The American Library Association has revealed that the Bible is among the books most often challenged and called to be banned in libraries.
"You have people who feel that if a school library buys a copy of the Bible, it's a violation of church and state," said James LaRue, who directs the Office for Intellectual Freedom for the American Library Association, according to The Associated Press.
"And sometimes there's a retaliatory action, where a religious group has objected to a book and a parent might respond by objecting to the Bible." more >>
A Christian student expelled from England's Sheffield University because he quoted the Bible's stance on homosexuality in a Facebook post supportive of controversial Kentucky clerk Kim Davis has lost his appeal.
Felix Ngole, a 38-year-old in his second year of study for a master's degree in social work at the University of Sheffield in South Yorkshire was told that he is no longer a student at the university after a committee ruled he "may have caused offense to some individuals" by issuing a Facebook post last September quoting Leviticus on the Bible's condemnation of homosexuality.
Ngole's post came in defense of Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, who became the center of a media firestorm last year when she refused to allow her office to issue same-sex marriage licenses with her name and title on them because of her religious objection to same-sex marriage. more >>
As the Republicans and Democrats get ever closer to their respective national conventions, much speculation abounds as to whether there will be a brokered convention.
In various interviews and public statements, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has stated that if he gets the most votes he should be the nominee, even if he fails to secure a majority of delegates before the convention.
Under party rules, a candidate must have a majority of delegates to become the nominee. If no candidate has a majority on the first vote, several rounds of voting could take place before the delegates agree on a nominee. more >>
Can we draw attention again to the tragic brokenness of American college education? Many of us are wondering this year how Washington DC became so broken. Perhaps some of the deeper moral problems of our national leadership are pathologies that affect much of the whole country.
Broken education can be a crucial factor for what could destroy a person and a nation. At the same time, a truly renewing education can be liberating, through opening minds and shining light on the path to hope and wholeness.
Education is never salvation — but it can still help point the way. more >>
In July of this year approximately 50,000 people will attend the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
Current Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is presently leading his opponents in the race to get enough delegates to secure the party nomination.
However, many have expressed concern over the controversial Trump becoming the nominee and have looked for an anti-Trump to get the nomination in spite of lacking a larger share of votes and delegates. more >>
A small college in New York City has announced that it will remove all gender identification signage from bathrooms across its campus in a move designed to get rid of "gendered spaces."
Cooper Union, an arts and engineering college in Manhattan that has an enrollment of less than 1,000, has decided to rid its school of signs denoting men's and women's bathrooms and instead place signs reading "restroom with urinals and stalls" and "restroom with only stalls."
The school's acting President Bill Mea announced in a March 18 email sent to the campus community that he has decided to not only remove gender identification from "any spaces" on campus but also open up all single-occupancy bathrooms for everyone to use. more >>