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  Court Rules Christian-Owned Pharmacy Must Stock Plan B despite Religious Beliefs
Amanda Casanova | Religion Today Contributing Writer | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Court Rules Christian-Owned Pharmacy Must Stock Plan B despite Religious Beliefs

A Washington state pharmacy must stock the morning after pill despite the owner’s claim that the pill is against his religious beliefs. A federal appeals court ruled last week that Ralph’s Thriftway must stock Plan B despite his religious beliefs.

 “The rules are rationally related to Washington’s legitimate interest in ensuring that its citizens have safe and timely access to their lawful and lawfully prescribed medications,” Judge Susan Graber said in her decision.

 Christian News Network reports the ordeal started when Kevin Stormans, the pharmacy’s owner, received a call in 2006 asking if the pharmacy sold the morning after pill. Stomans said the store did not, and he later began to receive complaints. The Washington Board of Pharmacy then launched an investigation.

In 2007, the state passed regulations that required pharmacies stock the morning after pill. Stormans and two of his pharmacists filed suit against the state regulation, and a federal court ruled in favor of Ralph’s Thriftway.

 The issue was then taken to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that Plan B must be stocked.

 “The state allows pharmacies to refer for all kinds of reasons. In practice, it only bans religiously motivated referrals,” Storman said. “With 33 pharmacies stocking the drug within five miles of our store, it is extremely disappointing that the court and the state demand that we violate our conscience or lose our family business.

“All we are asking is to be able to live out the beliefs that we hold, as Americans have always been able to do, and to be able to refer patients for religious reasons, as the medical and pharmaceutical associations overwhelmingly recommend,” he said.

The case will likely be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Camp Hope Roaring 20’s team videos

 

Camp Hope Roaring 20’s intro

Just got back from a great week at Camp Hope directing the theme “Roaring 20’s”. Below is the introduction video for the theme and counselors:

2015.07.05.intro Roaring Twenties from Camp Hope on Vimeo.

Amazing Grace at the Statehouse!

 Palmetto Family is proud to promote this event.
Honoring the Emanuel AME Nine and Their Families
Monday, July 6, 2015 9:00 AM

Rotunda of the South Carolina Statehouse (between the Governor and Lt. Governor’s Offices)

When the South Carolina General Assembly convenes on Monday, July 6, a diverse group of Christians will be there to meet them. 

Amazing Grace at the Statehouse! is composed of individual Christians from many denominations who will gather in the Statehouse for the simple purpose of celebrating the grace of Jesus and gospel witness demonstrated by the families of the victims of the Emanuel shooting.

Amazing Grace at the Statehouse! has no political agenda. Those who join effort are strongly encouraged not to discuss political issues. We are simply dedicated to joining together as fellow South Carolinians to serve as a reminder of the purpose and reconciliation found in the love of Jesus that was so wonderfully demonstrated by our brothers and sisters in Charleston. We will bear witness to their faithful testimony.

Amazing Grace at the Statehouse! has no official denominational sponsorship. So far, this ad hoc “effort of the willing” includes members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Southern Baptist Convention, the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Presbyterian Church in America, the Church of God in Christ, the United Methodist Church, Independent Bible Churches, … and we hope many more to come.

On Monday, our goal will be to distribute 1,000 of the Amazing Grace! lapel stickers pictured above.

Questions?

Bob (Racial Reconciliation lunch group) at (803) 315-1278 or bobj64@aol.com

Hal (IBelieveSC.net) at (803) 319-7750 or hal@graceoutdoor.com

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South Carolina Chamber of CommercePress Release                                                                               MOVING CONFEDERATE FLAG FROM STATE HOUSE GROUNDS GOOD FOR BUSINESS

Columbia, S.C. – After the tragic events of June 17 at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, calls began for the removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s State House grounds. Governor Nikki Haley took the lead and a strong stand, urging the General Assembly to act swiftly. The business community supports the governor’s call for action.

“We join Governor Nikki Haley in calling for the state legislature to act in an expeditious manner. The business community of South Carolina expects the General Assembly to deal with this issue,” said Ted Pitts, president and CEO of the South Carolina Chamber. “The South Carolina Chamber mourns for those affected by the tragedy in Charleston, and we commend South Carolinians for responding with grace and unity. South Carolina is a great place to live, work and do business. This effort will only make it better.”

In 2000, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce led the effort in support of removing the Confederate flag from the State House dome. The business community got involved then for the same reason the Chamber supports the call for action today. Simply, it is the right thing to do for our state and its people. It’s also the right thing to do for business.

Removing the Confederate flag from the State House grounds is good for business for several reasons:

It supports investment and job creation opportunities.

It expands market opportunities for South Carolina goods and services.

It helps attract a diverse and talented workforce.

It enhances tourism opportunities.

It moves all of South Carolina businesses forward.

As we move onward as a state in the wake of this senseless tragedy, the business community urges the General Assembly to address the issue of moving the Confederate flag from the State House grounds to a more appropriate location when they return to Columbia July 6.

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s first state chamber Accredited with Distinction by the U.S. Chamber, is South Carolina’s largest statewide broad-based business and industry trade association. As the unified voice for business and industry, the Chamber is a catalyst for increasing wealth and enhancing the state’s global competitiveness in order to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.

msnbc interview on the Charleston Massacre

Franklin Graham on the scotus re-defining marriage

  The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled today that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. With all due respect to the court, it did not define marriage, and therefore is not entitled to re-define it.

