As students prepared for their summer vacation in Boone County, Kentucky this week, they found two books waiting for them as they exited their school campuses: the Bible and The Young Atheist's Survival Guide, written by blogger Hemant Mehta.
The Boone County School System agreed to allow the Gideons International evangelical group and the Tri-State Freethinkers to distribute their books near the district's high school campuses, including Boone, Conner, Cooper, and Ryle schools this week. The religious and nonreligious materials could not be present on the campuses, so volunteers from both groups stationed themselves at the public area outside of the schools to pass out the literature, given explicit directions to only provide the literature to those who were interested.
"We cannot allow any groups like this within the schools because the federal court has ruled that unconstitutional," Barbara Brady, community relations coordinator for the school district, told Cincinnati.com. more >>
WASHINGTON – A proponent of abstinence education has stated that the term "war on women" is being used to attack sexual risk avoidance education.
Valerie Huber, president and CEO of the National Abstinence Education Association, spoke at a Family Research Council event Wednesday on the issue titled, "Collateral damage in the 'war on women' debate: Sexual risk avoidance education caught in the crosshairs."
In an interview with The Christian Post, Huber explained why she and her nonpartisan organization felt an obligation to address the war on women phrase. more >>
The founder and executive director of a Christian-based addiction and mental health counseling helpline says that there were plenty of warning signs that should have prompted a number of different people to seek help for Santa Barbara, California, shooter Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old who killed six people before dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The California murder spree that took place on May 23 raises questions about the nation's mental health system and the warning signs, says Lighthouse Network's Dr. Karl Benzio, who is also a psychiatrist. He adds that many mental health issues stem from lack of healthy decision-making and coping skills.
"At some point in our lives – and probably at many points – each one of us will face situations that are painful, disappointing, even devastating," Benzio said. "Whether it's broken or non-existent relationships, business or personal failure, or the betrayal or death of a loved one, painful experiences and situations are unavoidable. The only thing over which we have any control is our decision on how we respond to life's onslaughts. Some people respond by denying a problem exists, some by turning to prescription medication or illegal substances as an unhealthy coping mechanism, and some, sadly, by giving into anger and rage until these spill over into harmful actions against themselves or others." more >>
A recently released study from researchers in Germany has concluded that a link exists between pornography usage and lower brain mass.
Published last week by JAMA Psychiatry, the cross-sectional study was conducted by Dr. Simone Kühn of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and Dr. Jürgen Gallinat of University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendor in Hamburg.
The researchers surveyed 64 adult males in good health, who had varying levels of pornography consumption. more >>
Silencing and marginalization of conservative voices have become commonplace in the United States, as recently highlighted by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Democrat strategist Kirsten Powers, who herself supports same-sex marriage.
Last week, Bloomberg spoke about universities becoming bastions of intolerance.
"This spring, it has been disturbing to see a number of college commencement speakers withdraw - or have their invitations rescinded -- after protests from students and - to me, shockingly - from senior faculty and administrators who should know better," Bloomberg said Thursday at a commencement speech at Harvard University, according to CNN. more >>
All along Young America's Foundation has said that college campuses nationwide seem to be less and less objective-well now even Michael Bloomberg agrees. At a commencement ceremony at Harvard yesterday, Bloomberg stated that colleges are supposed to be a place where students learn how to think, not where they are told what to think.
Just last week, Young America's Foundation released its 22nd annual "Commencement Speakers Survey" which reveals that 43 liberal speakers and only 9 conservatives are scheduled to speak or have already spoken at this year's commencement ceremonies at America's top 100 colleges. Campuses are using commencement addresses as the last and final push to indoctrinate young impressionable minds.
It is important to note that Young America's Foundation has always advocated for both sides to be presented on campuses-not one side over the other. We frequently hear from students about how they feel as though their free speech rights are suppressed on campus and 52% said that professors often do not present alternative viewpoints when there are different sides to an issue. more >>