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Fire Chief Fired for Christian Beliefs

Former Atlanta Fire Chief, Fired for Christian Beliefs, to Get $1.2 Million

Michael Foust
| ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor
| Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Former Atlanta Fire Chief, Fired for Christian Beliefs, to Get $1.2 Million

The city of Atlanta agreed Monday to pay former fire chief Kelvin Cochran $1.2 million, four years after he was suspended and then fired for publishing a book containing historic Christian beliefs.

Cochran’s self-published 162-page book, “Who Told You That You Were Naked?: Overcoming the Stronghold of Condemnation,” included Bible verses addresses sexuality and homosexuality. It was the latter topic that sparked a controversy and an investigation and eventually, his termination. He wrote the book on non-work time.

A federal court ruling in December 2017 ruled against a city policy that required employees to get permission from the government before writing books or giving speeches. The judge said the policy was too broad and “stifled speech.”

On Monday, the city council agreed to pay Cochran $1.2 million.

Alliance Defending Freedom represented Cochran.

“The government can’t force its employees to get its permission before they engage in free speech. It also can’t fire them for exercising that First Amendment freedom, causing them to lose both their freedom and their livelihoods,” said ADF senior counsel Kevin Theriot, who argued before the court. “We are very pleased that the city is compensating Chief Cochran as it should, and we hope this will serve as a deterrent to any government that would trample upon the constitutionally protected freedoms of its public servants.”

U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May ruled in December that the policy “does not pass constitutional muster.”

“This policy would prevent an employee from writing and selling a book on golf or badminton on his own time and, without prior approval, would subject him to firing,” May wrote. “It is unclear to the Court how such an outside employment would ever affect the City’s ability to function, and the City provides no evidence to justify it…. The potential for stifled speech far outweighs any unsupported assertion of harm.”

Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com.

Photo courtesy: Timothy Eberly/Unsplash

Another Bible Illustration For My File

Deluding Influence So That They Will Believe What Is False

Turning Unbelief Into Belief

2 Thess 2:10-12 …because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.

The anti-Trump, left-wing #CancelKavanaugh protest in Washington, DC, on Thursday tried and convicted President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting women and lying to the Senate Judiciary Committee without any of the Constitutional due processes they claim to want to protect by rejecting the federal judge’s nomination.

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Carrying signs and banners describing Kavanaugh as a sexual predator and a drunk and calling for him and the president to be impeached and jailed, protestors chanted “We Do Not Consent” and “We Believe Survivors.”

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“We Believe Survivors” buttons were prevalent, a theme that emerged after Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago at a high school party.

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Her claim came after the judiciary committee heard 30-plus hours of testimony during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, resulting in an additional hearing for Ford’s testimony and Kavanaugh’s response to it.

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That hearing spurred a seventh FBI background check on Kavanaugh, who has been in public service for decades, and FBI background checks on others Ford claimed were involved in the long-ago incident, including high school friend Mark Judge. Judge has already given two sworn statements under penalty of felony that stated he does not recall the party or Kavanaugh assaulting Ford.

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After the final FBI investigation found no corroboration for Ford’s claims, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday launched the final round of the confirmation battle, filing for cloture to ensure a final vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation by the end of the week.

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The organizers of the protest are the same left-wing organizations that have opposed Trump since he was elected in 2016 and are using the ongoing demonstrations to raise funds for their cause and register Democratic voters, including: the George Soros-funded moveon.org; the Women’s March, co-founded by anti-Semite and anti-Israel Linda Sarsour; Planned Parenthood; and Black Lives Matter.

Video also shows protesters chasing and screaming at Sen. John Cornyn Thursday:

 

ABC News reports that Capitol Police arrested 302 demonstrators today:

 

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A Good Case For Sanctioning Christine Blasey Ford’s Lawyers

Did Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyers deprive her of the opportunity to make an informed decision about whether to accept the committee’s offer to interview her in California?

Michael Ginsberg

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Like most professions, lawyers have codes of professional responsibility under which they operate. In the case of Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford’s counsel may well have violated them.

It has been widely reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee offered to send investigators to California to speak with Ford. Ford did not accept this offer. In addition, Ford reportedly was unable to attend a hearing set for Sept. 24 because she is afraid of flying and could not otherwise get to Washington by that date. The committee agreed to delay its hearing to Sept. 27.

Yet in her testimony, Ford stated it was not clear to her that the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) had offered to take her statements and testimony in California to prevent her from having to fly. Ford testified she would have accepted the offer had she known about it.

Indeed, she testified to Chairman Chuck Grassley, “If you were gonna come out to see me I would have happily hosted you and would have been happy to speak to you out there. It wasn’t clear to me that that was the case.” Ford also testified, “I was hoping that they would come to me [in California] but I realized that was an unrealistic request.” Not only was it not unrealistic, the offer was on the table.

