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Bethany Christian Services Changes Adoption and Foster Care Policy

Michigan faith-based adoption agency Bethany Christian Services has caved into the LGBT agenda.

After the state of Michigan was sued by the ACLU in 2017 for supposedly allowing Grand Rapids-based Bethany Christian services to “discriminate” against same-sex couples who wanted to be parents, a state settlement was reached this year. In that settlement, Michigan’s attorney general declared in April that foster and adoption agencies contracting with the government could no longer decline to work with LGBT families. Instead of shutting its doors, Bethany opted to change its longstanding policy to comply.

Said a spokesman for Bethany Christian Services in a statement, “We are disappointed with how this settlement agreement has been implemented by the state government. Nonetheless, Bethany will continue operations in Michigan, in compliance with our legal contract requirements. We are focused on demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ by serving children in need, and we intend to continue doing so in Michigan.”

But Federalist writer Auguste Meyrat fears that this kind of “loving” response is just the kind of thing that will eventually completely secularize Christian ministries. “If someone wants to spread his values—Christian or not—through charity, he should do so by competing, not compelling. If the LGBT community wants to help gay couples adopt, they can start their own adoption agencies,” says Meyrat. “Charity starts with values, and safeguarding those values is the only way to safeguard charity.”

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Man Sues Parents for Throwing Away His Porn Collection

Does a parent have a right to prevent a son from bringing unholy materials into the home? That’s up for debate in Michigan, where an unnamed adult son, who moved back into his parents’ Grand Haven, Mich., home in October 2016 after going through a divorce, is suing his parents for more than $86,000 for throwing out his estimated $29,000 porn collection.

The son stayed at his parents’ place for 10 months, doing housework in lieu of rent before being asked to leave in August 2017 due to a domestic situation. The son only discovered his stash was missing after his parents traveled to his new home in Indiana to drop off his possessions minus a dozen boxes of porn-related material, which the parents had destroyed.

The son reportedly wrote in an email to his parents, “If you had a problem with my belongings, you should have stated that at the time and I would have gone elsewhere. Instead, you choose to keep quiet and behave vindictively.” According to court documents, the father responded, “Believe it or not, one reason for why I destroyed your porn was for your own mental and emotional health. I would have done the same if I had found a kilo of crack cocaine. Someday, I hope you will understand.”

Though the son complained to police multiple times, authorities declined to press criminal charges. All parties in the civil suit remain unnamed.

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Michigan Faith-Based Adoption Placement Agencies Attacked by ACLU

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the state of Michigan challenging the state’s law that allows faith-based foster care and adoption placement agencies to operate according to their biblical convictions and not place children with same-sex couples.

Apparently, both Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Charities, which are not defendants in the case, were named as two agencies that turned away two “married” lesbian couples who were trying to adopt children. The ACLU maintains that not allowing children to be placed with same-sex couples would reduce the amount of available foster parents, but the law’s supporters suggest that it would be the reduction of faith-based organizations that would actually reduce availability.

While Michigan prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, it does provide an exception for religious agencies.

The results of this lawsuit could set precedent for other states. If the ACLU wins, that could force faith-based agencies to close. And if the state wins, that’s great news for other states that want to keep running their organizations on biblical principles.

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Michigan Couple Gets Temporary Injunction to Sell at Farmer’s Market

As a result of a temporary injunction that was issued last Friday, Steve and Bridget Tennes of Country Mill Farms in Charlotte, Mich., will be allowed to sell their produce at the East Lansing Farmer’s Market until their lawsuit challenging their ouster is resolved.

The market had banned the couple in June after they posted on Facebook their belief that same-sex “marriages” are inconsistent with their Christian faith. The post was in response to a question about the family farm as a wedding venue.

Though their case is far from over, this is good news for the Tennes family. Says Kate Anderson, the Alliance Defending Freedom lawyer representing the farming couple, “Just like all Americans, a farmer should be free to live and speak according to his deeply held religious beliefs without fear of government punishment.”

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Michigan Man Supports Christian Family Banned From Farmer’s Market

We recently reported that East Lansing, Mich., city officials banned Christian farmers Steve and Bridget Tennes from selling produce at the local farmer’s market because they refused to host a same-sex “wedding” at their farm in nearby Charlotte.

Since then, another Michigan farmer, Kyle Barnhart, decided that enough was enough and called East Lansing city officials to decry this discrimination of the Tennes’ based on their religious beliefs. Barnhart added, “If they didn’t change their policy to include them, I was going to have this sign made out and I was going to hang it up so that people could drive by and see it.”

And that is exactly what Barnhart did. His sign, plastered on a barn, simply says, “The City of East Lansing discriminates against farmers.” Barnhart promises he won’t take his sign down as long as East Lansing keeps discriminating.

East Lansing claims the Tennes family violated their city’s SOGI law, but city officials have forgotten that the small town of Charlotte, Mich., does not have a SOGI law. ADF lawyer Kate Anderson argues that East Lansing has no jurisdiction over the town of Charlotte and cannot tell the Tennes family what to do on their own farm.

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