According to some, including a few folks in government, religious liberty is code for religious bigotry.
You've probably heard of Title IX, the federal law signed by President Nixon in 1972 "that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity." Title IX is probably best known for its effect on women's athletics by mandating equitable treatment with men's teams.
Of course, discrimination against women and girls on the basis of their sex is a bad thing, and so Title IX — though not a perfect piece of legislation — has done a lot of good. But the federal government has a habit of extending legislation beyond its intended reach, and that's what is happening right now with Title IX. more >>
I am a black female with four degrees, including a Doctorate of Education and Masters of Public Administration. I coached basketball for 18 years at many fine collegiate institutions and have experienced many things in my life. The blessings that surround my life have been numerous, indeed, but I would not be the leader I am today without the strength and guidance of two women who understood the value of what they didn't have.
My grandmother only had about an eighth-grade education. My mom didn't earn her undergraduate degree until she was 50 years old. Growing up under their watchful eyes in Arkansas, there was never a doubt that I would attend — and graduate — from college.
They instilled in me a love of learning and helped me to understand how an education could open doors that otherwise would remain locked. I didn't fully appreciate that until I was in graduate school when I began to understand being exposed to education doesn't just happen in the classroom. Classrooms and teachers are vital, but the most important thing is exposing children to education from their earliest years. That exposure can happen walking through a campus or traveling the world or through that mainstay of African-American culture, our churches. more >>
Attacks against religion in the Unites States are at all time high, according to a report released by the First Liberty Institute, a legal organization fighting for religious freedom in America.
The First Liberty team identified 1,285 attacks on religion in the U.S. for 2015, which represents a double increase from the numbers reported in 2012, when it started documenting such attacks.
Several different religious groups were targeted in America throughout the year, according to the report, including Christians, Jews, and people of Native American faith. more >>
Few authors have impacted the American literary and public consciousness as much as Harper Lee and her widely read and acclaimed novel, To Kill A Mockingbird.
Published over a half century ago, it continues to be widely read and sends powerful messages to American society regarding race, morality, and conscience.
With Lee's recent passing at the age of 89, many are recalling the many great statements and declarations that she put to paper. more >>
The student government at the University of Nebraska at Kearney has come under fire after an attempt was made to scuttle a strong request by students to get a Chick-fil-A restaurant on campus due to CEO Dan Cathy's support for traditional marriage.
On Jan. 19, UNK student body President Evan Jay Calhoun invited students via a message on his Facebook page to weigh in on plans to renovate the school's student union building through a short survey. The survey included a vote to expand the dining options at the union and Chick-fil-A emerged as the top requested franchise.
More than three weeks later on Feb. 12, however, Calhoun, through another Facebook post, informed students that even though Chick-fil-A was the top requested restaurant in the survey, it would not be in the best interest of the school to seek to get a Chick-fil-A on campus due to the company's values. more >>
A prominent Muslim-American organization challenged Republican frontrunner and billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump to a debate in response to his anti-Muslim comments.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council released a statement Saturday challenging Trump to a debate on issues pertaining to faith, community, and his negative comments about Muslims.
"Ever since you announced your run for Presidency of the United States, you have scapegoated the American Muslim community and other minority groups for all your perceived ills of America," stated their letter to Trump. more >>