A Wisconsin-based Catholic university is expected to fire a professor it suspended for criticizing a teaching assistant who barred a student from speaking in class because he opposed gay marriage.
Marquette University suspended professor John McAdams with pay last Friday and plans to terminate his employment if he refuses to apologize for a blog post he wrote back in 2014 in which he criticized the faculty member for barring a student who supports traditional marriage fro speaking in her class.
In November 2014, McAdams wrote a post on his blog the "Marquette Warrior" criticizing teaching assistant Cheryl Abbate because she reportedly prevented a student from discussing his opinion on gay marriage in her "Theory of Ethics" class. more >>
Facing corporate and Hollywood pressure, Georgia's Republican Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a religious liberty bill that would have prevented the state government from punishing faith-based organizations, churches and pastors over their opposition to same-sex marriage.
Georgia's "Pastor Protection Act," or H.B. 757, has become quite controversial since it was passed by both legislative houses in February with a number of opponents of the measure claiming it opens the door for discrimination of LGBT people.
After corporations like Disney and Marvel threatened to boycott the state of Georgia if the bill becomes law, the Human Rights Campaign sent a letter to Deal last week containing signatures from several prominent entertainment industry professionals — including actress Anne Hathaway and producer Seth MacFarlane — who also threatened to boycott filming or performing in the state if Deal were to sign the bill into law. more >>
The mayor of San Francisco has banned all publicly-funded city employees from traveling to North Carolina.
The NFL is threatening to block Atlanta, Georgia from hosting a future Super Bowl.
Leading evangelist Franklin Graham is calling on Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to stand against corporate pressure and sign a religious freedom bill passed by both houses of the state's legislature that would protect faith-based organizations and pastors from government backlash over their opposition to same-sex marriage.
After a spokesperson from the National Football League insinuated last week that the passing of Georgia's "Pastor Protection Act" would be taken into account when deciding whether Atlanta will get to host the Super Bowl in either 2019 or 2020, Disney and Marvel have also announced that they, too, will take their business elsewhere if "any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law."
Graham, the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, took to Facebook Wednesday to urge the Republican governor not to cave into the demands of LGBT and corporate communities and decried the notion that this legislation will permit "discrimination." more >>
The Walt Disney Company has threatened to stop filming in Georgia if Gov. Nathan Deal signs a religious freedom bill that would protect pastors' right to not perform gay marriage ceremonies, among other clauses.
Marvel, which is owned by Disney, has shot major films at the Pinewood Studious outside Atlanta, Reuters reports, including the upcoming "Captain America: Civil War," and "Guardians of the Galaxy 2," but is now thinking of cutting ties with the state.
House Bill 757, also known as the Pastor Protection Act, looks to ensure that religious officials are not required by law to participate in gay marriage ceremonies that go against their beliefs, and also states that it wants to "protect property owners which are religious organizations against infringement of religious freedom." more >>
The National Football League says that Atlanta's chances of hosting a Super Bowl in the coming years could be hindered should the state of Georgia pass into law a religious freedom bill designed to protect faith-based organizations and clergy from government backlash over their opposition to same-sex marriage.
As Atlanta is one of the finalists — along with New Orleans, Miami and Tampa — to host the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls, the league's spokesman Brian McCarthy issued a statement last Friday saying that the religious freedom exemption legislation that has passed in both houses of Georgia's state legislature could hurt Atlanta's chances of hosting the big game.
"NFL policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard," McCarthy said. "Whether the laws and regulations of a state and local community are consistent with these policies would be one of many factors NFL owners may use to evaluate potential Super Bowl host sites." more >>