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Homosexual Coffeeshop Owner Kicks Out Christians

Last week a homosexual coffee shop owner in Seattle kicked out Christians who were distributing religious pamphlets.

“I am gay. You have to leave. This is offensive to me. I own the place. I have the right to be offended,” said the owner of Bedlam Coffee in a video posted on Facebook by Abolish Human Abortion.

While the ACLU has represented many LGBT clients who alleged to having been denied services because of their sexual orientation, the ACLU has remained silent on the rights of these Christians even after multiple requests for comment from the independent news outlet The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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AP Recognizes ‘Transgender’ Pronouns

The Associated Press, the standard setter for online and print news reporting, has expanded its March 2017 style guidelines on the use of gender-neutral pronouns.

Along with approving “they/them/their” for “stories about people who identify as neither male nor female or ask not to be referred to as he/she/him/her,” the organization recently introduced the phrase “gender confirmation” for medical procedures used in sex change operations. While AP discredits the use of “ze” and “zir” as acceptable gender-neutral pronouns, that could change. The liberal news outlet discourages the use of a “transgender’s” given name and sex.

Sohrab Ahmari, senior writer at Commentary, noted, “The editors are using the AP’s style authority to declare the transgender debate over . . . . Such language games will only discredit the media and underscore the Orwellian aspect of the transgender movement.”

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California Recognizes Third Gender Option for State IDs

Californians can now claim a third gender of “non-binary” on state driver’s licenses, identification cards, and birth certificates after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Gender Recognition Act into law on Sunday.

The bill takes effect January 1, 2019. Non-binary means that the person does not identify as either male or female.

Though this is the first time that any state has offered a third non-binary gender option, Oregon and the District of Columbia started offering the gender-neutral “X”  for “not specified” on state identification cards and driver’s licenses earlier this year.

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Air Force Punishes Colonel Who Refused to Affirm Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

A highly decorated and respected Air Force colonel was suspended from his job and will likely not be promoted to a one-star general after he refused to publicly affirm the same-sex “spouse” of a retiring master sergeant.

Based on his belief in traditional marriage, Col. Leland Bohannon declined to sign a certificate of spouse appreciation last May for the same-sex spouse of a homosexual master sergeant. Instead, he arranged for a two-star general to sign it and, on a recommendation from the command chaplain and the staff judge advocate, requested a religious accommodation that was returned “without action” six weeks later.

However, when the subordinate airman learned Col. Bohannon had not personally signed the certificate, the airman filed an Equal Opportunity complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

First Liberty Institute is urging that the Air Force reverse its decision on the basis that the military violated Col. Bohannon’s constitutional rights.

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California Governor Offers Good News for Christian Employers

Employers in California who disagreed with putting a stamp of approval on abortion and sex outside of marriage can now breathe a sigh of relief. The intent of Assembly Bill 569, which passed the California Legislature with the support of NARAL Pro-Choice of California, was to make it illegal for organizations to regulate their employees’ actions relative to abortion and sex outside of marriage through an employee code of conduct.

But Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the bill, citing the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) that already prohibits adverse action against employees for “reproductive decisions” but grants an exemption to religious institutions.

California Family Council President Jonathan Keller praised Gov. Brown’s decision. “As the Supreme Court affirmed in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby in 2014, every organization’s religious freedom is protected by the First Amendment. To be faithful to their religious beliefs and core mission, they need the freedom to hire like-minded employees.”

Churches, Christian schools, religious nonprofits, and pro-life organizations in California can now hold their employees to a code of conduct consistent with the organization’s religious beliefs without fear of punishment by the state.

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