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Sunday Devotional: How to fight for what is right

Luke 18:9-14

Jesus addressed this parable
to those who were convinced of their own righteousness
and despised everyone else.
“Two people went up to the temple area to pray;
one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself,
‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity —
greedy, dishonest, adulterous — or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’
But the tax collector stood off at a distance
and would not even raise his eyes to heaven
but beat his breast and prayed,
‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’
I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former;
for whoever exalts himself will be humbled,
and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Today’s reading is a sober and much-needed reminder of the difference between being righteous and being self-righteous.

Here are the definitions from Oxford Dictionaries:

  • righteous: A person who is “morally right or justifiable”; “morally good; virtuous”.
  • self-righteous: “Having or characterized by a certainty, especially an unfounded one, that one is totally correct or morally superior.

Jesus’ admonition in Luke 18 is about being self-righteous.

It’s an admonition that I especially must take to heart because I have this daily soap-box of Fellowship of the Minds.


Yes, we are to fight for what is right. But when you and I get all puffed out with righteous moral indignation, be sure that we’re not being self-righteous, for our Lord is “a God of justice, who knows no favorites.” (Sirach 35:12)

So what’s the antidote to self-righteousness?

Three things:

  1. Be sure that when we are on that moral high horse, our cause and our justice are God’s cause and justice.
  2. Humility: Don’t imagine that being righteous makes us morally superior or better than others.
  3. Love: The right kind of love. Not love of self — getting all puffy and grandiose that we are morally better than others — but love of God.

It’s always narcissism: our stumbling block is always narcissism.

Remember that the Greatest Commandment of all is to love God with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, and with all our strength.

He is our lodestar. Always.

Jesus loves us this much

Fix our eyes not on ourselves, but on Him — while we battle for what is good, and right, and true, and just.

And then perhaps someday, when it’s time for us to go, we too can say what St. Paul said:

2 Timothy 4:7-8

I have competed well;
I have finished the race;
I have kept the faith.
From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me,
which the Lord, the just judge,
will award to me on that day, and not only to me,
but to all who have longed for his appearance.

May the peace and love and righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,


This is why Obama & Hillary demonize Russia

On August 31, 2016, Hillary Clinton threatened Russia with war. Accusing Russia of “hacking into the Democratic National Committee and even some state election systems,” she said:

“So we’ve got to step up our game, make sure we are well defended and able to take the fight to those who go after us. As President, I will make it clear that United States will treat cyber attacks just like any other attack. We will be ready with serious political, economic, and military responses.“

The Obama administration has accused Russia of hacking the emails that WikiLeaks has been releasing to the public, but we are not told or shown the evidence that Russia is the culprit.

Last night, WikiLeaks‘ founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange’s Internet connection was cut off, severing the only connection Assange has with the world outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he’d sought refuge. (See “The Evil Empire strikes back: WikiLeaks’ Internet connection severed; RT’s bank accounts frozen“)

Obama gave orders to the CIA to prep for a cyber attack on Russia, while Russians recently prepared for war with a massive nation-wide civil defense drill.

The latest: Speaking for the Obama administration, Vice President Joe Biden threatened Russia with nuclear war.

On NBC’s Meet the Press yesterday (Oct. 16), Biden said that “We have the capacity to do it [nuclear war], and, uh,… it’ll be at a time of our choosing, and under circumstances that have the greatest impact,” and that “Obama had sent a message to Putin”.  When asked by NBC’s Chuck Todd “will the public know?,” Biden replied, “Hope not.”

Writing for Russia Insider, historian Eric Zuesse gives his take on what Biden said and meant:

“In other words: what Biden is saying, is that, if Trump wins this election, then there is going to be some sudden, unannounced, U.S. government response against Putin, and that only after it is over, will the U.S. government explain to the public why it did what it did.” […]

There have been many reports in the U.S. press saying that Obama has, ever since at least October 6th, been contemplating an all-out U.S. bombing campaign to bring down Assad. But that would mean war with Russia, which has been actively bombing Nusra and all the other jihadists in Syria.

