Georgetown University, a Jesuit college located in Washington, D.C., has decided to allow a student group to distribute condoms on campus. This move differs from a previous decision made by Georgetown's sister Jesuit school, Boston College, to stop the promotion of safe sex on campus because it went against the university's religious values.
Georgetown, the oldest and first Jesuit university in the nation, announced that it will not be stopping H*Yas for Choice, an independent student group advocating pro-choice and pro-safe sex, from distributing condoms to students on campus. The student group offers an online form to fellow students seeking to have condoms distributed at their party or event; the students then may either pick up their condoms or have them delivered.
"H*yas for Choice is not an organization with access to university benefits and does not use university resources," Rachel Pugh, director of media relations at Georgetown, said in a statement. "We respect the rights of our students to join outside groups as individuals and believe this activity falls within that context." more >>
A Christian outreach director took an unusual approach in discussing Harvard University's "Sex Week," a semi-annual celebration and information week. He said it makes sex boring.
"They try to be titillating. Sex weeks actually make sex boring – it focuses on the mechanics, sex toys and how to lose your virginity," Greg Jao, national field director for the Christian campus outreach group Intervarsity, told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday.
"Sex is something God-given, beautiful, transcendent, and intimacy-creating," Jao explained. Rather than attack the wrongful use of sex outside of marriage, he pointed to the great value of sex in a Christian context. He also told CP that the Harvard chapter of Intervarsity has started a Bible study series focused on "true intimacy" and the Song of Songs. more >>
A bill that would require Pennsylvania public schools to put the national motto "In God We Trust" on display was passed by a committee in the state House of Representatives on Wednesday.
The legislation, called the National Motto Display Act, passed the House Education Committee by a vote of 14 to nine on Wednesday. State Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny/Washington), who sponsored the bill, hopes that displaying the motto in schools will inspire patriotism and also help educate students on part of the state's heritage, according to a press release.
James Pollock, who was a governor of Pennsylvania in the 1850s, was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln to serve as the director of the U.S. Mint, the bill states. Although "In God We Trust" was a phrase already known from Francis Scott Key's "Star Spangled Banner," it was Pollock who pushed for the motto's appearance on U.S. currency. In 1864, Congress approved the phrase to be included on two-cent pieces. more >>
A major academic institution based in the Lone Star State has reached an agreement to open up a campus in the nation of Israel.
Texas A&M recently reached an agreement with the Israeli government for the creation of a satellite campus known as "Texas A&M University at Nazareth – Peace Campus."
Steven B. Moore, vice chancellor of the Office of Marketing and Communications at Texas A&M, told The Christian Post that the vision of the new campus was shared by many. more >>
Since its inception, Halloween seems to be among the more controversial subjects for Christians. Some argue that it is just a normal day, while others claim it's a day of the Devil.
The Christian Post spoke to a few pastors for them to weigh in on the holiday, which has a storied and complicated past.
It is important to note that although the day has its roots in pagan origins, the actual name Halloween comes from All Hallows Eve, which is the day before All Saints Day or All Hallows' Day, a Catholic holy day that remembers the dead, saints, and those who have died for their faith. more >>
Children in primary school should begin learning about religious beliefs, the Religious Education Council for England and Wales has said, responding to recent reports revealing that less than half of schools in England present adequate religious education.
The October 2013 study, titled "A Curriculum Framework for Religious Education in England," comes in response to a report published by Ofsted, the U.K.'s official body for inspecting schools, which revealed that religious education is being "squeezed out" and that schools have a confused "sense of purpose" when it comes to offering religious education.
"At its best, religious education encourages children and young people to extend their natural curiosity and prepares them for life in modern society," said Michael Cladingbowl, Ofsted's director of schools. more >>