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 >>
A new documentary about the Common Core produced by the Home School Legal Defense Association will be released on March 10.
The documentary, "Building the Machine," will be about 30 minutes long and available to the public for free. You will be able to watch it on YouTube or download it to your computer. A longer version, approximately 70 minutes, will be available on DVD later in the spring.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative has been adopted by 45 states as part of the Obama administration's Race to the Top program. As the standards are beginning to be implemented, there has been a growing chorus of voices, from both liberals and conservatives, with concerns about the standards. more >>
Millions of couples in the United States will find a myriad of creative ways to express their love for one another on Friday.
These offerings might include letters, candies, flowers, or even more commitment-based actions like marriage proposals.
It is yet another Saint Valentine's Day, a date where many focus on that special someone in their lives. While such expressions tend to have a strong certainty to their existence, such certainty does not reside with the namesake of the holiday. more >>