Clemson University officials are countering an atheist group's accusations that it's imposing Christian beliefs on student athletes who participate in the football program. The university says the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is "mistaken" in its claim that football coach Dabo Swinney is pushing his beliefs on members of the Tigers team.
Robin Denny, spokesman for Clemson, told The Christian Post that the school is asserting its right to religious freedom, and added that the FFRF's allegations of unconstitutional preference for Christianity via the team's chaplain policy are misguided.
"We will evaluate the complaints raised in the letter and will respond directly to the organization, but we believe FFRF is mistaken in its assessment," said Denny. "The Supreme Court has expressly upheld the right of public bodies to employ chaplains and has noted that the use of prayer is not in conflict with the principles of disestablishment and religious freedom." more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice has successfully aided students from a New York-area high school in expressing their religious freedom through an after-school Bible study.
Concerned parents contacted the legal group after learning that the superintendent of an unnamed high school in Amsterdam, N.Y., had told a senior female student that she could not hold her student-led, after-school Bible study club without first purchasing an insurance policy to use the campus after school hours.
The superintendent made his request of the Bible study club even though other student-led clubs were not required to obtain an insurance policy. After being contacted by concerned parents and students, the ACLJ reportedly provided parents information about "relevant legal principals regarding religious clubs' access to school facilities," coming to the conclusion "that the Bible club must be given the same privileges as any other student-led club." more >>
An Oklahoma school district has approved a Bible course created by Hobby Lobby President Steve Green.
Mustang Public Schools approved the Bible course Monday, which would be a class focused on teaching the history, meaning and influence of the Old and New Testaments.
Mustang Schools Superintendent Sean McDaniel told The Christian Post that he is "excited to offer the elective." more >>
Thomas Nelson Community College along with its umbrella organization, the Virginia Community College System, has agreed to suspend its policy on "free speech zones" in response to a lawsuit brought by a student who wants to preach on campus.
Last month, Christian Parks brought a lawsuit before the Eastern District of Virginia Newport News Division, alleging that TNCC violated his freedom of speech when campus officials stopped him from preaching in an on-campus plaza area.
According to the lawsuit, Parks was prohibited from preaching due to the college's policy, which states that students can only stage demonstrations if they belong to a student group and get permission four days in advance. more >>
If you are a recent college graduate, or you are looking for a graduation gift, Charles Murray's new book may be for you. The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don'ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life compiles many pieces of advice for young adults entering the workforce.
Murray, a political scientist and W. H. Brady scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, initially wrote many parts of the book for AEI's young interns through its internal electronic communication board. He was eventually encouraged to collect all of those thoughts for the book.
The book includes a wide variety of topics, including language and writing, personal appearance, manners and etiquette, the types of jobs to look for, what to do about an incompetent boss, and when and who to marry. more >>
A Wisconsin-based atheist organization has sent a letter of complaint to Clemson University alleging that their football program includes "Christian worship."
The Freedom From Religion Foundation of Madison has warned Clemson University about the apparent religious content found in their football program.
In a letter sent out last week that was addressed to Clemson Senior Associate General Counsel Erin Swan Lauderdale, the FFRF outlined their argument that "Christian worship seems interwoven into Clemson's football program." more >>