As public outrage grew amid reports of student Ahmed Mohamed's arrest for taking a homemade clock to school last week, new questions are emerging about the 14-year-old who became an international sensation and the authenticity of his clock.
Mayor Beth Van Duyne of Irving, Texas, where MacArthur High School is located, said Tuesday, "The other side of the story is not coming out," during a televised interview with Glenn Beck.
Van Duyne and local law enforcement officials in Irving are calling on Mohamed's parents to allow for the additional release of information regarding the incident at Mohamed's high school in the Irving Independent School District. However, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the family's attorney has advised them not to agree to the information release request. more >>
The mother of a left-handed 4-year-old Oklahoma preschooler is now speaking out after her son's teacher reportedly forced him to write with his right hand because some associate left-handedness with evil and the devil.
The boy's mother, Alisha Sands, who is also left-handed, told KFOR that she kept her son, Zayde, at home Monday after a dispute with his teacher at Oakes Elementary in Okemah about a letter that was sent home with him highlighting the evils of left-handedness.
"In many western cultures, right-handedness was/is considered the 'correct' or 'right' hand to use, and left handedness was unlucky, inauspicious or frankly evil," noted the letter in part. more >>
The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities announced Monday that two member schools have withdrawn their memberships in order to avoid creating significant division within the consortium over the institutions' recently adopted policies that allow for the hiring of openly gay and lesbian faculty.
In July, Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia and Goshen College in Indiana became the first members of the 120-member, 35-denomination CCCU to alter their employment nondiscrimination policies to include sexual orientation as a protected class, meaning that the institutions can hire professors who are married to a person of the same sex.
Two other CCCU member schools, Union College in Tennessee and Oklahoma Wesleyan University, withdrew their memberships this summer because they felt the council did not act swiftly to defend traditional marriage by revoking EMU and Goshen's memberships. more >>
Famed atheist writer and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has clarified statements he recently made about a Muslim teen in Texas who was arrested for bringing a clock he built to school.
Dawkins, who had previously expressed skepticism about the official story of Ahmed Mohamed and his arrest, stressed on Twitter that he agreed it was wrong to arrest and handcuff the student.
Politically correct colleges are actually harming their students by trying to protect them from ever being offended.
On many college campuses, a movement is afoot to shut down statements or topics that might offend some people, or that will "trigger" unpleasant feelings or emotions. They're called "microagressions." And what qualifies as a "microagression" that may "trigger" someone these days can get downright ridiculous
For example, earlier this year at Brandeis University, an Asian American student group put up a display with comments such as, "Aren't you supposed to be good at math?" and even "I'm colorblind! I don't see race." Well, even this was too much for some other Asian students, who said the display itself was offensive — and had it taken down. Meanwhile, the University of California system has deemed many statements, including "America is the land of opportunity" and "I believe the most qualified person should get the job," to be offensive. more >>
Alabama's Department of Education has voted in favor of new educational standards that will "require" students to learn about the theory of evolution.
Last week the state's Board of Education unanimously approved new science course standards meant to update current ones approved 10 years ago.