Hillary Clinton is urging a “no-fly zone” in Syria, so that we can do to Assad what we did to another ally of Moscow, Muammar Gaddafi. However, when that was done to Gaddafi, Putin stood aside and wasn’t supplying military assistance to Gaddafi, which would have enabled Gaddafi to wipe out the fundamentalist Muslims who were trying to overthrow him. Russia is involved actively, this time, to prevent happening in Syria what happened in Libya. A no-fly zone in Syria would thus mean U.S. war against Russia.

These are tense times. Any escalation that the U.S. can do against Russia, can be met by an escalation that Russia can do against the United States.

Consequently, whatever escalation Obama is now threatening against Putin, might be met by an escalation on the other side. Where will it stop, or would it even be able to stop?

Whatever escalation Obama might consider to be ‘proportionate’, could consequently end up ending the world as we know it — and not for the better. Hillary Clinton has threatened Putin with war; now Barack Obama has done likewise.

Whatever Biden’s assignment here actually was from Obama, one thing about it is clear: this President is determined that Hillary Clinton be his successor, and Obama will target anyone who gets in his way if he doesn’t get his way on this. And Obama wants the American public to know that this is how he feels about the matter.

This Biden-interview is really intended, in that sense, to be a threat aimed at America’s voters, telling them, telling each one of us: Vote for Hillary Clinton, or else! He’s not telling us what that “or else!” is going to be — and maybe he himself has no accurate idea of how far it will ultimately cycle and go. Ultimately, whatever he thinks it would be, might not turn out to be the last step in this cycle of escalation — unless it’s going to go directly to a blitz attack against Russia.

Obama is thus coercing us, before he coerces Putin. He’s telling us: If we vote against Hillary Clinton — if she loses this election — then President Obama has something in mind that we won’t like — and he won’t wait until the next President is inaugurated on 20 January 2017 to do it, whatever ‘it’ might be.

Obama here is threatening not only Vladimir Putin, but the American people. Even if Obama truly believes that he alone possesses all the power, he does not, unless he possesses the power to terrorize America’s voters to elect Hillary Clinton, even if we otherwise would not.”

To sane people, the enmity that the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton have toward Russia and their eagerness to go to war against Russia appear irrational, bordering on madness.

Here’s why.

From (via Russia Insider), Oct. 17, 2016:

gay-pride-2016-tel-aviv10 Cities in Central Russia Refuse to Hold ‘Gay Pride’ Parades

The events are incompatible with the moral values held by the majority of Russians

The Administrations of Voronezh and Tambov do not approve of LGTB activists’ applications for holding meetings and marches in support of sexual minorities in Russia planned for early October.

The Voronezh administration received notification about a gay pride parade planned for October 10 and a meeting against the Federal Law banning the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations among minors on October 13.

“Considering the fact that they wanted to promote non-traditional sexual relations among minors, they were refused as there is a ban on spreading information inflicting harm to children’s health and development,” the press service of the Voronezh mayor’s office told Interfax.

The Tambov administration also told the agency that they did not agree to hold events aimed at “attracting public attention to non-traditional sexual relations.”

Authorities of certain cities of the Central Federal District – Tula, Kaluga, Ivanovo, Belgorod, Vladimir, Oryol, Ryazan and Kursk refused to allow representatives of the LGTB community to hold gay pride parades.

See also “Joe Biden tells 13-year-old girl he’s ‘horny’?“.

And then, of course, there are these:


Putin reverently kisses icon of Madonna and Child Jesus


An Orthodox Christian priest blesses military conscripts at a conscription point in downtown Moscow, Nov. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

An Orthodox Christian priest blesses military conscripts at a conscription point in downtown Moscow, Nov. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)


Secret Service: Hillary and Obama stink like sulfur

At a Hillary Clinton rally last Tuesday in Greensboro, NC, Obama took an exaggerated whiff of his arm and said, “I was reading the other day. There’s a guy on the radio who apparently said me and Hillary are demons, said we smell like sulfur. Ain’t that something? Now, I mean, come on people!” (CNN)

The POS was making fun of Alex Jones, described by CNN as “the founder of the conspiracy website InfoWars” as if there are no real conspiracies. Of course, this is the same CNN that reports as truth select conspiracies, such as Hillary’s accusations of a “vast right wing conspiracy” and the more recent “Alt.Right” conspiracy.

I have Obama to thank because were it not for his mockery, I would not have known of Jones’ fascinating remark that he had been told by the Secret Service (“people that are in protective details”) that Obama and Hillary both stink of sulfur.

