Here’s what you need to know in Christian News for Jan. 12:
Atlanta Fire Chief Fired After Anti-Gay Views
The fire chief in Atlanta was fired last week after complaints surfaced about his anti-gay views.
Kelvin Cohran was first suspended then fired following complaints that he anti-gay views in his self-published Christian book.
Cochran wrote Who Told You That You Were Naked? The book mentions his belief that sex was designed by God for a man and a woman.
“I want to be clear that the material in Chief Cochran’s book is not representative of my personal beliefs, and is inconsistent with the administration’s work to make Atlanta a more welcoming city for all citizens—regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, race, and religious beliefs,” said Mayor Kasim Reed.
10-Year-Old Suicide Bomber in Nigeria Kills 16
A 10-year-old was killed last week in Nigeria from a bomb that had been strapped to her.
She killed 16 people and injured more than 20 while wearing the bomb.
“The explosive devices were wrapped around her body and the girl looked no more than 10 years old,” a police source said.
A Nigerian security source said the bomb exploded at 12:15 pm.
“Right now, there are 27 injured people in Borno Medical Hospital, while more were taken to other hospitals,” he said.
Florist Who Rejected Gay Marriage Order May Be Sued
A Washington judge has decided that a florist who chose not to provide flowers for a customer’s same-sex wedding may be able to be sued.
Baronelle Stutzman, of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, was sued in March 2012 by State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. A customer, Robert Ingersoll, had ordered flowers for an upcoming ceremony with his partner, Curt.
“I just took his hands and said, ‘I’m sorry. I cannot do your wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ,’” Stutzman told reporters.
“It blew way out of proportion,” Stutzman said. “I’ve had hate mail. I’ve had people that want to burn my building. I’ve had people that will never shop here again and [vow to] tell all their friends.”
Muslim Employee Saves Lives in Paris Kosher Grocery
Lassana Bathily, a Muslim employee at Paris Kosher grocery store Hyper Cacher, hid people in a walk-in freezer when a gunman opened fire at the store last week.
Amedy Coulibaly opened fire and killed 4 people.
Bathily, identified by French media as a “Malian Muslim,” helped several customers.
“I went down to the freezer, I opened the door, there were several people who went in with me. I turned off the light and the freezer,” Bathily, 24, told French network BFMTV. “I brought them inside and I told them to stay calm here, I’m going to go out. When they got out, they thanked me.”