Saturday, January 16th, is National Religious Freedom Day. Enacted in 1992, this commemorative day falls on the date 230 years ago that the Virginia General Assembly adopted Thomas Jefferson’s 1786 Statute Establishing Religious Freedom for Virginians. It was this groundbreaking measure that became the basis for the establishment clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and created our cherished American freedom of religion.Read more
Monifa Sterling Fighting Demotion and Discharge
In a display of uncommon valor that military men and women have died for since America’s founding, Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling is taking a stand and appealing the verdict of a court-martial last year that resulted in her demotion and discharge from the Marines for refusing to remove Bible verses from her work station.Read more
Faith Driven Consumers ask why Christian values are punished in taxpayer-funded public schools?
As cases of discrimination against Christians rise across America, the firing of well-respected principal Dr. Michael Lehr has shocked the small, rural Georgia town of Manchester.Read more
Month after month, more cases of Christians facing punitive and unjust discrimination in the marketplace of goods, services and ideas roll in. Whether you’re a faith-driven entrepreneur who rents out your private property for events or a photographer, florist, baker or tee shirt maker, your livelihood as a Christian seeking to steward your business in alignment with your faith and values is under threat like never before.Read more
#ExtinguishIntolerance Petition Back in National Spotlight
We have two big stories to report that significantly escalate the battle between Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and fired city fire chief Kelvin Cochran. In the first, six Georgia Congressmen have sent a letter to Reed calling for Cochran’s reinstatement. In the second, leading Christian legal defense firm Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has filed a federal lawsuit against the city over Cochran’s unjust termination.Read more
Faith-compatible favorite Chick-fil-A is once again in the crosshairs, this time for not being pro-LGBT enough.
On Monday, openly gay Washington Post advice columnist Steven Petrow—a.k.a. “Mr. Manners”—responded to an anonymous question from a woman whose pro-LGBT husband “loves a certain purveyor of chicken sandwiches and waffle fries that has an anti-gay stance.”Read more
Update 1/13/2015 – Report from the “Standing for Our Faith Rally”
Today, at the Georgia State Capitol Rotunda, Christians gathered to rally in support of embattled former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who was unjustly fired for expressing his personal, Bible-based views.
In a case that unites Americans across racial and political lines – and centers on our First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and religious expression – a number of high-profile speakers, including Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse, spoke in support of Cochran and against the rise of anti-Christian discrimination and bigotry in the public square.
UPDATE 1/12/15: Fired Atlanta Fire Chief’s Pastor Speaks Out
Yesterday, Dr. Craig L. Oliver Sr., senior pastor at Elizabeth Baptist Church, where embattled former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran serves as a deacon, spoke out against Mayor Kasim Reed’s discriminatory action in firing Cochran, saying, “Just because you sign my paycheck doesn’t mean you can control what I think or say.”
As Faith Driven Consumers concerned about the increasing hostility toward expressions of biblically orthodox faith in the public arena today, we fully agree.
Wrapping up his sermon on forgiveness, Oliver added, “All Christians in Georgia and the nation should be greatly concerned” over Cochran’s removal.
This week, Faith Driven Consumers nationwide are speaking out against intolerance in Atlanta.
On Tuesday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed ousted Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran – a Christian – for biblical views expressed in a book Cochran wrote for a local bible study group, which briefly addressed scriptural teaching on sin and homosexuality. A highly respected leader who was appointed by President Obama as the top fire official in the nation, Chief Cochran first served as Atlanta’s fire chief in 2008. Returning to the city following his service in the Obama Administration, he was unanimously reconfirmed as chief.Read more
Christian Cake Business Faces Lawsuit and Persecution for Defending Natural Marriage
Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of the Oregon cake baking company Sweet Cakes, are facing a $150,000 lawsuit for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in February 2013. In January 2014, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries argued that the Kleins had unlawfully discriminated against the same-sex couple.
Before the controversy, business was booming for the Kleins, but they have shut the doors to their place of business after both they and their vendors faced unmanageable harassment. They now take small cake orders from home, but Melissa says her successful business has largely been destroyed.Read more
Tennessee Cheerleaders Overwhelm Secular Silencing of Prayer
Since 1930, Tennessee’s Oneida High School began every home football game with a school-led prayer. This season, the 80-year-old tradition came to a disheartening end when school administrators bowed to escalating pressure from secularist groups and replaced the traditional prayer with a moment of silence.
While this new moment of silence avoided potential legal issues, it utterly failed to replace the sacred prayer tradition that was special to students, parents and the local community at Oneida High School. In fact, the head football coach of Oneida High School described the shift from a public prayer to a moment of silence as sickening.Read more