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Church Loses Its Coffee Outreach Ministry

Redemption Community Church was running its Ragamuffins Coffee House six days a week, serving a warm space and good coffee to the poor downtown neighborhood of Laurel, Md., and offering Christian worship and teaching services on Sundays. But then city officials changed the zoning codes and through a cease-and-desist letter told the church to stop ministry operations and leave immediately.

If the church continued to host religious services, it could be fined $250 a day. The law forces houses of worship to submit to an expensive, time-consuming, and uncertain special exception process that is not imposed on secular organizations.

ADF lawyers have stepped in to represent the church and have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland contending that the church was being singled out and discriminated against.

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Twitter Chief Apologizes for Purchasing (Not Eating) a Chick-Fil-A Sandwich

Once LGBT activists learned that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had tweeted a positive message about Chick-Fil-A, they demanded that Dorsey apologize.

The Twitter CEO did renounce his purchase (but not his enjoyment!) of the chicken sandwich by saying “completely forgot about their background,” meaning the Christian pro-biblical marriage values of the chicken chain’s CEO, Dan Cathy.

But not everyone was quick to bad-mouth the famous fast food restaurant. Journalist Jeryl Bier said, “’Background’ meaning they employ 41,000 people, many of whom are the most pleasant fast-food employees in the country, serve delicious food at good prices, and at amazing speed? That background?”

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CrossFit Punishes Those Who Disagree With Pride Workout

Two men associated with CrossFit got in trouble for speaking out against a special workout program scheduled to be offered during pride month.

Brandon Lowe, the owner of an Indianapolis CrossFit gym, had not given his permission to the special CrossFit program, so he canceled the pride month workout because it went against his beliefs. He wrote, “We believe that true health forever can only be found within humility, not pride. Humility is seeing oneself as they truly are, and as God truly defines them to be. As a business we will choose to deploy our resources towards those efforts and causes that line up with our values and beliefs.” His statement resulted in the closure of the gym.

CrossFit’s Chief Knowledge Officer Russell Berger then encouraged Lowe by tweeting this statement on his personal Twitter account off-hours: “As someone who personally believes celebrating ‘pride’ is a sin, I’d like to personally encourage #CrossFitInfilitrate for standing by their convictions and refusing to host an @indypride workout. The intolerance of the LGBTQ ideology toward any alternative views is mind-blowing.” Berger then got summarily fired.

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Alexa Gets Updated for ‘Pride Month’

Amazon’s popular assistant, Alexa, has just been updated with “facts” related to LGBT Pride Month, thanks to a collaboration between the company’s LGBT employee group Glamazon and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

Information given in response to the question, “Alexa, tell me a Pride fact” includes stats on same-sex “marriage,” information about the LGBT flag, and advertising for HRC events.

While companies like Amazon, AT&T, Macy’s, JetBlue, Gap, Apple, Twitch, Stoli, and Spotify are participating in “Pride Month,” for the second straight year, President Trump has not officially recognized the annual event. The only designations Trump has made so far for the month include proclaiming June 2018 as Great Outdoors Month, National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, National Homeownership Month, and African-American Music Appreciation Month.

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A Christian Facebook and Twitter Alternative

One Christian tech wizard and entrepreneur in California, Steven Andrew, is using a crowdfunding page to raise money to create a social media platform that would be the Christian alternative to Facebook and Twitter.

The goal of this new USA.Life would be to foster religious liberty, faith, and other principles on which our country was founded, values that have largely been censored recently by the popular social media networks.

USA.Life would be free for users but would also offer a paid level for more features. The yet-to-be-launched social media network could be released as early as this summer if it reaches its fundraising goal of $778,000. Along with the new social media platform, Andrew wants to develop the search engine 1776Free that would reveal results often hidden by Google.

If Andrew is able to get these Christian-based resources out to people of faith, the question would be how quickly Christian personalities, organizations, and businesses would make the switch to a new platform.

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