Attorneys for ousted Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Atlanta on Wednesday, claiming his termination violates his constitutional rights.
Cochran, a devout Christian, was fired by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in January after seven years of service as Atlanta's fire chief, for sharing his faith in a self-published book and handing out copies to employees. His lawsuit against the city comes nearly one month after Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on religious freedom grounds.
"Americans are guaranteed the freedom to live without fear of being fired because of their beliefs and thoughts," said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "The city of Atlanta is not above the Constitution and federal law. In America, a religious or ideological test cannot be used to fire a public servant." more >>
Nevada Republican Assemblywoman Michelle Fiore has come under fire for a comment she made in a recent interview, stating that "young, hot little girls" would be protected from sexual assault on college campuses if allowed to carry firearms.
Fiore introduced a bill in the state last week to allow concealed firearms on college campuses; nine other states have introduced similar legislation. All 10 states have used the argument that arming students, particularly females, would prevent sexual assaults.
"If these young, hot little girls on campus have a firearm, I wonder how many men will want to assault them," Fiore told The New York Times via telephone. "The sexual assaults that are occurring would go down once these sexual predators get a bullet in their head." more >>
A traditional marriage group has called upon Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse herself from a case regarding the constitutionality of state-level gay marriage bans.
The National Organization for Marriage demanded that Ginsburg recuse herself from Obergefell vs. Hodges due to recent comments that appeared to indicate she had already decided how she would rule even though the Court has not heard the arguments from either side.
A Greek church has claimed that a statue of Jesus Christ has been "weeping" in the form of an "oily liquid," ever since the left-wing political party Syriza won the elections at the end of January. Syriza's win meant that Alexis Tsipras, the party's leader, was sworn in as the first ever openly atheist prime minister of Greece.
Newsweek shared that Greek sources, such as Corinth TV and the Athens-Macedonian News Agency, have been reporting on the church of St. Nicholas in the village of Asprokampos, Corinthia, which is making the claims. more >>
President Barack Obama has come under a great deal of scrutiny for refusing to name the most recent victims of beheading by ISIS as Christians, instead referring to them as "Egyptian citizens." The president offered an explanation for his decision during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism on Wednesday and in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times.
"Leading up to this summit, there's been a fair amount of debate in the press and among pundits about the words we use to describe and frame this challenge, so I want to be very clear about how I see it," Obama said. "Al-Qaeda and ISIL and groups like it are desperate for legitimacy. They try to portray themselves as religious leaders, holy warriors in defense of Islam. That's why ISIL presumes to declare itself the 'Islamic State.'"
He continued: "There is no one profile of a violent extremist or terrorist. There is no way to predict who will become radicalized," Obama continued. "We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam." more >>
Pastor and author David Platt said he once avoided speaking out about abortion. Now he warns Christians who are silent on the issue that they do not have the option of picking and choosing which social issues to support.
In his latest book, Counter Culture: A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture in a World of Poverty, Homosexuality, Racism, Sex Slavery and other Social Issues, Platt admits that for a time he avoided speaking up about abortion because of its status as a wedge issue.
But the Bible helped him realize that "Before it's ever a political issue, this is a God issue." Now he says when it comes to the unborn, "What we believe about who God is and how God creates doesn't leave room for political or moral neutrality on abortion." more >>