Yes, legalizing so-called same sex marriage has opened a BIG CAN of WORMS! Now, ‘A Christian wedding photographer has filed a complaint against New York over a state law that requires her to service same-sex wedding ceremonies despite her religious objections.
Emilee Carpenter of Emilee Carpenter Photography sued multiple state officials, with the lawsuit being filed Tuesday in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.
Named defendants include New York Attorney General Letitia James; Jonathan J. Smith, interim commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights; and Weeden Wetmore, district attorney of Chemung County.
At issue, according to the litigation, are provisions in state law that require businesses like Carpenter’s to provide services. This included New York Executive Law § 296.2(a), which “unlawful discriminatory practices … because of” sexual orientation in “any place of public accommodation.”
“… the Accommodations Clause forces Emilee to celebrate same-sex engagements or weddings and would require her to promote messages that violate her religious beliefs or require her to participate in religious ceremonies that violate her religious beliefs, something she cannot do,” stated the lawsuit.’https://www.christianpost.com/news/wedding-photographer-sues-ny-over-lgbt-anti-discrimination-law.html?uid=d3769f0ce2
The USA is defeating itself as it seems to be its own worse enemy!
‘The Pentagon announced Wednesday updates to its policies regarding transgender members of the military that restore the 2016 guidance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity and provide access to medical care. The changes will take effect in 30 days.
The updated policies prohibit discrimination on gender identity and provide a means to access into the military in one’s self-identified gender and provide a path to those in service for medical treatment and gender transition to one’s self identified gender.
Stephanie Miller, the Pentagon’s director of accession policy, told reporters that 2,200 individuals inside the military services are medically diagnosed with gender dysphoria and may be seeking or have completed medical care.’https://www.cbsnews.com/news/transgender-us-military-troop-new-policies/
During the China virus fiasco all the Left could say is “Follow the science”. However, when it comes to gender they shout diversity or something to that effect! Now, there are those who even seek to change what the Bible says about God. ‘A recent UK Times story reported on a Populus survey conducted for the Movement for Reform Judaism, saying that ‘[nearly] three quarters of Christians think that God is male, compared with less than half of the general population.’
However, the newspaper report was slightly misleading, as the wording in the actual poll asks simply how the respondents had thought about God most recently. And the only way they were able to get ‘less than half of the general population’ not believing in a solely male God was to exclude the religious from the general population (62% of respondents last thought of God as male, compared with 73% of Christians and 48% of those who did not consider themselves to belong to any religion). Only 1% of respondents thought of God as female, the rest being divided between both male and female, neither, or ‘none of the above’ (the latter category left undefined—perhaps for the best!).
The radical feminist assault on Christianity
Many feminist writers and theologians claim that the concept of a male God is rooted in a patriarchal culture which by its very nature is oppressive to women, and that the Bible contains a female portrayal of God’s nature that has been suppressed by the Church.2 Having moved past this ‘archaic’ and ‘misogynistic’ view of women, they argue that society should accordingly revise its view of God to include the female characteristics they claim are found both in Scripture and Jewish and Church tradition.
Christians believe that it is only possible to know the information about God that He reveals to us Himself through Scripture. Of course, God is Spirit (John 4:24), so is biologically neither male nor female, and He does not have a sexual nature. Rita Gross objects: ‘If we do not mean that God is male when we use masculine pronouns and imagery, then why should there be any objections to using female imagery and pronouns as well.’ The simple answer is that God is described in male terms because that best describes how God relates to His creation; God has revealed Himself to humanity in male terms; and God became incarnate as a man, not a woman.’ For the entire article go to https://creation.com/whats-in-a-pronoun-the-divine-gender-controversy?utm_campaign=infobytes_au&utm_content=God+self-identifies+as+%27male%27.+He+is+not+our+%27Mother%27%21&utm_medium=email&utm_source=mailing.creation.com&utm_term=Fortnightly+Digest+-+2021.01.22
Here is another university you can put on your list that provides courses that have no real purpose for one’s life. Dr. Francisco Perales “…has suggested opponents of gay marriage are less intelligent.” He “…argues those opposed to redefining marriage struggled with processing complex ideas.”
Yes, this man “…who specialises in ‘gender and sexual identity‘, said opponents of changing the Marriage Act lacked the cognitive ability to process complex ideas, discern facts from speculation and critically engage with new or diverse viewpoints.” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4921540/Academic-says-gay-marriage-opponents-intelligent.html
It would serve no real purpose here to quote Scripture that bluntly says that in the beginning God created them male and female for Dr Perales and those like him are professing themselves to be wise and more intelligent than those who disagree when in actuality they have become fools (Paul’s letter to the Romans chapter One verse 22).