Here’s a transcript of what Jones said, beginning at the 0:55 mark in the video above:

“I’m never a lesser of two evils person, but with Hillary, there’s not even the same universe. She is an abject, psychopathic, demon from Hell that as soon as she gets into power is going to try to destroy the planet. I’m sure of that, and people around her say she’s so dark now, and so evil, and so possessed that they are having nightmares, they’re freaking out. Folks let me just tell you something, and if media wants to go with this, that’s fine. There are dozens of videos and photos of Obama having flies land on him, indoors, at all times of year, and he’ll be next to a hundred people and no one has flies on them.

Hillary, reportedly, I mean, I was told by people around her that they think she’s demon-possessed, okay? I’m just going to go ahead and say it, okay? They said that they’re scared. That’s why when I see her when kids are by her, I actually get scared myself, with a child — with that big rubber face and that — I mean this woman is dangerous, ladies and gentleman. I’m telling you, she is a demon. This is Biblical. She’s going to launch a nuclear war. The Russians are scared of her. […]

Imagine how bad she smells, man? I’m told her and Obama, just stink, stink, stink, stink. You can’t wash that evil off, man. Told there’s a rotten smell around Hillary. I’m not kidding, people say, they say — folks, I’ve been told this by high up folks. They say listen, Obama and Hillary both smell like sulfur. I never said this because the media will go crazy with it, but I’ve talked to people that are in protective details, they’re scared of her. And they say listen, she’s a frickin’ demon and she stinks and so does Obama. I go, like what? Sulfur. They smell like Hell.

But it’s not just Alex Jones who says Hillary Clinton stinks.

Dolly Kyle, an attorney who was a longtime “lover” of Bill Clinton, said that Hillary stank when Kyle first met her in the Little Rock airport in 1974: “I had never seen or smelled any woman like that, ever,” who “emitted an overpowering odor of perspiration and greasy hair”. (See “Longtime mistress says Bill Clinton had 2,000 sex partners; lesbian Hillary had hairy toes”)

Kit Daniels of InfoWars adds that “Anonymous sources inside the Secret Service also revealed Hillary still smells ‘like a dead pig’.”

Perhaps this explains why both Hillary and Obama attract flies. See:


Fly lands on Obama's mouth, June 22, 2010. Photo by AP/Carolyn Kaster

Fly lands on Obama’s mouth, June 22, 2010. Photo by AP/Carolyn Kaster

The fly is a carrion symbol. It is drawn to dead and dying things. From Wikipedia:

The female housefly usually only mates once and stores the sperm for later use. She lays batches of about 100 eggs on decaying organic matter such as garbage, carrion or feces. […]

House flies are capable of carrying over 100 pathogens, such as those causing typhoid, cholera, salmonellosis, bacillary dysentery, tuberculosis, anthrax, ophthalmia, and parasitic worms. Some strains have become immune to the most common insecticides.

House flies feed on liquid or semiliquid substances beside solid material which has been softened by salivating or vomit. Because of their large intake of food they deposit feces constantly, which is one of the factors that makes the insect a dangerous carrier of pathogens.

Attracted to “garbage, carrion or feces”; carrier of pathogens; “feed on…vomit”: “deposit feces constantly” — perfect description of Hillary and Obama.

“Lord of the flies” is also the meaning of the Greek name for Beelzebub, one of the princes of Hell.

According to the blog post, “Demonic Possession Symptoms, Signs, Stories and Facts“:

“Other phenomena associated with the presence of a demon include an acrid stench….”

From, on the definition of “acrid”:

Acrid is the nasty sting that you feel in your nose when you walk by a building that just burned down––it’s sulfur mixed with smoke.

order-of-exorcistsFrom an account of an exorcism in Los Angeles by a priest of the Catholic Order of Exorcists at The Sacred Order of Saint Michael the Archangel:

“It was a rainy mid-April day around 5PM when a call came from one of our bishops in Long Beach California, asking if there is a priest available to do a house blessing in a rundown, low income area of Los Angeles. I said I was available. […]

As I entered the dark hallway I saw shadows moving along the hallway walls, but there was no one around. I heard sounds of a woman screaming that echo throughout the building. […] As I entered the room, the possessed was sitting on the floor with a comb in her hand, scratching and cutting herself with the comb, while screaming and laughing at the top of her lungs. Her stepfather and mother helped me to place her on a mattress that was laying on the floor. She was only twenty years old, but appeared wrinkled like she was over hundred, had a gray pallor, and a horrible stench.

