NEW YORK — There's a new religion exploding on the campuses of American universities and colleges, says Thomas Cooley professor of ethical leadership at New York University, Jonathan Haidt. And if it isn't stopped, it might just be better to shut them all down in the next 10 or 20 years.
The religion of fundamental social justice sweeping across college campuses is so alarming, intense, and dripping with such extreme liberal fundamentalism, says Haidt, it has created an existential crisis for American academia while punishing heretics with public shame.
"There is an extremely intense, fundamental social justice religion that's taking over, not all students, but a very strong [space] of it, at all our colleges and universities. They are prosecuting blasphemy and this is where we are," Haidt warned an audience about the religion at a lecture billed "The American University's New Assault on Free Speech," organized by the Manhattan Institute in New York City this week. more >>
An atheist group has filed a complaint against a Wisconsin-based Christian school for its decision to punish students who openly express transgender or homosexual behaviors.
St. John's Lutheran School of Baraboo, which receives federal funding for certain student aid programs, informed parents earlier this year that they reserve the right to punish homosexuality and transgender activity.
Patrick Elliot of the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, the largest atheist organization in the United States, filed a complaint earlier this month against the school before the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. more >>
Baylor University, a private Baptist institution known for both its athletic teams and research, reportedly fired its six-year President Ken Starr on Tuesday.
Citing sources close to the situation, HornsDigest.com said Starr, a Christian who is best known by many as the 1990s independent counsel who investigated Bill Clinton's sex scandal involving White House intern Monica Lewinsky, was fired over how the school handled reports of rape and assault made against five of the university's football players.
Two of them, Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu, were convicted of raping two Baylor co-eds. Elliot is currently serving a 20-year sentence for his conviction in January 2014. more >>
East Liverpool High School was forced by an atheist group to turn away from its 70-year-old tradition of singing the Lord's Prayer at graduation, but the valedictorian chose to lead the class in a recitation of the Christian prayer during the ceremony.
This year's graduating class was told by the school that the recital of the Lord's Prayer had been removed from the program due to a complaint from the nation's largest atheist organization, the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation, to East Liverpool's school administrators who didn't want to fight a legal battle.
A lawmaker in the United States House of Representatives has introduced legislation to counter the Obama administration's public school transgender bathroom edict that would prohibit the federal government from being able to reduce school district's funding over bathroom policies.
As previously reported, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice issued a joint guidence on May 13 that instructs all public school districts in the U.S. to allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with the sex in which they identify.
Although the Obama administration's guidance does not have the full force of law behind it to require compliance, schools that choose not to abide by the guidence run the risk of losing millions of dollars in federal education funding. more >>
Former megachurch pastor Rob Bell has recently declared that he rarely uses the term "American" anymore when describing himself or others.
In an interview with the popular digital publication Downpebbles, Bell said he preferred not using the term "American," believing that United States citizens should go beyond selfish titles.
"I don't actually use the word 'American,' because I think Amerigo Vespucci would be mortified that a country with very strong codes of in-and-out was started in his name," said Bell. more >>