Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has come to the defense of Church of the Highlands
On June 9, the Birmingham City School Board made a decision to ban the Church of the Highlands from meeting in the Woodlawn High School auditorium for its Sunday Services. The megachurch paid $3,000 weekly to hold its Sunday worship services in the facility. The Board also discontinued the Church of Highland’s weekly housing agreement with Parker High School.
Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has come to the defense of the church.
“Your actions demonstrate hostility towards the First Amendment freedoms of speech and religion and are an unconstitutional retaliation of abuse of governmental authority”, wrote Sessions in a letter to the Birmingham Board of Education.
Controversial social media postings appeared to be a large factor in the Board’s decision to terminate the agreement.
Pastor Chris Hodges, founder of the Church of the Highlands, was found to have been liking social media posts from Charles Kirk, the president of Turning Point USA. Kirk is a very vocal Trump supporter that advocates for a far right agenda that includes such beliefs as, “White Privilege is a Myth”.
A Birmingham City high school teacher pointed out that Hodges “likes” on Kirk’s post were culturally insensitive, which set off a social media firestorm directed at Hodges. Though Hodges has issued repeated apologies and expressed that he does not share Kirk’s views, his church now has to pay the price.
“I can tell you those social media posts that I ‘liked’ do not reflect, in any way, my true feelings or beliefs,” said Hodges, “I now realize they were hurtful and divisive, and I sincerely apologize.”