- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 14, 2016

(1) Kentucky Governor signs off on single marriage license form (AP)

***If you want to see the difference a governor with a different vision can make, just look at Kentucky.

Kentucky’s governor on Wednesday signed into law a bill creating one marriage license form for gay and straight couples, defusing an issue that erupted when a county clerk was jailed for refusing to issue licenses to same-sex couples.

Gov. Matt Bevin, a socially conservative Republican, said his signature on the bipartisan legislation brings “statutory finality to the marriage license dilemma.”

The governor signed the measure without fanfare in his state Capitol office in Frankfort.

…”Everyone benefits from this common-sense legislation,” Bevin said in a statement. “There is no additional cost or work required by our county clerks. They are now able to fully follow the law without being forced to compromise their religious liberty.


(2) Ohio Congressman objects to Bible removal at military base (AP)

***These religious liberty issues within the military are something we all need to keep tracking. Pray for our military and our chaplains. 

An Ohio congressman is objecting to the removal of a Bible from a POW display at a military base medical center in southwest Ohio.

The Dayton Daily News reports U.S. Rep. Mike Turner sent a letter Wednesday to the top general at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base objecting to the Bible’s removal from a POW/MIA table display in the hospital’s dining facility.

A base spokesman says the Bible was removed last week after the Military Religious Freedom Foundation complained and the situation was assessed.


(3) Secret shame: How online porn may cause spiritual struggles, disrupt families (ARDA)

The widespread access to graphic sexual images may be particularly damaging to religious individuals. Many find themselves caught between the teachings of their faith and the same basic desires that have turned online porn into a multibillion-dollar business.

Religious individuals who reported going online for porn spent just as much time viewing pornography as less religious individuals, according to one set of studies.

But there is a major difference: Religious users who also expressed moral disapproval of pornography were much more likely to view their habit as an addiction.

The finding, researchers indicated, may be more telling of the religious respondents’ spiritual struggles than an accurate assessment of their behavior.

Another study revealed that the more time religious parents spent watching porn, the less time they were likely to spend talking or reading about religion, God and spirituality with their children.

“Findings suggest that increased pornography consumption itself might threaten the transmission of religious heritage from parents (and particularly fathers) to children,” researcher Samuel Perry of the University of Oklahoma reported in the journal Sociology of Religion.


(4) Kasich Meets Talmudic Scholars, Explains Bible (NYMag)

***Ok, so this is funny! 

Having thus met people who spend their entire day scrutinizing religious texts, Kasich’s reaction was to ask them if they were aware of facts about those texts that they probably knew as very small children. “They sold [Joseph] into slavery, and that’s how the Jews got to Egypt. Right? Did you know that?” For those who never attended Sunday school, this is a bit like visiting MIT, wandering into a physics lab, and asking people if they ever heard of this guy named Isaac Newton.


(5) Governor Baker halts speech under onslaught of boos at LGBT gathering (The Boston Globe)

***No matter how much a politician takes a pro-gay position, it’s never enough.

Prior to the confrontation on stage, Baker touted his early support for gay marriage rights and efforts to make state contracts more widely available to LGBT-owned small businesses.

But his noncommittal posture on the transgender bill had a profound impact on many in the crowd, including Eli Godwin, 38, of Medford, who cried as Baker left the stage.

“I really thought he was going to be a leader” with his speech, said Godwin, who recently moved back to Massachusetts under the assumption that the state already had comprehensive transgender protections.

“I kind of felt like I was coming home to the land of safety,” said Godwin, who was wearing a “Trans Rights Now” button.

Another demonstrator, Colby Patrie, 22, of Georgetown, held a pro-transgender sign during the speech and said afterward, “I’m very disappointed as a transgender person.”

The bill in question, known as the public accommodations bill, would prohibit bias against transgender people in restaurants, shopping malls, and other public areas.


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