More than 4,000 people paid tribute to Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy at his funeral Wednesday in Jonesboro.
Cathy died Monday at the age of 93.
Faith played a major role in his life including his decision to close Chick–fil–a on Sundays.
You might not think of a for-profit college as a place to enter a profession that’s often associated with vows of poverty.
Most of the marketing for these schools focuses on getting a practical degree – like business or medical assisting.
But one for-profit university based in Savannah is venturing into new territory – offering theology degrees to aspiring clergy members.
Among the bills awaiting Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature is the so-called ‘guns evs in the sanctuary. Many Christian and Jewish clergy spoke out against the bill at the state Caerywhere’ bill. The bill wouldn’t actually allow guns everywhere. But it would allow houses of worship to decide if they wanted to allow gunpitol this year. The Muslim clergy’s perspective on the issue has been heard less. Nadim Ali is the imam at the Community Masjid Atlanta. In an extended conversation, he told GPB’s Jeanne Bonner that his mosque has security personnel who carry guns and also has signs posted saying guns are not allowed in the sanctuary.
As the state legislature heads into its final weeks, there are not one but two so-called religious freedom bills under consideration and causing controversy. They come before the legislature as a similar bill in Arizona has captured the national spotlight. Lawmakers in that state passed a bill that would allow businesses to refuse service to gay customers if employees claimed it was against their religion. But Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, under intense pressure by those who say the measure is discriminatory, has vetoed the bill. Lobbying efforts have already begun in Georgia; Delta Air Lines, one of the state’s largest employers and a corporate titan, has come out against the bills.
Religious issues in workplaces have been popping up in the news in recent months, prompting questions about how much faith employees can practice at work. Workplace consultant Brandon Smith said religious discrimination claims are rising in the United States—doubling over the last 15 years.
The Dalai Lama spoke to a crowd of thousands Tuesday at the Gwinnett Arena as part of a visit to Emory University. His Holiness is a Presidential Distinguished Professor at Emory and the Buddhist leader of Tibet, who lives in exile in India. His public talk focused on how people can be responsible citizens in the 21st century. The Dalai Lama said contributing to our global society requires education, compassion and conversation.
A Walker County high school football coach is coming under fire for allegedly violating the separation of church and state. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation said in a letter to Walker County Schools that Ridgeland High School coach Mark Mariakis is violating the First Amendment.