See also:

H/t Will Shanley


Sunday Devotional: In times of trouble, remain faithful and be persistent

Psalm 121:1

I raise my eyes toward the mountains.
From whence shall come my help?

In trying times, have we not all felt Psalm 121‘s desolation and despondency?

Yesterday, I received news that a beloved priest had passed.

Father Richard was a brilliant man, blessed with a sharp mind, ironic wit, and facile in social interactions — rare attributes in priests and any person. After a lifetime as a History professor, he answered the Call and became a priest. He was my Confessor, to whom I made my tear-drenched Confession 14 years ago and so reconciled myself with God and the Church after decades of wanderings.

Hearing that he had passed, I broke down weeping — not for Fr. Richard, for I know he is in Heaven, conversing with Erasmus, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the other brilliant intellects of the Renaissance whom he had studied. My tears were for myself, for I am still here, in this wretched world, bone-tired and battle-weary in this endless spiritual and political war, the stakes of which only mount by the day . . . .

Not coincidentally, the answer to Psalm 121‘s and my cris de coeur is in today’s Scripture readings. May you find in them the same solace and encouragement I found.

2 Timothy 3:14-4:2

Remain faithful to what you have learned and believed,
because you know from whom you learned it,
and that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures,
which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation
through faith in Christ Jesus.
All Scripture is inspired by God
and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction,
and for training in righteousness,
so that one who belongs to God may be competent,
equipped for every good work.

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus,
who will judge the living and the dead,
and by his appearing and his kingly power:
proclaim the word;
be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient;
convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.

Armor of God I can do all things through Christ

For we are told —

Luke 18:6-8

The Lord said,
“…Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

footstepsSee also “Sunday Devotional: He will never break your heart“.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,


Seven things that anger the Lord

Hillary's hole, with Obama at DNC, July 27, 2016

There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:

  1. haughty eyes,
  2. a lying tongue,
  3. hands that shed innocent blood,
  4. a heart that devises wicked schemes,
  5. feet that are quick to rush into evil,
  6. a false witness who pours out lies
  7. and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

– Proverbs 6:16-19

So Hillary and Barry, if the shoe fits… 

Exorcists: Demon-possessed ‘can take on the look of a reptile or snake’

David Icke, 64, is an English writer, public speaker, and former sports broadcaster. Since the 1990s, Icke has made a name for himself as a professional conspiracy theorist with over 20 books, numeorous DVDs, and lectures in over 25 countries speaking for up to 10 hours to audiences across the political spectrum. He calls himself a “full time investigator into who and what is really controlling the world.”

At the heart of Icke’s theories is the idea that many prominent figures belong to the Babylonian Brotherhood — a group of shapeshifting reptilian humanoids who are propelling humanity toward a global New World Order fascist state. The humanoids are descendants of reptilians from the constellation Draco, a race of gods known as the Anunnaki in the Babylonian creation myth, Enûma Eliš, who live in tunnels and caverns inside the earth, walk on two legs and can shapeshift from reptilian to human form.

Icke maintains that the reptilian Anunnaki have crossbred with human beings, the breeding lines chosen for political reasons. There have been three successive reptilian-human hybrids, the third of which controls the world today and includes such prominent figures as Queen Elizabeth II, George H.W. and George W. Bush. It is said that the hybrids sometimes give themselves away when their eyes momentarily reveal their true reptilian, non-human nature.

I used to snicker at Icke’s notion of Reptilians until I came across a documentary made by Stephen Fry, 58, an openly-homosexual English actor who portrayed the corrupt master of Laketown in parts 2 and 3 of Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy. (Fry’s father is English, a physicist; his mother is Jewish, but Fry was not raised in a religious family. Fry has attempted suicide on a number of occasions, most recently in 2012. An atheist and “humanist,” he is against organized religions, especially the Catholic Church. In 2015, Fry married a stand-up comedian named Elliott Spencer.)

