WASHINGTON — An education expert has argued that United States public schools can benefit immensely from reading the Bible in literature classes and having prayer in schools.
William Jeynes, senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute and an education professor at California State University, made these arguments in a presentation Wednesday at the Family Research Council.
Titled "Putting the Bible and Prayer Back in the Public Schools," Jeynes said there are many benefits to keeping the Bible in public schools and drawbacks from when, during the 1960s, courses were taken out. more >>
Michael "Mike" Brown's limp and bloodied body was lying in the street of the housing complex where he was visiting his grandmother for several hours on Saturday, after the unarmed 18-year-old Missouri man was taken down by a series of bullets fired from a single police officer's gun.
There were conflicting reports concerning the killing of Brown by the Ferguson police officer at the Canfield Green Apartments. Brown was shot at approximately 2:15 p.m., with witnesses claiming he was hit by 8-10 bullets while holding his hands up in the air.
St. Louis County Police Department Chief Jon Belmar said during a Sunday morning press conference that before he was gunned down, Brown allegedly had "pushed a police officer back into the car" when the officer tried to exit his vehicle. Brown allegedly physically assaulted the police officer while in the car, according to Chief Belmar, and the two struggled over the officer's weapon. The chief said at least two shots were fired inside the police vehicle. Brown and the Ferguson police officer exited the vehicle, at which point the confrontation turned deadly. According to Chief Belmar, investigators have not determined the exact number of times Brown was shot, but told reporters the 18-year-old was shot "more than just a couple of times" but he did not think it was "many more than that." more >>
A Baptist preacher under fire for engaging in a Twitter clash with Braxton Caner, the teenage son of pastor and Brewton-Parker College President Ergun Caner, weeks before he reportedly committed suicide, expressed deep condolences to Braxton's family Thursday and suggested that he has decided to stop pursuing a decade-old muckraking campaign against Braxton's father, Ergun.
Hall, who had been a relentless critic of Ergun Caner due to a decade-old controversy about Caner's conversion from Islam to Christianity and has branded him an "unrepentant liar," said he would focus more on theological issues going forward.
"I hope that when the show (radio show) returns we will focus on more theological issues and less on the investigative reporting that the press seems ill-inclined to do, to make it more edifying. I've striven to do that very thing since my program came back after vacation. I will continue that as my ambition," said Hall. more >>
America prides itself on being the land of the free, but over the past four decades our prison population has risen tenfold. We have by far the highest rate of incarceration in the world, and as a consequence, at least 2.7 million children have at least one parent in prison. Some fathers have abandoned their children, but others have been locked away from them.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the federal prison population is 37 percent black, 32 percent Latino, and 28 percent white. Professor Michelle Alexander of Ohio State University went so far as to compare this trend to the legal discrimination in the American South in her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness. Even if one rejects the slightly conspiratorial tone of the book, the racial composition of the prison population is very alarming. Further, there is no question that most prisoners remain marginalized by society even after they are freed.
No sane person would question that some criminals absolutely belong behind bars; we do not want rapists and murderers out on the street. But according to a study by the Center for Economics and Policy Research, 60 percent of America's 2.3 million prisoners are non-violent offenders. Many prisoners may be guilty of crimes as minor as shoplifting or marijuana use. There is no doubt that our society must protect property rights and discourage the use of illegal substances, but are extended prison sentences the answer for these kinds of crimes? more >>
Text messages sent by the teenage missionary who reportedly admitted to raping children at a Kenyan orphanage surfaced this week revealing his belief that he was possessed by a demon named "Luke" at the time of the offenses.
Evidence brought by the Assistant US Attorney cites text messages from the indicted rapist Matthew Lane Durham, 19, to a friend. Those messages include threats to the Kenyan orphanage founder.
Michael Worthington, the man who admitted to raping and killing a 24-year-old girl in Missouri was executed early Wednesday morning, bringing closure to the parents of the young girl.
He was executed by the State of Missouri by lethal injection at the state prison and was pronounced dead at 12:11 a.m. He was sentenced to death after admitting to raping and killing Melinda "Mindy" Griffin during a burglary of her condominium. Her parents were present for the execution and hoped that it would bring a sense of closure to the case that has haunted them for 19 years.
"I figure I'll wake up in a better place tomorrow," Worthington told the Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday. "I'm just accepting of whatever's going to happen because I have no choice. The courts don't seem to care about what's right or wrong anymore." more >>