Two African-American brothers who play basketball for the Sheboygan Falls High School in Wisconsin were recently suspended from school after some parents complained that a goofy picture of them making "3-point" signs in the local paper "looked" gang related.
Now the community is in an uproar over the decision with the editor of The Sheboygan Falls News, which published the photo, coming to the defense of the players.
The paper, according to TMJ 4 took several photos of brothers Jordan, Jamal and Juwaun Jackson for a story chronicling their move to the school district. The paper decided to use a goofy picture that shows Sheyboygan Falls senior, Jordan Jackson, making the 3-point sign with his finger, but some parents complained to the school district that the brothers were making gang signs. more >>
A school district in Arizona is considering adding invocation prayers at their board meetings, pending the result of a United States Supreme Court decision on a similar matter.
Officials at Gilbert Public Schools met Tuesday to discuss the possibility of including prayer on the agenda for board meetings.
Jack Keegan, superintendent of Gilbert Public Schools, told The Christian Post that various details had yet to be hammered out as to how the invocation would operate. more >>
A spokesperson for the Seattle archdiocese on Wednesday publicly addressed students and members of the community who are protesting the firing of gay Vice Principal Mark Zmuda from Eastside Catholic.
Zmuda stopped working at the private Catholic high school on Dec. 20, 2013. While the school claimed that he had resigned, the former vice principal said that he had been fired for marrying his husband.
Since his departure, a petition calling for his reinstatement has garnered nearly 21,000 online signatures, and on Wednesday a group of demonstrators marched to the Seattle Catholic Archdiocese to demand answers. more >>
The president of a Connecticut university has pushed back against comments made by the school's assistant football coach, who recently said one of his goals as director of player engagement is to make sure students understand "Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle."
Ernest Jones, the running backs coach and director of player engagement for the University of Connecticut football team, told the local Hartford Courant in a recent interview that his role as director of player engagement is to develop players in a variety of ways aside from their athletic performance, including their role in society, how to write a resume, and how to develop social skills. In the interview, Jones also stressed the importance of a player's spirituality, saying that each athlete participates in "fellowship, non-denominational type things" while playing with the team.
"We're going to make sure they understand that Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle, that that's something that is important. If you want to be successful and you want to win, get championships, then you better understand that this didn't happen because of you," Jones told the Courant in the interview, published over the weekend. "This happened because of our Lord and Savior. That's going to be something said by Bob Diaco. That's something that's going to be said by Ernest Jones. That's who we are." more >>
WASHINGTON – Women who have more sexual partners are more likely to get an abortion, according to research presented at an event held at the Family Research Council (FRC) on Wednesday.
In a report published this month by the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) and presented at the FRC, the authors argued that the sexual revolution fuels the abortion industry.
"The Mask You Live In," a new documentary that will be released this year, explores the many difficulties boys are having in American society today. One scholar, though, is concerned that its critique of masculinity will go too far.
"We've constructed an idea of masculinity in the United States that doesn't give young boys a way to feel secure in their masculinity, so we make them go prove it all the time," Dr. Michael Kimmel, a sociologist and educator, says in the trailer, which has nearly 1.5 million views at press time.
The film is made by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who made "Miss Representation," which looked at how the media represents, or misrepresents, women. In a July interview with The Huffington Post, Newsom explains that it was during the making of that film, while she was pregnant with her son, that she began thinking about the difficulties that boys face. more >>