Here I’ll assume Ford testified truthfully that she was not clear about the Judiciary Committee’s offer. (The alternative raises its own issues.) If Ford’s attorneys did not inform her clearly of the SJC’s offer, the Judiciary Committee could file a grievance against Ford’s attorneys, Debra Katz and Michael Bromwich, with the DC Bar. It would be even worse if they withheld this information from Ford because they were interested in a delay of the hearing for reasons other than their client’s interests.

Lawyers have obligations to their clients and to the tribunals before which they practice. In this case, the client is Ford, and the tribunal is the SJC.

DC Bar Rule 1.4(b), “Communication,” provides that “A lawyer shall explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation.” Did Ford’s lawyers withhold from her the SJC’s offer to take her statement in California? Or did they fail to make clear to Ford what the SJC had offered?

It beggars belief to think the offer could not be conveyed clearly. “The committee will take your testimony in California and you will not have to fly anywhere” seems straightforward enough. Grassley informed Minority Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein that “I have offered [Dr. Ford] the opportunity to testify in any of four possible venues: (1) a public hearing; (2) a private hearing; (3) a public staff interview; or (4) a private staff interview. I am even willing to have my staff travel to Dr. Ford in California — or anywhere else — to obtain her testimony.” It’s hard to see how that could be stated more clearly.

Bottom line, did Ford’s lawyers deprive Ford of the opportunity to make an informed decision about whether to accept that offer? Ford’s testimony that she was not clear about the SJC’s offer, and that she would have accepted it had she known about and understood it, certainly suggests so. If this is the case, counsel arguably violated Rule 1.4(b).

Counsel also owes a duty of candor to the tribunal, in this case the committee. Under DC Bar Rule 3.3, attorneys cannot make a false statement of fact or law to the tribunal. If Ford’s fear of flying would not have prevented her from testifying on Sept. 24 in California, then any representation they made to the committee that such fear of flying was the basis for a delay was a false statement. This seems particularly egregious if, as Ford’s testimony suggests, she did not realize the committee had offered to take her testimony in California and avoid Ford having to fly anywhere.

DC Bar Rule 4.4 provides that “In representing a client, a lawyer shall not use means that have no substantial purpose other than to embarrass, delay, or burden a third person, or knowingly use methods of obtaining evidence that violate the legal rights of such a person.” If Ford would have accepted the committee’s offer to testify in California, the committee could have completed that process well before the hearing on Sept. 27.

Ford’s counsel stated on Sept. 17, the day after the Washington Post published an aticle identifying Ford as Kavanaugh’s accuser, that Ford was ready to tell her story and, indeed, wanted an opportunity to tell her story. The committee, in all likelihood, could have had investigators in California by Sept. 19 prepared to speak with Ford, gather information, and pursue any leads. The SJC could then have held the public hearing in California on Sept. 24, as offered. Yet Ford was apparently unaware of or unclear about this option, and the hearing was put off until Sept. 27.

Given Ford’s testified-to willingness to speak to the SJC investigators in California, there seems no reasonable basis for the delay of the hearing to Sept. 27. Make no mistake, this delay unquestionably delayed and burdened numerous third persons. It obviously burdened Kavanaugh, who was subjected to further efforts from Senate Democrats to tarnish his name. We know Senate Democrats used this time for precisely this purpose. Debra Ramirez, the second accuser whose allegations were published in The New Yorker, stated she was contacted by Senate Democrats, not the other way around.

The delay also burdened the tribunal, the Senate Judiciary Committee. Instead of having the opportunity to collect facts essential to the SJC’s consideration of Kavanaugh’s nomination in a manner that could have minimized the publicity associated with the case, which could potentially affect witnesses, the committee lost ten critical days and subjected the process to the very public scrutiny Ford sought to avoid.

Perhaps worst of all, the delay and the failure to accept the SJC’s offer even embarrassed and harmed their client, Ford. Giving her testimony in California to Senate investigators would have allowed Ford to maintain at least a modicum of the privacy she desired.

Ford testified she was “terrified” about having to go before the SJC. Yet if her lawyers failed to tell or adequately explain to her that she could provide her testimony to investigators in California, outside the Washington spotlight and in a setting she would have preferred, her lawyers were the ones responsible for putting her in that terrifying situation. If they did it because it benefitted someone other than their client, that would be an extraordinary breach of the duty they owe their client. It would also suggest conflicts of interest, a subject on which the DC Bar Rules of Professional Responsibility have plenty to say.

And for what was this delay needed? Ford’s story was Ford’s story. It should not have changed between Sept. 17 and Sept. 27. She could have told it to Senate investigators on Sept. 19 and in a hearing on Sept. 24 just as easily as on Sept. 27.

Here’s a thought experiment: Imagine a federal district judge instructing an attorney to convey information to his or her client of something, and the attorney failing to do so. That attorney would be in a world of trouble. Depending on the judge, volcanic might not begin to describe the reaction. That’s what’s happened here if Ford did not know of or understand the offer to take her testimony in California.

