Leslie Palma, 347-286-7277, leslie@priestsforlife.org

The National Black Church Initiative Reaches Out to the Gay Community in Light of Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage
LINK NBCI will continue to advocate for a strong religious liberty clauseContact: Rev. Anthony Evans, National Black Church Initiative, 202-744-0184, dcbci2002@gmail.com WASHINGTON, June 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African American church goers is continuing efforts to generate civil discourse between the Black Church and the gay community.  The su Source: National Black Church Initiative

Foundation Says Battle for Marriage Continues
LINK Contact: Matthew Kidd, Foundation for Moral Law, 334-262-1245

Supreme Court Defies Reason, Constitution and God by Declaring Homosexuality to be Marriage
LINK Press statement from Mission America -- Marriage will continue to ONLY be one man, one woman!Contact: Linda Harvey, Mission America, 614-603-0115, lpharvey@missionamerica.com COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Today, the United States Supreme Court has overturned the clear meaning of the U.S. Constitution by ruling that same sex couples can be married and that this is an element of "equal protection" under the 14th Amendment."This is a tragic day for A Source: Mission America


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