Evangelical radio star Dave Ramsey’s company says it fires employees if they have premarital sex

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Dave Ramsey at an event marking his 25th year of broadcasting at Sirius XM’s Nashville, Tennessee studios in August 2017.

  • An evangelical radio star’s company said it fires employees who have premarital sex.
  • Dave Ramsey’s firm says it’s fired 9 employees in 5 years for violating its “righteous living” code.
  • The policy emerged in a court case where an ex-employee says she was fired for being pregnant.
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Ramsey Solutions, a company owned by evangelical radio star Dave Ramsey, said in court filings that it has a policy of firing employees for having premarital sex.

The policy emerged in a legal dispute with a former employee, when the company cited the policy to support its argument that it had not discriminated against her.

Ramsey is a personal finance advisor whose radio show, The Dave Ramsey Show, is nationally syndicated and combines conservative Christian themes with financial advice.

According to the Ramsey Solutions company website, Ramsey founded the company in 1992, and the company provides help and advice for people seeking to “crush debt and build a legacy.”

Caitlin O’Connor, a former administrative assistant in the company, alleged in a lawsuit filed last year in the US District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee that she was fired because she got pregnant.

In a legal document seen by Insider, she said she was fired after she asked for paperwork related to taking maternity leave in June 2020.

In response, the company argued that she was fired not for being pregnant but because she is not married to the child’s father.

O’Connor’s complaint said that she worked for the company for four years, and was fired seven days after alerting the HR department that she was pregnant and asking for paperwork related to maternity leave.

Her lawyers argue that firing her breached her federal right to take maternity leave, as well as breaching state laws in Tennessee. It describe the firing as “particularly cruel” given that she also lost her health coverage.

In a later submissions, also seen by Insider, attorneys for Ramsey Solutions said O’Connor was fired for breaching its standards, which says employees are expected to “demonstrate strong character all the time.”

It described premarital sex as a a breach of the “strong character” provision and “inconsistent with Righteous Living.”

The company said that it fired eight other other employees for having premarital sex in the last five years, including five men.

In the filings, the company said that O’Connor had been aware of that the company disapproved of being pregnant and unmarried, and that she admitted she had broken the policy.

It said that the company does not have a “standard procedure” for working out whether an employee had premarital sex, but said in this case it relied on O’Connor telling them so.

It claims that under state law companies are free to fire employees for whatever reasons they choose, as long as they are not discriminating on the basis of race or sex or other characteristics and are not retaliating against them.

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Self-styled evangelical prophet Jeremiah Johnson apologizes for predicting Trump’s re-election and says he’s dismantling his ministry

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Evangelical faith leaders form a prayer circle for Trump during a rally for evangelical supporters at the King Jesus International Ministry church, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, in Miami.

  • Evangelist Jeremiah Johnson apologized for prophesying that Trump would be re-elected in 2021.
  • Johnson previously said in a lengthy prophecy that “God had chosen Trump.”
  • Johnson broke with other evangelicals, who still believe that a miraculous reversal of the 2020 election results will happen.
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Self-described prophet Jeremiah Johnson has publicly apologized for saying that Trump would be re-elected president in 2020.

The prominent evangelical leader announced in a now-deleted open letter to his Facebook followers that he was shutting down his ministry, “Jeremiah Johnson Ministries,” and that he would be removing all the ministry’s social media handles over the next week.

In a YouTube video titled “I Was Wrong,” Johnson apologized for his inaccurate predictions and for his repeated claims that Trump would be re-elected against all odds.

“I believe that it is a tremendous mistake to take the next four years to argue and debate and cause division and grow more prideful talking about how we think the election was taken from Donald Trump. I actually believe we need to take the next four years and humble ourselves,” he said in the video.

Johnson said as well in the video that fellow evangelical Christians “need to recognize that God is up to something far greater in the prophetic, charismatic movement.”

“We need to stop, we need to take a breather, and we need to come back to a place where we can begin to dialogue about these issues rather than be so triggered,” he said.

Johnson’s change of heart is surprising, as he used to be one of the former president’s staunchest supporters. In 2015, he predicted that Trump would win, as he had been “chosen” by God. He did so again in 2020.

According to Newsweek, Johnson said he had made this decision “after much prayer and the clear direction of the Lord.”

In doing so, Johnson has broken with other evangelical leaders, some of whom still claim that there will be a miraculous reversal of the 2020 Biden presidential win.

According to a Politico article, televangelists like California Pentecostal pastor Johnny Enlow still claim that the “January 2020 inauguration date doesn’t really mean anything.” Enlow goes on to say in a YouTube video that more than 100 “credible” Christian prophets were continuing to back Trump, prophesying his return to power.

Enlow is among many charismatic, prophetic Christians who also believe deeply that Trump is still president or will ascend to power again, The Washington Post reported.

According to the Religion News Service, Johnson will be starting a new ministry called “The Altar Global.” As part of this new ministry, Johnson will no longer offer “prophetic commentary” but will instead help prepare the world for the “end times.”

The ministry’s website says that The Altar Global will “prepare the Bride of Christ for the return of our glorious Bridegroom King Jesus,” doing so through a one-year intensive program in North Carolina, as well as through local and national conferences.

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