Religious Freedom Victories
Victory for pro-lifers in the USA
Yesterday (31 June 2014), the US Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Christian-owned Hobby Lobby Stores, upholding their religious freedom to not pay for abortion-causing contraceptives for their employees’ health care plans.
The new government health-care mandate that is a part of Obamacare, will force all companies to pay for contraceptives for their employees, many of which cause abortions.
This sets an important precedent for other American company owners who are pro-life. The decision is also a clear defeat for the abortion lobby and its radical White House allies. Most important of all – lives will be saved.
Court grants request of FOR SA and Christian guest house owners to conciliate
On Tuesday, June 24, the Equality Court in Bellville ruled that it was in the interest of the parties, and in the interest of justice, that the dispute between the homosexual couple and the Christian owners of “House of Bread” guest house in Wolseley, at this point be referred to an agreed institution for conciliation, mediation or negotiation.
The Christian owners of The House of Bread Guesthouse in Wolseley, Western Cape were hauled before the Equality Court in Bellville for choosing not to host a gay couple in November 2013.
The court hearing followed an investigation by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) following a complaint by the gay couple after they were declined a room at The House of Bread guesthouse.
In Court, the Magistrate pointed out that on the facts as agreed between the parties, it is clear that the Christian owners already on a previous occasion when the issue first arose and before legal proceedings were instituted against them, were desirous to amicably resolve the matter but that the homosexual couple was not interested.
A ruling in favour of the homosexual couple would have set a negative legal precedent for Christians taking a stand on their Biblical convictions on homosexuality. The guesthouse owners would have been forced to donate money to a homosexual lobby group.
News taken from FOR SA report published on www.gatewaynews.co.za, 26 June 2014.
"Who will rise up for Me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for Me against the workers of iniquity?" Psalm 94:16
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