The city of Atlanta asked a Federal court on Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit filed last month by ousted Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran.
Legal documents confirm that the city recently filed a motion to dismiss Cochran's lawsuit, which claims that his constitutional rights were violated when he was fired by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in January, after seven years of service as Atlanta's fire chief, for sharing his Christian faith in a self-published book and handing out copies to employees.
The city stands by it's controversial decision to terminate Cochran, claiming that the views he expressed in his 2013 book, Who Told You That You Are Naked?, "caused at least one [fire department] member enough concern to complain to a city council member." Attorneys for the married father of three say the devout Christian was targeted by the city simply for espousing his biblical views on sex. more >>
An Iowa Mennonite pastor that was deported back to Honduras last week despite garnering the support of thousands of American citizens, has opened up about his deportation and asserted that he deserved to stay in the country but was instead jailed in deplorable conditions and deported anyway.
After arriving in Honduras Friday, the deported pastor, Max Villatoro, spoke with the spanish-language media outlet Univision about his deportation and the conditions of his detention in the U.S. before he was finally flown out of the country.
The 41-year-old father of four was arrested on March 3 as part of a national Immigration and Customs Enforcement crackdown on about 2,000 unauthorized immigrants who have been convicted of crimes. more >>
Pat Robertson, the executive chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network stands by controversial comments he made recently about liberals supporting Sharia law, despite sparking a firestorm of criticism.
During Wednesday's edition of CBN's "The 700 Club," the conservative evangelist accused liberals of advocating for Islamic law, which is based on the teachings of the Quran and encompasses strict religious law and personal moral code.
"You know folks, what's happening is the so called left, the liberals want to rebel against the established order and the established order of western civilization is basically Christian," said Robertson. "It is based on the gospel, it is based on the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ and so if somebody wants to rebel against that then anything else goes." more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court voted 6-3 on Wednesday to side with a former UPS delivery driver who says she was discriminated against when she become pregnant but was not given special accommodation. The woman's case has been supported both by conservative and liberal women's groups, who filed separate briefs in the case.
"This is long overdue," said employment law expert David Gregory, according to AFP.
"The Supreme Court has finally recognized that pregnant workers are not second- or third-class citizens consigned to the periphery of the law. Instead, the Supreme Court has insightfully realized that pregnant workers run the full gamut -- from disabling conditions early on in pregnancy to those who are able to work up until the day of delivery." more >>
It should be a no-brainer to know that pornography destroys marriages.
After all, habitually viewing pornography "sets up formidable walls between couples: guilt, unrealistic sexual expectations, addictive behaviors, and the erosion of trust, to name just a few." Another words, as "The Intimate Couple" puts it, pornography can be a "barrier to intimacy."
As a $14-billion per year industry in the U.S., studies show that an increased number of marriages are harmed by men and/or women viewing porn. Often leading to divorce, the affairs of the heart (and mind) include an addiction to cyber porn. more >>
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has revealed that close to 10,000 volunteers will be needed for Pope Francis' upcoming visit for the World Meeting of Families on Sept. 26 and 27. Two million people are expected to attend the pontiff's closing mass for his first ever visit to the United States.
"First, World Meeting of Families is a very expensive event. Much of the heaviest fund-raising for WMOF is being done by generous corporate and major individual donors, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, because WMOF will be a boost for our whole region. But many parishioners have also asked how they can personally help. And that's a blessing, because we can use all the help that we can get," Chaput said in a statement.
"Second, WMOF will need 10,000 or more volunteers for the event. This is crucial, since volunteers will be the face of the local Catholic community throughout the meeting. Volunteer registration will open soon on the World Meeting of Families website at www.worldmeeting2015.org. All volunteers must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, and they must complete an online background check," he added. more >>