Long before our government came into existence, marriage was created by the One who created man and woman—Almighty God—and His decisions are not subject to review or revision by any manmade court. God is clear about the definition of marriage in His Holy Word: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).

I pray God will spare America from His judgment, though, by our actions as a nation, we give Him less and less reason to do so.
In 2016, Franklin Graham is traveling to all 50 states to share the Gospel and encourage Christians to boldly live out their faith. Get updates on the Decision America Tour.

Sen. Chip Campsen’s remarks

chip.campsen“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” —C.S. Lewis

Sunday evening while participating in the Bridge to Peace event, my sister witnessed an act that encapsulates Charleston’s reaction to the brutal Emanuel AME Church murders. While an estimated 15,000 people held hands in unity across the Ravenel Bridge, a man stretched his hands toward heaven and declared at the top of his lungs, “This is how we riot in Charleston!”

This man personifies why we should be proud of how Charleston has dealt with this unspeakable tragedy—as do the victims’ families with their statements of forgiveness and charity toward their loved ones’ murderer. In human terms, the families’ responses are inexplicable. It is not until I reflect upon the above quote by atheist-turned-Christian-philosopher C.S. Lewis that it makes any sense at all.

Their response is a Christian response. It flows from the gospel’s message of sin separating us from a holy God, Christ paying the penalty for these sins, and offering reconciliation with God. Having been forgiven of much empowers the forgiven to liberally forgive in kind.

When the debate leading up to the removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s Capitol dome in 2000 erupted, I was one of only two Republican members of the General Assembly that supported its removal. I did so for one simple reason: It did not meet the criterion flags must meet to fly over a capitol. The timeless and universal criterion for a flag to fly over a capitol dome is that it represent an existing government that has jurisdiction over the people. I was captive to that logic. The flag failed the test, so I argued for its removal on those grounds.

My late father, George Campsen Jr., was in the General Assembly when the flag was first placed over the dome in 1962. In 2000, he organized more than 90 percent of the surviving members of the 1962 General Assembly, along with several former South Carolina governors, to sign a petition he drafted. It indicated they placed the flag over the dome to commemorate the four-year centennial of the Civil War and had simply neglected to include a date to take it down. Their intention was never to fly the flag indefinitely. They petitioned the General Assembly to remove the flag from the dome, which happened later that year.

National columnist George Will referred to these arguments as “a Solomonic solution” to the flag debate.

This history is relevant because it constituted common ground to remove the flag from the dome in 2000. In light of Charleston’s reaction to the Emanuel AME Church shootings, I suggest common ground likewise exists today for removal of the flag from the statehouse grounds.

The common ground of which I speak transcends and is more powerful than issues of race and heritage. It is yet another biblical principle found in Romans 14:19: “pursue what makes for peace and mutual upbuilding.”

The witness of Emanuel AME Church pursuing peace and mutual upbuilding demonstrates that love is greater than hate. Congregants from St. Michael’s, St. Philip’s, First Baptist, and other Charleston churches followed their lead when they literally encircled the church Sunday morning, bathing it in prayer as the Emanuel congregation courageously refused to allow evil to keep them from worshiping. Sunday night the Charleston community demonstrated an outpouring of unity when thousands held hands on the Ravenel Bridge. The unknown man who declared, “This is how we riot in Charleston,” and many others, have followed suit.

In responding to this tragedy, South Carolinians should not focus on what outsiders say. We should focus on the relationships here in our communities and state. We should follow the examples set before us. If the Confederate flag on our statehouse grounds upsets a significant number of citizens, let’s remove it in the name of of peace and mutual understanding. Let’s do this as a reciprocal act of charity and grace extended to the fallen, their families, and the congregants of my friend and colleague Clementa Pinckney. They have demonstrated forgiveness, charity, and grace before God and a watching world. Both in life and in death they have shown us how to love, forgive, and pursue peace and mutual upbuilding. It is now our turn to follow their example.

take it down

confederate.flagIt is a testament to my good friend, Senator Clementa Pinckney, that a man so evil and full of hate yet was offered forgiveness and the light of Christ by the very people whom he sought to destroy. Senator Pinckney no longer is with us, yet his message of love and forgiveness is strong in South Carolina. This, I believe, is the story of the tragedy in Charleston.

Many who support flying the Confederate Battle flag on the statehouse grounds have a genuine respect for those who are part of the heritage and history of South Carolina. Many opposed to the Confederate Battle flag have legitimate concerns stemming from the abuse of the flag by racist groups.

The Confederate naval jack first was raised over the State House in April 1961, purportedly in honor of the 100th anniversary of Fort Sumter. We have long passed that point, and the flag now should be retired to an appropriate place of dignity. Working in the spirit of reconciliation embodied by Senator Pinckney and his parishioners, we will find a way to honor him and all of South Carolina by their actions. If and when a vote is taken, I will vote in favor of taking the Confederate Battle flag from the statehouse grounds. Also, there’s been some discussion of replacing the Confederate Battle flag with either the “Bonnie Blue” or the “Stars and Bars”.

Charleston Victims Prayer Vigil Sunday @6pm Pendleton Presbyterian

I’ll be attending the Prayer Vigil for the Emmanuel AME shooting victims and families at the pendleton.presPendleton Presbyterian Church Sunday, 06.21.2015 at 6pm. Rev. White said all are welcome. It is at 603 S. Mechanic St., Pendleton SC. I hope to share about one of the most gentle men I’ve ever known, Sen. Clementa Pinckney.