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Atlanta to pay $1.2 million to Christian fire chief

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/16/18, 10:57 am

The Atlanta City Council voted Monday to pay $1.2 million to former Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who was fired in 2015 over a 162-page book he wrote for men at his church advocating for a Biblical view of marriage and sexuality. The council voted in favor of the settlement 11-3, according to WSB radio. Cochran won a lawsuit against the city and Mayor Kasim Reed late last year. A U.S.

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Northern Irish bakers win landmark ‘gay cake’ case

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 10/10/18, 11:41 am

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom on Wednesday ruled that a Northern Ireland bakery operated by Christians did not discriminate when it refused to make a cake with a slogan supporting same-sex marriage. In 2014, Ashers Baking Company declined to make a cake for gay rights activists decorated with Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie and the phrase “Support Gay Marriage.” A five-judge panel of the U.K.’s highest court unanimously overturned a lower court ruling and decided the owners should not be forced to put a message on their products at odds with their faith.

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Keeping liberty waiting

Religious Liberty | First Amendment cases may not get a Supreme Court hearing until a ninth justice is seated
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 9/25/18, 05:04 pm

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue a list of cases initially accepted for arguments in the 2018-19 session. From close to 2,000 petitions, the court will accept only a handful. And until a ninth justice is seated to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, experts predict the eight-justice court could steer clear of important cases with First Amendment implications, many united by one question: Will America’s pluralistic society tolerate public expressions of Christian faith?

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