Attorneys for ousted Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Atlanta on Wednesday, claiming his termination violates his constitutional rights.
Cochran, a devout Christian, was fired by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in January after seven years of service as Atlanta's fire chief, for sharing his faith in a self-published book and handing out copies to employees. His lawsuit against the city comes nearly one month after Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on religious freedom grounds.
"Americans are guaranteed the freedom to live without fear of being fired because of their beliefs and thoughts," said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "The city of Atlanta is not above the Constitution and federal law. In America, a religious or ideological test cannot be used to fire a public servant." more >>
Lolo Jones is firing back at her haters after some criticized her for believing that it's immoral to watch the movie "50 Shades of Grey."
The movie centers around a sadomasochistic relationship between a young college student and a business mogul. When Jones, the 32-year-old Olympic hurdler and bobsledding athlete, took to Twitter to speak out about the film she received a great deal of backlash because of her lack of sexual experiences.
She took to Facebook to let people know about the backlash she's received, which includes being called derogatory names for sharing her opinion about the the film and BDSM (bondage and discipline/dominance and submission/ sadism and masochism). Jones went on to further explain her stance on the matter by writing that women were never created to be treated abusively by men while insisting that the popular film is creating a false image of love. more >>
Real estate entrepreneurs David and Jason Benham, widely known as the Benham brothers, recently called on Christians to unite in the wake of what they say is a growing threat to religious freedoms.
Last year, the 39-year-old twin brothers made headlines when their HGTV reality series "Flip it Forward" was scrapped before it aired following complaints from liberal special interest groups that criticized their stances on hot button issues like same-sex marriage and abortion.
The Benhams, who identify as being "pro-marriage" and "pro-life," say their ordeal is indicative of a growing threat on First Amendment rights facing Christians around the nation and they're urging believers to stand up for their religious freedoms. more >>
Just a few weeks after "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee announced that she is publishing her second novel, "Go Set a Watchman," controversy still hounds the circumstances behind the discovery of the manuscript and her decision to publish.
According to a report in The Guardian, her announcement came as a surprise to most people in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where friends and neighbors know she had repeatedly said that she did not want to publish anything else after her first novel and said that "she may not be able to stop others from doing so."
The controversy stems around the circumstances of the manuscript's discovery and Lee's supposed approval for it to be published. It was supposedly discovered by Lee's lawyer, Tonja Carter, in a vault and attached to the original copy of "To Kill a Mockingbird," according to another report in Sky News. more >>
Angelina Jolie's hit film "Unbroken" will be available on DVD on March 24 in a release that will include a bonus disc with even more information about its star, Louie Zamperini.
Released on Christmas Day, "Unbroken" is based on the true story of Zamperini's life, which highlights the resiliency of the human spirit. The Jolie-directed epic earned $15.5 million at the box office. But next month, "Unbroken" fans can watch the film from the comfort of their own home with the special edition DVD. Furthermore, the DVD release includes the "Legacy of Faith" bonus disc from Pure Flix that contains over an hour of features such as an introduction from pastor Greg Laurie.
"Quite possibly the most remarkable testimony I've encountered. … Louie's outstanding life points us to an amazing God," Laurie said of "Unbroken." more >>
Harper Lee, author of one of the most popular novels in literary history, "To Kill a Mockingbird," recently announced that she will publish a sequel to her first novel entitled "Go Set a Watchman," set to be released in July 2015. The novel will only be her second one, after a 55-year hiatus.
According to a news report in The Guardian, the author called her work "a pretty decent effort," perhaps as a way of allaying fears about the quality of the book.
Lee wrote and finished "Watchman" ahead of her first novel in the 1950s but she had thought she had lost the manuscript, according to a statement she made to her publisher, HarperCollins. more >>