WASHINGTON — Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, addressed concerns that faith-based schools and institutions would be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status for upholding their biblical belief of traditional marriage if the U.S. Supreme Court delivers a pro-gay marriage ruling this month.
At a Wednesday press conference held in the senator's Capitol Hill office, Lee, along with prominent members of the evangelical higher education community, voiced concern over comments made in the Supreme Court's oral argument in April by the Obama administration's lead attorney, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.
Lee explained that Verrilli, who testified as a friend of the court on April 28 in favor of making same-sex marriage a national right, was asked by Justice Samuel Alito whether or not making same-sex marriage a constitutional right would allow for the IRS to revoke the tax-exempt statuses of faith-based schools and universities that choose not to recognize same-sex marriage because of their biblical convictions. more >>
This column was originally published at National Review.
Laura Kipnis is a feminist professor at Northwestern University — and not just any feminist. She's long been one of the few professors in American public life who are capable of making news with their scholarship, find their books reviewed by the most elite newspapers, and help start elite "conversations" about academe's favorite topics: sex, power, and identity. She's liberal, certainly (well known for her sympathetic views of pornography), but she's a free thinker. And that is intolerable.
Earlier this year she wrote an essay entitled "Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe" for the Chronicle of Higher Education. In the piece, she decried bans on students' dating professors, declaring, "If this is feminism, it's feminism hijacked by melodrama." Students were being taught to "regard themselves as exquisitely sensitive creatures." Their "sense of vulnerability" was "skyrocketing" as a result of the "melodramatic imagination's obsession with helpless victims and powerful predators." She warned that "the climate of sanctimony has grown too thick to penetrate," with any dissenter labeled "antifeminist, or worse, a sex criminal." more >>
What should Christians do about the hostile environment they increasingly face? In a Christian Post interview, professor George Yancey talks about his new book written for fellow Christians, Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias.
Christianophobia exists among a powerful elite subculture in the United States, University of North Texas sociologists Yancey and David Williamson wrote in So Many Christians, So Few Lions: Is There Christianophobia in the United States? While that book was written in an academic voice, in Hostile Environment, Yancey writes as a Christian speaking to fellow Christians, and offers some guidance on how Christians should respond to that anti-Christian hostility.
In an email interview with CP, Yancey said he appreciated the opportunity to speak from the heart to fellow believers about how he thinks Christians should respond to Christianophobia. more >>
A Nevada School has apologized for not allowing a preacher's 12-year-old daughter to include the Bible verse John 3:16 in a homework assignment.
In response to a letter of complaint sent by the Texas-based Liberty Institute, Somerset Academy of the Shelby County School District replied with an apology.
Montana students have a constitutional right to go on a public school field trip to a dinosaur museum, despite threats from secularists that a lawsuit would follow, according to a legal group based in Florida.
The Liberty Counsel, a conservative legal group, contacted officials at Glendive School District last Thursday regarding the public school system's cancellation of a field trip to the Glendive Dinosaur & Fossil Museum after administrators received a letter from the Washington D.C.-based secular group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, threatening a potential lawsuit if the students went on the field trip because the museum teaches the biblical view of Creation.
The secular group's threat of a lawsuit led to the school district's decision to cancel the field trip for its elementary school students. more >>
At least 95 public schools in northern Kenya have been closed indefinitely after Christian teachers in the area refused to work due to fear of an attack from radical Muslim groups such as al-Shabaab whose members slaughtered 148 Christian students at Garissa University in April.
Many of these schools employ Christians as teachers, leaving them unable to operate after this latest walkout.
"Teachers left and did not report back, so some schools have since closed down," said Roman Catholic Joseph Alessandro of the Garissa Diocese. more >>