In 2006, Fry made an Emmy Award-winning documentary on manic-depression; he claims to be bi-polar. Beginning at the 49:55 mark, the camera comes in for a close-up of Fry’s face. Watch his left eye.

At the 50:06 mark, he closes, then opens both eyes. Look at his left eye at the 50:07 mark!

Here’s a screenshot at the 50:07 mark. What human eye has an inverted- triangle pupil and chartreuse-colored iris?

Stephen Fry's reptilian left eye

Fry then quickly blinks his left eye, as if something was caught in his eye and he’s trying to blink it away. The eye then returns to its former grey-blue color and round pupil.

Several weeks ago, the subject of Reptilians came up again when I published a post on UFOlogist Stephen Greer’s bizarre double row of lower teeth (see below), which prompted a YouTube video claiming that Greer is a Reptilian. (see “The stuff of nightmares: UFOlogist Dr. Stephen Greer has a double row of lower teeth“)


I was beginning to freak out until I discovered that there’s a dental condition called hyperdontia that explains Greer’s teeth.

That being said, there was still something about Greer, besides his teeth, that makes me uneasy — his penchant to smile too much; his hyper-muscularity; his mouth; the thin upper lip; the shape of his head . . . .

Then, on a tip from FOTM’s joandarc, I discovered this —

Exorcists say that the demon-possessed sometimes take on the appearance of a reptile.

(1) Fr. Gary Thomas


Father Gary Thomas is the official exorcist for the Diocese of San Jose, California. In 2005, for 3½ months, Fr. Thomas received training in exorcism in Rome under veteran Italian exorcist Fr. Carmine De Filippis. Thomas’ apprenticeship is the subject of the 2010 book, The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Matt Bagli, as well as the 2011 Hollywood movie based on the book, The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins.

In a 2012 interview with Patrick Coffin for Catholic Answers, Fr. Thomas said this about the demon-possessed:

Sometimes their whole body language, including their face, can take on the look of a reptile or a snake, and I’ve had that happen a number of times.”

(2) Ed and Lorraine Warren


Ed and Lorraine Warren were a well-known husband-and-wife demonologist and exorcism team for over 40 years. In the 1980 book on the Warrens, The Demonologist, Gerald Daniel Brittle wrote (on page 115):

Ed speaks of the demonic spirit showing itself only rarely in preternatural form. What does the demonic spirit look like? The question is an uncomfortable one for him to answer.

“Although the spirit can project itself in any form it chooses,” says Ed, “Its appearance is an abomination, a monstrosity. To see what is really behind the phenomena is not something to be desired. To actually see the demonic is to feel ruin. What shows is something distinctly preternatural in appearance: something real enough as you can see it, but yet something not of this world.”

But what does it ultimately look like?

“Ultimately,” Ed answers with great reluctance, “it is not human. It is inhuman. It has scales. It looks…like a reptile. That’s it,” he cautions, “I won’t complete the rest of the image.”

Of late, there are many accounts of a worldwide increase in demonic possession and demand for exorcists. Father Thomas concurs:

“It would seem there are many more people today who have dabbled—or more than dabbled—in idolatry and paganism who are both Catholic and non-Catholic than twenty, twenty-five years ago. Benedict XVI said, ‘As faith diminishes, superstition increases.’ And I would say, as a kind of corollary, ‘As faith diminishes, darkness increases.’ Because we’re all spiritual beings, we’re all searching for meaning; and if we don’t find meaning in ways that the Church would promote, we’ll go search for ourselves. And because of our flawed nature, oftentimes we’re drawn to things that, down the road, can do more harm than good.”

According to Fr. Thomas and other exorcists I’ve read, there are different levels of demonic activity. From mild to intense, the levels are:

