Category Archives: legal issues

Idaho Ministers Ordered To Perform Same Sex Marriages

City officials of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho told  Donald and Evelyn KnappKnapps , both ordained ministers, they have  to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies or be fined and face jail time.

The city passed a  “non-discrimination” ordinance requiring  “public accommodations” businesses to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies. The Knapps have been informed that their Hitching Post Wedding Chapel falls under such category and  will be forced to abide by the “non discrimination” ordinance.

How can this happen?  Think  U.S. Circuit Court  that overruled  Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Elections are important since we may be nearing the time when one single Supreme Court ruling could legally force all churches and ministers to abide by a same-sex marriage non-discrimination law or be sentenced to jail time and pay huge fines.




Church Is Easy Target For Scam Artists

Affinity fraud, a type of investment fraud that preys upon members of identifiable groups, is an epidemic that is spreading throughout America’s churches.

 Pat Huddleston, former enforcement branch chief for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), points out that “there is an element of the pitch to a Christian that isn’t present in other pitches by scam artists, and that is the proposed shared faith between the person pitching the investment and the eventual victim.”

Pat HuddlestonOf the $40 billion Americans lose to investment fraud every year, Huddleston reports that $1 billion involves fraud against the faithful. He believes megachurches are “especially vulnerable” because of their size and the number of ministries they may offer.

“Typically what happens is the scam artist will join the church [and] serve for a while,” the investor fraud expert explains. “The people who encounter them will be convinced that they are humble servants of Christ, and thereby, they gain the trust of the people they come in contact with.”

Next comes the scam artist’s subtle pitch that may include a casual conversation about what he or she does for a living, which is usually when he or she mentions that a contribution to the church was made possible through an investment. So Huddleston advises people to stay away from any investment pitch, even one that is made through a subtle appeal to a believer’s faith.”

Chris Woodward – OneNewsNow – 4/20/2011 3:50:00 AM

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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in finance, legal issues, temptation, Uncategorized


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Top 5 Reasons Churches Went To Court In 2010

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA, and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and attended Harvard Divinity School.

Each year he reviews thousands of church related court cases. Here are the most common reasons churches went to court in 2010.

The brief video clip below is an eye opener concerning sex offenders and the church.


#1. Child Sexual Abuse

#2. Personal Injuries

#3.  Property Disputes

#4. Insurance coverage Disputes

#5. Zoning Disputes

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Posted by on January 27, 2011 in finance, legal issues, sex offenders


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