A Tennessee sheriff who's being sued by an atheist organization for posting an Easter Sunday message on the department's Facebook page says he might file a counter lawsuit against the group.
The New Jersey-based American Atheists filed a complaint against Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson earlier this month on behalf of an unnamed local woman.
Sheriff Watson told the Cleveland Daily Banner in an interview last Friday that he "will 'seriously consider' moving ahead with a counter lawsuit against the plaintiffs who have filed a lawsuit against him." more >>
Film/music producer and best-selling author Bishop T.D. Jakes will host a new syndicated self-titled daily talk show, TEGNA announced. "T.D. JAKES" is set to premiere in more than 50 U.S. markets on Sep. 12.
The one-hour show will feature original social media content and real personal stories with candid conversations. Jakes will be talking to celebrity and non-celebrity guests along with sharing words of wisdom.
"T.D. Jakes" will be filmed in front of a live studio audience in Los Angeles and will air weekdays in the afternoon across the country. The talk show will also employ social media platforms so audience members can engage with the show 24/7 through @tdjakesshow. more >>
A Harvard law professor suggests that conservative and religious objectors to same-sex marriage need to be treated like Nazis were treated following World War II.
Professor Mark Tushnet, a constitutional law scholar and the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School in Massachusetts, wrote in a recent blog post that liberals should begin abandoning what he calls "defensive-crouch liberalism" and push forward previously rejected items on the liberal agenda now that Democrats seem to be in control of federal appeals courts and district courts, and poised to take a majority in the Supreme Court.
Tushnet added that liberals don't need to worry anymore about conservatives, who previously had the ability to overturn lower court rulings with a majority on the Supreme Court, now that Justice Antonin Scalia's passing has split the Supreme Court. more >>
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 >>