  • Infestation: Demonic infestation refers more to a thing or object, than to humans. A demon or even a disembodied spirit can attach itself to a house. It could be because a satanic ritual was performed there, or a satanic cult existed there for a long time.
  • Oppression: Demonic oppression is a physical attack on the person. It can be kind of depression, where the person is filled with anxiety and very often there’s a sense of despair or despondency.
  • Obsession: The person is overcome with or obsessed with the idea of Satan being in their life. In both oppression and obsession, the afflicted person can function “where you wouldn’t necessarily be able to detect anything demonic going on unless they disclose certain things to you.” According to Fr. Thomas, a curse done by a competent practitioner of the occult or the satanic could create an oppression or an obsession. In cases of oppression or obsession, the exorcist has “to go in and break the curse before you can remove the demon.”
  • Possession: Sometimes called “involuntary possession,” demonic possession is “the most extraordinary and the rarest degree,” wherein the person’s will is compromised and their functionality is limited, to the extent that they may not even be able to take care of their own physical needs or make decisions on their own. Fr. Thomas said he had witnessed only a few cases of full possession — “a couple of them in Rome and one here” in the U.S.
  • Complete or “voluntary” possession: Also known as “integration,” this is when the person accepts the demon and so does not want the attention of exorcists. Fr. Malachi Martin called this “perfect possession” — a frightening phenomenon about which little is written, except this account.

According to Fr. Thomas, the following are the “classic” signs of demonic possession:

  • Rolling of the eyes.
  • An aversion to the sacred, such as to the crucifix, the Eucharist, or a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mother because, in the words of Fr. Thomas, she is “the first disciple, the first to say ‘yes’ in the Gospels … the carrier of the Word. From the point of view of an exorcist, Satan and the demons hate the Blessed Mother in a very different kind of way than they hate Christ. And very often the Hail Mary can be more powerful than the prayers of the rite of exorcism.”
  • A sensation of burning when the person comes into contact with holy water or a crucifix.
  • Knowledge of hidden things that the person has no reason to know, either about the exorcist or a situation or the future.
  • Ability to speak in a language they have no competency in.
  • Inordinate strength.
  • A change in the voice.
  • Very extreme facial contortions that are not just some strange thing the person does with their mouth or tongue, but “a physiognomic change” — “almost a temporary bone structure shift” — such as taking “on the look of a reptile or a snake”. Fr. Thomas said: “I know that seems off the charts, but I’ve actually seen that in people’s faces, where there is a change in the contour of their face. I wish I could describe it better, but I’ve seen that happen a number of times.”
  • “Animation of legs and arms during the [exorcism] prayers, where they’re using their limbs to either intimidate me or put their hands in the form of fists with every intention of using them to injure me or the people around them.”

Fr. Thomas said 80% of the people who come to him have been sexual abuse victims, usually as a child, and that traumas, including attempted suicide, as well as the wide availability of pornography on the Internet, “open doorways to the demonic”.

See also “Psychiatrist says demonic possession is real”.


Churches sue over Massachusetts transgender bathroom law

transgender bathroom

From MSN: A new Massachusetts law that prohibits discrimination against transgender people in public restrooms is “punishing” the protected religious speech of churches and pastors, a conservative Christian organization claims in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), based in Scottsdale, Arizona, said it sued on behalf of four Massachusetts churches to protect their right to operate their facilities “in a manner that doesn’t violate their core religious beliefs.” The lawsuit names Democratic state Attorney General Maura Healey and members of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination as defendants.

Attorney General Maura Healey

Attorney General Maura Healey

The law, which was signed by the governor in July and went into effect in October, bars discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations. Among other things, it allows individuals to use the bathroom or locker room that corresponds with their gender identity.


Healey has found that churches are places of public accommodation.

The ADF contends in the lawsuit that churches would be forced to open changing rooms, shower facilities and restrooms based on perceived gender identity and not on biological sex. The groups says because the law also prohibits covered entities from making statements intended to discriminate or to incite others to do so, Healey and the commission “also intend to force churches and pastors to refrain from religious expression regarding sexuality that conflicts with the government’s views.”

“Neither the commission nor the attorney general has the constitutional authority to dictate how any church uses its facility or what public statements a church can make concerning a deeply held religious belief, such as human sexuality,” said attorney Steve O’Ban, senior counsel for ADF.

A spokeswoman for Healey said her office is reviewing the lawsuit.

“We are pleased that we finally have a law in place that protects transgender people from discrimination in public places. This law is about civil rights and is critical for people who were without full protection and equality under the law for too long,” said spokeswoman Jillian Fennimore.

An assistant to the commission did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The lawsuit asks the court to suspend enforcement of the law against the churches while their lawsuit proceeds. The churches suing are Horizon Christian Fellowship, in Fitchburg: Abundant Life Church, in Swansea; House of Destiny Ministries, in Southbridge; and Faith Christian Fellowship in Haverhill.