For the last several weeks, the SJC Republican majority has been a marionette for activist Democratic lawyers, who keep demanding delay after delay. It’s time to go on offense. If this hearing was delayed by false representations by Ford’s attorneys and withholding information from their client, there may be grounds for the SJC to file a grievance with the DC Bar. If I were in the SJC majority, I’d be exploring those right now.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, what do you think?

Michael is an attorney in Washington DC for a defense contractor. He is a 2002 graduate of Harvard Law School.

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Was Jesus Just One Big Example Of Hate Speech?

Source:  activistmommy.com

To our American readers: never forget what a valuable thing our First Amendment is.

We must also be wary never to let this happen here.

A passionate evangelist in Canada is facing up to two years in prison for passing out pamphlets warning of the dangers of homosexual sex and telling the good news of Christ’s salvation at a gay pride event in Calgary.

According to Toronto police, Bill Whatcott, a Toronto bus driver by day, “distributed anti-gay material which promoted hatred toward the gay community,” Toronto Police Service said in a statement, which explained he was arrested in Calgary and returned to Toronto.

Whatcott, 51, was charged with “willful promotion of hatred against an identifiable group, namely the gay community.”

The Christian Post reports:

The pamphlets he allegedly distributed said homosexuality is associated with sexually transmitted diseases, including HPV of the rectum, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says is true, according to The Federalist.

The pamphlets, which reportedly included negative remarks against the Liberal Party and left-wing politicians, also said that supporting homosexual acts without repentance could lead to “eternal peril,” and repentance to “the free gift of eternal life.”

However, reports say that the pamphlets neither encouraged hate against homosexuals, nor advocated violence.

Whatcott, who has been fired from his job, said he wasn’t given food for 24 hours while in jail, according to The Daily Wire.

“It might have been on purpose, because it didn’t happen, like — some inmates did go half a day without food — but they actually made me go a full 24 hours,” he was quoted as saying.

He said he was also denied medical attention for a leg injury. “I had a leg infection, and it was bad enough that I was brought to the hospital, but they simply refused to fill the prescriptions. So for four days I had no medications. The infection was actually going up my leg. I was a little concerned it was gonna go systemic.”

Please pray for our brother as he faces sentencing for the crime of warning people about their sin and sharing the love and redeeming power of our Savior!

Striking a Tuning Fork

  1. Do you think Jews have a right to a homeland of their own? Where the laws and culture serve their interests specifically? Where they decide what kind of people, if any, they want to assimilate into their Nation?
  2. Do you think Blacks have a right to a homeland of their own? Where the laws and culture serve their interests specifically? Where they decide what kind of people, if any, they want to assimilate into their Nation?
  3. Do you think Whites have a right to a homeland of their own? Where the laws and culture serve their interests specifically? Where they decide what kind of people, if any, they want to assimilate into their Nation?

Boy, isn’t this like striking a tuning fork upon our culture?  Try standing up and advocating #3 in the world today.  While many non-whites want the blessings of the civilization that many whites put together because of their ability to tolerate differences, they are willing to destroy the golden goose.  Do they realize this?  I think not.

Someone wants to rule the world and it isn’t Jesus Christ.

Debunk Transgender Madness in 2 Minutes

Can you debunk it in less?  I debunk it in 1 second. That which is self-evident entertains no argument.  As soon as someone seeks to justify transgenderism the argument is over.  They have only made clear their delusional thoughts.  Why engage any further at that point?  As Dr. Cretella points out there are still places in our world for the application of the meaning of the word “delusional.”  How do you think you win an argument with someone delusional?  It cannot be done so why waste your breath trying.

Mental illness to rule the world. Dr. Tarr and Professor Feather.  Will the day come where there will be no mental institutions to visit?  What is happening sounds to me to be a repeat of what God did when He judged Israel. Isaiah 3:1-5  Will His way with nations ever change?

Talk About Separating Children From Parents

I put the post below on Facebook but the photo now says…

Remember Vietnam? Remember the images that got under the countries skin to rise up enough resistance to end the bloodshed?

That will never happen on Facebook will it?

It is going to be up to us. Therefore, I reposted this to my blog and add some content.

Were we
somehow
less than human
before
we were born?

Credit

Credit

I cannot stop here.

My Prayer

To be contextualized from Nehemiah’s great prayer after he heard of the devastation of his people.

They said to me, “The remnant there in the province who survived the captivity are in great distress and reproach, and the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates are burned with fire.” When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. I said, “I beseech You, O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You now, day and night, on behalf of the sons of Israel Your servants, confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have sinned against You; I and my father’s house have sinned. “We have acted very corruptly against You and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. “Remember the word which You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful I will scatter you among the peoples; but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though those of you who have been scattered were in the most remote part of the heavens, I will gather them from there and will bring them to the place where I have chosen to cause My name to dwell.’ “They are Your servants and Your people whom You redeemed by Your great power and by Your strong hand. “O Lord, I beseech You, may Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who delight to revere Your name, and make Your servant successful today and grant him compassion before this man.”
Neh 1:3-11