A University of Connecticut assistant football coach who previously made waves for saying "Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle" has resigned for personal reasons purportedly unrelated to the controversy regarding his comments.
Ernest Jones, who served as the running backs coach and director of player engagement for the University of Connecticut football team, resigned from his post just two months after being hired. Both he and newly hired head coach Bob Diaco previously served at the Catholic university of Notre Dame.
"Ernest has resigned his position effective immediately here at the university after deep introspection and reflection," Diaco said in a statement Monday, according to The Hartford Courant. "And it is entirely family and personally related." more >>
Scholars, especially political scientists, have become irrelevant to public debates, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof argued Saturday. After scolding the academic discipline for not engaging the public and using new tools, such as Twitter and blogs, political scientists went to their blogs and Twitter feeds to let Kristof know that they are doing exactly what Kristof complains they are not doing.
"Some of the smartest thinkers on problems at home and around the world are university professors, but most of them just don't matter in today's great debates," Kristof wrote.
"The most stinging dismissal of a point is to say: 'That's academic.' In other words, to be a scholar is, often, to be irrelevant." more >>
WASHINGTON – A Christian panelist, David Kotter, argued that Ayn Rand's libertarian hero John Galt was unconsciously modeled on Jesus Christ. A follower of Rand, William R Thomas, agreed that Galt was modeled after Christ, but argued that Rand consciously intended to do so.
Kotter, visiting scholar at The Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, insisted that Rand did base her character off of Jesus, although she likely did it unconsciously. "I would encourage you to read the gospel of Matthew and then read Atlas [Shrugged]," Rand's book featuring John Galt. "Ayn Rand imbibed ideas from the character of Jesus," Kotter declared. He described Galt as "the man who by perfect reason is the epitome of manhood, and is very similar to Jesus." more >>
The former head of Council for Christian Colleges and Universities has sued the organization after he was fired from his position in October.
Edward O. Blews was brought on by the higher ed organization, which represents 174 faith-based members and affiliates in the beginning of 2013. The CCCU fired Blews after less than a year with little explanation, aside from releasing a statement that said the decision had been made after "careful investigation and prayerful consideration."
A high school in North Carolina is under fire for allegedly not allowing students to form a secular club on campus, saying such a club would not "fit in" with the rest of the student population.
Kalei Wilson and her brother, Ben, have reportedly been trying for months to establish a chapter of the of Secular Student Alliance at Pisgah High School in Canton, but they claim they have been refused by the school's administrators, who allegedly told the siblings, "we don't need a group like that," and that a secular-themed student club was "not a good fit" for the school.
After the administration made no progress on approving of the club, Kalei Wilson contacted the Secular Student Alliance, which sent a letter to the school asking them to accept the group. The school ignored the letter, causing the SSA to get in touch with the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, which also sent a letter to the superintendent of Haywood County Schools. These groups are also awaiting a response. more >>
"The Lego Movie," directed by Phil Lord, has been criticized and praised as an anti-business film with a villain who looks like Mitt Romney, but Christian reviewers say it does not take a political stance and provides a strong outlet for conversation with children about the important things in life.
"The movie is so frenetic that it's hard to pin it down the first time," Alex Wainer, associate professor of Communication and Media Studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University, told The Christian Post in a statement on Friday. Nevertheless, he praised the film. "I recommend the film as a great conversation starter for families and friends interested in the way movies can raise questions about life and how we should live.
"The Lego Movie" hit the top of the box office last weekend with $69 million and a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While some attack it as a "capitalist dystopia" ruled by "President Business," libertarian critic Mollie Hemingway suggested it may be "the most subversive pro-liberty film ever." more >>