One of the best compensations a college professor receives is the summer holiday. No lectures to prepare, no papers or tests to grade, and no faculty committee meetings to endure. It's a time to do those things you would like to do, but simply do not have time for during the school year. It's a time to dig deeper into your field of research, to read for pleasure and to visit with friends and family. Check, check and check on all three this summer.
In June I had the great privilege to attend Acton University, a week-long feast of academic lectures from leading scholars on liberty and freedom, especially religious and economic freedom. For my summer reading I had selected an eight inch stack of books which grew a couple inches higher with books from Acton University. I enjoyed time in July with our very large extended family at our annual reunion at a Covenant Church family camp in New Hampshire. There were aunts and uncles and cousins and grandchildren at every turn.
Among the delightful conversations I had with my many relatives that week is one not-so-delightful conversation with a relative concerning their adult child, let's call her Jane, now thirty-something. Jane, like some other young adults in modern America is finding it hard "to launch", that is, to settle into a responsible adulthood. Despite completing a bachelor's degree at college, Jane had not yet worked in a full-time "career" job in her ten years or so of adulthood. She went from one temporary job to another. She lives once again at home with mom and dad, and works three days a week in a dead-end job that requires no special skill. But the conversation turned even more disturbing when my relative related how Jane had discovered the many government "benefits" (handouts) available to her. From Obamacare subsidies to food stamps and beyond, Jane is now a government dependent, and without a lick of remorse. In fact, she even scolded her parents for not making her aware of the government programs, so that she could have been receiving "benefits" earlier. more >>
In 2004, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Chicago Theological Seminary, an openly homosexual faculty member brought a special address titled, "'Do Not Be Conformed to This World': Queer Reading and the Task of the Preacher."
Earlier this month, this same seminary handed out specially packaged condoms bearing the school's name and the caption: "Take Two (For the second coming!)" (The seminary was participating in an annual celebration called The Wild Goose Festival.)
This is what happens when a seminary (or denomination; the school is part of the liberal United Church of Christ) departs from the Word and embraces the spirit of the age. more >>
Due to an objection with an Affordable Care Act mandate that requires health insurance plans to offer base birth control, Wheaton College has announced that it will no longer offer health insurance to its students to avoid conflicting with the institution's Christian convictions.
The decision, announced to its students on July 10, effectively strips about a quarter of the suburban Chicago non-denominational liberal arts school's undergraduate and graduate students of their health care plans, which is about 700-plus individuals.
As one of the most contested aspects of Obamacare has been the requirement for health insurance plans to provide birth control and emergency contraceptives, a number of Christian organizations have cried foul, claiming that the law violates their religious beliefs. more >>
After an independent report released during the winter found that Bob Jones University officials discouraged victims of sexual assault from filing police reports, a months-long local South Carolina police department investigation found that there is insufficient evidence to prove that BJU violated any mandatory reporting laws.
As the Greenville Police Department conducted a seven month investigation into whether teachers, counselors and other officials at the Christian college failed to obey South Carolina law by not reporting knowledge of alleged sexual crimes against juvenile students to authorities, the investigation could not prove that BJU officials were guilty of violating the law.
"After interviewing all available witnesses, reviewing historical documentation, and consulting with the solicitor, it was jointly concluded that there is insufficient evidence to establish probable cause or prove beyond a reasonable doubt that either the faculty or administration of BJU in place at that time violated the mandatory reporting law in the cases we reviewed," a statement recently released by the Greenville Police Department affirms. more >>
A public school district in Georgia will have to pay a humanist organization $22,500 through its insurance carriers after the organization sued the school system over allegations that local high school coaches led their teams in prayers and included biblical passages on official team log books and promotional banners.
In December, the American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit against the the Hall County School District in Gainesville, Georgia, over the district's practices of allowing coaches and other faculty to lead in team prayer during official school events and allowing Bible verses to be printed on team documents.
After sending warning letters to the school district last August, the lawsuit called out the prayer traditions of various athletic teams from Chestatee High School and North Hall High School. more >>
A Christian student at the University of Cape Town was forced out of her position at the institution after she posted a message on Facebook deemed "anti-gay marriage."
Commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that struck down all state-level gay marriage bans, Zizipho Pae, an economics and statistics major, was forced out of the Student Representative Council last week because she accused society of "normalizing sin."
After a meeting that included heated arguments, the university's student council voted 7 to 1 in favor of a motion to immediately remove Pae from her position, according to minutes posted online by the student group. more >>