Students at Rutgers University are rallying support to hire back a campus bus driver who was fired recently for praying and laying hands over a disabled student while others are speaking out against the school via social media sites in disappointment over his termination.
Stan McNeil made a video in response to a campus newspaper article that leaked information regarding his departure from his post, which was guaranteed to remain private, according to his former supervisor. In the video, McNeil says First Transit, the company that oversees Rutgers' bus services, told him that they would not fire him for the incident but rather gave him the option to voluntarily resign, which McNeil agreed to.
"I had no intention to leave, I was pulled into the office and was told that my services weren't needed anymore," said McNeil. "They told me that they didn't accept the fact that I prayed and laid hands on one of the students." more >>
National pro-life organization Personhood USA established an affiliate in New York City this week, intentionally aiming to frustrate the goals of Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, which, they say, follow the eugenics mindset of Margaret Sanger.
"This is where Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood and where Planned Parenthood targets women in minority neighborhoods," Josh Craddock, Personhood NY spokesperson and board member, told The Christian Post in an interview on Wednesday. "We know that the political climate in New York is hostile to life and hostile to personhood legislation, so we hold education as a goal."
The spokesman explained that personhood legislation "would protect human life from beginning to natural end," and announced the organization's plans to submit such laws in order to open dialogue about pro-life issues. Craddock praised the resurgence of Christianity in "the Big Apple" and said Personhood NY prioritizes church outreach to galvanize support for pro-life laws. He recalled a forum Tuesday night involving New York City clergy. more >>
A group that opposes a recent piece of California legislation mandating co-ed bathroom facilities for public schools has gathered over 620,000 signatures for a ballot initiative against the new law.
Privacy For All Students (PFAS), a grassroots organization founded in 2011, announced Sunday that they hit the 620,000 signature mark, which is well above the minimum needed for an initiative to get on the ballot.
Karen England, member of the PFAS coalition's executive committee, said in a statement that she believed the number might be the largest amount of signatories garnered for any California ballot initiative. more >>
Despite 17 percent of its nearly 35,000 student population coming from racial minority groups, including a reported 12 percent African-American cohort, some claim the university has photoshopped the face of a black student into a picture that shows a group of white graduates on its homepage.
Local publication Yellowhammer News recently questioned whether the lone black student, among what appears to be four other white students in a picture featured on the homepage of the university's website, is the result of real inclusivity or the product of a botched Photoshop job.
The publication reached out to the university for answers to this question and the school responded in a tweet which said: "Per our policy, students were not inserted or 'Photoshopped' into the graduation photo on UA.edu. The photo is unaltered." more >>
WASHINGTON – The ideas behind individual freedom, personal responsibility, and basic human rights require something more than materialism, a Christian scholar argued.
"The easiest way to avoid sawing off the branch you sit on as a libertarian is to be a theist," Jay Richards, distinguished fellow at the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics and author of the book Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism is the Solution and Not the Problem, told an audience of about 80 people at Ebenezer's Coffeehouse near Capitol Hill on Thursday.
Richards argued that the basic truths behind the Declaration of Independence and the political theory of libertarianism require a theistic worldview. Materialism, by contrast, fails to provide the necessary foundation for freedom, responsibility, reason, and moral truth, he contends. These four bedrock beliefs – that human beings have free will and are responsible for their actions, that they can reason and come to a knowledge of truth, and that there is objective morality in the world – are fundamental to a libertarian understanding, he claimed. more >>
Earlier this week I wrote a short piece about the impact of mockery and stigma on kids' beliefs that contained the following observation about modern college life:
The idea of college as mounting a comprehensive intellectual challenge to conservatism, especially conservative Christianity, is largely outdated. The modern college isn't a terribly intellectual place, featuring dumbed-down courses, far more time spent partying than studying, and legions of stressed-out adjuncts and graduate students (rather than the classic liberal intellect seen in movies and television) doing most of the actual teaching. In other words, when it comes to the life of the mind, there's not much to most contemporary universities.