A national atheist organization has filed a lawsuit against a Tennessee sheriff for posting a message celebrating Easter on his department's Facebook page last month.
American Atheists brought the suit last Friday on behalf of an anonymous woman against Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
The message Watson posted on the Bradley County Sheriff's Office Facebook page shows a depiction of an empty tomb with the caption "He is Risen" and says: "Today is one of the most historic days; not only did Jesus die on the cross for our sins, but he rose on this day. Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice, and offered himself for our sins. This day represents the best gift any of us could receive, which is "Eternal Life" with our Heavenly Father!!!"" more >>
A former journalist who worked on Facebook's influential "trending news" section as a curator, alleged in a report Monday that the social network routinely suppressed news stories conservative readers found interesting.
In the report by tech news outlet Gizmodo the journalist, who identifies as politically conservative, said Facebook workers prevented stories about CPAC, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul and other conservatives from showing up as top news even when they were trending organically among the social network's users.
"Depending on who was on shift, things would be blacklisted or trending," the former Facebook curator told Gizmodo. The individual who was among a handful of conservatives working on the project requested to remain anonymous for the report out of fear of reprisal from Facebook. more >>
President Barack Obama told the graduating students of Howard University they should not engage in the practice of disinviting controversial speakers or disrupting political rallies.
During his commencement speech for the historically black academic institution, President Obama addressed what he described as the apparent current trend of disinviting certain speakers.
"There's been a trend around the country of trying to get colleges to disinvite speakers with a different point of view, or disrupt a politician's rally. Don't do that — no matter how ridiculous or offensive you might find the things that come out of their mouths," stated Obama. more >>
Singer Adele has some people enraged after hearing controversial comments she made during a concert in Copenhagen earlier this week where she gushed over Beyonce and used Jesus' name in vain in an attempt to compare the pop icon to God, expressing her admiration for Lemonade.
Three days ago, the singer told her Instagram followers "I'm not late on this I've just been speechless. Beyonce is the most inspiring person I've ever had the pleasure of worshipping. Her talent, beauty, grace and work ethic are all in a league of their own. I appreciate you so much! Thank god for Beyoncé X."
During her concert in Denmark Tuesday, she said: "How is it even possible that she only ever gets better? How is that possible? She is Jesus [expletive] Christ, Jesus [expletive] Christ. Beyoncé is the sickest artist around in the whole entire world; it's unbelievable. I've been listening to her for 17 years, and she's still making music that blows my mind." more >>
As popular fast-food chain Chick-fil-A, known for its public embrace of Christian values, prepares to open a new location in the New York City borough of Queens this fall, a councilman backed by support from Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for a boycott of the restaurant.
The new Chick-fil-A location, set to open at Queens Center Mall, is too close for comfort for openly gay Councilman Danny Dromm who represents the jurisdiction where the restaurant will be situated. Dromm is calling for an all-out boycott of the fast food joint, NY1 News reports.
In response, Chick-fil-A issued a statement: "The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We are a restaurant company comprised of 80,000 individuals who represent different backgrounds and beliefs, and we are all focused on offering great food, service and hospitality." more >>
A Wisconsin school district will no longer have a lease on a public park where students gather for a weekly Bible study event known as the "Jesus Lunch."
Middleton City Council voted Tuesday evening to rescind the lease that Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District had on Fireman's Park, the location of the popular yet controversial events.
City Council's decision came at the request of Superintendent Don Johnson, who sent out a mass email Monday stating that he hoped the end of the lease equaled an end to the controversy. more >>