An Indiana physics professor who has been accused of pushing a religious agenda in his coursework is awaiting a decision from Ball State University officials.
Eric Hedin, assistant professor at BSU's Physics and Astronomy Department, garnered controversy over teaching a course known as "The Boundaries of Science," which included works advocating and critiquing intelligent design.
While Ball State agreed to investigate Hedin back in mid-May, they have yet to reach a decision as to whether or not he should have been allowed to teach a course that included literature about intelligent design. more >>
A legal effort by the faith-based organization Alliance Defending Freedom launched last year has resulted in 30 of the nation's public universities and colleges changing their policies to ensure that students' First-Amendment freedoms are protected, including Christian students' right to free speech and choice of leadership.
"Public universities should encourage, not censor, the free exchange of ideas," said ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot. "This effort has given public universities and colleges the opportunity to respect the constitutionally protected freedoms of their students without any costly litigation. The objective has been to inform officials of how their policies conflict with the Constitution, as reinforced by numerous federal court rulings, so that the schools can make changes."
Among the problematic policies are various speech codes and zones that place unconstitutional restrictions on student speech, policies that force student clubs to accept voting members and officers that don't agree with the clubs' beliefs, and policies that allow non-religious student groups to use student activity fees but exclude religious student groups even though the students in those groups have contributed to the fees, according to ADF. more >>
An atheist group recently filed a lawsuit against a city in California for approving what it describes to be a "government-endorsed religious message" in the form of a veterans memorial.
The American Humanist Association is filing the suit through its legal arm, the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, over the "Cross Monument," located at Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore, Calif.
The monument – a large, polished black granite monument depicting a soldier kneeling in front of a Christian cross – was reportedly created as a special homage to fallen World War II soldiers, as the image of the kneeling soldier kneeling is an accurate representation of how veteran soldiers honored their fallen brothers. more >>
A member of a Christian organization that posted a Decalogue outside a Florida courthouse said an atheist group posting a monument in the same location has the right to do so.
American Atheists will soon be posting what is believed to be the United States' first atheist monument on public property outside of the Bradford County Courthouse later this month.
Ken Weaver, member of the Starke, Fla.-based group Community Men's Fellowship, told The Christian Post about how he feels regarding the atheist monument bench. more >>
Americans United for Separation of Church and State recently released a YouTube video featuring actress Jane Lynch and comedian Jordan Peele who sing a 1970s-themed break-up song backing church/state separation.
The purpose of the video, according to its description on the comedy website Funny or Die, is "to raise awareness for the importance of the constitutional principle of church-state separation."
In the video, Lynch playing the role of church, wears a long white gown and crucifix, while Peele, playing the role of state, wears a 1970s polyester suit. more >>
When asked if Attorney General Eric Holder should resign for the numerous scandals in which he finds himself, MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson said, "What [Holder] should understand is that he is the chief lawgiver of the United States of America, so to speak – he's the Moses of our time, and at least for this administration."
To state the obvious: nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Moses could demand quite a few things of President Obama, America's modern day Pharaoh.
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