Pastor's Corner

6 Jul
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Mid-Week Challenge

Mid-Week Challenge

A brochure published by the Iowa Civil Rights Commission argues that any church that opens its doors to the public would be required to comply with sexual orientation and gender identity laws because in their view a church is a place of public accommodation.  It is obvious that the commission is going out of its way to target churches.  In one section the brochure reads: 

“Does this law apply to churches? Sometimes.  Iowa law provides that these protections do not apply to religious institutions with respect to any religion-based qualifications when such qualifications are related to bona fide religious purpose. Where qualifications are not related to a bona fide religious purpose, churches are still subject to the law’s provisions. (e.g. a child care facility operated at a church or a church service open to the public.”

What this means is that, in their view, all churches that open their services up to the public are providing a “public accommodation.”  This means that men could use women’s restrooms and changing rooms without restriction.  This action has forced churches to take a proactive legal stance known as a "pre-enforcement challenge." The purpose is to have legal standing to challenge Iowa's public accommodation law before the commission can use it to sue churches.

 It is a sad day when First Amendment rights are being ignored.  If these activists would have their way the government would determine what “bona fide religion” looks like and you can bet it would look nothing like your local Christian fellowship.  These folks will stop at nothing to dismantle the foundational structures of what this country has been built upon.  The family and the Church will always be in their crosshairs because they have always been the targets of Satan. 

 http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2016/07/05/church-sues-state-iowa-over-transgender-bathroom-rules/86700392/

 http://www.onenewsnow.com/church/2016/07/05/a-pre-enforcement-challenge-in-the-hawkeye-state 

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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