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Freedom of Religion

Pure Flix's 'I'm Not Ashamed' Trailer Suspended From YouTube

According to published reports, last October, YouTube removed the trailer and YouTube channel for the Pure Flix movie, "I'm Not Ashamed." A Christian-themed film based on the life of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim killed in the 1999 Columbine shootings, the trailer had no inappropriate or offensive content (watch the "I'm Not Ashamed" trailer below).

According to the Hollywood Reporter, "I'm Not Ashamed" filmmakers questioned whether YouTube's move was an example of anti-Christian bias after YouTube not only ignored their requests to put the trailer and channel back up, but also to give an explanation as to why it was taken down in the first place.

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Christian could be fired for refusing to watch LGBT 'inclusivity' video

A Christian's 14-year career is being threatened because he refused to watch a training video on lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and queer "diversity and inclusivity."

In April, the Social Security Administration announced all employees must be trained in LGBTQ "diversity and inclusivity." Longtime information technology employee David Hall, whose Christian convictions do not consider sodomy healthy or normal or good for people, believed that the "training" was against his sincerely held beliefs.

Specifically, Hall, 42, was told by his superiors to view a 17-minute video that includes "tips for increasing cultural awareness in a diverse and inclusive environment."

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Nova Scotia Court of Appeals rules in favour of Christian law school

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeals ruled against a move by a provincial barristers group that sought to bar graduates of British Columbia-based Trinity Western University's law school based on a community covenant.

The court on Tuesday upheld last year's lower court decision after the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society attempted in 2014 to withhold accreditation from the private Christian university because of its covenant that requires students to remain chaste as part of a commitment to the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.

The barristers' society argued that the covenant violated its Charter of Rights on sexual orientation.

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Pastors could face jail over Mass. anti-discrimination law

Churches in the People's Republic of Massachusetts have grave concerns about a new anti-discrimination law that could force congregations to accommodate the transgender community - under the threat of fines and jail time.

The law, which goes into effect in October, does not specifically mention churches or other houses of worship. However, the attorney general, along with the government commission assigned to enforce the law, have a different point of view.

Attorney General Maura Healey wrote that places of public accommodation include: "auditoriums, convention centers, lecture halls, houses of worship, and other places of public gathering."

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ChristianMingle.com Ordered to Allow Users to Search for Same-Sex Matches

A judge recently ruled that Christian dating site ChristianMingle.com must to allow its users to search for same-sex partners. The website, which has about 16 million users, previously only gave new users the choice between "men seeking women" or "women seeking men."

In 2013, two gay men filed class action lawsuits against ChristianMingle.com's parent company, Spark Networks, arguing that the website wasn't providing "full and equal accommodations" to all of their users based on a California law, Unruh Civil Rights Act. Spark Networks settled, and will now give users the choice between "man" or "woman," pay the plaintiffs $468,000 in legal fees and has promised to introduce new features to make it easier for gay and lesbian users to find each other, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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