Gloria Allred Client Shakes Down Christian College

TERI JAMES DOESN'T THINK SHE SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR HER UNWED MOTHERHOOD.

TERI JAMES, LEFT,  DOESN’T THINK SHE SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR HER OUT OF WEDLOCK PREGNANCY.

Teri James is a deceiver. She pretended to be a faithful Christian when she applied for a job with San Diego Christian College, but proved to be an interloper.

The 29-year-old knowingly and willingly signed the school’s “community covenant.” In so doing, she foreswore “abusive anger, malice, jealousy, lust, sexually immoral behavior including premarital sex, adultery, pornography and homosexuality, evil desires and prejudice based on race, sex or socioeconomic status.”

Last October, James was summoned to her supervisor’s office. She acknowledged that she had broken the covenant by engaging in promiscuous sex – with a co-worker, no less – which resulted in her pregnancy outside of holy matrimony. The Christian institution let her go.

Now James is suing on grounds of supposed wrongful termination.

And she has retained the legal services of the notorious Gloria Allred, who last year represented Sandra Fluke in her defamation claim against Rush Limbaugh (which went nowhere) and Jenna Talackova, a transgender, who challenged her disqualification from the Miss Universe Canada Pageant (the spineless Canucks caved).

James says, sure, she signed San Diego Christian College’s covenant. But she had no idea the school would actually hold her to her promise to refrain from “sexually immoral behavior.” And who knew she would get pregnant two weeks after signing the covenant?

“I needed a job in this economy,” said James, pleading her case on NBC’s “Today” show. “I never thought that anything would happen.”

Besides, says Allred, the covenant James signed “does not say that you will be fired if you do not comply.” Her client should not have been expected to behave like a true Christ follower just because she happened to work for a Christian institution.

James thinks she is striking some sort of blow for women’s rights. Like Susan B. Anthony, who fought for women’s right to vote. Or Norma McCorvey, aka “Jane Roe,” who fought for women’s right to abortion on demand.

“I want to pave the way,” said James, self-importantly. To “say, Christian organizations, you can’t necessarily fall back on this. You can’t hurt people like this. If you say you stand for love and mercy and grace – stand for those who are weak.”

What James is saying is that Christian organizations should not be able require their employees to adhere to a Godly code of conduct, even if hirees agree to do so as a condition of their employment.

She also suggests that employers that hold their workers accountable when they break clearly established rules – like those set forth in the community covenant she voluntarily signed with San Diego Christian College – wrongfully “hurt people.”

“I was unmarried, pregnant and they took away my livelihood,” she protested.

But it’s James’ fault that she lost her job with the Christian school. Indeed, before she chose to lay with her co-worker, to whom she was not married, she knew there very well would be consequences if she was found out, as she was when the tell-tale signs of her pregnancy appeared.

Yes, she lost her livelihood while unmarried and pregnant. But she shouldn’t expect her former employer to pay for the choice she made that led to her situation. Her financial (and non-financial) support should come from the man she laid with, the father of her child.

As to love and mercy and grace, particularly “for those who are weak,” it is indeed expected of Christian institutions, like James’ former employer.

But God loves us. His mercies are new every morning. He sheds His grace upon us, everyone. Yet, He’s been known to punish those who defy Him, who abide unrepentantly in their sins. And He’s even known to correct those whom He loves.

Perhaps if James acknowledged her wrongdoing, if she vowed to go and sin no more, she would be enjoying by now the fruit of God’s forgiveness, if not San Diego Christian College.

Instead, she and her lawyer Gloria Allred are trying to shake down the religious institution for a payoff James does not deserve.

Would God Approve of ChristianMingle?

CHRISTIAN MINGLEToday is Valentine’s Day. For the happily married among us, it’s probably not that big a deal. Because when you have someone you love, who you’re doing life with, every day is Valentine’s Day.

Things are different for singles looking for love: Those who’ve never experienced holy matrimony. Those who once were married but – for one reason or another – sadly parted ways with their spouse. Those who have lost a beloved husband or wife to illness or other tragedy.

As I reflect upon Valentine’s Day, I am reminded of a sermon I heard a couple years ago while visiting a church in suburban Washington, D.C. The pastor talked about the epidemic of loneliness; about the millions of good men and good women desperate for a Godly relationship who, through no fault of their own, hadn’t found the right person.

The message clearly struck a chord with the singles in the congregation that morning. For I observed many of them gently weeping. And I my heart broke for them.

So what would I suggest today if a lonely heart asked my advice?

I would encourage them to stay in faith; to take comfort in the knowledge that, as the Psalmist wrote, the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

And I would suggest that they check out ChristianMingle.com, the nation’s leading Christian-based dating site, which boasts more than 8 million registered members.

The Washington Post published an attack piece on ChristianMingle last month. Post staff writer Paul Farhi went off on the web site’s slogan, “Find God’s Match For You.”

“How does it know whom God wants to hook you up with?” Farhi mocked. “And is it kosher to invoke God’s name to selling a dating service?” he added, sneered.

Well how does Farhi know what means the Almighty might employ to bring two people together, including a Christian dating site? And when did God anoint the Post writer to authorize (or not authorize) the use of his name in an advertising slogan?

I have no relationship whatsoever with ChristianMingle. But it seems to me the web site is providing a welcome online service to Christ followers who are single, who are looking for someone who shares their faith, with whom they might ultimately share their lives.

The testimony of couples that met through ChristianMingle speak to the dating site’s fulfillment of the promises it advertises.

California couple Anthony and Jessica met last March on ChristianMingle. Though they lived an hour and a half drive away from each other, said Jessica, “we knew God had a bigger plan for our future and so we decided to date despite the distance.”

Oklahoma couple Ryan and Stephanie connected on ChristianMingle last  February. “I had been frustrated for a while,” said Ryan, a pastor, “because in my position it is really hard to meet women. So I thought ChristianMingle could be a place where I might be able to find love. I came across the profile of a very beautiful blonde woman with an amazing light about her that totally intrigued me!  

Florida couple Kristen and Josh also made a love connection on ChristianMingle a year ago. “We had both been divorced,” said Kristen, a single mom and a solider, “and had concerns about meeting someone new.  After a month of exchanging emails, chatting, and talking on the phone, we finally decided to meet.  Our first date was a success and we have been together ever since!”

Anthony and Jessica, Ryan and Stephanie and Kristen and Josh all have wedding dates this year. Their success stories, and thousands more like them for which ChristianMingle was the facilitator, suggest  to me that God may very well be  using the web site to bless lonely Christians looking for love.

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