Kyle Firstenberg, Mars Hill's Ex-OC Leader, Says Church Knew Santa Ana Location was Bad

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When Mars Hill Church was having zoning problems in Santa Ana in 2012, church leaders told members of the Orange County media--including OC Weekly--that the congregation may have been the subject of religious discrimination.

But the head pastor at the time now says it was all a big lie and that his bosses and elders in Seattle knew early on they'd leased a building--then the rock club The Galaxy, now the rock club The Observatory--that was not zoned for a church.

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State and Hoag Hospital Reach Abortion Pact

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NOT one of the options to seek the procedure elsewhere.
The state of California and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian have reached an agreement that allows the Newport Beach medical center to continue refusing to perform elective abortions so long as patients are given options to seek the procedure elsewhere.

The pact was necessitated after Hoag changed its abortion policy in the wake of partnering with St. Joseph Health System, a Roman Catholic organization, to create the countywide Covenant Health Network.

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Alice in Arabia Cancellation Before It Starts by ABC Family Cheered by CAIR-LA: Update

See the update at the end of this post on CAIR-LA welcoming ABC Family's decision to cancel production of Alice in Arabia.

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ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 20, 7:33 A.M.: When ABC Family announced a new addition to its lineup, the Greater Los Angeles-Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) in Anaheim sprang into action, not to see if their cable television grid includes the channel but to arrange a meeting with network executives.

Muslim and Arab-American community leaders want to discuss their concerns about potential stereotyping in the pilot for the new series called Alice in Arabia (think Wonderland but much hotter).

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Who's Orly Taitz Chumming With Now? Pastor with "Jesus Would Stone Homos" Church Sign

Orly Taitz is so proud of being on The Manning Report, the online series of chief pastor at ATLAH World Missionary Church in New York City James David Manning, that the Rancho Santa Margarita lawyer/dentist/real-estate saleslady/Birfer Queen/mad matryoshka model posted the video above on OrlyTaitzEsq.com.

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Kyle Firstenberg, Mars Hill Church's Former Orange County Pastor, Talks of Being Silenced

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Are former leaders of Mars Hill Church essentially being told to shut up lest they lose severance and health insurance?

That's what a Pennsylvania college professor is alleging, based partly on letters he has received from former leaders, including a fellow who was executive pastor of the Malls Hills Orange County church in Santa Ana.

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Servite High Stage Extension That Collapsed Was "Flawed," School Admits: Update

See the update at the end of this post with Servite High School's president admitting the stage extension that collapsed Saturday night was "flawed."

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ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 10, 8:36 A.M.: I won't tell you what a fellow former Catholic high school parent told me when I shared the news about a couple dozen students from all-girls Rosary High School getting injured when the stage they were stomping on at Servite High School in Anaheim collapsed--because it wouldn't be classy and we're all about the classy here at Navel Gazing.

Most sustained bruises and scrapes Saturday night but some suffered broken bones.

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Linda Rose Gagnon, Tustin Businesswoman, Gets 3 Years for Bilking Nuns Out of $285,000

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A woman who ran a Tustin company that was supposed to help clients with delinquent mortgages was sentenced Friday to three years in federal prison for cheating a group of nuns out of $285,000.

Linda Rose Gagnon, who was found guilty of three counts of wire fraud in November, was also ordered to pay $285,000 in restitution, although U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Guilford in Santa Ana may add to that if more evidence is produced showing related losses, according to prosecutors.

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"Irvine 11" Convictions Upheld (For Now)

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During the height of the backlash against the prosecution of the so-called "Irvine 11," I recall asking Erwin Chemerinsky if he believed convictions in the free-speech case would be upheld as constitutional, and the founding UC Irvine law school dean and respected constitutional law scholar answered they would.

On Monday, a panel of Orange County Superior Court judges agreed.

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5 Signs Girl Meets World Meets Satan

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Boy Meets World was a family sitcom on ABC from 1993 to 2000, and all I remember about it is my kids watched it, the actor William Daniels who played the next-door neighbor was heart surgeron Dr. Craig on St. Elsewhere and that until very recently I was convicted the star was Shia LaBeouf. Actually, that was Ben Savage, who joins Danielle Fishel, a recent Fashion Island Bloomies employee, in reprising their roles of Cory and Topanga on the Disney Channel's new Girl Meets World, which follows their characters' daughter. Know what else the two shows have in common? They're satanic!

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Rick Warren Tells Saddleback Church Congregants Not to Go to Church on Sunday

Was that rumbling in the sky from thunder or Rick Warren just saying on national television that he has told his Saddleback Church congregants not to go to church Sunday?

Now, the Purpose-Driven pastor does not want the pews in Lake Forest empty every Sunday, just this Sunday.

Why?

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