Several weeks before Calvin College senior Ryan Struyk was due to return to school and assume his position as editor in chief of the student newspaper the Calvin Chimes last summer, he began mulling over how he might deepen the campus thought process on LGBT issues.
Struyk felt that the conversation had stagnated at his liberal arts, Michigan-based Christian college where he observed that many discussions among the 4,000 students were constrained and shallow, as many individuals did not personally know—or know that they knew—any LGBT students.
"Different pockets of Calvin students are in different places, Struyk told The Christian Post. "There are some groups on campus who have friends who are gay and are out, and there are some pockets of Calvin students who still use gay slurs and don't think they have any friends who are gay. I wanted to help [the latter] pockets realize there are a lot of these students asking these questions and might be in their own friend group that they don't know about." more >>
The mother of the little girl kissed by a six-year-old classmate, who received a report of sexual harassment in his file, is now speaking out about her daughter's feelings on the situation. She applauded the school for taking action against the young boy and fully supports the report of sexual harassment being put in his record.
Hunter Yelton, 6, was suspended and given a report of sexual harassment after reportedly kissing the girl on the hand. His mother was not pleased with the situation and spoke out, calling for the school to rescind the report of sexual harassment, stating that there was no way Hunter could have known what he was doing was wrong.
Jade Masters-Ownbey, the mother of the girl at the center of the incident, spoke out on Facebook about her daughter's side of the story and explained that this had not happened once or twice but "over and over… not with her permission but sneaking up on her… not without warning and consequences prior to suspension," she told the Daily Record. more >>
The president of a Virginia Christian college, which will open up a formal "listening period" in January to consider reversing its ban on faculty same-sex relationships, called churches and institutions that believe they have "forever settled" the relationship between homosexuality and the Church "intellectually dishonest."
"There have been many issues in the history of church that we thought were settled and minds have been changed," Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) President Loren Swartzendruber told The Christian Post earlier this week.
"The big question for Christians in this nation right now and around the world, is that many of us want things to be stated in black and white and we don't do well with debating issues that are contentious," said Swartzendruber. "The world is not black and white. It just isn't. And people who say, 'You just read the Bible and you don't interpret it,' that's intellectually dishonest because everyone interprets. Every time they open their Bible, they interpret." more >>
The White House has announced that they will give $100 million to help fund improvements in mental health facilities and access in the United States.
Vice President Joe Biden explained the situation prompting the funding as the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre draws near.
"The fact that less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need is unacceptable," stated Biden. "The president and I have made it a priority to do everything we can to make it easier to access mental health services, and today's announcements by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture build on that commitment." more >>
Republican Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn have voiced their support for a group of high school cheerleaders in Texas who are currently involved in a lawsuit over painting Bible verses on banners prior to school football games. A judge had previously ruled the religious banners were constitutional after the school initially banned them, and the case is currently before the Ninth District Court of Appeals.
Cruz and Cornyn submitted a joint amicus brief in the court case Kountze Independent School District v. Cotti Matthews last week. The court case is between the Kountze Independent School District and parents of students at Kountze High School in East Texas.
Last year, the school district ordered cheerleaders at the high school to stop painting Bible passages on large paper banners, which football players would run through at the start of each football game. The school district had banned the banners after receiving a threatening letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and parents filed a lawsuit against the district arguing that because the banners were created by the cheerleaders, they were not endorsed by the public school and therefore were not in violation of the Establishment Clause. more >>
A teacher in Illinois is being criticized after he reportedly told one of his students she could only write on the topic of abortion for an assignment if she wrote from a pro-abortion perspective.
Abigail Cornejo, a sophomore at Palatine High School in Palatine, Illinois recently asked her teacher if she could write on abortion for a class assignment that asked students to write on a controversial issue. The teacher, David Valentino, reportedly told the student she could not write on the topic of abortion because he's read too many papers on the issue and doesn't care anymore. When Cornejo reportedly pressed Valentino about writing on abortion, the teacher said ultimately she could write on the subject if she did so from a pro-abortion perspective.
"My English class is doing a controversial issue research paper," Cornejo told LifeNews in a recent interview. "My English teacher, Mr. David Valentino originally told the class we may not do abortion, euthanasia, or legalization or marijuana. I asked why we couldn't do infanticide, abortion and he replied with, 'I've read too many papers on it. I don't care anymore.'" more >>