Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias recently discussed the ramifications of social media on society and implied that the Internet phenomenon was like the Tower of Babel from the Bible.
He began his discussion of social media that is posted in a video at ChurchLeaders.com by answering the question, "Isn't Facebook bad?"
"I think that's a great question and I frankly think it is an enormously vital phenomenon," Zacharias said. "Most of us, particularly my generation, do not fully understand it because many in my vintage will not often use it to its full extent. I don't even understand the ramifications of it sometimes, but I will tell you what, we've watched recent movements in continents and sub-continents, watched demagogues overthrown, watched systems changed, [and] watched revolutions begin." more >>
A transgender teen who was born male but insists he is a female, cried foul last week when all-female Smith College twice rejected his application for admission to the institution because of his male genitalia.
The teen, Calliope Wong, 17, a senior at Amity Regional Senior High School in Connecticut, took to his blog last summer when Smith first declined his application because he isn't biologically a female. In order to be recognized as a female, Wong must first perform gender reassignment surgery, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
But in a defiant and seemingly quixotic appeal on his blog, Wong railed against the school's rejection and incorrectly identifies himself as a transexual girl. A transexual is a person who has undergone gender reassignment surgery, which Wong has yet to do. more >>
Liberty University has announced that for the first time in its 42-year history a woman will be the keynote speaker at its commencement ceremony, with the evangelical Christian college revealing Sunday that Fox News correspondent Shannon Bream will take the stage one day after evangelical Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias speaks at the baccalaureate ceremony.
"So humbled and thrilled to be speaking at @LibertyU commencement – can't wait to see our amazing grads and their loved ones!" Bream tweeted Monday. Bream, who covers mostly Supreme Court issues for Fox News, graduated from the Lynchburg, Va., university in 1993.
Bream also is the first Liberty University graduate to speak at commencement, although she previously addressed students at the Christian school during a 2009 convocation. The Fox News reporter, who joined the network in 2007 and is based in Washington, D.C., holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree that she earned at Florida State University College of Law. more >>
A Florida academic institution has put a professor who told his students to write "Jesus" on a piece of paper and stomp on it on administrative leave.
Florida Atlantic University announced Friday that Dr. Deandre Poole, the professor at the center of the controversy, was placed on leave for safety reasons.
"As a result of the reaction to a recent exercise in Dr. Poole's intercultural communications class, the instructor's personal safety has been compromised," said the university in a statement. more >>
As the nation has focused on the Supreme Court hearings on the constitutionality of same sex marriage, news from the state of Indiana could prove far more important regarding the nation's future.
The Indiana Supreme Court has just ruled unanimously, 5-0, that Indiana's school voucher program, signed into law in 2011, the most expansive school voucher program in the nation, does not violate the state's constitution.
Those who challenged the law argued that the voucher program is unconstitutional because it allows public funds to be used for religious education. more >>
Boston College, a Jesuit, Catholic university located in Chestnut Hill, Mass., is currently working to stop the distribution of condoms and other "safe sex" materials on campus, arguing that the promotion of contraceptive use interferes with the university's religious values.
"The distribution of condoms is not congruent with our values and traditions," Boston College's Dean of Students Paul Chebator and Director of Residence Life George Arey said in a March 15 email to students, according to NBC News.
"We do need to advise you that should we receive any reports that you are, in fact, distributing condoms on campus, the matter would be referred to the student conduct office for disciplinary action by the university," the email continued, adding that the university has a "responsibility to protect the values and traditions of Boston College as a Jesuit, Catholic institution." more >>