The Liberty Institute is accusing the U.S. Navy of violating federal law when it refused to grant religious accommodation to Navy chaplain, Wes Modder, who is facing potential discharge after complaints were filed over him voicing his Christian beliefs on homosexuality and premarital sex during counseling sessions with sailors.
After the commander of Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Capt. Jon R. Fahs, sent a Feb. 17 memo to Navy Personnel Command suggesting that Modder be relieved of his duties, removed from the Navy promotion list, and possibly discharged, Modder and his attorneys at the Liberty Institute filed a request asking the Navy to grant Modder religious accommodation during his counseling sessions.
However, the request was denied on Tuesday in a letter sent by Fahs, which rejected the claim that Modder was being targeted because of his religious expression. more >>
The American Family Association, a Christian activist organization, has started a boycott against Planet Fitness gyms because of its "all-inclusive" policy that allows self-reporting transgenders to use locker and shower rooms designated for the opposite sex.
The AFA launched a movement on Tuesday calling on members of Planet Fitness, which has over 900 locations nationwide, to drop their gym memberships and email or call the CEO, Chris Rondeau, to inform him that the company's "all-inclusive" transgender locker room policy puts women and girls in danger.
Randy Sharp, AFA's director of special projects, appeared on Bryan Fischer's "Focal Point" show on American Family Radio to discuss the boycott. He said it's important that franchise owners feel the financial impact of enforcing such a "bad policy." more >>
A controversial sign posted outside of a Knoxville church has created an uproar in the local community, especially among those who believe the pastor's message was a blatant attack against lesbians and gays.
Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle in Tennessee recently posted a message on its sign that read: "Remember, Satan was the first to demand equal rights." The sign was eventually changed, but not before it angered some of the locals.
"Who was your target audience? Who were you speaking to when you put it up there?" Knoxville resident Rick Staples told WBIR.com, voicing his disagreement with the pastor's message. "And when you say you're asking for your equal rights, who's asking for their equal rights and who are you comparing to Satan? That was very strong language." more >>
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal said Monday that the United States is not at war with Islam but "radical Islamic terrorists" and immigrants who want to impose Sharia law should not be tolerated.
"In the west I believe we have a responsibility to insist that those coming into our societies, those that come to our country, assimilate or integrate. You have the right to have whatever beliefs you want, you don't have the right to impose those beliefs in a way that infringes on the freedoms of other people," Jindal told the American Action Forum. "So in other words we shouldn't tolerate those who want to come and try to impose some variant of, some version of Sharia law. I fear if we don't insist on assimilation, we then go the way of Europe."
Jindal, a likely Republican presidential candidate for 2016, previously said that it was "completely reasonable for nations to discriminate between allowing people into their country who want to embrace their culture, or allowing people into their country who want to destroy their culture, or establish a separate culture within." more >>
Atheist comedian Patton Oswalt of "King of Queens" fame has denounced Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins for their repeated criticisms of Islam by comparing the controversial figures to the Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church clan.
Oswalt, who's also known for his role on the TV comedy series "Two and a Half Men," told Salon: "I feel, as an atheist, about people like Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher the way that Christians must feel about Fred Phelps."
Adding to his comments about Maher's outspoken observations on Islam, Oswalt said: "If you look at Christianity and Judaism when they were young, they were violent. … But right now I would say there's a bigger percentage of that in Islam, but still that percentage is still small. Again, he [Maher] is discounting all of the moderate, progressive, intelligent, horrified Muslims." more >>
"Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," a documentary heavily critical of the organization will debut on HBO on March 29, and the Church of Scientology has responded to it with a five-page letter expressing its views about the movie and what it says to be false claims made by the film makers.
"In two hours this film racks up more falsehoods, errors, embellished tales and blatant omissions than were committed by Rolling Stone, Brian Williams and Bill O'Reilly combined," the letter to The Hollywood Reporter stated. "By our calculation, the film on average includes at least one major error every two minutes."
However, "Going Clear" director Alex Gibney defended his film, which is based on the book by Lawrence Wright. He explained that THR "asked [the church] 20 fact-based, reasoned questions. The church didn't respond to any of them. Instead, they sent a five-page letter full of nasty invective character assassinations and innuendo, which is very typical of the church," he said on CNN's "Reliable Sources" on Sunday. more >>